EM ’76 Finale : die Mannschaft von Deutschland

Superstar sweeper FRANZ BECKENBAUER of three-time defending European Cup champion Bayern Munich, who appeared against host nation England in the Final of the 1966 FIFA World Cup ten years earlier, was competing in his last major international tournament for West Germany when appearing opposite Czechoslovakia (above) in the Final of the 1976 UEFA European Championships at the Stadion Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.


GK – Sepp MAIER ———————– Bayern Munich (95 caps)

DF – Berti VOGTS ———————— Borussia Moenchengladbach (96 caps, 1 go)
DF – Franz BECKENBAUER ——— Bayern Munich (103 caps, 14 go)
DF – Georg SCHWARZENBECK — Bayern Munich (44 caps, 0 go)
DF – Bernd DIETZ ———————— MSV Duisburg (53 caps, 0 go)

MF – Herbert WIMMER ————— Borussia Moenchengladbach (36 caps, 4 go)
MF – Rainer BONHOF ——————- Borussia Moenchengladbach (53 caps, 9 go)
MF – Uli HOENESS ———————– Bayern Munich (35 caps, 5 go)
MF – Erich BEER ————————– SC Hertha Berlin (24 caps, 7 go)

FW – Bernd HOLZENBEIN ———– Eintracht Frankfurt (40 caps, 5 go)
FW – Dieter MUELLER —————— 1.FC Koeln (12 caps, 9 go)

MF – Heinz FLOHE ————————- 1.FC Koeln (39 caps, 8 go)
for Wimmer (46th min)
MF – Hannes BONGARTZ ————— Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen (4 caps, 0 go)
for Beer (80th min)

The West Germans were without legendary striker GERD “der Bomber” MUELLER, the 30-year-old who was still doing the business for Bayern Munich but had already concluded his standout international career in 1974 after a record 68 goals in only 62 games for Deutschland. Mueller’s former teammate in the Bundesliga and the other man to score for West Germany in the Final of the 1974 FIFA World Cup, PAUL BREITNER of Spanish giant Real Madrid, was also not in trainer HELMUT SCHOEN’s squad at Euro ’76 held in Yugoslavia. In the meantime, 30-year-old sweeper FRANZ “der Kaiser” BECKENBAUER of Bayern Munich was marking his 100th career appearance for the national team against the surprising Czechoslovaks at the Stadion Cervena Zvezda in Belgrade.


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