Sunday, April 17, 2011

No going West for the East Germans, who failed to capitalize on their peak in 1974. Immediately after the World Cup East German football returned to its usual position in Europe: physically tough teams, but nothing much really. Magdeburg won again the championship, which was kind of expected after their European success the previous season.

It was the same squad as before, led by the hero of the World Cup match against West Germany – Jurgen Sparwasser. Hoffmann, Tyll, Pommerenke, Zapf, Seguin… strong enough in East Germany, but hardly improving as players. Magdeburg lost only 2 matches during the season, but were not overwhelming winners – they ended only 3 points ahead of the pursuers. Scored most goals, but their defense was not very strong, allowing 28 goals in 24 championship games.