1984 DFB Pokalfinale : Bayern Munich and Borussia Moenchengladbach

Bayern Munich attacker MICHAEL RUMMENIGGE, the 20-year-old younger brother of superstar striker Karl-Heinz who celebrated a breakout 1983/84 campaign by scoring 11 goals in 33 Bundesliga games and earning a first senior international cap for the national team of West Germany, sends Borussia Moenchengladbach goalkeeper UWE SUDE (1) the wrong way and nets the match-winner for the Bavarians in the Final of the 1984 Deutscher Fussball Bund Pokal at the old Waldstadion in the Hessian city of Frankfurt am Main.

The Bundesliga’s two most successful teams throughout the decade of the 1970s, BAYERN MUNICH and BORUSSIA MONECHENGLADBACH, renewed their fantastic rivalry in the Final of the 1984 Deutscher Fussball Bund Pokal and ended up producing a dramatic showdown that, for the first time in the history of the German domestic cup competition, required a penalty shootout to decide.

Borussia Moenchengladbach won five domestic championships in an eight-year span from 1970 thru 1977 and also added two UEFA Cups (1975 and 1979) in Europe, as well. Die Fohlen were now trained by the club’s great goal-scorer from that successful era, JUPP HEYNCKES, the former West Germany international striker who was a member of both the 1972 UEFA Euorpean Championships and 1974 FIFA World Cup title-winning squads. Just five days before the Cup Final in Frankfurt am Main, Borussia Moenchengladbach finished the Bundesliga season in a three-way tie for the lead with 48 points but ultimately ended third in the German top flight by virtue of goal-differential.

Bayern Munich, still the only football club in more than half a century to capture three consecutive UEFA European Cup / Champions League titles (1974 thru 1976), had ended the 1983/84 domestic campaign in fourth place exactly one point behind the top three clubs. The Bavarians were now, once again, under the direction of trainer UDO LATTEK, the East Prussian native who originally steered Bayern Munich to its first European trophy in 1974 but was let go by by club management midway through the following term. Lattek, who also won two Bundesliga titles and a UEFA Cup after being taken on by Borussia Moenchengladbach, was in his first year back in West Germany after two seasons spent abroad on the bench of Spanish La Liga giant FC Barcelona.


Striker FRANK MILL of Borussia Moenchengladbach, who netted two goals in four matches for Deutschland at the final tournament of the Summer Olympic Games hosted by Los Angeles a couple of months after the 1984 D.F.B. Pokalfinale, later earned a bronze medal at the 1988 Summer Games held in South Korea and was also a reserve on West Germany’s title-winning squad at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy.

The red-shirted Bavarians might have gone to the lead first in the D.F.B. Pokalfinale against die Fohlen in Frankfurt. Bayern Munich were unlucky, however, when the header of emerging 20-year-old striker MICHAEL RUMMENIGGE crashed against the post before being smothered by Borussia Moenchengladbach goalkeeper ULI SUDE. West Germany World Cup midfielder WOLFGANG DREMMLER had created the chance with an inviting cross of the highest quality.

White-shirted Borussia Moenchengladbach did make the most of its opportunity in the 33rd minute when striker FRANK MILL rose in the box to meet a corner kick delivered by young West Germany international midfielder LOTHAR MATTHAEUS. The 25-year-old striker had led die Fohlen with what remains forever a career-high 19 goals in the Bundesliga during the 83/84 season but had not netted in five Cup matches on the march to the Final in Frankfurt am Main. Mill might have also doubled the advantage in the first half but was denied by the diving save of Belgium World Cup goalkeeper JEAN-MARIE PFAFF in between the sticks for Bayern Munich.

The Bavarians had all the best chances in the second half, including a long range rocket from Denmark World Cup midfielder SOREN LERBY that was neatly turned over the bar by Sude, but found themselves trailing with less than ten minutes to play. Bayern Munich finally broke through late after REINHOLD MATHY, a halftime replacement engaged by Lattek, collected a loose ball in the box on the left and shot off the post. The rebound angled sharply all the way over to Dremmler wide of the far post and the 29-year-old veteran was able to equalize in the 82nd minute.


Bayern Munich defender / midfielder WOLFGANG DREMMLER, who started all six matches for the formidable West Germany squad which reached the Final of the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain, appeared in 238 matches and scored 14 goals over seven seasons for the Bavarian club after arriving from Eintracht Braunschweig in the summer of 1979.

