Road To Moscow Olympics – D.D.R., U.S.S.R. Draw In Rostock


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Deutsche Demokratische Republik debutant winger JUERGEN HEUN (2nd from left) of FC Rot Weiss Erfurt and central striker DIETER KUEHN of FC Lokomotive Leipzig (far right) compete with a pair from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics defense during the international match at the Ostseestadion in Rostock, East Germany; off to the right in the background, one can observe the advertisement for the Kunsthalle (art gallery) in the Baltic Sea port city.
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Case in point with respect to the confusing business of sorting out the differences between a “full international” and an Olympic football match ….. May 7, 1980 : the DEUTSCHE DEMOKRATISCHE REPUBLIK meets the UNION of SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS in front of an audience of 20,000 at the modest Ostseestadion in Rostock, East Germany.

The Deutscher Fussball Verband, the ruling body for football in the German Democratic Republic, somehow always saw this particular contest as an official “A-Laenderspiele” (designation for full international) despite the fact that it was the Olympic squad of Dr. Rudolf Krause that turned out to face the visiting Soviets in Rostock. Six of the thirteen players who appeared for the D.D.R. at the Ostseestadion that day were on their full international debut, according to the official D.F.V. records recognized by FIFA. And only three of this East German baker’s dozen ever did manage more than 20 caps on the whole of their careers with the D.D.R. national side.

The Soviet Union, in direct contrast, never did count this very same match with East Germany in the Baltic Sea port city as a full international as far as their official records validated by FIFA were (and still are for posterity) concerned. Although it was clearly a second-string side, it is also true that ten of the thirteen Soviet players appearing in Rostock had already been capped by the U.S.S.R. at the senior international level. Two of these players, the Dynamo Kiev pair of LEONID BURYAK and VIKTOR ZVYAGINTSEV, were integral members of the squad that had bagged the set of bronze medals at the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Canada, as well.

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MARTIN TROCHA of FC Carl Zeiss Jena
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As for the match at the Ostseestadion, itself, the experienced Olympian Buryak did send the visiting Soviets from the penalty spot with less than a quarter hour to play. But the U.S.S.R. had also gone in front just ten minutes into the match via Dynamo Moscow striker VALERY GAZZAEV and FC Lokomotive Leipzig striker DIETER KUHEN had already been able to equalize just before the half hour mark. And, once again, the resilient East Germans were able to level when Dynamo Berlin midfielder FRANK TERLETZKI scored his first and last goal for the D.D.R. national team less than five minutes from time.

Gazzaev would be the only player from this particular Soviet team in Rostock chosen to represent the host nation at the 1980 Summer Games although both Buryak and defender SERGEI BOROVSKY of Dynamo Minsk were later named to the U.S.S.R. squad that qualified for the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain; nine of the participating East Germans from this meeting at the Ostseestadion would, soon enough, march in the Opening Ceremony of the Moscow Olympics.

There, for the third time in as many Olympiads, the D.D.R. and the U.S.S.R. were destined to take the field opposite one another in the knockout phase of the Summer Games football competition … but that would be another story.

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Georgian goalkeeper OTAR GABELIA earned his one and only full international cap for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics during the 3-1 loss in Tbilisi to would-be Euro ’80 champion West Germany in the fall of 1979 but later won the 1981 UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup after Dinamo Tbilisi rallied to defeat East German outfit FC Carl Zeiss Jena at the virtually-empty Rheinstadion in Duesseldorf.
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Ostseestadion in Rostock
May 7, 1980

D.D.R. : Rudwaleit – Baum – Brauer (M. Mueller 7′), Uhlig, Strozniak – Schnuphase, Terletzki, Steinbach – Trocha (Baehringer 58′), Kuehn, Heun

U.S.S.R. : Gabelia – Zvyagintsev, Kostava, Borovsky, Kruglov – Buryak, Leshchuk, Maksimenko (Tarakhanov 78′) – Rogovsky (Yarzek 78′), Gazzaev, Staruchin

goals — Gazzaev 11′, Kuhen 28′, Buryak pen 76′, Terletzki 86′

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An aerial view of the old OSTSEESTADION, which was totally renovated in 2001 with the most noticeable improvement being that all spectator areas are now completely covered and is now known as the DKB Arena for sponsorship purposes. The football / track and field stadium in the Batic sea port city was originally constructed in 1954 and, altogether, was the site of eight full international matches hosted by the old Deutsche Demokratische Republik back in the day. The Olympic warm-up with the visiting Soviet Union in early May of 1980 was actually the very last time that the senior national team of the German Democratic Republic ever appeared in Rostock.
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SOVIET UNION national team record
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Leonid BURYAK …………………. Dynamo Kiev ……………. 74-83 … 49 ga, 8 go
Sergei BOROVSKY ………………. Dynamo Minsk …………. 81-85 …. 21 ga, 0 go
Viktor ZVYAGINTSEV ………… Dynamo Kiev …………… 75-76 …. 13 ga, 1 go
Valery GAZZAEV …………………. Dynamo Moscow ……… 78-83 ….. 8 ga, 4 go
Alexander MAKSIMENKOV … Dynamo Moscow ………. 77-79 ….. 8 ga, 1 go
Alexander TARAKHANOV ….. CSKA Moscow …………… 76-83 ….. 6 ga, 0 go
Viktor KRUGLOV ………………… Torpedo Moscow ………. 76-77 ….. 4 ga, 0 go
Tamaz KOSTAVA ………………… Dinamo Tbilisi …………… 78-78 ….. 3 ga, 1 go
Otar GABELIA ……………………… Dinamo Tbilisi …………… 79-79 ….. 1 ga
Vyacheslav LESHCHUK ……….. Chernomorets Odessa … 76-76 ….. 1 ga, 0 go

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