Euro ’80 Final : Hrubesch Heads West Germany To Glory


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West Germany striker HORST HRUBESCH (right) of SV Hamburg heads a late corner kick past Belgium goalkeeper JEAN-MARIE PFAFF of SK Beveren to score what would remain the most important goal of his international career in the waning minutes of the 1980 UEFA European Championships Final from the venerable Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy.
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Known as der Ungeheuer, HORST HRUBESCH of Bundesliga club SV Hamburg had often been labeled as good in the air but of little value otherwise. Indeed, the veteran 29-year-old striker had never even managed an international goal prior to the Final of the 1980 UEFA European Championships in Rome. However, at the final hurdle, the Monster literally rose up to wreck the title aspirations of Belgium and hand West Germany the coveted trophy in the end.

Hrubesch did not score for SV Hamburg after coming on as a substitute for the second half of the 1980 European Cup Final against English side Nottingham Forrest less than a month prior to the Euro ’80 Final. But, on his fifth international appearance for Deutschland, the massive central striker did find the back of the net for West Germany only ten minutes into the match with Belgium at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Demonstrating some genuine skill and settling a chip from impressive 21-year-old midfielder BERND SCHUSTER, a rising star with 1.FC Koeln, Hrubesch hammered a low shot past Belgium goalkeeper JEAN-MARIE PFAFF of SK Beveren into the far right corner to provide the early lead.

But for Pfaff, who later signed with Bundesliga club Bayern Munich following another standout showing at the 1982 FIFA World Cup final tournament in Spain, the West Germans would have extended their advantage.

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Sliding along the turf at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, West Germany sweeper ULI STIELIKE of Spanish La Liga giant Real Madrid watches as Belgium striker FRANCOIS VAN DER ELST of RSC Anderlecht, who crossed the Atlantic Ocean to join Franz Beckenbauer with the New York Cosmos in the old North American Soccer League after the final tournament in Italy, goes to ground inside the penalty area during the 1980 UEFA European Championships Final at the Stade Olimpico in Rome.
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The Belgians would benefit from a questionable refereeing decision with just a little over a quarter of an hour to be played in the match. While Belgium striker FRANCOIS VAN DER ELST of RSC Anderlecht was clearly fouled by West Germany sweeper ULI STIELIKE of Spanish La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid, the infraction appeared to take place just outside the penalty area. Nevertheless, a spot kick was awarded by Romanian referee NICOLAE RAINEA and summarily converted by Belgium midfielder RENE VANDEREYCKEN of Club Brugge to tie the game.

Extra time looked to be a very real possibility at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome as West Germany’s KARL-HEINZ RUMMENIGGE went to take a corner kick in the 89th minute of regulation. According to legend, the 24-year-old Bayern Munich striker boldly predicted the winning goal for the cameramen at the left corner flag and then proceeded to deliver a perfect cross for Hrubesch. Rummenigge, who was the top scorer with 26 goals in the Bundesliga that season, would later be selected as the winner of the 1980 Ballon d’Or representing the European Player of the Year.

West Germany extended its current unbeaten streak to 19 matches with the triumph over Belgium in Italy and claimed its second European title in the last three championships contested … Hrubesch later signed with Standard Liege the summer after winning the European Cup with SV Hamburg in 1983 and spent two seasons in the Belgian top flight before finishing his career with Borussia Dortmund.

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Elated West German players surround HORST HRUBESCH (center) immediately after the SV Hamburg striker’s headed goal off of a corner kick from the not-pictured Bayern Munich striker Karl-Heinz Rummenigge gives the 1972 champion and 1976 runner-up a very late lead against Belgium in the 89th minute of the 1980 UEFA European Championships Final at the venerable Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy.
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1980 UEFA European Championships Final
Stadio Olimpico — Rome, Italy

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