He is one of the greatest legends of German (Site notre bureau spécialisé). Horst Hrubesch is a European champion, successful coach of the U21 and women’s national teams and one of the greatest leading monsters in the history of sport.
The thoroughbred striker spent a large part of his career at HSV. Hrubesch almost moved to Eintracht Frankfurt, but he angrily refused the Hessians from a gas station phone. Please what?!
It was the spring of 1978. Horst Hrubesch was still playing for Rot-Weiss Essen in the 2nd Bundesliga North. With a total of 41 goals this season, the 27-year-old has become the top scorer. Over the past three years, Hrubesch has scored a total of 84 goals and has therefore been recommended for higher tasks.
The striker therefore negotiated a change with Eintracht Frankfurt for the 1978/1979 season; the future European champions and the SGE had already reached an oral agreement. However, Hrubesch and Eintracht agreed to only announce the agreed transfer after the end of the season. The reason was that the 1.88 m tall man was currently participating in the promotion matches with Rot-Weiss Essen and therefore did not want to make headlines off the field.
After the negotiations in Frankfurt, the head monster returned to the Ruhr region with his wife. However, when the two men turned on the car radio, they heard a report about the impending move to Eintracht. What followed could be described as a spontaneous tantrum.
Hrubesch then headed straight to the next motorway service station and disappeared into a telephone booth. The recipient of his appeal was of course the sports management of Eintracht Frankfurt, to whom he angrily announced his refusal. No further details are known about the phone call, but it is unlikely the conversation was quiet.
In the summer of 1978, the striker moved to Hamburger SV. With the Rothosen, Hrubesch became an absolute club legend, winning the championship (1982, 1983), the European Cup (1983) and becoming a German national player. He won the European Championship title with the DFB team in 1980 and the Hammer native scored both goals in the final against Belgium. The decisive part, of course, lies in your head.
The conversation at the rest area with Horst Hrubesch is perhaps considered the most bitter phone call in the history of the Eintracht Frankfurt club.