European Championship Stories: 1972 – West Germany’s Spring Of Absolute Contentment


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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3 Responses

  1. SD says:

    I’m pretty certain that West Germany won the 1980 Euros as well in between their 74 and 90 WC victories?

    Good series of articles this, enjoying them. The Euros do seem to produce more interesting tournaments than WCs generally.

  2. Colin Perry says:

    Yes, they did win in Italy in 1980, as Ian writes in the last paragraph:”with only another European Championship – one overshadowed by darker forces”.
    I’m not sure what those darker forces were though.

  1. February 17, 2012

    […] of European Championship Stories, here’s two long-but-worth it pieces about the magnificent 1972 West Germany side, and the origins of the penalty shoot-out. […]

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