Growth type: Early peak
Hoeneß was born in Ulm, Baden-Württemberg. The left-sided forward started his career at amateur side VfB Ulm. In 1970 Udo Lattek, the then coach of Bayern Munich recruited Hoeneß who was to stay for ten years with the club. In this period he enjoyed great success, winning the Intercontinental Cup, European Cup three times, four German football championships and the German Cup once. In 250 Bundesliga matches he scored 86 goals.
In the European Cup final replay in 1974 against Atlético Madrid he gave one of his most outstanding performances when he contributed two memorable goals to the 4–0 victory, demonstrating his excellent counter-attacking skills. However, in the 1975 European Cup Final against Leeds United he suffered a knee injury from which he never fully recovered and which eventually led to the end of his career at the age of just 27. In his last season he was loaned to Bavarian neighbours 1. FC Nuremberg, where it was hoped he could get more match practice, but Hoeneß' recovery failed and he was forced to hang up his boots prematurely.
Hoeneß also played 35 times for the German national time. As one of six Bayern players in the Germany team he won the 1972 European Football Championship and the 1974 FIFA World Cup. In the 1974 World Cup Final against Holland he committed a foul on Johann Cruyff in the opening minutes that led to a goal from the subsequent penalty. In the final of the 1976 European Championship in Belgrade against Czechoslovakia he missed the decisive spot-kick in the shootout after extra-time, skying it over the crossbar.
Despite his success Hoeneß retained his amateur status until 1972, allowing him to take part in the Summer Olympics in that year. There he played for the German “Olympic Select”, amongst others with the later Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld. The West German team failed to qualify for the semifinals of the tournament due to a 2–3 defeat at the hands of East Germany, with Hoeneß scoring his only goal of the tournament in this match. This historic match was also the first match between the two Germanies.
European Cup Final 1974 Part 1 & 2
http://www.national-football-teams.com/ ... p?id=17453