Nevertheless, they played

The game was going really badly! The Israeli national soccer team was already losing 0:3 by half time and to […]


Nevertheless, they played

The game was going really badly! The Israeli national soccer team was already losing 0:3 by half time and to make things even worse, their own fans were cheering for the visitors!

Things were crazy on 25th February 1970 in the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv: the opposing team was Borussia Mönchengladbach with Berti Vogts, Herbert Laumen and Günther Netzer – a German team. Just 25 years after the Holocaust, 20,000 Israeli football fans were cheering: “Viva Germania!”

The German coach Hennes Weisweiler couldn’t believe his ears. He even went over to his Israeli colleague Emanuel Schaffer: “Eddy, shall I ask the team to change down a gear?”

Schaffer was categorically against such a move. He knew that there would be no losers. The match was all that counted, a moment of sportsmanship with an effect beyond stadium walls.

Directed by: Dietrich Duppel
Production Manager: Sebastian Johannsen
Producer: Nadine Neumann
Executive Producer: Reinhardt Beetz

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