Top facts about Oliver Bierhoff, the Golden Head

Sun 14 November 2021 | 13:00

Oliver Bierhoff is widely known for his golden goal that won Euro ’96 for Germany, making it the first game at a major international tournament decided in such a manner. Read on to find out more facts about Oliver Bierhoff, the Golden Goal Legend.

Oliver Bierhoff

is a German former professional footballer who played as a striker. Bierhoff was born on May 1, 1968 meaning that

Oliver Bierhoff's age

is 53.

He played most of his club career in Italian clubs and managed to play for Germany national team from 1996 to 2002. Bierhoff is a legend and the director of the Germany national team. But, prior to 1996, he was better known in Italy than his homeland and can certainly be considered a late bloomer.

After playing five years in the Bundesliga, and a year in Austria for Salzburg, he joined Ascoli in 1991. The first Italian league seasons were not easy for Oliver Bierhoff, but following his signing for Udinese he became an extraordinary striker.

After reaching a historical third place and the award of top scorer with Udinese, in 1998 the German forward moved to AC Milan. As a tall, strong, and prolific goalscorer, he was mostly renowned for his excellent abilities in the air, and as a target man, being able to deliver pin-point headers towards goal.

He immediately won the league title, the sixteenth for the Rossoneri that completed an incredible comeback over Lazio thanks to the 19 goals scored by Euro 1996 German matchwinner. Unforgettable was his hat-trick that sealed the league title win.

The followings are some facts about Oliver Bierhoff:

The first

fact about Oliver Bierhoff

is that he was not much successful in the Bundesliga and failed to shine in Germany. Later he got chance in the Austrian Bundesliga where he again failed to do something worth remembering.

It was at the Italian club Udinese, under Alberto Zaccheroni, that Bierhoff found success and won his place in the

German national team


Oliver Bierhoff early life

Oliver Bierhoff, born 1 May 1968, is a German former professional footballer who played for Bayer Uerdingen, Hamburg, Gladbach, Austria


, Ascoli, Udinese, Milan, Monaco and Chievo during his club career.

The fact about

Oliver Bierhoff's childhood

is that he was born in Karlsruhe, where is the 21st largest city of Germany.


Oliver Bierhoff's parents

, it should be mentioned that there is not exact information about his parents.

Bierhoff was born in 1960s; the decade was dominated by the Vietnam War, civil rights protests, anti-war protests and saw the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr and US President John F. Kennedy. It also marked the first human landed on the moon.

There is no any exact information about his childhood but probably, Oliver Bierhoff has began playing football from an early age like most of professional footballers.

Oliver Bierhoff personal life

The fact about

Oliver Bierhoff's personal life

is that he married Klara Szalantzy on 22 June 2001; she is a Hungarian model and former basketball player and former girlfriend of famous basketball player Dražen Petrović.

The couple started dating in 1996. Klara Szalantzy was behind the wheel in the fatal car crash that claimed Petrović's life on 7 June 1993. She was born on November 30, 1969 in Munich, Germany.


Oliver Bierhoff's children

, it should be mentioned that he and his wife Klara, had a daughter on 27 January 2007.

Oliver Bierhoff professional career

Oliver Bierhoff began his professional career with Bayer Uerdingen in 1986. He began his senior football career with Bayer Uerdingen during their stint in the top flight. From there, he moved on to Hamburg in 1988 aged 20, only to struggle.

After reaching a historical third place and the award of top scorer with Udinese, in 1998 the German forward moved to

AC Milan


Bierhoff played his first match for the German national team against Portugal in February 1996. In his second appearance on 27 March 1996, he made his first two international goals and contributed in his country's 2–0 win over Denmark.

In 1998, he was appointed as the captain of the national team after the retirement of

Jurgen Klinsmann


After leaving Milan in 2001, he went to Monaco, before one final season back in Italy at Chievo Verona in 2002/03 led him into retirement. He scored a hat-trick in his last ever game as a professional, which saw Chievo fall to a narrow 4-3 defeat to Juventus.

Chievo Verona is the last club he played for before he took retirement in July 2003. Bierhoff currently works as the Business Manager of the German men's national team.

Oliver Bierhoff club career

The fact about Oliver Bierhoff's club career is that he began his senior career with Bayer Uerdingen in 1986 when he was 18.

The club had its best years during the 1980s, as they were competing in Bundesliga and managed to win the 1984-85 DFB-Pokal, but now they're playing in the 4th division.

Bierhoff joined the Bundesliga side for the start of 1986-87 campaign. Young Bierhoff didn't get much playing time and wasn't a regular pickup but he could show some potential during his spell with the club.

