The Startelf (plus one substitute, for those paying close attention) of the-then two-time defending Bundesliga champions BAYERN MUNICH pose with the coveted Meisterschale during the 1972-73 football season :
back row (left to right): Franz BECKENBAUER, Georg SCHWARZENBECK, Franz ROTH, Willy HOFFMANN, Gerd MUELLER, Dieter HOENESS, trainer Udo LATTEK
front row (left to right): Franz KRAUTHAUSEN, Edgar SCHNEIDER, Rainer ZOBEL, Johnny HANSEN, Sepp MAIER, Paul BREITNER
Summer 1973 — German club BAYERN MUNICH are repeat Bundesliga champions for the very first time in club history but the resounding 4-0 loss to eventual titlist Ajax Amsterdam in Holland at the first leg of the quarterfinal stage for the 1972-73 UEFA European Cup competition had taught a harsh lesson.
That being that no fewer than six highly-skilled players from the West German Startelf that shutout the Soviet Union 3-0 to win the 1972 European Championships was still not sufficent to bring about success at the very highest level of professional football and, thus, changes to the team would have to be made by trainer UDO LATTEK if Bayern Munich were to achieve any aspirations of Continental glory.
Altogether a half dozen players — almost a quarter of the full senior squad — were shown the door at Saebener Strasse in Munich although just one of the kickers leaving approached anything near full-time status in Lattek’s first team.
WOLFGANG SUEHNHOLZ, the one-time Hertha 03 Zehlendorf forward who would later be named the Most Valuable Player of the 1976 Soccer Bowl as the Toronto MetroCroatias captured the North American Soccer League championship, made 37 appearances and scored six goals in all competitions for Bayern Munich during the 1971-72 season.
Two of the departing six were actually reserve goalkeepers including the veteran Yugoslavia international ZLATKO SKORIC. The 30-year-old shot-stopper had made 24 Bundesliga appearances with Vfb Stuttgart during the 1971-72 season but could not get more than one European Cup game (against AC Omonia Nicosia on the road in Cyprus) with the likes of West Germany international SEPP MAIER on the books at Bayern Munich. And so, Skoric returned to France for a second tour of duty with Olympique Avignonnais.
Another, 27-year-old winger WOLFGANG SUEHNHOLZ, had not made so much as a single appearance with Bayern Munich over the course of the 1973-73 campaign. The one-time Berlin Stadtliga Stuermer had played 25 Bundesliga games scoring four goals for Lattek’s side his first season in Bavaria after arriving from Rot Weiss Oberhausen the previous year. Suehnholz would ultimately cross the border and sign his next contract with Grasshopper Zurich in Switzerland.
The one regular player released was FRANZ KRAUTHAUSEN, the left-sided winger/midfielder who had also transferred to Bayern Munich from Rot Weiss Oberhausen in the summer of 1971. The emergence and continued development of 19-year-old BERND DUERNBERGER, the versatile arrival from ESV Freilassing who found himself in the Startelf increasingly as the 72-73 schedule played out, had left the 27-year-old expendable. Krauthausen moved to Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen but played just six more Bundesliga games over the next two years and, like Suehnholz, ended up in the old North American Soccer League on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
FRANZ KRAUTHAUSEN, the former Bundesliga titlist who was reunited with his former Bavarian constituent Suehnholz in the summer of 1977 while playing with the NASL’s Las Vegas Quicksilvers, made 76 appearances scoring 10 goals in all competitions over two seasons for Bayern Munich. Here, Krauthausen kicks for the San Diego Sockers during the summer of 1978.
Departures — Summer, 1973
gk — Zlatko SKORIC —————— to Olympique Avignonnais (France)
gk — Manfred SEIFERT ————- to FC Bayern Hof
df — Guenther RYBARCZYK —— to FSV 05 Mainz
fw — Hans JOERG ———————- to FC Augsburg
fw — Franz KRAUTHAUSEN —– to Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen
fw — Wolfgang SUEHNHOLZ —– to Grasshopper Zurich (Switzerland)