Today’s lesson in soccer history dates back to 1978, and is known in German as the Disgrace of Cordoba (g). Germany and Austria met in the early rounds of the World Cup in Argentina. Germany, as reigning world champion, was the obvious favorite against Austria, which had gone 47 years without a victory against its neighbor. To the horror of German football fans, the Austrians won 3-2, sending the German team packing.
Relive the fateful duel in this short videoclip (sorry, German only), in which two Argentinian sports announcers "of German heritage," who landed in that beautiful South American nation in 1945 seeking freedom and opportunity among friends with a similar kind of vibrant national feeling. After reading the euphoniously Teutonic names of the players, one announcer remarks "truly, the ‘German’ team here has no opponent!"