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Wilfried Hannes

Wilfried Hannes
Personal information
Full name Wilfried Hannes
Date of birth (1957-05-17) 17 May 1957
Place of birth Düren-Echtz, West Germany
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Sweeper
Club information
Current team
Borussia Freialdenhoven (manager)
Youth career
Sportfreunde Düren
Düren 99
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1986 Borussia Mönchengladbach 261 (58)
1986–1988 FC Schalke 04 48 (4)
1988 AC Bellinzona 29 (5)
1989 FC Aarau 13 (1)
Total 351 (68)
National team
1979–1980 West Germany B 6 (1)
1981–1982 West Germany 8 (0)
Teams managed
1991–1994 Alemannia Aachen
1995–1998 Rhenania Würselen
1999–2003 Borussia Freialdenhoven
2003–2004 GFC Düren
2004– Borussia Freialdenhoven

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Wilfried Hannes (born 17 May 1957 in Düren-Echtz, Germany) is a former German football player[1] 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.


  • Club career 1
  • International career 2
  • Coaching career 3
  • Club career statistics 4
  • Honours 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Club career

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.

International career

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.

Coaching career

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.

Club career statistics

Club performance League
Season Club League Apps Goals
Germany League
1975–76 Borussia Mönchengladbach Bundesliga 9 1
1976–77 21 3
1977–78 21 0
1978–79 22 1
1979–80 32 4
1980–81 33 16
1981–82 31 8
1982–83 23 9
1983–84 25 6
1984–85 23 4
1985–86 21 6
1986–87 FC Schalke 04 27 1
1987–88 21 3
Switzerland League
1988–89 AC Bellinzona Super League 29 5
1989–90 FC Aarau Super League 13 1
Country Germany 309 62
Switzerland 42 6
Total 351 68



  1. ^ "Hannes, Wilfried" (in German). Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Wilfried Hannes". National Football Teams. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 

External links

  • Wilfried Hannes at
  • Wilfried Hannes at (German)
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