Tuesday, 6 November 2012

HEROES OF YOUTH | Karl-Heinz Riedle and Borussia Dortmund.

German international forward Karl-Heinz Riedle played for Borussia Dortmund between 1993 and 1997. Also having stints at Werder Breman, Lazio, Liverpool and Fulham, he was nicknamed “Air” due to his impressive leaping abilities.
Christoph Wagner, a reader of Grumpy Old Fan, has kindly written this passionate and informative article on Riedle, one of the heroes of his youth - and on Borussia Dortmund. (More info on Christoph below).
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Karl-Heinz ‘Air’ Riedle, Borussia Dortmund, 1993-1997



Karl-Heinz Riedle was one of the most prolific centre forwards of the 1990s in Germany.
It is difficult to point out any one in particular hero from the Dortmund team that dominated German football between 1994 and 1997.



After all, the team featured the likes of Matthias Sammer as sweeper and a key man to European success in England 1996; Andreas Möller was the undisputed playmaker and a natural No.10; Steffen Freund has to be considered as almost a reincarnation of Berti Vogts, who was nicknamed the ‘Terrier’ for his ability to follow his opponenteverywhere - even in to the dressing room and further if necessary; Jörg Heinrich added some flair to the left wing, whilst Stefan Reuter flew up and down the right wing (as a former sprinter he was one of the fastest wingers ever to play for the German national side).

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