Bierhoff made his debut for the club on 14 June 1986, during a match against Lausanne in the Intertoto Cup.

Oliver Bierhoff made his Bundesliga debut on 2 September 1986, in a 2-1 away loss against FC Schalke 04; a match in which he played only 11 minutes.

Bierhoff's first ever professional goals were scored on 30 August 1986, where he managed to score two goals against


in the first round of the DFB-Pokal.

He managed to score his first Bundesliga goal on 27 September 1986, in a 1-1 away draw against FC Nuremberg. Bierhoff managed to score another Bundesliga goal against Nuremberg on 15 April 1987 but his side lost the match 4-3.

His third Bundesliga goal was scored on 2 May 1987, in a 2-1 home loss against FC Kaiserslautern.

During his first professional season, Bierhoff showed great performances in DFB-Pokal competition, after scoring twice against Stuttgart in the first round; he managed to score another goal in the second round where they defeated FC Nuremberg 3-2.

Bierhoff scored his fourth goal in the tournament on 18 November 1986, where his side won the match 3-1 against FC Koln in the round of 16.

However their run didn't have a good finish as they were humiliated in the quarter-finals, where Bierhoff and his side lost the match 9-2 against Gladbach.

Oliver Bierhoff made his UEFA Cup debut on 17 September 1986 against FC Carl Zeiss Jena, where he managed to score a goal in his side's 3-0 home victory.

His second goal in that tournament came on 5 November 1986 in an important against Widzew Lodz, where they won the match 2-0 during the second round and qualified to last 16 stage.

In the last 16 stage, Bierhoff and his side lost both legs 2-0 against Barcelona and were knocked-out of the competitions.

In 1986-87 season, Oliver Bierhoff participated in 28 matches and scored nine goals which was acceptable for his first professional campaign.

The following season was quiet disappointing for young Bierhoff as he played only in 13 appearances and scored only one goal which was scored in a 2-2 away draw against FC Homburg in Bundesliga.


Oliver Bierhoff joined to another Bundesliga club, Hamburger SV, for the start of 1988-89 season.

His stay with the club was very short and he played only one year for Hamburg.

Oliver Bierhoff made his debut for the club on 29 July 1988, in a goalless home draw against

Borussia Dortmund


His first goal for Hamburg was scored on 7 August 1988, where his side defeated Duisburg in the first round of DFB-Pokal.

Bierhoff's first Bundesliga goals for Hamburg were scored on 10 September 1988, where he scored twice in a 2-1 away win against FC Koln.

Oliver Bierhoff scored six Bundesliga goals for the club and they finished the season in the fourth place of 1988-89 Bundesliga table.

In the following season, Bierhoff played first half of the year for Hamburg and joined to another Bundesliga club, Borussia Mönchengladbach, for the second half of campaign.

It wasn't a successful stay at all as Bierhoff played rarely and didn't score any goals and he left the club in the end of the season.

Austria Salzburg

After spending four years and failing to shine in Germany, Oliver Bierhoff moved to Austrian Bundesliga club, Austria Salzburg, to prove himself as a worthy striker.

Oliver Bierhoff made his debut for the club on 31 July 1990; he had an outstanding performance as he managed to score four goals and his side defeated St. Polten 5-1, Bierhoff's performance in his debut made him favorite among the fans.

Bierhoff scored the first hat-trick of his professional career on 9 April 1991, where his side defeated FC Tirol 3-2 in the OFB Cup.

The 1990-91 campaign was very successful for Oliver Bierhoff, he became one of the best strikers in the Austrian league and managed to score 23 goals and became the second best goal-scorer behind Vaclav Danek who scored 29.

Despite that Bierhoff had a great form and scored in most of the league matches, his side finished the league in fifth position of the table.

Oliver Bierhoff played only one season for the club and managed to score 27 times in 36 appearances that he played in all competitions.


fact about Oliver Bierhoff

's spell with Austria Salzburg is that, his great goal-scoring record made him a famous player in Europe and with them he managed to show his potential as a young striker who can be a natural goal-scorer.


After spending a great year at Austria, Bierhoff had several offers and finally he decided to join the Serie A club,


, in a four-year deal.

He made his debut for the club on 28 August 1991, in a 2-1 loss against Bari during the second round of Italy Cup.

Bierhoff made his Serie A debut on 1 September 1991, where they lost 1-0 in home against eventual league winners, AC Milan.

Oliver Bierhoff scored his first goal in Serie A on 8 March 1992 in a 2-1 home victory against Foggia. His second Serie A goal came on 5 April in a 2-1 home loss against Inter.

The 1991-92 campaign finished very bad for Bierhoff and his side as he scored only twice in 19 appearances and Ascoli placed eighteenth in the Serie A table to be the first team that relegates to Serie B.

