West Germany international midfielder ULI HOENESS, the 1972 Olympian who finished number two with 17 Bundesliga goals for domestic champion BAYERN MUNICH during the 1972/73 campaign, again stood second on the Bavarian club with eight goals in the West German top flight entering the showdown with 1971 Bundesliga titlist Borussia Moenchengladbach in early December of 1973 at the Olympiastadion in Munich.
Bundesliga – 17th round ….. December 8, 1973
Olympiastadion, Munich ….. Attendance – 65,000
GK – Sepp MAIER —————————- (West Germany 66-79 : 95 caps)
DF – Franz BECKENBAUER ————- (West Germany 65-77 : 103 caps, 14 go)
DF – Paul BREITNER ———————– (West Germany 71-82 : 48 caps, 10 go)
DF – Georg SCHWARZENBECK ——– (West Germany 71-78 : 44 caps, 0 go)
DF – Johnny HANSEN ———————– (Denmark 65-78 : 45 caps, 3 go)
MF – Bernd DUERNBERGER
MF – Rainer ZOBEL
MF – Uli HOENESS ————————— (West Germany 72-76 : 35 caps, 5 go)
FW – Franz ROTH —————————– (West Germany 67-70 : 4 caps, 0 go)
FW – Gerd MUELLER ———————— (West Germany 66-74 : 62 caps, 68 go)
FW – Erwin HADEWICZ
West Germany international PAUL BREITNER returned on defense after missing the last seven Bundesliga matches. Denmark international VIGGIO JENSEN, the 26-year-old summer signing from B 1909 Odense, is benched after starting the previous two league contests at left back; versatile 20-year-old BERND DUERNBERGER, who had also been filling in for the injured Breitner, retained a place on the left in midfield. Meanwhile, winger WILHELM HOFFMANN, the 25-year-old who had found the back of the net first in the opening leg of the historic UEFA European Cup of Champions tie with East German Oberligameister Dynamo Dresden, is dropped by Bayern trainer UDO LATTEK after appearing in eight consecutive games in all competitions with the Startelf.
With neither Hoffmann nor EDGAR SCHNEIDER doing much to register goals in the first half of the 1973/74 season, Lattek shifted in-form midfielder FRANZ ROTH up to the front line. The 27-year-old veteran capped four times by West Germany had shot four goals in his last seven Bundesliga matches heading into the big contest with Borussia Moenchengladbach just ahead of the annual Winterpause. And, 22-year-old ERWIN HADEWICZ was restored to the Startelf after coming on as a substitute for Bayern Munich in the last two matches.
A pair of players in the Startelf when West Germany defeated the Soviet Union to win the Final of the 1972 UEFA European Championships at Brussels, team captain HERBERT WIMMER (left) and prolific striker JUPP HEYNCKES, flank Borussia Moenchengladbach goalkeeper WOLFGANG KLEFF, who made six appearances for the Bundesrepublik Deutschland in his career.
GK – Wolfgang KLEFF ————— (West Germany 71-73 : 6 caps)
DF – Klaus Dieter SIELOFF ——– (West Germany 64-71 : 14 caps, 5 go)
DF – Dietmar DANNER ————– (West Germany 73-76 : 6 caps, 0 go)
DF – Berti VOGTS ———————- (West Germany 67-78 : 96 caps, 1 go)
DF – Herbert WIMMER ————- (West Germany 68-76 : 36 caps, 4 go)
MF – Christian KULIK
MF – Horst KOEPPEL —————- (West Germany 68-73 : 11 caps, 2 go)
MF – Rainer BONHOF —————- (West Germany 72-81 : 53 caps, 9 go)
FW – Jupp HEYNCKES ————– (West Germany 67-77 : 39 caps, 14 go)
FW – Bernd RUPP ———————- (West Germany 66 : 1 cap, 1 go)
FW – Henning JENSEN ————– (Denmark 72-80 : 21 caps, 9 go)
Borussia Moenchengladbach and trainer HENNES WEISWEILER were still adjusting to football life without GUENTER NETZER, the West Germany international star midfielder who had been sold to Spanish La Liga giant Real Madrid in the summer of 1973.
The 1972 Bundesliga champion were also sans the emerging 19-year-old ULI STIELIKE, who also eventually went to Real Madrid and later featured at sweeper when West Germany won the 1980 UEFA European Championships in 1980. Stielike had assumed a regular place in the Startelf for Weisweiler after the second round of the Bundesliga but went out injured after the eleventh round in the middle of October. HANS-JUERGEN WITTKAMP, the experienced, 26-year-old former Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen defender, had not been fit for die Fohlen since the previous spring.
ALLAN SIMONSEN, the youngster whose goal-scoring for Denmark at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games host by Munich had helped land the contract with the North Rhine-Westphalian club, had not yet found the form that would, one day, bring a European Footballer of the Year award and still spent most of his time on the bench for Borussia Moenchengladbach at this point in time.