Rainer Bonhof (born 28 March 1952 in Emmerich am Rhein, North Rhine-Westphalia) is a former German footballer. He was a wing-back or defensive midfielder.
Bonhof became (at that time) Germany's youngest World Champion on 7 July 1974 following his team's 2–1 win over the Netherlands in Munich's Olympiastadion at the 1974 FIFA World Cup. Bonhof even made the assist leading to Gerd Müller's winning goal.
Bonhof, a midfielder, was widely recognized — during his time — for having one of the game's hardest free-kicks as well as longest and most precise throw-ins. Former Liverpool goalkeeper, Ray Clemence, in 1977 following a European Cup tie between the Reds and Borussia Mönchengladbach, was credited for expressing fear of Bonhof's shots. Clemence's fear was such that in a March 1978 match between Liverpool and Borussia Mönchengladbach he ducked to avoid a 25 metre Bonhof free-kick that appeared to be going straight for the keeper's head. Bonhof was awarded the ARD Goal of the Month on three occasions.
After his active career was abruptly ended by an ankle joint injury in 1983, Rainer Bonhof went on to coach. He received his formal licence in 1988, and has coached several teams, resigning a year early from his Scotland U21 responsibilities after they finished last in their European U21 Championship Qualifying group, after 14 games and no victories.
German national team
• 1972: European Championship winner
• 1974: World Cup winner
• 1976: European Championship runner-up
• 1980: European Championships winner
VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach
• 1971: Bundesliga winner
• 1973: DFB-Pokal winner, UEFA Cup runner-up
• 1975: Bundesliga winner, UEFA Cup winner
• 1976: Bundesliga winner
• 1977: Bundesliga winner, UEFA Champions Cup runner-up
• 1979: Copa del Rey winner
• 1980: UEFA Cup Winners Cup winner
• 1980: UEFA Super Cup winner
• Borussia Mönchengladbach : 231 Apps, 42 Goals
• Valencia : 60 Apps, 10 Goals
• 1. FC Köln : 74 Apps, 14 Goals
• Hertha BSC Berlin : 6 Apps, 1 Goal
• Germany : 53 Apps, 9 Goals