Guido Buchwald Profile
Guido Buchwald is a former professional footballer from Germany who is widely recognized as one of the best defenders of his generation. He was born on January 24, 1961, in West Berlin, Germany. Buchwald spent most of his playing career in Germany, playing for famous clubs like Stuttgart and Kaiserslautern. He also represented Germany at the international level, helping his country win the 1990 World Cup.
Buchwald began his career at Stuttgarter Kickers in 1979. He spent four seasons at the club before joining arch-rivals VfB Stuttgart in 1983. He quickly established himself as a talented defender and was soon appointed the captain of the team. Buchwald spent 11 seasons at Stuttgart, helping the team win two Bundesliga titles during his time there and becoming a club legend amongst the fans.
In 1994, Buchwald joined Japanese side Urawa Reds and spent three years with the J-League side before returning to Germany in 1997 and finishing his career with Karlsruher SC.
Buchwald's international career was equally impressive. He made his debut for Germany in 1984 and went on to play 76 times for his country. Buchwald played a crucial role in Germany's success at the 1990 World Cup, where he was a rock-solid presence in defence. He played in all seven matches, helping Germany win the tournament for the third time in their history. Buchwald's performances in the tournament were widely praised, particularly in the final where he did what few players had previously been able to do - man-mark the great Diego Maradona out of the game! It's a performance for which he will always be remembered in his homeland.
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