• Short Summary

    UWE SEELER AND KARL-HEINZ SCHNELLINGER - THOSE NAMES MEAN MORE FOR WEST GERMANY'S HOPES IN THE WORLD SOCCER CUP THAN ANY OTHERS.

  • Description

    UWE SEELER AND KARL-HEINZ SCHNELLINGER - THOSE NAMES MEAN MORE FOR WEST GERMANY'S HOPES IN THE WORLD SOCCER CUP THAN ANY OTHERS. WITHOUT SEELER IN ENGLAND IN JULY THE WEST GERMAN TEAM ARE WITHOUT THEIR PUNCH AND INSPIRATION; WITHOUT SCHNELLINGER THEY LACK ONE FOR THE MOST SKILFUL AND COMPLETE DEFENDERS. CENTRE-FORWARD UWE SEELER, ONCE RATED THE TOP STRIKER IN EUROPE, IS NOW, 30 BUT GETTING BACK TO FORM AFTER A LOT OF TROUBLE WITH AN ACHILLES TENDON. SCHNELLINGER HAS NO PROBLEMS WHATSOEVER. HE'S PLAYING TREMENDOUSLY FAST WITH SUPERB TIMING.

    SEELER IS ONE OF GERMANY'S OUTSTANDING FORWARDS OF THE PAST DECADE. BORN IN HAMBURG, HE IS POWERFULLY-BUILT AND WEIGHS AROUND 168LB (76 KG). HIS NICKNAME IS "DER DICKE" - THE BIG FELLOW, AND HE'LL TELL ANYONE "I'M AS BROAD AS I'M TALL". RENOWED FOR ACCURACY RATHER THEN STRENGTH, SEELER WAS LAUNCHED INTO INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL IN 1954 AGAINST ENGLAND. HE WAS BARELY 18. TWO MORE WORLD CUPS CAME HIS WAY BUT ALL THE TIME HE REMAINED A ONE-CLUB PLAYER WITH S.V. HAMBURG. A CONSCIENTIOUS FOOTBALL, IT'S A MEASURE OF SEELER'S DETERMINATION THAT HE'S RETURNED TO THE GERMAN INTERNATIONAL TEAM AFTER AN OPERATION TO GIVE HIM A FALSE TENDON. WITHIN MONTHS - AND AGAINST MEDICAL ORDERS - HE IS PLAYING AGAIN.

    KARL-HEINZ SCHNELLINGER, A SOLID FIGURE, ALSO WILL BE PLAYING HIS THIRD WORLD CUP. HE GAINED HIS FIRST CAP AT THE AGE OF 19 AGAINST CZECHOSLOVAKIA IN SWEDEN AND WENT ON TO PLAY IN CHILE. NOW, AGED 27 AND PLAYING FULL-BACK FOR THE ITALIAN A.C. MILAN TEAM, SCHNELLINGER HAS THE ABILITY TO TAKE ANY POSITION. HE IS, IN THE GERMAN FASHION, A POWERFUL TACKLER WITH AN EXCELLENT RECOVERY; HE HAS EXCEPTIONAL POISE EVEN AGAINST THE MOST ELUSIVE WINGER; AND NEVER SEEMS ANXIOUS. BORN IN DUREN, HE PLAYED FOR COLOGNE THEN TRANSFERRED TO ROMA IN 1963 FOR GBP70,000 (STERLING) AND LAST YEAR TO A.C. MILAN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7QZWN168XZWY1LNJAMK4OZ6F1
    Media URN:
    VLVA7QZWN168XZWY1LNJAMK4OZ6F1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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