Myth “Wembley 1972”: The most beautiful DFB game ever

Myths “Wembley 1972”
The best DFB game ever

By Ben Redelings

The evening of April 29, 1972 at London’s Wembley Stadium went down in German football history as the national team’s finest hour. After this unforgettable night, the world raved about a “dream football” from another planet. And a DFB player knew how to inspire that night!

“Thanks to the Germans, there is the brilliant football in Europe again that the Hungarians used to show so incomparable. The Hungarian high point of old has been reached again!” The Daily Telegraph indulged in superlatives the morning after this legendary evening on April 29, 1972 at London’s Wembley Stadium. The German national team’s playful impressive performance is still unforgettable – and probably second to none.

What the DFB team conjured up on the lawn of England’s heavenly night is still described by eyewitnesses as the most beautiful game ever by a DFB team. And one man overcame them all that night. “It was Günter Netter’s best match,” national coach Helmut Schön said when asked about the incredible 90 minutes. And the man in the hat knew this game very well, as he once revealed.

“When I’m really nostalgic and want to watch really good football, I put on the England 72 cassette and sit on the couch and remember.” National coach Helmut Schön just could not get enough of this almost mythical match on the German national team in the spring of 1972 at London’s Wembley Stadium against England.

“Ramba Zamba Magic Mix”

To this day, the first match in the quarterfinals of the European Championships in 1972 is one of the biggest moments for the DFB team. The unforgettable “Ramba-Zamba-Magic Mixture” (“Image”), conceived and implemented by Franz Beckenbauer and Günter Netzer as a kind of double libero, not only shook the English team, but also inspired the entire international football world. “Dream football from the year 2000”, wrote the French sports newspaper “L’Équipe”, and the star of this team, Günter Netzer, later said: “We were very close to perfection at Wembley.”

The Gladbach player probably made the game of his life that day. In brilliant interplay with Franz Beckenbauer, Netzer danced through the English ranks and repeatedly staged his teammates in an incomparable way. No one has ever put better words to the genius of this unique moment than the author Karl-Heinz Bohrer: “Netzer, who suddenly pushed himself from the depths of space, had ‘horror’. ‘Thrill’, that is the result, the unexpected maneuver; it’s the transformation of geometry into energy, the insane explosion of happiness in the penalty area, ‘excitement’, it’s the performance par excellence, the beginning and the end. ‘Thrill’ is Wembley. “

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But the authors of the book “The Golden Seventies Football Years” were also enthusiastic about Gladbacher’s “gala performance”: “Netzer managed everything that night. He played the game slowly, then fast again, beat passes over forty meters, played directly, short or long, with a phenomenal sense of distance. Netzter’s game had a touch of genius that night. “

“Team is a miracle team”

After a goal from Uli Hoeneß after almost half an hour, the English managed to equalize in the 77th minute through Lee. Up and down the world at this point. And despite all the German superiority, the meeting could have turned completely in these minutes. But then came the 85th minute. Punishment to Germany. Actually, Gerd Müller should have started now, but he was not feeling well. He gave Netzer the ball. Who else should have taken the all-important punishment that day?

But national coach Helmut Schön, the man in the hat, who usually watched the matches quite casually on the sidelines, was nervous. So tense that when he sat down, he missed the bench and jumped out. Günter Netzer noticed all this – and still kept his nerves. He shot the ball so sharply in the left corner that England goalkeeper Gordon Banks managed to get the ball, but it landed in the English goal to 2-1. Netzer sprang up, cheering with relief, and raised his arms to the sky.

Then Gerd Müller put the finishing touches on this incredible game. His goal to make it 3-1 was a typical Müller goal. The Bayern star had four opponents against him – and yet he turned so skillfully that he got the ball lowered in the English goal. The next day, “La libre Belgique” wrote: “The Germans are full of ideas, full of inventions. In short: this team is a miracle team.”

“Do not talk about the war, talk about football”

In the intoxication of the unexpected and then so convincing victory, national coach Helmut Schön did not forget to express his irritation over the headlines in the Insel press before the match: “It was quite belligerent in the English newspapers that Siegfried Line was talked about. and the tanks. Alf Ramsey was Montgomery and I was Rommel. It’s unfortunate. We are not talking about war, we are talking about football. ”

But the English were not alone with their fighting language at the time. Before the final of the European Championships, which the Germans finally won 3-0 against the Soviet Union, the Italian “Gazetto dello Sport” also wrote in a warlike language: “You should try it against the Germans with a machine gun. Without one you can use them, do not stop. “

But that was the only drop of bitterness in those magical days for German football. The trade magazine “Kicker”, which had been extremely concerned about the DFB team before the legendary match fifty years ago, wrote after the match with reconciliation and joy: “A demonstration of all the abilities that make Germany’s national team an absolute world class team. let.” And so this evening at Wembley will probably always be remembered as the most beautiful match ever by a German national football team.

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