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Germany against Holland: How good that this war is over


Spit attacks, Hodenzwicker, Hitler comparisons - Germany was a long hate duel against Holland. Eleven stories about a long-buried rivalry


Let's start harmlessly zuckerwattig with the schoolgirl report of sports magazine employee Richard Kirn, the joy of a never endangered 7-0 victory of the Germans on October 21, 1959 (three goals by Uwe Seeler!) Motivated to a very idiosyncratic analysis of the game: "Oh, and how happy they were, and how cute were the girls with the delft blue drums, so if I had another bride, she would have to drum something up for me every night!"


Which brings us to the topic, because the handling of German journalists with Dutch brides heated up the already tense atmosphere before the World Cup final in 1974 really. A reporter from Stuttgart should have been there, who initially supplied the celebrating Oranjes at the hotel bar with cigarettes, was finally loaded into the sauna area by Johan Cruyff and turned the scandal report "Cruyff, champagne, naked girls and a cool bath" into a picture , The supposed "pool party with call girls" caused an outcry in the Netherlands. Footballers, who therefore allegedly spent more time appeasing their partners than playing games (which, incidentally, vehemently contradicted Johan Cruyff in his biography), and a stinking bond coach Rinus Michels. "If the German newspapers want to summon a war", the German-powerful "General" complained, "then it is also a total war." All questions asked in German at the press conference were answered by Michels from then on: "I forgot my German."


Words that midfielder Willem van Hanegem would probably like to hear. "The crooked" had lost half his family in the Holocaust, openly projected the disaster of the Nazi occupation on the football field and had declared before the tournament start: "The hate, he was always there." He has backgrounds that everyone knows and yet I would not get over it until the end of my life if we did not manage to prevent them from bellowing later that they were world champions - and we were not. " Minimal satisfaction for the after the 1: 2-Endgame defeat unrestrained crying Hanegem: When a year later held in Frankfurt friendly game "The revenge for 1974" he scored the goal to 1-1 final score.


When both teams also met at the next World Cup, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge judged before the meeting in the second final round: "It is a real shame and sad that they use football as an outlet for their hatred because of the Second World War." Just before the final whistle Dick Nanninga and Bernd Hölzenbein exchanged a few friendships, first the Dutchman punched the German, who nipped Nanninga in the nose and when the Dutchman then the yellow card with a laugh acknowledged sent him the referee Ramón Barreto Ruiz Space. Nanninga: "That's when I laughed once more and I approached the referee, very friendly." When he suddenly called 'policía, policía' , I preferred to leave the pitch. " The game ended 2: 2.


Security forces might have done quite well for the next meeting at the European Championship two years later. The Germans won 3: 2, but had to lick their wounds after the match. Horst Hrubesch lupfte before assembled press share his jersey to present the deep scratch marks on his back, Bernd Schuster reported stunned by the punch of his opponent Willy van de Kerkhof ("Full on the right eye!") And the goalkeeper Toni Schumacher ("Johnny Rep hat In my testicles gekniffen, such an impossible behavior, I have never experienced in any game. ") put the coach Jupp Derwall rather a substitute behind the gate, which should reassure Schumacher act.


Revanche was the magic word on the Dutch guests' side in 1988 at the European Championships in Germany. Revenge for the equally surprising and painful defeat in 1974, revenge for the hateful critics from within the ranks, revenge especially for the Nazi invasion 48 years earlier. Orange fans traveled in droves to Hamburg and flooded the Volkspark so impressively that DFB striker Frank Mill subsequently complained that it would have been nice "if we had had a home game". Nine out of 15 million Dutchmen are said to have celebrated a 2-1 victory in the semi-final, a popular battle song: "In 1940 they came, in 1988 we came, holadije, holadio!" Goalkeeper Hans van Breukelen was "glad to give this gift to the older generation who lived during the war", Marco van Basten spoke of a "wonderful victory, especially because we kicked out those disgusting Germans" and Ronald Koeman, Bondscoach in 2018, wiped his butt with the swapped jersey of Olaf Thon. Quote today: "I regret what I did after the game, it was an impulsive reaction, a stupid action that will accompany me all my life, I have not met Olaf Thon since then, so I never had the opportunity to approach to apologize." Maybe there will be a chance at the latest in the second leg in Gelsenkirchen.

Source: zeit

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