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Germans to recreate classic final

Published: Tuesday 26 August 2003, 11.24CET
Germany will play Hungary next year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1954 FIFA World Cup final.
 
Published: Tuesday 26 August 2003, 11.24CET

Germans to recreate classic final

Germany will play Hungary next year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1954 FIFA World Cup final.

Germany have agreed a friendly match with Hungary to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1954 FIFA World Cup final, which the Germans won 3-2.

Finals preparation
Rudi Völler's side will use the match, in Kaiserslautern's Fritz-Walter-Stadion on 6 June next year, to prepare for the UEFA EURO 2004™ finals, should they qualify. The summer event in Portugal begins on 12 June and Germany have already announced friendlies against Malta on 27 May and Switzerland on 2 June.

Iceland lead way
Germany are facing a tough task to qualify from Group 5. They are second with eleven points from five matches, one behind leaders Iceland but with a game in hand. Scotland are third, three points adrift of the Germans. Völler takes his team to Iceland on 6 September before welcoming Scotland four days later. Germany finish their qualifying campaign with a home match against Iceland on 11 October.

First success
On 4 July 1954, West Germany recovered from a two-goal deficit to beat Hungary and lift the World Cup for the first time. The hero in Berne was Helmut Rahn who scored twice, including the winning goal six minutes from time. Rahn died earlier this month aged 73.

 
Last updated: 27/08/03 11.33CET

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