Bundesliga 50: the first years ⋆ An Old International

Bundesliga 50: the first years

The 1960s saw Germany rise to power in international football again. The success in 1954 has been a one off but from the late 1960s Germany was an established force in international football and the rewards paid off in European Cups as well as triumph in the European Championship in 1972 and the World Cup in 1974. More importantly, the 1960s saw the introduction of the Bundesliga, which became an instant success story. This is the first piece in a series covering the last 5 decades of the Bundesliga, commencing with the 1960s.

True Intentions

To put the establishment of the Bundesliga in Germany into perspective a comparison is needed: By the time the first season kicked off in 1963, the English FA celebrated its 100th anniversary and as a show piece the World Cup 1966 was held in England. By pure coincidence it was Germany who met England in the final. The presence of Helmut Sch

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