German Football At The Olympics : D.D.R., U.S.S.R. Divide Bronze


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With the Olympic flag centered perfectly in the background, the Startelf for the OLYMPIAAUSWAHL of the DEUTSCHE DEMOKRATISCHE REPUBLIK pose for the traditional team photograph just prior to the Bronze Medal Match of the football tournament for the 1972 Summer Games opposite their Warsaw Pact brethren from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics at the Olympiastadion in Munich, West Germany.

back row (L t R) —— capt B. BRANSCH, H.J. KREISCHE, M. ZAPF, J. SPARWASSER, F. GANZERA, J. POMMERENKE

front (L to R) —— K. WEISE, J. STREICH, J. CROY, P. DUCKE, W. SEGUIN
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The BRONZE MEDAL MATCH at the 1972 MUNICH SUMMER GAMES in West Germany turned out to be a battle for Warsaw Pact bragging rights in the old Eastern Bloc. With a most satisfying result from the perspective of the Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschland Politburo, EAST GERMANY had edged their neighbors and Olympic hosts in the final match their second round group. The SOVIET UNION, meanwhile, had secured second place in their bracket with the decisive 4-0 defeat of a Denmark squad featuring future Bundesliga superstar and European Footballer of the Year Alan Simonsen.

The U.S.S.R., who were thought to have had some 400,000 occupation troops permanently stationed in the D.D.R. at that time, struck for two goals inside of the first half hour at the Olympiastadion in Bavaria. Dinamo Tbilisi defender MURTAZ KHURTSILAVA, captain of the Soviet team which fell 3-0 to West Germany in the Final of the 1972 European Cup of Nations three months earlier at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, scored in just the 10th minute of the match. Still 19-year-old Dynamo Kiev striker OLEG BLOKHIN, another future Balon’d Or winner as Europe’s best footballer on display at the Summer Olympics in Munich, shot a second goal for the Soviet Union in the 30th minute.

East Germany, who still had not ever qualified for a FIFA World Cup final tournament, had yet to claim an Olympic medal as its own, either. The third place finish at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games had come under the flag of the International Olympic Committee’s so-called Equipe unifee d’ Allemagne, the “Unified Team of Germany”. An hour remained to the East Germans make a statement of many sorts of West German soil at the Olympiastadion in Munich.

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HANS-JUERGEN KREISCHE of Dynamo Dresden initiated East Germany’s comeback against the U.S.S.R. in the Bronze Medal Match of the 1972 Summer Games at Munich’s Olympiastadion by scoring his fifth goal of the Olympic football tournament in West Germany; Kreische forever ranks third all-time on the chart for the Deutsche Demokratische Republik with 22 goals from 46 full internationals and also added another ten goals from thirteen Olympic qualification and final tournament matches in his career.
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But trainer GEORG BUSCHNER’s troops would not fail what select few citizens of the German Democratic Republic had been allowed by the government to travel west and were among the 80,000 fans in attendace at the brand new Olympiastadion.

Within three minutes of going down a pair, HANS-JUERGEN KREISCHE of Dynamo Dresden halved the deficit from the penalty spot. The equalizer, however, would prove elusive until Buschner, as he had done throughout the entire Olympic tournament in West Germany, looked down his bench at veteran international winger EBERHARD VOGEL of FC Carl Zeiss Jena with time winding down in the second half. Vogel went on in the 75th minute and, within three minutes, scored his third goal of the 1972 Summer Games to draw the East Germans level.

Thirty more minutes tacked onto the end of regulation settled nothing as the score stood deadlocked between the D.D.R. and U.S.S.R. at the Olympiastadion. A coin flip had been used to settle the knockout quarterfinal involving Bulgaria and Israel which had been drawn after extra time four years earlier but that seemed a rather inappropriate method, even for the bumbling I.O.C., to award an actual medal. The penalty kick shootout had still yet to be adopted.

