Snap shot: German beauty and the Header Beast
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Our series focusing on the big moments in EURO history and the people involved reaches 1980, when Horst Hrubesch got off the mark for West Germany in dream style.
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Horst Hrubesch had never scored an international goal before the EURO 1980 final against Belgium. He chose a fine time to get off the mark – and an even finer time to notch goal No2, his trademark bullet header in the 89th minute making West Germany the first side to lift the Henri Delaunay Cup twice.
1 Karlheinz Förster
The younger of two brothers in West Germany's winning squad, Karlheinz outshone sibling Bernd throughout a career that brought recognition as one of the world's most irrepressible central defenders. Aged 21, Förster neutralised dangerman Jan Ceulemans in the 1980 final to round off an exceptional championship. He accumulated 81 international caps, twice finishing a FIFA World Cup runner-up. A Bundesliga champion with Stuttgart, Förster retired after landing the French double with Marseille in 1990. He is now an agent.
2 Horst Hrubesch
The EURO showpiece in Rome was a day of glorious redemption for Hrubesch, the Hamburg forward who only weeks earlier had hobbled around the Santiago Bernabéu stadium with an ankle injury as his side lost the European Cup final to Nottingham Forest. A latecomer to the national-team scene, 'The Heading Monster' was only called up after Klaus Fischer broke his leg. He captained Hamburg to European Cup glory against Juventus in 1983 and became a successful coach, leading Germany to U21 EURO glory in 2009.
3 Hansi Müller
An elegant playmaker with a sweet left foot, Müller was the rising star of the Bundesliga with Stuttgart when he arrived in Italy, aged 22. He started all four games but EURO '80 would be Müller's international peak; he disappointed at the 1982 World Cup, and, after a stint at Internazionale Milano, received his 42nd and last cap the following year. An Indian summer to his career ensued with Tirol Innsbruck, and he was an ambassador for that city at UEFA EURO 2008.
4 Manfred Kaltz
Attacking full-back Kaltz was famous for his 'Bananenflanken' – curved crosses from the right touchline that invariably found the head of a team-mate, usually Hrubesch. He played 581 league matches for Hamburg, notching 76 goals, 53 of them penalties. His 69-cap international odyssey took in two World Cups as well as the 1980 EURO, where he was back on the right having operated as sweeper in '78. He remains in Hamburg, working in a sports marketing firm and running a football academy.
5 Harald Schumacher
For all the controversy of his infamous foul on Patrick Battiston in the 1982 World Cup semi-final, Schumacher never let the negative publicity affect him. A worthy successor to Sepp Maier, he was ever-present at EURO '80 – his first major tournament – and then a World Cup runner-up in 1982 and 1986. Twelve months later his outspoken biography, Anpfiff, brought an end to his 15-year association with Köln and 76-cap Germany adventure. He became a coach, famously being sacked at half-time for Fortuna Köln in 1999.
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