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BORN:  SEPT. 25, 1955 
COUNTRY: West Germany
WORLD CUP APPEARANCES:  3 tournaments ('78, '82 '86)
CLUBS: Borussia Lippstadt, Bayern Munich, Internazionale, Servette

INTRODUCTION: Three-time World Cup player.  One of the greatest players of the early eighties. 

1978 World Cup - Argentina
Rummenigge was not used in the first match against Poland.  The German coach brought in Rummenigge in the next game against Mexico and the young attacker became a relevation, scoring two goals as he earned international acclaim.  Rummenigge would later establish himself in a forward line that includes Fischer and Dieter Muller.  However, West Germany was still struggling to find their best World Cup form in the post-Beckenbauer era.  The team bowed out after their 3-2 defeat in the hands of Austria, one of the German goals contributed by Rummenigge.

1982 World Cup - Spain
Rummenigge was now the key player and captain of West Germany.
Four years later, Rummenigge had become one of the world's greatest soccer stars, having won the European Cup with in 1980 and European Player of the Year award in 1980 and 1981.  The German striker scored the lone German goal in the shocking 2-1 defeat to Algeria.  In the next match, however, Rummenigge scored his second World Cup hat-trick, this time against Chile.  As the tournament progressed, however, Rummenigge became more and more affected by the knee injuries he suffered earlier.
Rummenigge was a sharp attacker with goal-scoring abilities.

In the quarter-final game, West Germany was trailing France by 3-1 in injury time and the German coach Derwall decided to bring on Rummenigge, his trump card.  Rummenigge turned the match around with one of the match-tying goals.  He later scored one of the penalties that defeated France in the shoot-out.  In the final against Italy, Derwall used the half-fit Rummenigge from the start.  But Rummenigge could not turn on the magic again as West Germany suffered a 3-1 defeat.
1986 World Cup - Mexico
Rummenigge (on ground) slided in the first German goal against Argentina in the 1986 Final
Four years later, Rummenigge was again troubled by his injuries.  In the final against Argentina, the South American was leading 2-0.  Rummenigge then came on as a substitute mid-way in the second half and again threatened to turn the game around, scoring the a goal before Voeller's equaliser.   However, Maradona's through pass allowed Burruchaga to score the winning goal and thus concluded Rummenigge's third and last World Cup tournament.

1st round: 2nd match v. Mexico (2)
2nd round: 3rd match v. Austria
1st round: 1st match v. Algeria
1st round: 2nd match v. Chile (3)
Semi-final v. France
Final v. Argentina

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