1974 World Cup : East Germany 1 – West Germany 0


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Looking like a man with something up his sleeve, East German captain BERND BRANSCH (3) shakes hands with the unsuspecting West German skipper, FRANZ BECKENBAUER, just prior to the historic, first-ever full international match between the two Deutschlands at the Volksparkstadion in the northern port city of Hamburg.
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And so East Germany, having qualified for a major tournament for the first time ever, were drawn into the same first-round group, as if pre-ordained by politicians somewhere seeking fuel for propaganda fires, as the host nation, West Germany, conquerors of the 1972 European Championships, for the 1974 World Cup finals.

By the time the two sides met for the historic match on June 22, 1974, in the third and final round of the first stage of the tournament, both teams had already assured themselves of passage to the next round. The game would, however, determine first place in Group One. West Germany would go top of the table with a win or a draw while the East Germans required an outright victory.

In the end, perhaps as a result of the unavoidable political considerations looming over the event, on the field the affair became a football match, above all else, neither side wanted to lose.

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West Germany defender BERTI VOGTS (2) of Borussia Moenchengladbach races for the ball with East Germany striker MARTIN HOFFMAN (20) of FC Magdeburg at the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg. At left is the West German captain, sweeper FRANZ BECKENBAUER (5) of Bayern Munich, playing in his third and final World Cup in 1974. (ADN-ZB photo)

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Nerves may have accounted for why the historic match produced no goals in the first half. For, as the footage referenced here will confirm, the clean sheets turned in were not indicative of a lack of chances at either end of the pitch :

West Germany midfielder HEINZ FLOHE (15) of 1.FC Koeln opens the highlight clip with a drive from just outside the penalty area that the East German goalkeeper, JUERGEN CROY of Sachsenring Zwickau, appears to get a piece of, but, no corner is given despite appeals from Flohe.

Next, after a fine run from the great GERD “der Bomber” MUELLER (13) of Bayern Munich, West German striker JUERGEN GRABOWSKI (9) of Eintract Frankfurt completely flubs his effort from less than six yards out that the DDR keeper definitely and, significantly, deflected slightly.

“The Maoist”, West Germany’s politically incorrect midfielder PAUL BREITNER (3) of Bayern Munich, might have won a penalty after beating East German midfielder HARALD IRMSCHER (16) of FC Carl Zeiss Jena at the top of the box, but match referee RAMON BARRETO RUIZ of Uruguay turned a blind eye.

The visiting side left a glorious chance escape when striker HANS-JUERGEN KREISCHE (10) of Dynamo Dresden, the three-time Oberliga goal-scoring champion and official 1973 Player of the Year in East Germany, missed a sitter from six yards by blasting over the bar following an inch-perfect cross from midfielder REINHARD LAUCK (13) of Dynamo Berlin.

Der Bomber, the leading goal-scorer at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, came closest to breaking the deadlock in the opening forty-five minutes with a delightful ball played into the box by Breitner. But Mueller, with a brillant first touch to set up his turn, volleyed his left-footer of the goalpost and, thus, the game remained scoreless.

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JUERGEN SPARWASSER, who is officially credited with 48 full international caps (14 goals) for the Deutsche Demokratische Republik by FIFA, also earned a bronze medal for East Germany at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany. (dfb.de photo)
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And so, up to the forefront of the world stage stepped JUERGEN SPARWASSER, a 26-year-old forward from FC Magdeburg, the surprise winners of the 1974 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup for the 1973-74 European season.

It was the second half substitute then, midfielder ERICH HAMANN (17) of FC Vorwaerts Frankfurt/Oder, that provided the pivotal pass. Ironically enough, the 29-year-old veteran only ever made three appearances with the East German national team in his career. And, Hamann had been on the field for less than ten minutes when he lifted a hopeful ball towards the top of the West German box.

Surrounded by a trio of West German defenders — including the world-class Beckenbauer — Sparwasser used an excellent first touch to create the space he would need to write his name in history books.

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With the benefit of hindsight, it is easy to see how the loss actually worked out to West Germany’s advantage.

East Germany, by virtue of finishing first in the group, were cruelly sent on to the second stage “Group of Death” including Argentina, Brazil and Holland.

The West Germans, on the other hand, moved on to face, collectively, less-formidable opponents in Poland, Sweden and Yugoslavia.

The surprise loss by the 1972 European champions to their cousins from the East also provided the host nation of the 1974 World Cup a wake-up call, as the West German captain Beckenbauer later described it.

West Germany’s manager HELMUT SCHOEN, who actually began his coaching career in the Soviet-occupied state of Saxony before fleeing East Germany in 1950, would make two key changes to his starting line-up, as well.

West Germany, of course, defeated Holland 2-1 in the championship match to win the 1974 World Cup final tournament on home ground.

The German Democratic Republic, meanwhile, remains forever unbeaten at the highest level of international football against the three-time World Cup champions from the Federal Republic of Germany.

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