Germany were the European Champions, their 1972 team being hailed as both successful and innovative in their day, their demolition of England in the Quarter-Finals still recalled in this country as an astonishing exposition of how far Europe had progressed since 1966.
Their commitment to the new "total" football was less cavalier than that of the Dutch, the "mobile sweeper", Franz Beckenbauer, playing behind the defence rather than in front, as was generally the case with Haan. Berti Vogts, Georg Schwarzenbeck, Paul Breitner and Beckenbauer made up the defence, with Sepp Maier in goal. It had taken a couple of games for their midfield to get settled, but in Wolfgang Overath, Uli Hoeness and Rainer Bonhof, they boasted three of the strongest midfielders in the world. They had the extraordinarily prolific Gerd Müller up front, with Jürgen Grabowski and Bernd Hölzenbein flanking him, although neither could truly be described as out and out strikers. They included in their team no less than six players (Maier, Schwarzenbeck, Beckenbauer, Breitner, Hoeness and Müller) from the Bayern Munich team which had just won the European Cup, and they were of course playing at home.
How could anybody, even Cruyff’s elegant, skillful Holland, expect to beat them?
Release Date: 17 August 2009
Certificate: E - Exempt from Certification
Sound: Dolby Digital
Production Year: 1978
Main Language: English