The ‘duel of the systems’ was one of the most spoken about games in 1974 and football history.
Germany was divided and in the centre of the Cold War era. On the one side were the Western capitalists and on the other the Eastern socialists divided by the German wall.
In 1974, West Germany hosted the World Cup and with the likes of Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Mueller were one of the favourites to win it.
East Germany had qualified for their first and only World Cup and strangely both ‘brothers’ were drawn together in the same group.
Both teams had performed well and had already qualified when they met in the final group game in Hamburg.
Supporters from the match described the setting as being like a ‘war zone’ as both systems wanted to show the other their superior power.
West Germany had more of the game as expected, but East Germany fought for their lives. Then, in the 77th minute, came the moment East Germany would never forget.
Jurgen Sparwasser got on the end of a long ball and controlled it past two West German defenders. He was one-on-one with Sepp Maier and chipped it over the goalkeeper!
It was the only goal of the match and the East had stunned the West!
In the end, West Germany would go on and win the World Cup and everyone knows what eventually happened to East Germany a few years down the line.
On this night, however, it was the East’s moment of glory and a true World Cup moment to remember.