BERLIN (Reuters) - Former European champions Hamburg SV were relegated for the first time on Saturday, ending their record uninterrupted run in the top division since the Bundesliga’s creation in 1963.
Over the years several top players have worn the blue shirt with the iconic black-and-white square logo.
Here are some of them:
Uwe Seeler: The diminutive forward was post-war West Germany’s first football star. The Hamburg native spent 18 years at the club between 1954 and 1972, scoring over 400 goals in all competitions.
He was also the Bundesliga’s inaugural top scorer in 1963 while also participating with West Germany in four editions of the World Cup.
Horst Hrubesch: The tall and powerful centre forward had his most successful club career at Hamburg, winning Bundesliga titles as well as the European Cup in 1983.
Nicknamed ‘the header beast’ due to his scoring ability in the air, his two headers in 1980 against Real Madrid in Hamburg’s 5-1 semi-final demolition of the Spaniards to reach the European Cup final have become a club highlight.
He built a formidable partnership with central defender Manfred Kaltz, whose trademark long crosses often picked out Hrubesch.
Kevin Keegan: Nicknamed “Mighty Mouse”, the England international became Germany’s first foreign star, signing for what was then a British record fee of 500,000 pounds ($677,000.00) back in 1977.
He delivered as promised, leading them to their first Bundesliga title in 1979 and becoming an enduring crowd favourite well beyond his three seasons there.
Franz Beckenbauer: ‘Der Kaiser’ — Germany’s World Cup-winning captain and coach may be inextricably linked with Bayern Munich where he won countless titles.
But his two-season Bundesliga return between spells at New York Cosmos in the early 1980s was with Hamburg.
He enjoyed success there, winning the Bundesliga in 1982 before returning to New York to play out his career.
Felix Magath: During his decade at the club between 1976-1986, the hard-working midfielder managed to score Hamburg’s winning goal in their 1983 European Cup final against Juventus, earn three Bundesliga titles as well as the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1977 among other trophies.
Despite becoming a highly successful Bundesliga coach, leading Bayern Munich and VfL Wolfsburg to the league title, he only briefly coached his former club at the start of his managerial career more than 20 years ago.
Manfred Kaltz: He played for 19 seasons years at Hamburg, holding the club’s record for Bundesliga appearances with 581. Known for his superb penalties, powerful shooting ability and deep ‘banana’ crosses, the defender was also a prolific scorer, helping Hamburg win almost all the titles on offer.
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Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Ken Ferris