1987 European Cup : Madjer Avenges Anschluss


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Portugal international winger PAOLO FUTRE (10) watches as Algeria international striker RABAH MADJER (center) levels the 1987 European Cup Final for FC Porto with a spectacular backheel against Bayern Munich at the Praterstadion in the Austrian capital city of Vienna.
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For those with a sharp eye for detail, it must be hard to note the spectacular backheel goal scored by Algeria international striker RABAH MADJER for Portuguese side FC Porto against West German side Bayern Munich at the Praterstadion in the capital city of Austria and not recall the so-called Anschluss at the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain.

It was Madjer, of course, who scored the first goal for the North Africans in Algeria’s landmark 2-1 upset victory over West Germany in the opening match for both sides at Espana ’82. The West Germans, winners of the 1980 European Champinoships, compiled a 16-4 advantage with corner kicks for the match but all for naught. Reigning African Footballer of the Year LAKHDAR BELLOUMI of GC Mascara registered the winning goal for Algeria just one minute after West Germany striker KARL-HEINZ RUMMENIGGE of Bayern Munich, the current European Footballer of the Year for a second consecutive season, had equalized.

Algeria could not follow up its famous victory, though, and succumbed to Austria on goals by former FC Barcelona striker HANS KRANKL and WALTER SCHACHNER of Italian Serie A side AC Cesena in its next match. West Germany, meanwhile, clobbered Chile (4-1), who had fallen to the Austrians in their first game. After Algeria defeated Chile 3-2, the die was cast and an agreement unannounced to the public was reached for the final Group II match the next day.

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Algeria striker RABAH MADJER (11) of Nasr Athletique de Hussein Dey is confronted by West Germany defender HANS-PETER BRIEGEL (2) of 1.FC Kaiserslautern in full view of match referee ENRIQUE LABO REVOREDO of Peru during the 1982 World Cup Group II game at the Estadio El Molinon in Gijon, Spain.
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An early goal by SV Hamburg striker HORST HRUBESCH allowed both West Germany and Austria to advance to the second round of the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain at the expense of Algeria. All three teams had finished tied with four points from three games and so goal-differential was used to determine the top two places in the group. The manager of France, MICHEL HIDALGO, publically recommended that the Nobel Peace Prize be awarded.

Algeria protested but to no avail and were forced to go home.

Later, Hrubesch had a statement of his own for Hidalgo — the 31-year-old striker converted the winning penalty in the historic shootout at Sevilla as West Germany rallied for a sensational victory after falling behind France two goals in extra time.

As for Madjer, who began his European professional career in the land of Algeria’s former colonial masters with FC Racing Paris in 1983 before transferring to FC Porto two seasons later, his opportunity to express himself would have to wait for another time and place.

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Algeria two-time World Cup striker RABAH MADJER of FC Porto, who scored the game-tying goal and immediately set up the match-winner for the Portuguese side in the 1987 Final against West German club Bayern Munich, lifts the coveted and prestigous European Cup of Champions at the Praterstadion in Vienna, Austria.

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