Bierhoff stayed with the club to compete in Serie B and somehow he managed to regain his great form during the 1992-93 campaign.

He managed to score 20 goals in 35 Serie B appearances and became the top goal-scorer of the competitions but despite his performance his side couldn't return to Serie A and finished the season in the sixth place of the table.

In the following season, Bierhoff managed to repeat his good form and scored 17 times in league appearances to become the second best goal-scorer but his side wasn't successful and finished in the seventh place Serie B table.

In the next campaign Bierhoff and his side had poor performances. He scored 9 goals in 33 league appearances and his side placed 18th in the end of the season.

This was Bierhoff's last season with the club and he left Ascoli after four seasons and scoring 48 goals for the club.


Bierhoff joined the Serie A side, Udinese, for the start of 1995-96 campaign. He scored his first goal for the club on 27 August 1995 in a 1-0 home victory against



He did great in his first season at the club and scored 17 Serie A goals and his great performances won his place in fame and in the German national team.

In the 1996-97 season, Bierhoff scored 13 goals in 23 Serie A appearances and his side ended the campaign in fifth place of league table.

The 1997-98 campaign was unbelievable for Bierhoff and his team. He managed to score 27 goals in 32 Serie A appearances and became the Serie A top goal-scorer higher than legends like Ronaldo, Roberto Baggio and Alessandro Del Piero.

Udinese managed a third-place finish behind Juventus and Inter, largely thanks to Oliver Bierhoff's 27 goals and had one of their best seasons ever.

Oliver Bierhoff managed to score 57 goals in 86 appearances that he participated in all competitions for Udinese; he's regarded as one of the greatest non-Italian players in the club's history.

AC Milan

After spending three successful years in Udinese, the Serie A top goal-scorer joined AC Milan for the start of 1998-99 campaign.

Bierhoff had a remarkable performance in his first Serie A match with Milan; he managed to score two goals and made an assist in his side's 3-0 home victory over


on 12 September 1998.

Oliver Bierhoff won the Serie A title in his first season with the club, scoring 19 Serie A goals and 21 in all competitions and also provided 12 assists for his teammates.

His most important goal was the match-winning goal in the final, title-deciding match of the season, a 2-1 away win over Perugia. Bierhoff set a Serie A record for most headed goals in a single season, with 15 during that campaign.

Bierhoff played three seasons for Milan and managed to score 36 goals in 91 appearances at all competitions.

Monaco and Chievo

After three seasons with Milan, Bierhoff moved to Ligue 1 club,


, in 2001 for one year.

Bierhoff scored his first goal for the club in his debut on 8 September 2001 in a 2-0 home victory against Troyes.

He managed to score only 4 league goals and 7 in 25 appearances that he played in all competitions.

After an unsuccessful year in France, Bierhoff returned to Italy to play for Serie A side Chievo.

Bierhoff scored his first goal for Chievo in his debut in a 3-2 away victory against


in Serie A.

He scored his second league goal on 26 October in his side's 3-2 home win against his former club AC Milan.

Bierhoff's last club career appearance came on 24 May 2005, where he scored a hat-trick for Chievo in a 3-4 defeat to Juventus.

Oliver Bierhoff retired at the end of the 2002–03 season, after playing 17 years for 9 different clubs during his career.

Oliver Bierhoff international career

Oliver Bierhoff earned West Germany under-21 call-up in 1988, he managed to score 7 goals in 10 appearances that he played for his side.


fact about Oliver Bierhoff

's senior international career is that he made his international debut on 21 February 1996 in a friendly match against Portugal.

In his second appearance on 27 March 1996, Bierhoff managed to score his first two international goals in his country's 2-0 victory against 



Oliver Bierhoff was a member of Germany squad for Euro 1996. His side managed to reach the final match, where Bierhoff made history and sealed Germany's victory.

On 30 June 1996, Germany and Czech Republic faced each other in Euro 1996 final. Berger scored the first goal for Czech from the spot in the 59th minute.

In 69th minute, Bierhoff came on as a substitute and four minutes later he scored the equalizer, Ziege sent in a curling free-kick from the right and Bierhoff headed a low ball past Kouba from around 6 yards (5 m).

The match ended 1-1 in full-time, sending teams into extra time where Bierhoff scored the first golden goal in the history of major international football and secured his country's third European Championship title.

Oliver Bierhoff scored the fastest hat-trick in the history of the German national team on 20 August 1997 in an important World Cup qualification match against Northern Ireland. Bierhoff was appointed captain of the national team after the retirement of Jürgen Klinsmann in 1998.

