Full name: Karl Hohmann
Nickname(s): Penalty Box Phantom
Height: 5'10" (177 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: June 18, 1908 in Benrath, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Died: March 31, 1974 in Benrath, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Affiliations: VfL Benrath, Düsseldorf (GER)
From his early youth, Hohmann carried the nickname “Karlchen” (“Little Karl”), but he was also known as the “Penalty Box Phantom” due to his striking ability. His international career consisted of 26 games for Germany between 1930-37, in which he scored 20 goals. Twice he scored three goals in one match: in 1933 against Belgium and in the 1933 World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg. He appeared in two games in the 1934 World Cup, but was injured when it came to the semifinal.
He started playing for VfL Benrath in 1916 and joined FK Pirmasens in 1937. After the war he coached Union Ohligs and Rot-Weiß Essen, Cup winner in 1953. After another engagement as coach with Spielverein Rheydt, he returned to his native VfL Benrath as manager. Later on he opened a sports shop in Benrath. The stadium in Benrath and a street were named after him.
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