German Football At The Olympics : D.D.R. and C.C.C.P. – Round Three Team Sheet


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The semifinal of the 1976 Summer Games football competition between EAST GERMANY and the SOVIET UNION contested in the host city of Montreal brought a noteworthy crowd of 57,182 out to the newly-constructed Olympic Stadium in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district; a rather large audience, then, still to this day by North American standards, to see two Warsaw Pact nations renew their Eastern Bloc football rivalry on the pitch. This was at this point, in fact, the largest attendance in history for a football match of any kind in Canada.

As regular readers of the “German Football At The Olympics” series here already know, this meeting in Montreal of the Deutsche Demokratische Republik and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics also marked the third occasion in which the D.D.R. and the U.S.S.R. had clashed in the realm of Olympic football.

GERMAN DEMOCROTIC REPUBLIK
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GK – Juergen CROY ——————— (Sachsenring Zwickau : 86 caps)
DF – Hans Juergen DOERNER —— (Dynamo Dresden : 96 caps, 8 go)
DF – Gerd KISCHE ———————– (Hansa Rostock : 59 caps, 0 go)
DF – Konrad WEISE ——————— (FC Carl Zeiss Jena : 78 caps, 1 go)
DF – Lothar KURBJUWEIT ——— (FC Carl Zeiss Jena : 59 caps, 3 go)
MF – Hartmut SCHADE ————— (Dynamo Dresden : 28 caps, 4 go)
MF – Reinhard HAEFNER ———– (Dynamo Dresden : 54 caps, 4 go)
MF – Renhard LAUCK —————– (Dynamo Berlin : 30 caps, 3 go)
FW – Martin HOFFMANN ———— (FC Magdeburg : 62 caps, 15 go)
FW – Gert HEIDLER ——————— (Dynamo Dresden : 9 caps, 2 go)
FW – Wolfram LOEWE —————– (Lokomotive Leipzig : 42 caps, 12 go)

substitutes
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none

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UNION of SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS
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GK – Vladimir ASTAPOVSKY ——– (CSKA Moscow : 11 caps)
DF – Viktor MATVIYENKO ———– (Dynamo Kiev : 21 caps, 0 go)
DF – Stefan RESHKO ———————- (Dynamo Kiev : 15 caps, 0 go)
DF – Viktor ZVYAGINTSEV ———- (Dynamo Kiev : 13 caps, 1 go)
DF – Vladimir TROSHKIN ————- (Dynamo Kiev : 31 caps, 1 go)
MF – Vladimir VEREMEYEV ——— (Dynamo Kiev : 26 caps, 2 go)
MF – Leonid BURYAK ——————- (Dynamo Kiev : 49 caps, 8 go)
MF – Viktor KOLOTOV —————— (Dynamo Kiev : 55 caps, 22 go)
MF – Alexander MINAYEV ———— (Dynamo Moscow : 22 caps, 4 go)
FW – Oleg BLOKHIN ———————- (Dynamo Kiev : 112 caps, 42 go)
FW – Vladimir ONISCHENKO ——– (Dynamo Kiev : 44 caps, 11 go)

substitutes
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MF – Vladimir FEDOROV ————— (FC Pakhtakor Tashkent : 18 caps, 0 go)
for Onischenko – 71st min
DF – Mikhail FOMENKO —————– (Dynamo Kiev : 24 caps, 0 go)
for Zvyagintsev – 71st min

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The Olympic semifinal in the iconic French-Canadien city at the 1976 Summer Games was the eleventh time in which the East Germany and the Soviet Union had met in international football competition. FIFA used to count some Olympic qualification and final tournament as “full” international matches for their records but reversed what was always something of a confusing policy, anyway, and does no longer. That, however, is a story for another day.

Heading into the match at the Montreal’s brand new Olympic Stadium in Montreal, the Soviets had not defeated the East Germans in football since May of 1962, just a few months before construction work began on what became the notorious Berlin Wall.

07/60 … USSR 1 DDR 0 … Leipzig (70,000) …. friendly
05/62 … USSR 2 DDR 1 … Moscow (70,000) … friendly
05/64 … DDR 1 USSR 1 … Leipzig (80,000) ….. Olympic qualifier
06/64 … DDR 1 USSR 1 … Moscow (85,000) … Olympic qualifier
06/64 … DDR 4 USSR 1 … Warsaw (20,000) … Olympic qualifier
10/66 … DDR 2 USSR 2 … Moscow (50,000) … friendly
07/69 … DDR 2 USSR 2 … Leipzig (90,000) ….. friendly
09/72 … DDR 2 USSR 2 … Munich (80,000) …. Olympic Bronze Medal Match
10/73 … DDR 1 USSR 0 … Leipzig (40,000) ….. friendly
09/75 … DDR 0 USSR 0 … Moscow (25,000) … friendly

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