Summer ’73 : Bayern Break Bundesliga Record

Bundesliga record-breaker JUPP KAPELLMANN (right) celebrates a Bayern Munich goal by the side of a pair of fellow senior internationals and two of the Beautiful Game’s all-time greatest, Der Kaiser (FRANZ BECKBENBAUER, left) and Der Bomber (GERD MUELLER, center); all three players ended up on West Germany’s World Cup-winning squad in the summer of 1974.

Although the tie had, for all intents and purposes, been decided after the first leg in Amsterdam, Bayern Munich’s 2-1 defeat of eventual European Cup champion Ajax at the Olympiastadion in the return match indicated that trainer UDO LATTEK’s charges were, indeed, an extremely formidable side already and, perhaps, really only a player or two away from reaching the pinnacle of all of professional football.

With the full support of influential Bayern Munich club president WILHELM NEUDECKER, who was prepared to make available the requiste funding, Lattek looked the strengthen the team in the summer of 1973. One item on the agenda was to diversify the attack, if possible. West German international superstar GERD MUELLER continued to score goals at an astonishing rate; der Bomber had amassed a career-high 54 goals and youthful attacking midfielder ULI HOENESS, another standout fo the West German Startelf though still just 21, contributed another 22 goals in all competitions over the course of the 1972-73 season for Bayern Munich. But, an even more-balanced offense was only logical in this brand new era of Total Football.

Bayern Munich did generate a few headlines with the addition of a pair of Auslaender (foreign) players to the squad although, truth be told, neither would accomplish much, if anything. There were some hopes for Denmark international defender VIGGO JENSEN arriving from B 1909 Odense as countryman and national team constituent JOHNNY HANSEN had done well as the regular right back in the two-time defending Bundesliga Meister side for the past three seasons. And, agreeing to his first professional contract in the West was the Yugoslav DUSAN JOVANOVIC, a 26-year-old striker previously with OFK Belgrade.


Coinciding with the arrival of West Germany international midfielder JUPP KAPELLMANN at defending champion Bayern Munich from runners-up 1.FC Koeln to start the 1973-74 football season was the initial appearance of shirt advertising in the Bundesliga.

The real ‘big story’ in the summer of 1973, however, revolved around Bayern Munich’s record-breaking purchase.

Promising JUPP KAPELLMANN had come off of a career-high eight goals in 32 games for 1.FC Koeln, the Bundesliga runners-up for the 1972-73 campaign. The 23-year-old, left-sided midfieler/winger had also just earned his first-ever international cap by going the full ninety minutes as West Germany had dispatched Bulgaria 3-0 at the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg earlier that spring. Sufficiently impressed, Bayern Munich paid out 880,000 Deutsche Mark to sign Kapellmann and set a new domestic standard in the process.

Another attack-minded midfielder, BERND GERSDORFF, was brought on from relegated Eintracht Braunschweig. The 26-year-old one-time Stadt Liga (city league) player with Tennis Borussia in West Berlin had scored 16 Bundesliga goals over the past two seasons with Braunschweig. Gersdorff would go straight into the Bayern Munich Startelf, deployed up front as a right winger by Lattek.


Always attack-minded BERND GERSDORFF (right) grabs one of his two goals for Eintracht Braunschweig during the bottom-of-the-table tussle with Hannover 96 in late May of 1973. Eintracht Braunschweig won this exciting affair 3-2 but, in the end, lost out to Hannover 96 by a single point in the Bundesliga standings and were sent down. Gersdorff would later earn his one and only full international cap for West Germany in conjunction with the 2-0 victory over Austria at Vienna’s Praterstadion in early September of 1975.

Arrivals — Summer, 1973

gk — 21 — Walter MODICK ————– fr FC Memmingen
gk — 19 — Hugo ROBL ———————- fr TSV 1860 Munich
df — 26 — Viggo JENSEN —————– fr B 1909 Odense (Denmark)
mf — 22 — Erwin HADEWICZ ———- fr VfR Aalen
mf — 23 — Jupp KAPELLMANN —— fr 1.FC Koeln
mf — 26 — Bernd GERSDORFF ——– fr Eintracht Braunschweig
fw — 26 — Dusan JOVANOVIC ——— fr OFK Belgrade (Yugoslavia)


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