Uwe Seeler, one of the most consistent and best forwards in the world in the 1950s and 60s, spent his entire career at his birthtown club Hamburger SV. He made his international debut already as a 17 year old in October 1954 against France just a few months after West Germany won the World Cup in Switzerland.
Uwe played in four World Cups – unfortunately for him the four tournaments held between West Germany’s title winning years 1954 and 1974. He captained West Germany at Wembley in the final of 1966 when England won after extra time. It was the closest Seeler ever came to winning the World Cup.
He scored in all tournaments making him the only player in history besides Pelé to have scored in four World Cups. His 21 appearances in the finals was a record at the time and is only bettered in recent years by Matthäus and Maldini.
Seeler was voted West Germany’s Player of the Year three times 1960, 64 and 70 and also starred for World XI against England in 1963. He was topscorer in the Northern Oberliga six times and was Bundesliga’s topscorer in its inaugural season 1963/64. He scored 137 goals in 239 Bundesliga matches overall. He retired in 1972 having made over 700 senior appearances and scored over 550 goals.