The Olympiaauswahl of the Deutscher Fussball Verband, better known as the football team of the “Equipe unifiee d’Allemagne”, take time to pose for an informal photograph outside of their residential quarters at the Olympic Village during the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan.
Who is to say for sure what would have happened had standout East Germany international defender KLAUS URBANCZYK of Chemie Halle not severely injured his knee in a fateful collision with his own goalkeeper during the Olympic semi-final against Czechoslovakia in Japan?
The Laws of the Game at that time forbid any substitution for whatever reason and so the “Equipe unifiee d’Allemagne” was forced to carry on with ten men for the final hour. The so-called Unified Team of Germany had seized the initial advantage with an early goal from JUERGEN NOELDNER of FC Vorwaerts Berlin, however, were gradually worn down after going shorthanded. The Czechoslovaks pulled level two minutes after the break but were forced to wait until the 89th minute for the match-winner.
Still, the bronze medal earned in football by the Unified Team of Germany at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo was an achievement for the Deutscher Fussball Verein and the national team of the Deutsche Demokratische Republik. The D.D.R. Olympiaauswahl had survived a grueling seven-game qualification battle just for the right to play in Japan and outsed defending Olympic champion Yugoslavia in the quarterfinals. The 3-1 triumph over Egypt in the Bronze Medal Match through goals from HENNING FRENZEL of Lokomotive Leipzig, EBERHARD VOGEL of SC Karl Marx Stadt and HERMANN STOECKER of FC Magdeburg was certainly an occasion for East Germany and Hungarian trainer KAREL SOOS to celebrate.
East Germany stalwart defender KLAUS URBANCZYK (2) of Chemie Halle, who played 17 games for the Olympic team in addition to his 34 full caps for the D.D.R., slide tackles the ball to stop legendary England goal-scorer BOBBY CHARLTON of Manchester United during the famous friendly contested at the mammoth Zentralstadion in Leipzig in early June of 1963.
The official Olympic flag of “Equipe unifiee d’Allemagne” authorized by the International Olympic Committee appeared for the final time at the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan.