football like never before : jurgen kisters snow and cologne eightdaysaweek.org.uk
football like never before : jurgen kisters
the quarter finals of the 1965 european cup: the then german champions fc cologne meet the english champions liverpool fc. there were three matches, and a soccer drama that even thirty years after isn't forgotten. the name liverpool fc is mythical in the history of fc cologne. for liverpool, those three matches mark the beginning of a unique success story that, from the 1970s, turned the club into a european soccer giant. after the games in cologne and liverpool both ended 0-0, the deciding game took place in rotterdam. the score, even after extra time, was 2-2 and the winner was determined by the flip of a coin - fc cologne went out. this unfortunate defeat has become legendary in cologne.
in 1965, both cologne and liverpool were not only regarded as the best teams in their own country, but also the best in europe, which made them favorites for the european cup. both teams boasted a number of young players, the outcome of efforts by the trainers to build up their teams.
liverpool manager bill shankly former scottish international player, was already surrounded by a mythical aura. he had led liverpool (founded in 1892) out of its long spell in the second division into the first division and on to win the english championship: through football he gave liverpool people a sense of pride and solidarity. anfield, the site of the legendary liverpool stadium, became the focus of a unique enthusiasm that transferred the swing of beat, of beatle mania, directly to football.
you'll never walk alone
the famous stand behind the goal at anfield, the kop, was the place for the most ardent fans. it was no accident that the most famous anthems in football originated there. from the start of the 1960s, fifty thousand fans in the ground sang and gave new words to songs by the beatles and other pop groups, thereby converting them to football chants. "you'll never walk alone", the sentimental song by liverpool band gerry and the pacemakers, became the hymn of liverpool fc in the mid-sixties, the first football anthem in england. "you'll never walk alone" expresses, like no other, the feeling of solidarity that is linked with football in liverpool. while the days of the week may be grey and monotonous, the football game on a saturday gives life a special point: to win or to lose, and as an individual to be a part of a larger community. "football isn't a matter of life and death. it's much more important than that", bill shankly had said about the meaning of football in liverpool.
each match is proof that you can cope with life, if you are prepared to fight and give your best. if you stick together, nothing can happen to you, and that is true for the team and for the fans. then, in 1965, one could be certain that it was the same players every week that wore the red kit and ran out onto the pitch: tommy smith, roger hunt, ian st john, peter thompson and ron yeats (the team captain) were young players who remained constants of the liverpool team for many years.
all in white, like real madrid
fc cologne was the starting point in the career of several young players who were about to become regulars in the german national team: wolfgang overath, hannes loehr, karl-heinz thielen and wolfgang weber. at the start of the 1960s, the club (created in 1848 out of the fusion of two suburban football clubs) was regarded as the most modern of the german teams. they owned a clubhouse with pitch and gymnasium on the outskirts of cologne, which was exceptional at the time. after cologne had become german champions for the first time in their history in 1962, the team also won the newly founded federal league championships in 1964. with so many young, talented players, the future seemed to be assured for the club, and nobody in cologne had any doubts that the team would follow in the footsteps of real madrid. after all, the team colours were all white for both teams, and hans schaefer, who had played in the legendary world cup team of 1954, was a member of the team.
300 minutes for a legend
when the cologne team travelled to liverpool after the first leg in the mungersdorf stadium (10 febuary), which ended 0-0, few people thought they had a chance. it was almost impossible for an outside team to win at anfield, where the fans cheered their home team fervently for a solid 90 minutes. with the players already out on the snow-covered pitch on 3 march and pushing the ball across the white surface, the match was cancelled at the last moment due to the snowstorm.
on 17 march, the cologne team returned to liverpool. this time the match took place. the liverpool team attacked again and again, but between the posts stood a goalkeeper who on this evening was on the best form of his life. toni schumacher, fitter by trade, thwarted one chance after another for the liverpool team with his parries, and he earned himself the nickname "the liverpool hero". "mister shoemaker" made the headlines in british newspapers, and this achievement was the reason why, later on, another world class goalkeeper from cologne, harald schumacher, was given the nickname "toni". the second leg ended like the first, 0-0. a deciding match had become necessary, which took place a week later in rotterdam on 24 march.
schumacher, pott, regh, hemmersbach, weber, thielen, sturm, mueller, loehr, overath and hornig were the players in the cologne team. on the liverpool side lawrence, lawler, byrne, smith, milne, yeats, stevenson, callaghan, hunt, st.john and thompson. by the 37th minute, liverpool had taken a 2-0 lead. by the 49th, however, cologne had fought valiantly to stay in the game and managed to level the score through goals by karl-heinz thielen and hannes loehr. the team was additionally impeded, as wolfgang weber had suffered a fibular fracture at the end of the first half, but he remained in the game until the end. fifteen minutes before the end and after another exciting tackle, the ball wriggled for the third time in liverpool's net. the rejoicing was premature, though. the goal was disallowed, as two of the cologne players were offside.
at the end of 90 minutes the score remained 2-2; extra-time produced no further goals, and the coin had to decide the outcome. penalty shoot-outs did not exist at the time. in fact, until that day no such game had been decided by the toss of a coin. when the belgian referee flipped the coin with red and white sides on it, it got stuck upright in the mud. the coin had to be flipped a second time, and this time it fell with the red side up. liverpool had won. (they dropped out of the european cup in the next round however, defeated by inter milan in the semifinals, the result of controversial decisions by the referee.) although cologne had lost, this game was still one of the greatest victories in the history of the club. "let me see anyone repeat this: to be trailing two goals behind against such a team, and then turn it into 2-2 in the end with only ten players", said hans schaefer, who could not play because of an injury, after the match. bill shankly said about fc cologne: "this team didn't deserve to drop out through the toss of a coin. i have to be honest. liverpool were not the better team."
kar yüzünden tehir olunan liverpool - köln maçında paralarını geri almak için kapılara dayanan halkın meydana getirdiği panikten dolayı 40 kişi ağır surette yaralanmıştır. tek kapıdan boşaltılan halk koridorlarda sıkışarak ezilmiştir. ağır başlı ingiliz halkı daha büyük bir fâciayı önlemişse de muhafazakâr ingiliz federasyonu geniş bir tahkikat açmıştır.