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The East Germany national football team was from 1952 to 1990 the football team of the German Democratic Republicmarker, playing as one of three post-war German teams, along with Saarland and West Germany.

After German reunification in late 1990, the Deutscher Fußball Verband der DDR (DFV), and with it the East German team, joined the Deutscher Fußball Bund (DFB) and the German national football team that had just won the World Cup.

History

In 1949, before the GDRmarker was founded and while regular private clubs were still banned under the Soviet occupation, efforts were made to play football anyway. Helmut Schön coached selections of Saxonymarker and the Soviet occupation zone before moving to the West. On 6 February 1951, the GDR applied for FIFAmarker membership, which was protested by the DFB, which was already a full member. FIFA accepted the GDR association (later called DFV) on 6 October 1951 as a provisional member, and on 24 July 1952 as a full member.

The first international game, not competitive but rather a display of good will, took place on 21 September 1952 against Poland in Warsaw, losing 3-0 in front of a crowd of 35,000. The first home game was on 14 June 1953 against Bulgaria, a 0-0 in front of a crowd of 55,000 at Heinz-Steyer-Stadion in Dresden. Only three days later, the Uprising of 1953 in East Germany prevented the permitted assembly of that many Germans. On 8 May 1954 games resumed, with a 1-0 loss against Romania. The East Germans had not even considered to enter the World Cup which was won by the West Germans two months later. This caused much euphoria not only in the West, and the GDR tried to counter this by abandoning their policy of presenting a group of socialist role models of their "new German state"; instead, players were selected purely according to ability. The GDR entered the qualification for the WC 1958 and were hosts to Wales on 19 May 1957 in Zentralstadion Leipzig. 500,000 tickets were requested, officially 100,000 were admitted, but 120,000 in the crowded house witnessed a 2-1 victory.

East Germany was not as successful as its Western counterpart in World Cups or European Championships. It never qualified for the finals of the European Championship and only qualified for one World Cup, in 1974. However, they were always serious contenders in qualifying throughout their history.

Line-up for the first-ever World Cup finals match
That tournament was staged in West Germanymarker, and both German teams were drawn in the same group in the first round. With successful games against Chile and Australia, both German teams had qualified early for the second round, with the inter-German game determining first and second in group. Despite this lack of pressure to succeed, the match on 22 June 1974 in Hamburgmarker was politically and emotionally charged. East Germany beat West Germany 1-0, thanks to a goal by Jürgen Sparwasser. This was rather a Pyhrric victory, as the DFV wound up in the possibly stronger second round Group A. The GDR lost to Brazil and the Netherlands, but secured 3rd place in a final game draw with Argentina. On the other hand, the DFB team changed its line-up after the loss, and went on to win all games in the other second round group B, against Yugoslavia, Sweden, Poland, and the World title against the Netherlands.

East Germany did however achieve significantly greater success in Olympic football than the amateur teams fielded by the Western NOC of Germany. Before 1968, both states had sent a United Team of Germany. For 1964, the East German side had beaten their Western counterparts in order to be selected. They went on to win Bronze for Germany. As GDR, they won Bronze in 1972 in Munich, Gold in 1976, and Silver medal in 1980 in Moscow, In absence of boycotting Western nations. In the 1980s, football declined in the GDR, as did other parts of public life.

Millions of East Germans had moved to the West before the Berlin Wallmarker was erected in 1961, and some escaped in a successful Republikflucht attempts also afterwards. All East Germans were automatically entitled to receive a West German passport, but players who had caps for the DFV, like Norbert Nachtweih and Jürgen Pahl who flew in October 1976 at a U21-match in Turkey, were ineligible for international competition for the DFB due to FIFA rules. Lutz Eigendorf had escaped to the West in 1979 and died in 1983 in a mysterious car crash in which East German Stasi agents were involved.

Shortly after the reunification, players who had played for the East German team were allowed by FIFA to be eligible for the now un-rivalled German team of the DFB. See players with caps for both East Germany and unified Germany, like Matthias Sammer and Ulf Kirsten.

East vs. West

Over the years of their separate existence, the GDR and FRG played each other only a handful of times. The only notable meeting with professionals from the West was at the 1974 World Cup, which East Germany won 1-0. Three other games were played in Olympic Football where only players with amateur status could represent West Germany, like the young Uli Hoeneß who delayed his pro career in 1972. In the inter-German qualification prior to the 1964 Olympic Games, the two played a two-legged preliminary round tie, the GDR advancing to represent Germany as they won their home leg 3-0, while the FRG won the return 2-1. In the 1972 Olympic Games, the GDR and FRG, having qualified from their First Round groups, met in the Second Round, with the GDR winning 3-2.

