Player profile

Karl-Heinz Riedle

Karl-Heinz Riedle

Birthdate: 16 September 1965
Birthplace: Weiler-Simmerberg, Germany
Other clubs: Augsburg (1982-86), Blau-Weiß 90 Berlin (1986-87), Werder Bremen (1987-90), Lazio (1990-93), Borussia Dortmund (1993-97), Fulham (1999-2001)
Bought from: Borussia Dortmund
Signed for LFC: £1.8m, 30.07.1997
International debut: 31.08.1988 vs. Finland
International caps: 42/16 - 07.09.1994
Liverpool debut: 09.08.1997
Last appearance: 21.09.1999
Debut goal: 26.08.1997
Last goal: 21.09.1999
Contract expiry: 28.09.1999
Win ratio: 43.42% W:33 D:17 L:26
Games/goals ratio: 5.07
LFC league games/goals: 60 / 11
Total LFC games/goals: 76 / 15

Player profile

Riedle was born in West-Germany but finally made the grade in the Bundesliga when he joined Werder Bremen in 1987, winning the Bundesliga in his first season. He won the World Cup with Germany in 1990 and later that summer became one of Europe's most expensive players when he moved to Lazio. Three years later he returned to Germany with Dortmund who won the Bundesliga title in 1994 and 1995. He arrived at Liverpool a bona-fide international star after scoring two goals for Dortmund in the Champions League final win over Juventus, a couple of months earlier. Roy Evans had brought in a trio of experienced players in the summer of 1997 in Riedle, Oyvind Leonardsen and Paul Ince who he hoped would benefit the less experienced in his squad.

Riedle had, however, clearly left his best footballing years behind him in Germany, strangely unaware of, despite all his experience, of the offside rule. His two full seasons at Liverpool followed a similar pattern as he was first choice at the beginning and the end of the campaign, having lost his place, but regained it due to the enforced absence of either Michael Owen or Robbie Fowler. Riedle scored two against Hull in the League Cup in his farewell appearance before joining Fulham in the First Division. He was caretaker manager of the southwest London club in the 1999/2000 season alongside Roy Evans.

in January 2002 Riedle began training with FC Vaduz in Liechtenstein with a view to joining the club who were then playing in the Swiss second division. However after three weeks he declined to sign a contract and formally retired from the game. He has since set up a soccer camp in Southern Germany.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 60 2 7 7 0 76
1997-1998 25 1 5 3 0 34
1998-1999 34 1 1 4 0 40
1999-2000 1 0 1 0 0 2

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
4 Middlesbrough
4 Aston Villa
4 Leeds United
4 Coventry City
4 Chelsea
4 West Ham United
4 Arsenal
4 Sheffield Wednesday
3 Tottenham
3 Leicester City
3 Wimbledon
3 Everton
3 Newcastle United
3 Southampton
3 Manchester United
2 Derby
2 Blackburn Rovers
2 Bolton Wanderers
2 Nottingham Forest
2 Barnsley
2 Celta Vigo
2 Celtic
1 Watford
1 WBA
1 Port Vale
1 Grimsby Town
1 Kosice
1 Valencia
1 Strasbourg
1 Charlton Athletic
1 Hull City
Total Started/substitutions
42 Started
6 On the bench
34 Substitute
14 Substituted
Total Competition
60 Premier League
7 UEFA Cup
7 League Cup
2 FA Cup

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 11 0 2 2 0 15
1997-1998 6 0 0 1 0 7
1998-1999 5 0 0 1 0 6
1999-2000 0 0 2 0 0 2

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Started/substitutions
12 Started
3 Substitute
Total Competition
11 Premier League
2 UEFA Cup
2 League Cup
Total Goal minute period
1 16-30 minutes
4 31-45 minutes
3 61-75 minutes
5 76-90 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
15 Open play

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 09.08.1997 Wimbledon Selhurst Park League
50 24.11.1998 Celta Vigo Estadio Balaidos Europe

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 74 26.08.1997 Leeds United Elland Road League

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