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Wilfried Hannes

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Full nameWilfried Hannes
Date of birth17 May 1957(age 59)
Place of birthDüren-Echtz, West Germany
Height1.88 m
Playing positionSweeper

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Wilfried Hannes (born 17 May 1957 in Düren-Echtz) is a former German football player and manager, known for achieving his career despite being visually impaired after a pupil-tumor had caused him to lose his sight in his right eye as a child.

At first a striker, Hannes was a defender in his professional career for Borussia Mönchengladbach, he joined the club during the Bundesliga Championship and UEFA cup winning season of 1975. He was a fan favourite and a crucial player, he went on to collect two more German Bundesliga titles in 1976 and 1977 and the UEFA Cup in 1979. In his years with the club he also helped them to European Cup runners-up in 1977, UEFA Cup runners-up in 1980 and German Cup runners-up in 1984.

As a sweeper Hannes was renowned for his forward surges and his long distance shots, many resulting in goals. He was also an accomplished header of the ball and his record of 58 goals in 261 games at Borussia Mönchengladbach speaks volumes for Hannes technique.

His international career for West Germany lasted for just about one year in the early 1980s. In these months he won eight caps in qualification for the 1982 FIFA World Cup. He went to the 1982 FIFA World Cup with West Germany and they came runners-up in the tournament. The fact he only made eight appearances was more to do with the great defensive partnership of the Förster brothers at that time rather than his lack of ability.

Lothar Matthäus has been previously quoted has saying that during his early career at Borussia Mönchengladbach he learnt a lot from Wilfried Hannes whilst playing alongside him.

His career as manager includes spells at Alemannia Aachen (1991 1994) and other clubs of the size of fourth divisional outfits. Lately he coached SC Borussia 1912 Freialdenhoven in the fifth division.

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