Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The European Supercup was more established by now, although it was difficult to find the best time for playing it. This year it was in late August, just before the new season was to begin. Still, not the time to really attract interest – the transfer window was not closed yet, teams were not fully completed and hardly in good form. It was two-legged format too. Bayern and Anderlecht were the contestant, but unlike 1975 the Germans were not seen as favourites, but the underdogs. It was pointed out that Bayern was not only getting too old, but that the club became peculiarly handicapped: new players struggled to establish themselves in the team. Kapelmann and Wunder were prime examples – both shined in their previous clubs, but not in Bayern. Looked like Bayern was able to accommodate only players coming from its own youth system – Breitner, Hoeness, and now Rummenigge. Building new team was to be tough, but the superstars were still at hand. They managed to win the first leg at home 2-1. Belgians were optimistic, Germans – not so much. If Bayern was accused of not taking seriously the challenge in 1975, this time they looked determined to win – only their football was not good anymore.
1st Leg, Olympiastadion, Munich, 17 Aug 1976, att 40000
Bayern Munich (0) 2 RSC Anderlecht (1) 1
16' 0-1 And: Haan
58' 1-1 BM: Müller
88' 2-1 BM: Müller
Bayern Munich:
Maier, Kappelmann, Horsmann, Schwarzenbeck, Beckenbauer, Hunkel,
Dürnberger, K.H.Rummenigge, G.Müller, U.Hoeness, Torstensson
RSC Anderlecht
Ruiter, Haan, Van Binst, Broos, Van der Daele, Dockx (De Groote),
Van der Elst, Vercauteren, Ressel, Coeck, Rensenbrink
The Belgian camp was optimistic before the second leg. They not only were in better shape, but had larger group of players to choose from. Raymond Goethals, ‘the Wizard”, was the new coach. New addition was to make his debut – Duncan McKenzie. He was not big star and known for inconsistency, but his transfer was significant: he was the first English player to join foreign club (not counting the North America) since mid-1960s. Soon bigger stars started an exodus lasting for years and justified by better money paid and better football played on the continent. McKenzie made his debut and got amusing press: he did not contribute much to Anderlecht, but was praised for not spoiling the team’s performance. Strange compliment… if it was a compliment. Anyhow, Anderlecht dominated in Brussels, scoring their usual early goal in the 20th minute and leading 3-0 before Muller finally scored for Bayern in the 63rd minute. By then there was no doubt who was going to win and German willpower was clearly not enough of a weapon for a miracle. Eight minutes before end Rensenbrink scored one more.
Rensenbrink soars in the air above Schwarzenbeck – symbolic picture. Anderlecht really outplayed Bayern by far.
2nd Leg, Parc Astrid, Brussels, 30 Aug 1976
RSC Anderlecht (2) 4 Bayern Munich (0) 1
20' 1-0 And: Rensenbrink
25' 2-0 And: Vander Elst
59' 3-0 And: Haan
63' 3-1 BM: Müller
82' 4-1 And: Rensenbrink
Anderlecht won 5-3 on aggregate
RSC Anderlecht
Ruiter, Haan, Vanderelst,Broos, Van der Daele, Dockx, Haan, Vercauteren, Ressel,McKenzie, Coeck, Rensenbrink
Bayern Munich
Maier, B.Andersson, Horsmann, Schwarzenbeck, Beckenbauer, Kappelmann,Dürnberger, K.H.Rummenigge, G. Müller, U. Hoeness (Hunkel), Torstensson
The accumulated result was 5-3 and Anderlecht kept the Supercup in Brussels. Bayern lost second consecutive Supercup final. They were desperate to win some trophies this year, after their worst Bundesliga season, but it looked like nothing good was to happen in the next season as well – just before it started, the mighty Bayern was pathetic. Anderlecht was delight and, in a way, brought back the original Dutch total football – clearly better version, than the German distortion of it. Four of the Belgian goals were scored by Haan and Rensenbrink. For Arie Haan this was 7th European Cup already. Add one Intercontinental to the list – and think hard who had more. Not Cruyff and Beckenbauer, certainly.