[typography font=”Alike” size=”14″ size_format=”px”]While part 1 of this history of the Austro-German football rivalry looked at events more than 50 years ago, this part will focus on games of the more recent past: the World Cup matches in 1978 and 1982 as well as the European Championship match in 2008.[/typography]
[typography font=”Alike” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]The Infamy of Cordoba: 1978[/typography]
[typography font=”Alike” size=”14″ size_format=”px”]It took 40 years for another memorable game between Austria and Germany. No political implications this time were involved, just the simple matter of a group game at the World Cup 1978, held in Argentina. Was the game of 1938 a sort of reference point for national pride and resistance before Austria ceased to exist, the victory in Cordoba 1978 was for decades a source for national pride, particularly towards the neighbour from the north. The game has entered Austrian folklore like the 1966 World Cup final has in England or the 1954 final of Berne has for Germany.