Paul Breitner (born September 5, 1951, Kolbermoor, West Germany) was a German football player.
Breitner was also called "Afro-Paule" Breitner thanks to his famous Afro haircut during his active career.
He was one of Germany's best players ever, being capped 48 times for his country and scoring 10 goals despite playing a mainly defensive role. His football career lasted from 1970 until 1983 mainly playing for Bayern Munich (70-74 and 78-83) and Real Madrid (74-78) with a short interruption in Braunschweig.
The early peak of his long and successful career was in 1974 when he was in the winning German World Cup team with the final being played in his hometown of Munich against the Netherlands. A European Championship in Italy (1980) later followed.
He is one of only three players ever to score in two World Cup finals (1974 against the Netherlands and 1982 against Italy).
During his club career he won several National Championships with Bayern Munich (72,73,74,80,81) and Real (75,76), the Champions League (74) as well as the German (71,82) and Spanish Cup (75). To traditional fans in Germany he was widely feared for his "revolutionary" attitude and open communication of his opinion on political issues.
Today he is working as TV critic and columnist and is still controversial. On the website http://www.uglyfootballers.com (http://www.uglyfootballers.com) he also made the starting eleven