Oct 3, 2011
It’s Retro Week here at World Soccer Shop! We’re celebrating by featuring a handful of the throw-back kits available in our shop. Spanning the past century and the entire globe, these retro jerseys carry plenty of memories and an equal amount of old-school swag!
This German jersey has no fancy color scheme or design. Rather, it’s to the point and all about business, which is what the German national team has always been all about, particularly so in the 1970s.
Really, the only time the German national team isn’t all about business is when it has already taken care of it and has moved on to the celebrating. Like in this photo, for example, where the one and only Der Kaiser, Franz Beckenbauer, cradles the fruits of his team’s labors — the 1974 World Cup trophy.
That year, the top two teams from four groups were divided into two new groups in the second round. The winner of each of these groups played in the final for title of world champion. Then West Germany dominated its group with three wins while Netherlands also ran the triple in its group over Brazil, Argentina and East Germany.
With the final pair decided, two of the greatest attacking minds in the history of the game were pitted against each other in Dutch Johan Cruyff and German Beckenbauer. The Germans fell behind in the second minute thanks for a solo run from Cruyff, but Der Kaiser rallied his troops to equalize and then nab the eventual match and title winner in the 43rd minute.
Across the 70s with this classic black-and-white strip and Beckenbauer by their sides, the West Germans rarely met defeat in a decade of dominance.