Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bayern had to settled with the Cup – looked like Beckenbauer and company were falling behind their rivals.
Back, left to right: Unnamed masseur, Muller, Maier, Mrosko, Zobel, Breitner, Schneider, Schwarzenbeck, Maas, Beckenbauer, Brenninger, Latteck – coach.
Front: Kupferschmidt, Hansen (Denmark), Seifert, Ey, Koppenhofer, Pumm, Roth, Hoeness.
Latteck, along with Weiswailler of Borussia, were not yet the famous coaches, but along with their teams, they were on the road to fame. Breitner and Hoeness were already in the team, too young to have professional contracts yet. Both Bayern and Borussia essentially had the core players of great team – it was only fine tuning from now on. Both teams left the ‘old’ German clubs behind, notably Hamburger SV, which was not to win a title until late 1970s. It was qualitative change: both Borussia and Bayern played attractive attacking football, becoming quickly total football. Both teams symbolized the new football era – new bright stars, new coaches with new training methods and tactics, new clubs on the scene. It was the only big change of guard in Europe really – almost every other country preserved the dominance of traditional big clubs. Even revolutionary Holland – no matter what, Ajax and Feyenoord were traditional Dutch powers. Unlike everywhere else, the German newcomers were not incidental winners: they stayed on top for many years, and in the case of Bayern – became one of the most powerful European clubs to this very day.