Capital: € 2 million
Age: 83
Born: 11/05/1936
Country of origin: Germany
Source of wealth: Soccer player
Last updated: 2023

Short introduction

Uwe Seeler is a former professional football player, while he was active he was considered one of the best strikers in the world.

Among other things, he was top scorer in the Bundesliga while playing for Hamburger SV, as captain of the German national team, he was runner-up in 1966 and finished third at the 1970 World Cup appointed honorary captain of the national team. In 2003 he was also made an honorary citizen of his hometown Hamburg.

He still enjoys legendary status, especially in Hamburg, and is considered one of the best players who ever played for Hamburger SV.

Early life

Uwe was born the third and last child of Erwin and Anny Seeler, his older brother is footballer Dieter Seeler.

He came into contact with football very early on because he comes from a family of athletes. His father, who earned his living as a dock worker, was a well-known football player in the Hanseatic city between the 1920s and the 1940s. At the end of his father’s career (who played for HSV at the end), he also registered his sons with HSV.

Since 1946 his sons Uwe and Dieter have been playing at Hamburger SV.

Uwe Seeler attended the elementary school in Hamburg-Eppendorf, after finishing school he began an apprenticeship as a forwarding agent.


From 1946-1953 Uwe played in the youth of the HSV, for his first assignment with the men, he came as early as 1953 at the age of 16. A year later he was able to play permanently for the men with a special authorization from the DFB. This enabled him to fight for a regular place very early on and to gain a lot of practice from a young age.

In the subsequent games, he scored his goals almost every game and thus cemented his reputation as Germany’s best center forward. His hit rate was so high that he scored 404 goals in 19 years at Hamburger SV and 476 appearances. This quality did not go unnoticed in the European football world for a long time and so Seeler already received a very lucrative offer from Inter Milan in 1961, the club offered around 1.2 million Deutsche Mark as transfer fee. But Uwe refused the change and remained loyal to Hamburger SV, who tried to keep Seeler by all means.

In the further course he was top scorer and also voted soccer player of the year in Germany. Seeler also caused a sensation internationally with Hamburger SV, because in 1968 they reached the final of the European Cup Winners’ Cup, but lost to AC Milan 2-0. This was also Uwe Seeler’s last final, because in May 1972 Seeler resigned as an active footballer after playing with HSV against a world selection.

Career highlights

One of his highlights is definitely the participation in the final of the European Cup Winners’ Cup final, but Uwe was also convincing in the national team from 1954-1970. Here he scored 43 goals in 72 appearances and was able to flash his class as a center forward.

During this time he played with greats like Franz Beckenbauer and showed strong performances in the national team. With this team, he also participated in the World Cup finals in England in 1966, because it was he who shot the national team with a 2-1 victory over Sweden to the finals.

The German national team made it to the final, where they finally met their hosts England. This final is considered one of the most legendary World Cup finals in football history, as it resembled a real football crime thriller. Germany lost the game 2: 4 nV and became vice world champion.

Although the team at that time was considered one of the strongest in football history in Germany, after 16 years with the national team Seeler could not record a title.

In the last international match in his 72nd mission against Hungary, he was able to beat Paul Janes’ previously unbeaten record in 1970.

He is one of the few players who managed to register in the top scorer list in all four World Cup tournaments in which he participated. In addition to him, only a few players like Miroslav Klose, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pele managed to do this.

Amazing facts

Even after his career as a football player, he was still active in other areas and also very successful. So he founded his own sportswear company and also owned a gas station.

He also worked in various volunteer positions and appears again and again for charitable purposes.

He has been married to his wife Ilka since 1959, has three daughters and seven grandchildren.

Because of his loyalty to Hamburger SV and his legendary status, he is referred to as “Uns Uwe”, which comes from Low German and means “our Uwe”.

In the 1963/64 season, he secured the title of the top scorer in the Bundesliga with 30 goals.

Uwe Seeler, a living legend!


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