And so it was decided that East Germany and the Soviet Union would each be awarded a set of Olympic bronze medals for the football tournament at the 1972 Summer Games in Munich.

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East Germany left winger EBERHARD VOGEL (15) of FC Carl Zeiss Jena fires the ball just over the outstretched leg of Australia defender DRAGAN “Doug” UTJESENOVIC of FC St. George Saints during the 1974 FIFA World Cup Group One match at the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg, West Germany; in addition to his 24 goals from 69 full internationals for the D.D.R., the two-time bronze medalist at the Summer Games also counted nine goals from 23 Olympic qualification and final tournament matches from 1964 thru 1976.
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SOVIET UNION
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GK – Evgeny RUDAKOV ————– (Dynamo Kiev : 42 caps)
DF – Yuri ISOTMIN ——————— (CSKA Moscow : 34 caps, 7 go)
DF – Murtaz KHURTSILAVA ——- (Dinamo Tbilisi : 69 caps, 6 go)
DF – Evgeny LOVCHEV —————- (Spartak Moscow : 52 caps, 1 go)
DF – Vladimir KAPLICHNY ———- (CSKA Moscow : 62 caps, 0 go)
MF – Sergei OLSHANKSY ————- (Spartak Moscow : 19 caps, 0 go)
MF – Viktor KOLOTOV —————– (Dynamo Kiev : 55 caps, 22 go)
MF – Oganes ZANAZANYAN ——– (Ararat Yerevan : 6 caps, 1 go)
FW – Vyacheslav SEMENOV ——– (Zorya Voroshilovgrad : 11 caps, 4 go)
FW – Oleg BLOKHIN ——————– (Dynamo Kiev : 112 caps, 42 go)
FW – Gennady YEVRIUZHIKIN — (Dynamo Moscow : 37 caps, 6 go)

subsitutes
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MF – Andrei YAKUBIK —————- (Dynamo Moscow : 2 caps, 0 go)
for Yevriuzhikin – 41st min
MF – Arkady ANDREASYAN ——- (Ararat Yerevan : 12 caps, 1 go)
for Semenov – 68th min

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EAST GERMANY
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GK – Juergen CROY ——————- (FC Sachsenring Zwickau : 86 caps)
DF – Manfred ZAPF ——————- (FC Magdeburg : 16 caps, 0 go)
DF – Frank GANZERA —————- (SG Dynamo Dresden : 13 caps, 0 go)
DF – Konrad WEISE ——————- (FC Carl Zeiss Jena : 78 caps, 1 go)
DF – Bernd BRANSCH —————- (FC Chemie Halle : 64 caps, 3 go)
MF – Hans Juergen KREISCHE — (SG Dynamo Dresden : 46 caps, 22 go)
MF – Juergen POMMERENKE —- (FC Magdeburg : 53 caps, 3 go)
MF – Wolfgang SEGUIN ————- (FC Magdeburg : 19 caps, 0 go)
FW – Peter DUCKE ——————— (FC Carl Zeiss Jena : 63 caps, 15 go)
FW – Joachim STREICH ————- (FC Hansa Rostock : 98 caps, 53 go)
FW – Juergen SPARWASSER —— (FC Magdeburg : 48 caps, 14 go)

substitutes
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DF – Lothar KURBJUWEIT ——– (FC Carl Zeiss Jena : 59 caps, 3 go)
for Ganzera – 20th min
FW – Eberhard VOGEL —————- (FC Carl Zeiss Jena : 69 caps, 24 go)
for Seguin – 75th min

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The spot kick from East Germany forward HANS-JUERGEN KREISCHE is included in this short clip shot by a fan in the stands at the Olympiastadion :

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The OLYMPIASTADION was specifically built to be the centerpiece of the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany. The stadium was officially opened on May 26, 1972, with the international football friendly between the Federal Republic of Germany and the U.S.S.R. which was won handily 4-1 by the hosts. The West Germans and Soviets would meet again a little over three weeks later in the Final of the 1972 European Cup on Nations in Belgium.

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