Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Cup was won by BSG Sachsenring (Zwickau).
Sachsenring were not a strong club – rather mid-table one, good enough to stay in First Division year after year. So far, they had been champions once – in the distant 1950 – and won the Cup twice – in 1963 and 1967. One more Cup looked like improvement after a long dry spell – but it turned out to be the last trophy the club won.
Here they are, the Cup winners. If there is anything at all to say about this team, it is their goalkeeper:
Jurgen Croy (right) waiving to the West German enemies at the 1974 World Cup.
Croy was – and is - arguably the best all-time East German goalkeeper. He played 86 matches for the national team and was voted three times East German player of the Year (1972, 1976, and 1978). A player of such caliber normally goes to better clubs, but Croy remained loyal to lowly Sachsenring, where he spent his 17-years long career. Loyalty paid off with 2 cups and nothing else.