Bierhoff was Germany's main striker during the 1998 World Cup and played full-time in all matches. He managed to score two goals in group stage, one against Yugoslavia and another one against Iran in his side's 2-0 win.

His third goal in the tournament came on round of 16, where Germany defeated Mexico 2-1 and advanced to quarter-finals where they were finally knocked-out of the tournament by Croatia.

He participated in Euro 2000 but they were knocked-out of tournament in the group stage and Bierhoff didn't score any goals.

World Cup 2002 was Bierhoff's last major international tournament. He scored a goal in first group stage match, where Germany defeated Saudi Arabia 8-0.

Bierhoff made his last appearance for his country on 30 June, when he was brought on during the second half of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Final match against 


, but couldn't help his side score in the 0-2 loss.

The fact about Oliver Bierhoff's international stats is that he capped 70 times from 1996 to 2002 and scored 37 times for his country which makes him the tenth top goal-scorer in history of Germany national team.

Oliver Bierhoff stats

The fact about Oliver Bierhoff's stats is that he participated in 444 professional matches during his 17 year club career from 1986 to 2003. He played in 220 Serie A matches with four clubs between 1991 and 2003.

He managed to score 102 goals and made 30 assists during his career in Serie A, he scored most of his goals for Udinese. He also scored 46 Serie B goals for Ascoli.

From 1986 to 1990, Bierhoff participated in 73 Bundesliga appearances with three clubs. He played most of his Bundesliga matches when he played for Bayer Uerdingen. Bierhoff scored 10 goals in Bundesliga.

From 1990 to 2005 Bierhoff played in 444 official matches and his final appearance came on 24 May 2003 against


in the Serie A. Bierhoff finished his club career with a total of 185 goals for eight clubs.

Some quick facts about Oliver Bierhoff

About Oliver Bierhoff's age it should be mentioned that he was born on 1 May 1968, this means that he's 53 years old.

The fact about Oliver Bierhoff's play-style is that he was a powerful, physical, strong and aggressive striker, who played mostly as a target man in the centre-forward role.

Despite that Bierhoff was not particularly expert with his feet from a technical point of view, he was known specially for his aerial ability and he's regarded as one of the best players in the world with his head and as an expert in the air.

In addition to his height and strength he was able to perform headers with power and accuracy, having scored several crucial goals with his head during his career, for both club and country. Bierhoff also owned powerful shots.

Oliver Bierhoff is a Roman Catholic and has a degree in business economics from the University of Hagen.

He was one of several famous persons who endorsed the tabloid newspaper Bild's appeal against anti-Islamisation group PEGIDA in 2015.

Oliver Bierhoff is a member of the AC Milan Hall of Fame due to his precious services to the club.

The fact about Oliver Bierhoff's championship winnings is that he won the 1998-99 Serie A title with AC Milan and Euro 1996 trophy with Germany national team.

The fact about Oliver Bierhoff's fame is that, he is regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation and also one of the best headers in football's history.

Oliver Bierhoff quotes:

“I am no friend of the thesis that performance depends primarily on age. Look at

Cristiano Ronaldo

. The question is rather: How willing is the experienced person to embrace new things?

“Also, older players must not block the development of younger ones. With top teams, the average age is falling, but you always need experienced players. It takes a good mix.

Oliver Bierhoff commented on Germany’s Euros, “It wasn’t as bad as World Cup 2018 in Russia, but Germany is still left with a lot of “what ifs” after their Euros campaign comes to an end.

Bierhoff doesn’t think it will be very long before Germany is back in the conversation as a European powerhouse, progressing to the later stages of international competitions,

“Our aim is always to be among the best. I cannot be satisfied that we are underdogs. As Germany, we always aim to play at the forefront. The younger players have to gain experience, perhaps even more in one of their clubs responsible role,” he said.

I call for transparency, diversity and a culture of error. Everyone should be able to get involved. In football, we always demand that the players in the team’s dressing room speak their minds openly.

“I demand the same from my management. Loyalty and integrity are extremely important to me. I don’t want to have bad characters in the team, no matter how well someone performs. And we have to allow mistakes. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have to prepare yourself.”

Oliver Bierhoff social media


Oliver Bierhoff social media

, it should be mentioned that he doesn't have any social media platforms.

Oliver Bierhoff body measurements


Oliver Bierhoff body measurements

, it should be mentioned that he stands at a height of 1.91 m tall. His weight is 90kg.

Oliver Bierhoff net worth

Speaking about

Oliver Bierhoff net worth

, it should be mentioned that his net worth is estimated to be around $1-5 million in 2021.

He was a famous footballer during his career and had many endorsement deals with famous brands and also he has been a manager of the German national football team after his retirement.

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