Euro 92 qualifying

The draw for 1992 UEFA European Football Championship qualifying took place on 2 February 1990, with East Germany drawn in Group 5 along with Belgium, Wales, Luxembourg - and West Germany. By 23 August that year, the East German parliament confirmed reunification for 3 October. The planning for the opening fixture away to Belgium on 12 September was too far along to be cancelled, and so it was played as a friendly. It was also planned to play East Germany's home fixture against West Germany, scheduled for 14 November 1990 in Leipzigmarker as a friendly to celebrate the unification of the DFB and DFV, but the game was cancelled due to rioting in East German stadia.

World Cup record

  • 1950 - Did not enter (GDR applied for FIFA membership on 6 February 1951)
  • 1954 - Did not enter
  • 1958 to 1970 - Did not qualify
  • 1974 - Round 2 (final eight)
  • 1978 to 1990 - Did not qualify


European Championship record



Player records

Most capped players

Below is a list of the 25 players with the most caps for East Germany. The numbers are from the website of the DFB, which include ten qualifying and final tournament games of the Olympics that are no longer counted by FIFAmarker. The numbers counted by FIFA are shown in parentheses.



Top goalscorers

Below is a list of the 15 top goalscorers for the GDR. The numbers are from the website of DFB, which include goals scored in ten qualifying and final tournament games of the Olympics that are no longer counted by FIFAmarker.The numbers counted by FIFA are shown in parentheses.



Players with caps for both East Germany and Germany after 1990

The rules of FIFA prevented players who had caps for the DFV team from playing for the DFB team before the unification of DFB and DFV in 1990.The numbers are from the website of the DFB.



Coaches



See also



External links



#
Player
East Germany career
Caps
1
Joachim Streich
1969-1984
102 (98)
2
Hans-Jürgen Dörner
1969-1985
100 (96)
3
Jürgen Croy
1967-1981
94 (86)
4
Konrad Weise
1970-1981
86 (78)
5
Eberhard Vogel
1962-1976
74 (69)
6
Bernd Bransch
1967-1976
72 (64)
7
Peter Ducke
1960-1975
68 (63)
8
Martin Hoffmann
1973-1981
66 (62)
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Lothar Kurbjuweit
1970-1981
66 (59)
10
Ronald Kreer
1982-1989
65 (65)
11
Gerd Kische
1971-1980
63 (59)
12
Matthias Liebers
1980-1988
59 (59)
13
Reinhard Häfner
1971-1984
58 (54)
14
Jürgen Pommerenke
1972-1983
57 (53)
15
Rainer Ernst
1981-1990
56 (56)
=
Henning Frenzel
1961-1974
56 (54)
17
Jürgen Sparwasser
1969-1977
53 (48)
18
Andreas Thom
1984-1990
51 (51)
19
Hans-Jürgen Kreische
1968-1975
50 (46)
20
Ulf Kirsten
1985-1990
49 (49)
21
Dieter Erler
1959-1968
47 (45)
=
Jörg Stübner
1984-1990
47 (47)
23
René Müller
1984-1989
46 (46)
=
Dirk Stahmann
1982-1989
46 (46)
25
Rüdiger Schnuphase
1973-1983
45 (45)
#
Player
Goals
1
Joachim Streich
55 (53)
2
Hans-Jürgen Kreische
25 (22)
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Eberhard Vogel
25 (24)
4
Rainer Ernst
20 (20)
5
Henning Frenzel
19 (19)
6
Martin Hoffmann
16 (15)
=
Jürgen Nöldner
16 (16)
=
Andreas Thom
16 (16)
9
Peter Ducke
15 (15)
=
Jürgen Sparwasser
15 (14)
11
Ulf Kirsten
14 (14)
12
Günter Schröter
13 (13)
13
Wolfram Löwe
12 (12)
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Dieter Erler
12 (12)
15
Willy Tröger
11 (11)
Player
East Germany
Unified Germany
Overall
Caps
Goals
Caps
Goals
Caps
Goals
Ulf Kirsten
49
14
51
20
100
34
Matthias Sammer
23
6
51
8
74
14
Andreas Thom
51
16
10
2
61
18
Thomas Doll
29
7
18
1
47
8
Dariusz Wosz
7
0
17
1
24
1
Olaf Marschall
4
0
13
3
17
3
Heiko Scholz
7
0
1
0
8
0
Dirk Schuster
4
0
3
0
7
0

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