|Date of birth||21 July 1939|
|Place of birth||Augsburg, German Reich|
|Date of death||11 October 2012(aged 73)|
|Place of death||Augsburg, Germany|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Helmut Haller (German pronunciation: [ˈhɛlmuːt ˈhalɐ]; 21 July 1939 – 11 October 2012) was a German footballer who played as a forward. At international level, he represented West Germany at three World Cups. At club level, he played in both Germany and Italy, and won Italian league titles with Bologna and Juventus. He suffered of dementia and Parkinson's disease.
Style of play[change | change source]
Both a playmaker and goalscorer, Haller was noted for his exceptional technique and finesse as a striker, yet also for his weight problems, which troubled him throughout his career. In Italy Haller is considered one of the greatest wingers and player of Bologna in the sixties. He currently remains famed for his "irresistible dribbling, his innate genius, his great eye for goal, his charisma."
Personal life[change | change source]
On Boxing Day 2006, Haller suffered a serious heart attack and was reported to be recovering well after treatment. Later he also suffered from dementia and Parkinson's disease. Haller died on 11 October 2012. He was survived by his third wife, the native Cuban Noraimy Rodriguez Guiterrez, whom he married in 2003 when she was aged just 21, two sons and a daughter. Haller was also an uncle of Christian Hochstätter, a long-serving Borussia Mönchengladbach player and twice West German international.
Honours[change | change source]
Club[change | change source]
- Serie A: 1971–72, 1972–73
- European Cup: Runner-up: 1972–73
- Inter-Cities Fairs Cup: Runner-up: 1971
- Coppa Italia: Runner-up: 1972–73
- Regionalliga Süd: 1973–74
International[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- Bitter, Jürgen (1997). Deutschlands Fußball Nationalspieler (in German). Sportverlag. p. 163.
- "E' morto Helmut Haller Stella di Bologna e Juve" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
- "Addio al calciatore Helmut Haller – Guaraldi: "Era un campione vero"" (in Italian). La Repubblica (Bologna). 11 October 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
- "Ehemaliger Nationalspieler: Fußball-Idol Helmut Haller ist tot" (in German). Spiegel Online. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012.