When the European Cup saw its first all-German encounter in October 1973, it was a meeting on a level playing field. Football fans either side of the ‘Iron Curtain’ rejoiced as the two best teams from East and West were to meet in a competitive environment for the first time. It was a tie to decide the German championship.
From a political perspective these 2 matches were seen very differently. It was a face off between 2 political systems in Germany and both sides took it very serious. The East more than the West as it turned out. It was ‘We against Us.’
In early October 1973, when the draw was made, a dream came true for many German football fans. On the one side it was Beckenbauer, M