Manfred Kaltz 2012
|Full name||Manfred Kaltz|
|Date of birth||6 January 1953|
|Place of birth||Ludwigshafen, West Germany|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1972||West Germany Amateur||7||(0)|
|1972-1973||West Germany U-23||2||(0)|
|1974-1975||West Germany B||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Kaltz played in the Bundesliga for Hamburger SV and 13 times (one goal) for FC Mulhouse in Ligue 1 after initially joining Mulhouse league rivals Girondins de Bordeaux 1989. He returned to Hamburg the season after, the consequence of the relegation of FC Mulhouse from Ligue 1 at the end of 1989-90. Previously, Kaltz was forced to leave Hamburg, the club for which he had been a professional since the 1971-72 season, after the authorities (e.g. Erich Ribbeck) had decided not to go on with the contract of the long-serving full-back. Their successors lured him back from France in September 1990 to give him the chance to serve his final year as a player at his old club.
In total he played in 581 Bundesliga games for Hamburger SV (HSV), to this day remaining the second greatest total of an individual in Bundesliga history. An expert in penalties, the Hamburg fan-favourite scored 53 of his 76 goals from the spot, a record in the Bundesliga. Internationally he was part of the squad that won the 1980 UEFA European Championships.
Kaltz was famous for his right-footed crosses, which he hit with so much spin that they curved like a banana. They were affectionately called "Bananenflanken" ("banana crosses"). He often used this technique to set up hulking striker Horst Hrubesch, whose 96 goals with HSV included many from Kaltz crosses that Hrubesch headed into the opposing goal. Hrubesch once described their partnership when he explained one of his goals with the often quoted words "Manni banana, I head, goal".