UWE RAHN earned all 14 of his international caps (five goals) for West Germany while with Borussia Moenchengladbach. The attacking midfielder was selected Fussballer des Jahres in 1987 after leading the Bundesliga with 24 goals on the 1986-87 season for die Fohlen. Rahn, who altogether totaled 107 goals in 318 career Bundesliga games, left the North Rhine-Westphalian club in 1988 to sign with 1.FC Koeln and later appeared for SC Hertha Berlin, Fortuna Duesseldorf as well as Eintracht Frankfurt before finishing with Urawa Red Diamond in Japan. (weltfussball.de/kicker.de photo)
With the assistance of YouTube video, the Bundesliga clock is turned back here a quarter of a century to November of 1985 for a classic tussle in the West German top flight between BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH and defending league champion BAYERN MUNICH on a chilly, late fall day at the since-demolished Boekelbergstadion.
The Bavarian club, who established themselves as a legitimate power with three consecutive European Cups in the mid-1970s, were on their way to a second successive Bundesliga title during the 1985-86 season for a fourth domestic championship in seven years.
But die Fohlen, who had not won the title for the top flight of West German football since 1977, were able to recapture a bit of the club’s magic of the previous decade — Borussia Moenchengladbach, of course, won five Bundesliga titles during the 1970s and added two UEFA Cups in addition to the 1977 European Cup crown.
Perhaps the first thing that might catch the eye of the younger viewers would be the lack of individual names on the backs of the players’ jerseys for either Borussia Moenchengladbach or Bayern Munich. To recall, there was no such thing as ‘squad numbers’ once upon a time. The starting XI for any given football team trotted out for matches wearing the shirt numbers one thru eleven.
Also, those who looked over the line-ups for the two sides may have noticed the dearth of foreign participation as compared to what is commonplace in the contemporary Bundesliga. Of course, this match takes place long before the world had heard of the would-be famous Belgian footballer JEAN-MARC BOSMAN. Most of the top European leagues had strict quotas on non-national players back then; this extended even to the UEFA club competitions at that time, where only three non-nationals for any one team were allowed to play in any given game.
(85-86 Bundesliga games, goals in parenthesis)
Goal : # 1 – Uli SUDE (25 ga)
Defense : # 7 – Hans-Guenter BRUNS (30 ga, 3 go), # 3 – Michael FRONTZECK (28 ga, 0 go), # 4 – Wilfried HANNES (21 ga, 6 go), # 6 – Uli BOROWKA (29 ga, 2 go)
Midfield : # 2 – Hans Georg DRESSEN (24 ga, 7 go), # 5 – Kai Erik HERLOVSEN (12 ga, 0 go), # 8 – Uwe RAHN (28 ga, 9 go), # 9 – Ewald LIENEN (32 ga, 0 go)
Attack : # 10 – Frank MILL (30 ga, 13 go), # 11 – Hans Joerg CRIENS (32 ga, 12 go)
Borussia Moenchengladbach were without midfielder CHRISTIAN HOCHSTATTER, who finished fourth for die Fohlen with seven goals in 26 Bundesliga games on the 1985-86 season.
(85-86 Bundesliga games, goals in parenthesis)
Goal : # 1 – Raimund AUMANN (11 ga)
Defense : # 3 – Hans PFLUEGLER (34 ga, 6 go), # 4 – Norbert EDER (34 ga, 2 go), # 5 – Klaus AUGENTHALER (31 ga, 4 go), # 11 – Norbert NACHTWEIH (27 ga, 4 go)
Midfield : # 2 – Hans-Dieter FLICK (6 ga, 0 go) , # 6 – Soren LERBY (31 ga, 8 go), # 7 – Reinhold MATHY (19 ga, 2 go), # 8 – Holger WILLMER (20 ga, 2 go)
Attack : # 9 – Dieter HOENESS (31 ga, 15 go), # 10 – Michael RUMMENIGGE (31 ga, 10 go)
The Bavarians were without their first choice, two-time Belgium World Cup goalkeeper JEAN-MARIE PFAFF (24 ga) as well as 24-year-old midfielder star LOTHAR MATTHAEUS (23 ga, 10 go), the Borussia Moenchengladbach product who transferred to Bayern Munich in the summer of 1984 and, altogether, played in five World Cups for both West Germany and unified Germany over the course of his career.
22-year-old striker ROLAND WOHLFARTH (25 ga, 13 go), the second-leading goal-scorer for Bayern Munich on the 85-86 season, was also left out of the line-up.
Borussia Moenchengladbach opened the scoring at the jam-packed Boekelbergstadion (official capacity – 34,500) after Bayern Munich captain KLAUS AUGENTHALER, a World Cup runner-up in 1986 and champion in 1990 with West Germany, failed to clear a ball adequately and striker FRANK MILL, a reserve on the title-winning team at Italia ’90, provided a handsome cross from the left for attack partner HANS JOERG CRIENS to head home at the far post.
The 24-year-old Criens, who finished second on the club during the 85-86 campaign with a second consecutive 12-goal season in the Bundesliga for die Fohlen, added a second goal against Bayern Munich with another header, this time from a corner kick, to double Borussia Moenchengladbach’s margin in the first half.
For his career, Criens played twelve seasons and scored 92 goals in 290 Bundesliga matches for Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Midfielder UWE RAHN, who totaled 81 goals in 227 Bundesliga games over eight-plus seasons for Borussia Moenchenglabach and would be included in West Germany’s squad traveling to Mexico for the 1986 FIFA World Cup, increased the scoreline to 3-0 with an outstanding individual effort early in the second half.
Bayern Munich would mount a legitimate comeback attempt and opened their account after 32-year-old veteran striker DIETER HOENESS, the Bavarians’ leading goal-scorer that season and another who was chosen by West Germany for the World Cup squad in Mexico that summer, was tripped in the box by Borussia Moenchengladbach defender WILFRIED HANNES.
Bayern Munich’s 21-year-old striker MICHAEL RUMMENIGGE, the younger brother of West Germany and Inter Milan star Karl-Heinz, converted the subsequent penalty kick for the visitors.
Defender NORBERT NACHTWEIH, the former East Germany U-21 international who had defected from the Deutsche Demokratische Republik in October of 1976 while traveling for a match in Turkey, brought Bayern Munich within one following a spectacular strike off a set piece.
Midfielder SOREN LERBY, a key man for Denmark at the 1986 FIFA World Cup final tournament in Mexico who went on to win the 1988 European Cup with Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, played a simple square ball from a free kick for Nachtweih to hammer a thunderbolt with the outside of his right foot from long range and provide Bayern Munich hope.
Borussia Moenchengladbach, however, put the issue to bed with when midfielder HANS GEORG DRESSEN headed home a corner kick at the near post.