Allofs in 2008
|Date of birth||5 December 1956|
|Place of birth||Düsseldorf, West Germany|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1981-1987||1. FC Köln||177||(88)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Allofs was a prolific goalscorer for club and country. He amassed Bundesliga totals of 424 games and 177 goals over the course of 15 seasons (finishing as the league's top scorer on two occasions), playing mainly for Fortuna Düsseldorf and 1. FC Köln. His younger brother, Thomas, was also a professional footballer and also a striker, sometimes on the same team.
Born in Düsseldorf, Allofs began playing professionally for home team Fortuna Düsseldorf, in 1975. He started his career as an attacking midfielder, and scored nearly 100 overall goals for the club, helping it to consecutive German cup wins, and often playing upfront with sibling Thomas. In 1978-79, he finished as the Bundesliga's top scorer, and also scored three in nine in Fortuna's UEFA Cup Winners' Cup runner-up run, including one in the final, an extra time loss against FC Barcelona.
In 1981 Allofs joined 1. FC Köln, where he continued scoring at an excellent rate. In 1985-86 he only tallied seven times in the league, one goal being from 70 metres out against Bayer Leverkusen (an intended pass to a breakaway forward that bounced over the advancing Leverkusen goalkeeper), but he added nine in as many matches in the UEFA Cup, as the team lost the final on aggregate to Real Madrid. In the following season, he re-partnered with Thomas, then left the country during three years, playing in France with Olympique de Marseille and FC Girondins de Bordeaux.
Allofs retired in June 1993, aged nearly 37, after three seasons with SV Werder Bremen, still managing to score regularly. In the 1991-92 Cup Winners' Cup he scored in the final against AS Monaco FC, in an eventual 2-0 win. In his final year, he played 16 games without scoring - the only time other than his first season that it happened in his career - as Werder won the league title. In total, he appeared in 424 league matches, totalling 177 goals. When he retired he was in joint seventh place on the list of the Bundesliga's all-time leading scorers, tied with Dieter Müller.
In 1999, Allofs was hired as coach of Fortuna Düsseldorf. He next joined up at a familiar place, Werder Bremen, going on to work for over a decade as general manager. In November 2012, Allofs left Bremen to join VfL Wolfsburg as their new sporting director, remaining there until December 2016.
Allofs went on to play for the national side at the victorious UEFA Euro 1980 (where he scored three times to top the goalscoring charts, all in a 3-2 group stage win against the Netherlands), Euro 1984 and 1986 FIFA World Cup. Pushed to the sidelines by emerging stars Rudi Völler and Jürgen Klinsmann, he retired from international play on 31 March 1988, scoring in a friendly with Sweden.
|1.||12 September 1979||Olympiastadion, West Berlin, West Germany||Argentina||Friendly|
|2.||27 February 1980||Weserstadion, Bremen, West Germany||Malta||UEFA Euro 1980 qualifying|
|3.||27 February 1980||Weserstadion, Bremen, West Germany||Malta||UEFA Euro 1980 qualifying|
|4.||13 May 1980||Waldstadion, Frankfurt, West Germany||Poland||Friendly|
|5.||14 June 1980||Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy||Netherlands||UEFA Euro 1980|
|6.||14 June 1980||Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy||Netherlands||UEFA Euro 1980|
|7.||14 June 1980||Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy||Netherlands||UEFA Euro 1980|
|8.||19 November 1980||Niedersachsenstadion, Hannover, West Germany||France||Friendly|
|9.||7 January 1981||Parque Central, Montevideo, Uruguay||Brazil||Mundialito|
|10.||16 December 1984||Ta' Qali National Stadium, Attard, Malta||Malta||1986 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11.||16 December 1984||Ta' Qali National Stadium, Attard, Malta||Malta||1986 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|12.||30 April 1985||Generali Arena, Prague, Czechoslovakia||Czechoslovakia||1986 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|13.||12 March 1986||Waldstadion, Frankfurt, West Germany||Brazil||Friendly|
|14.||4 June 1986||Estadio La Corregidora, Querétaro, Mexico||Uruguay||1986 FIFA World Cup|
|15.||8 June 1986||Estadio La Corregidora, Querétaro, Mexico||Scotland||1986 FIFA World Cup|
|16.||24 September 1986||Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark||Denmark||Friendly|
|17.||31 March 1988||Olympiastadion, West Berlin, West Germany||Sweden||Friendly|