Uwe Seeler is a former German international football player who used to feature prominently during the 1950s and the 1960s. He is considered a German legend and played as a striker. Reputed as one of the best strikers the footballing world has ever observed, he was named by Pele as one of the 125 greatest living footballers.
Uwe Seeler featured in 476 league matches for German club SV Hamburg between 1953 and 1972 and scored 404 goals. He made his first team debut for Hamburg, the club where his father had played, in a German Cup match in 1954 when he was just under 18 years of age. He remained loyal to Hamburg for all his playing career and actually worked as a merchant to survive. He won the German Championship with Hamburg in 1960 and the German FA Cup in 1963. He was the top scorer in the German Bundesliga in the 1963-1964 seson and was the German Footballer of the Year in 1960, 1964 and 1970.
Uwe Seeler was part of the (West) German national team set-up between 1954 and 1970 and scored 43 goals in 72 international matches for his nation. He featured at the 1958,1962,1966 and 1970 World Cup finals and became the first player ever to appear to 20 World Cup matches. He was also the first player ever to score in 4 World Cup finals and the only player ever to score at least two goals in each of the four World Cup finals. He is also third in all-time minutes played in World Cups, with 1980, behind Paolo Maldini and Lothar Matthaus.