At the latter tournament he played all six matches and scored 22 goals. He played club handball for the VfL Gummersbach from 1976 to 1983 when he left to join Football Club Barcelona. He later returned to Germany to play for the Turn- und Sportverein Milbertshofen.
In 1999 he was voted German Handballer of the Century.
He died, aged 55, in Cologne of skin cancer. He was buried in his home town Augsburg, as was his last wish, on 10 October 2012.