Bayern Munich might have snatched a late winner in regulation but a pro-active Sude made another fine play to thwart three-time West Germany World Cup striker KARL-HEINZ RUMMENIGGE, who had scored 26 goals to lead the Bundesliga in 1983/84 and was appearing in a final match for the Bavarians before a summer transfer to Italian Serie A powerhouse Inter Milan, at the range of seven yards out or so. Bayern Munich had, perhaps, the best chance of both extra sessions but a quality, low shot from versatile midfielder NORBERT NACHTWEIH, the former East Germany U-21 international and Deutsche Demokratische Republik defector who earned a UEFA Cup winner’s medal with Eintracht Frankfurt in 1980, skipped wide only by inches. And so it was off at the old Waldstadion, then, to the historic penalty kick shootout.

Matthaeus, for whom Bayern Munich had already agreed to pay a transfer fee of 2.4 million Deutsche Mark, promptly missed the target entirely with the first spot kick for Borussia Moechengladbach. But Sude would bail him out when he easily blocked a shot straight down the middle from Bayern Munich’s West Germany international defender KLAUS AUGENTHALER with his legs and round-by-round, ‘sudden-death’ ensued. Then, to begin the eighth round of this historic shootout, Borussia Moenchengladbach second half substitute NORBERT RINGELS rang his effort off the post to the right of the diving Pffaf and a door was opened.

The younger of the two Rummenigge brothers had, of course, hit the post, himself, early into the contest but, this time around, Michael would not miss the valuable opportunity to net a match-winner at the Waldstadion in this most dramatic D.F.B. Pokalfinale.


With Belgium World Cup goalkeeper JEAN-MARIE PFAFF (1) of Bayern Munich having guessed correctly, West Germany international midfielder LOTHAR MATTHAEUS, the 23-year-old playing in his final match for die Fohlen ahead of a much anticipated transfer to the Bavarian opponents that upcoming summer, blasts his spot kick high and wide during the penalty shootout which decided the Final of the 1984 Deutscher Fussball Bund Pokal.


GK … Jean-Marie PFAFF …………………. (Belgium : 64 caps)
DF … Klaus AUGENTHALER …………… (West Germany : 27 caps, 0 go)
DF … Wolfgang GROBE
DF … Bernd MARTIN ……………………… (West Germany : 1 caps, 0 go)
MF … Soren LERBY …………………………. (Denmark : 67 caps, 10 go)
MF … Wolfgang DREMMLER …………… (West Germany : 27 caps, 3 go)
MF … Wolfgang KRAUS
FW … Michael RUMMENIGGE ………… (West Germany : 2 caps, 0 go)
FW … Karl-Heinz RUMMENIGGE ……. (West Germany : 95 caps, 45 go)

MF … Reinhold MATHY
for Kraus – 46th min
FW … Dieter HOENESS …………………… (West Germany : 6 caps, 4 go)
for Duernberger – 58th min


Borussia Moenchengladbach goalkeeper ULI SUDE consols youthful West Germany international midfielder LOTHAR MATTHAEUS, who scored 15 goals for die Fohlen in all competitions during the 1983/84 campaign and later followed in the very same footsteps of Bayern Munich striker Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and transferred to Italian Serie A side Inter Milan, after the latter missed the very first spot kick of the epic shootout at the Waldstadion in Frankfurt am Main.


DF … Michael FRONTZECK ……… (West Germany : 19 caps, 0 go)
DF … Uli BOROWKA ………………… (West Germany : 6 caps, 0 go)
DF … Kai-Erik HERLOVSEN ……… (Norway : 34 caps, 0 go)
DF … Wilfried HANNES ……………. (West Germany : 8 caps, 0 go)
MF … Hans-Guenter BRUNS ……… (West Germany : 4 caps, 0 go)
MF … Lothar MATTHAEUS ………. (West Germany/Germany : 150 caps, 23 go)
MF … Uwe RAHN ………………………. (West Germany : 14 caps, 5 go)
MF … Winfried SCHAEFER
FW … Frank MILL ……………………… (West Germany : 17 caps, 0 go)

FW … Hans-Joerg CRIENS
for Rahn – 68th min
DF … Norbert RINGELS
for Schaefer – 72nd min


West Germany international striker KARL-HEINZ RUMMENIGGE of Bayern Munich, the two-time European Footballer of the Year who would be sold by the Bavarians club to traditional Italian giant Inter Milan for the massive transfer fee of 11.0 million Deutsche Mark in the summer of 1984, lifts the Deutscher Fussball Bund Pokal after defeating Borussia Moenchengladbach 8-7 following the epic penalty kick shootout at the Waldstadion in the Hessian city of Frankfurt am Main.


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