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70th minute, Franz Beckenbauer , West Germany v Uruguay, 1966 World Cup Quarter-Final

Context

Franz Beckenbauer nicknamed Der Kaiser came to prominence in the World Cup of 1966 in England. He had just helped Bayern Munich to win promotion to the Bundlesliga and was in the process of playing his part in making Bayern a giant in German football. West Germany were one of the favourites for the 1966 World Cup and they started fantastically with  a brilliant 5-0 win  against Switzerland in Sheffield and Der Kaiser got two. They battled to a 0-0 against Argentina before seeing off Spain to win the group and set up a meeting with Uruguay. West Germany had surprisingly gone out four years earlier in the quarter finals to Yugoslavia so were weary of not falling victim again. Uruguay always had a reputation as a tough opponent in the World Cup. The West Germans found themselves back at Hillsborough, the scene of their 5-0 victory in their opening match and it proved to be a lucky ground for them as they simply blew away Uruguay late on.

The Goal

Franz Beckenbauer coolly finishes off Uruguay with this goal to make it 2-0 with twenty minutes to go.


What Happened Next?

The West Germans would add two more to win four to nil. They reached the final but would lose out in Extra Time against hosts England. They went on to win the cup as hosts in 1974 though with Beckenbaeur as captain and in 1990 he coached West Germany to glory in Italy.

Extras

Der Kaiser Artwork

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