Dietmar Hamann

Germany 2017

Dietmar Hamann, Germany

Didi Hamann’s job was simple: break down play, win the ball back and drive his team forward. Known for his excellent ability to read the game, he was the defensive linchpin in every team he played for, also capable of scoring the spectacular. He started off at German giants Bayern Munich, winning two Bundesligas before a move to Newcastle followed. He joined Liverpool and won every cup competition possible during his seven seasons at Anfield. His introduction as a sub at half-time is often described as the catalyst of Liverpool’s stunning comeback in the 2005 Champions League final, while he also scored in the penalty shootout. For Germany he played at two World Cups, reaching the final in 2002, and two European Championships. Perhaps his most famous moment for the national team was scoring the last-ever goal at the old Wembley Stadium as Germany beat England 1-0.

 

Full name: Dietmar Johann Wolfgang “Didi” Hamann
Born: 27/08/1973, Waldsassen, West Germany
Clubs: Bayern Munich (1992-1998), Newcastle United (1998-1999), Liverpool (1999-2006), Manchester City (2006-2009), Milton Keynes Dons (2010-2011)
International: 59 apps, 5 goals (1997-2005)
Position: Midfielder
Honours:
• Bundesliga (2): 1993–94, 1996–97
• DFB-Pokal (1): 1997–98
• DFB-Ligapokal (1): 1997
• UEFA Cup (2): 1995–96, 2000-01
• FA Cup (2): 2000–01, 2005–06
• League Cup (2): 2000–01, 2002–03
• FA Charity Shield (1): 2001
• UEFA Champions League (1): 2004–05
• UEFA Super Cup (2): 2001, 2005