German Football At The Olympics : East Meets West, The Team Sheet

A photocopy of the actual team sheet showing the different styles of penmanship and filled out to properly list the starting line-ups as well as substitutes available on the bench for the historic Olympic football match featuring EAST GERMANY (D.D.R.) and WEST GERMANY (B.R.D.) at the Olympiastadion in Munich during the 1972 Summer Games.


GK —- 1 – Juergen CROY ——————— FC Sachsenring Zwickau
DF —- 3 – Manfred ZAPF ——————— FC Magdeburg
DF —- 4 – Konrad WEISE ——————– FC Carl Zeiss Jena
DF —- 5 – Bernd BRANSCH —————– Chemie Halle
DF — 18 – Frank GANZERA —————– Dynamo Dresden
MF —- 7 – Juergen POMMERENKE —– FC Magdeburg
MF —- 9 – Juergen SPARWASSER ——- FC Magdeburg
MF – 13 – Wolfgang SEGUIN ————— FC Magdeburg
FW – 10 – Hans Juergen KREISCHE —- Dynamo Dresden
FW – 11 – Joachim STREICH ————— FC Hansa Rostock
FW – 14 – Peter DUCKE ———————– FC Carl Zeiss Jena

FW – 15 – Eberhard VOGEL —————— FC Carl Zeiss Jena
for Streich (70th min)

Unrestricted as a result of the International Olympic Committee’s willingness to believe in the hoax known in some quarters as ‘Shamateurism’, the Detusche Demokratische Republik fielded perhaps its strongest football team to date at the Summer Games in Munich, West Germany.

The Deutscher Fussball Verband’s Olympia Auswahl in 1972 featured no fewer than four of the five most-capped players in the history of East German international football including FC Sachsenring Zwickau goalkeeper JUERGEN CROY, who would later be singled out as the country’s best ever product during the D.D.R.’s elaborate 40-Year Anniversary celebrations in 1989.

The attack was fortified East Germany all-time leading scorer JOACHIM STREICH, the FC Hansa Rostock striker who fired five goals in five Olympic football matches at the 1972 Summer Games heading into the meeting with West Germany at Munich. Also on hand for the East Germans were veteran FC Carl Zeiss Jena attacker EBERHARD VOGEL, the only member of the squad in Munich who earned a bronze medal with the D.D.R. contingent at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and HANS-JUERGEN KREISCHE of Dynamo Dresden. Vogel and Kreische are the second and third leading Torjaeger, respectively, in the international history of East German football.


The two contestants already having met on the field at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany star midfielder ULI HOENESS of Bayern Munich looks to dribble by East Germany defender KONRAD WEISE (2) of FC Carl Zeiss Jena, who is fourth on the all-time list with 78 international caps for the D.D.R., during the famous 1974 FIFA World Cup final tournament match in Hamburg — the one and only all-Deutschland duel ever staged at the senior international level.


GK — 19 – Hans Juergen BRADLER ———- Vfl Bochum
DF —– 2 – Heiner BALTES ———————– Fortuna Duesseldorf
DF —– 3 – Reiner HOLLMANN —————– Rot Weiss Oberhausen
DF —– 4 – Egon SCHMITT ———————– Kickers Offenbach
DF —– 5 – Friedhelm HAEBERMANN —— Eintracht Braunschweig
MF —- 7 – Hermann BITZ ————————- 1.FC Kaiserslautern
MF – 10 – Uli HOENESS ————————– Bayern Munich
MF – 16 – Juergen KALB ————————– Eintracht Frankfurt
FW —- 9 – Klaus WUNDER ———————- MSV Duisburg
FW – 13 – Bernd NICKEL ————————- Eintracht Frankfurt
FW – 17 – Otmar HITZFELD ——————– FC Basel (Switz)

FW – 11 – Ronald WORN ————————– MSV Duisburg
for Wunder (54th min)
FW —- 8 – Rudi SELIGER ————————– MSV Duisburg
for Hollmann (75th min)

Just three players in the Bundesrepublik Deutschland Startelf opposite the Deutsche Demokratische Republik at the Olympiastadion in Munich ever appeared with the senior national team although attacking midfielder ULI HOENESS of hometown Bayern Munich was already a prominent player in the Nationalelf and had appeared for West Germany in the 3-0 victory over the Soviet Union in the Final of the 1972 European Cup of Nations only a few months prior to the Olympic Games. Still only 20 years old at the time, Hoeness would ultimately win 35 caps and score five goals for the B.R.D. before a serious knee injury sadly changed the course of his career later on. The other two players, BERND NICKEL of Eintracht Frankfurt and KLAUS WUNDER of MSV Duisburg, would later each only ever make one appearance for West Germany.

The two West German substitutes sent on in the all-Deutschland Duel at Munich’s Olympiastadion in 1972 would also eventually be selected for the senior national side but together only accumulated nine matches.

As always was the case, the very best footballers in West Germany were unwelcome at the Olympics as a result of their professional status with Bundesliga clubs. However, the Deutscher Fussball Bund was, naturally, interested in the best possible showing for the football team at the Summer Games on home turf in Munich. And so, in 1971, the eligibility requirements for the amateur national team (who traditionally took care of Olympic football affairs) were relaxed and approved by the I.O.C.


Exactly one year and one day prior to the big B.R.D. v D.D.R. Derby at the Summer Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany amateur national team members FRIEDHELM HAEBERMANN (Eintracht Braunschweig), EDGAR SCHNEIDER (Bayern Munich) and JUERGEN KALB (Eintracht Frankfurt) stand at attention prior to the 3-1 defeat of Bulgaria.

Nine players of the eleven players in West Germany’s starting line-up against East Germany spent the 1971-72 season with clubs in the elite first division. Eight of those kickers had appeared in at least 27 of 34 Bundesliga matches for their respective clubs, while the ninth, JUERGEN KALB of Eintracht Frankfurt, collected eight goals in 20 league games that year. The youthful Hoeness scored 13 goals for Bayern Munich during the 71-72 Bundeslga campaign, a figure that was equaled by Nickl, Kalb’s teammate at Eintract Frankfurt, as well.


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