Europe has been commemorating 25 years since the Berlin Wall fell.
East German football associationThat momentous event also marked the end of the German Democratic Republic’s national team, who had competed in FIFA & UEFA competitions, qualifying only once for a major tournament, the 1974 World Cup, where they memorably beat hosts West Germany in the group stage.
The former country has been on people’s minds across Europe this week with a lot of ‘Ostalgie’ in the air.
Thoughts have also turned to the extinct football nation, a key component of the country’s famously intensive sports culture.
The national programme connected schools with centres of excellence, yielded dozens of Olympic medals and saw the communist country outperform its western brother time after time, although this was due in part to the widespread doping of their athletes.
East Germany finished top of the medals table at the 1984 Winter Olympics and at the summer games came in second three times, an extraordinary achievement for a nation of 16 million people.
Its Judi Online footballers won gold in men’s football at the Montreal Olympics in 1976, beating Poland 2:0 in the final. Four years later they won silver, losing 1:0 to Czechoslovakia.
In 1964 and 1972 they won bronze, defeating hosts West Germany 3:2 along the way in front of 80,000 in Munich, presaging an even greater scalp of their other half at the World Cup two years later.
Unlike their Olympic …