Given this legendary player an update.
"Kaltz is supreme when attacking from deep positions." - that's what an english commentator would say during the European Cup final of 1980, and that's one of the best ways to describe this great player.
Now, Kaltz is by no way what we'd be expecting from todays standards of full backs, when thinking of modern fullback standards, we call great guys like Roberto Carlos, Cafu, or even prime Dani Alves. Guys who'd continuously would bomb down the sides and have the gas tank of a transatlantic plane, guys with great amounts of energy that can pop in and out both in the defense and in the offense thoughout all the game. But no, Kaltz was nothing like that. He had a good gas tank, but he wasted nowhere near the amount of energy modern fullbacks waste. He didn't need to. When it comes to his tactical positioning, throughout a game you'd see Kaltz sticking to defensive positions much more than the offensive ones. He'd seldomly join the attack true, but nowhere near as much as the team mates that would usually occupy the left back spot, like Memering and Wehmeyer, even Groh, who was an offensive monster. Yet he was much more dangerous than all of them. Why? Because of his so very dangrous legendary banana-crosses.
His crosses were sublime, his range of long balls is one of the best ever, I gave him an 95 but he could sit even higher. Passing range-wise, he's really one of the best ever. And the curling he gave to his crosses would make them even more dangerous. His crosses found the scoring head of Hrubesch, or even Rolff or Hartwig far too many times. But not just that, he'd also give fast dribblers like Bastrup or Von Heesen so many chances to exploit their speed, by passing to them in very favourable places. A real monster long passer.
Talking about Curling, i gave him a 3 points decrease. His banana-crosses had very good curl, true, but having him higher than people like Ronaldinho, Riquelme or Juninho was wrong. He really didn't posses the kind of curl someone like Juninho had, although he really wasn't far behind.
Btw, the Att/Def ratio I gave him was the most problematic piece of the set. Def not that much, he was involved in defensive duties much more than Wehmeyer and Memering, so I rated him higher than them. But they were more offensive minded than him. And yet I rated him again higher than them. As previously stated, Kaltz dangerousness and effectiveness when attacking from wide positions was sublime. He didn't need to join an attack in order to create offensive danger. He was just that good. I think having him as high as someone like prime Lahm would do him justice.
It's often interpreted like Kaltz was a speedster, and that is very wrong. Kaltz was a hell of an athlete for the football of the 80s, he had very good Top Speed. But he used it only when he had space (alot), and when off the ball. Really his dribbling was a punt and run type, until he was near an opponent. He'd slow down alot when then happened, to either try his famous crossing, to pass to someone else, or to try dash past them. Really, he was a sloppy dribbler at best. But a good trapper of the ball tho. Very good one, sometimes looked like flawless at that, although his clumsiness would always take away a bit from it.
Talking about support, he'd stick mainly to his side, but he was the real boss of that side. You'd see him involved with most of the attacking and defensive moves the team was involved in the right side. Not very agressive as an attacker tho, would not really play in a high offenisve line. I think 80 for TW and 74 for Agg is more than enough.
He could shot some good connected bombs to the opposition net from time to time as well, and he was a real PK specialist.
Oh, extended his era to 80-83 to include his European Cup Final season of 80, his WC Final season of 82, and his European Champion season of 83.
All in all I like this set alot. I'll start getting to the rest of the Hamburg 83 team. I'm done with all of them.