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Karl-Heinz Riedle

Personal information
Date of birthSeptember 16, 1965(age 51)
Place of birthWeiler im Allgäu, West Germany
Height0 m ( ft in)
Playing positionStriker

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Karl-Heinz "Air" Riedle (born 16 September 1965 in Weiler im Allgäu) is a former German professional footballer, who won the FIFA World Cup with West Germany in 1990 and the UEFA Champions League in 1997 with Borussia Dortmund. Riedle ended his international career with 42 caps and 16 goals.

Riedle's youth clubs are TSV Ellhofen and SV Weiler. He started his senior career at FC Augsburg. He then moved to SpVgg Blau-Weiß 1890 Berlin in 1986, who had just been promoted to the Bundesliga. However, the club finished last in that season, but Riedle managed to earn the interest of his next club Werder Bremen. He played for the side, coached by Otto Rehhagel, from 1987 to 1990. He scored 18 goals in 33 games in his first season and helped Bremen to win the Bundesliga title in that year. That season, he made his debut for the West German national team as well. He was able to score against Finland in his first international match. Furthermore, Riedle and Bremen appeared in two DFB-Pokal finals (1989 & 1990), which they lost both.

In 1990, Riedle was a member of the West German side that won the World Cup. That same year, he moved to Lazio of the Italian Serie A for a transfer fee of 13 million Deutsche Mark. One of his most memorable matches during that time period was the Euro 1992 semi-final of Germany against Sweden, in which he scored 2 goals and helped Germany to reach the final against Denmark.

Riedle returned to Germany in 1993 and joined Borussia Dortmund. He helped Dortmund to win two Bundesliga titles in 1995 and 1996. In 1997, he scored two goals in the Champions League Final to help upset Juventus 3 1.

In 1997, Riedle joined Liverpool of the English Premier League. Unable to secure a regular place in the lineup, he joined Fulham in 1999. Riedle, along with his old Liverpool manager Roy Evans, served as the caretaker manager for the end of the 1999/2000 season after Paul Bracewell had been fired in March, 2000. Riedle retired from football in 2001. He scored his last goal in a 2 0 win over Queens Park Rangers in a Division One match.

Due to his notable jumping and timing skills for headers, he got the nickname "Air Riedle".

Riedle's son, Alessandro, is now a footballer, playing for Grasshopper.

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