MARTIN TROCHA of FC Carl Zeiss Jena
Georgian goalkeeper OTAR GABELIA earned his one and only full international cap for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics during the 3-1 loss in Tbilisi to would-be Euro ’80 champion West Germany in the fall of 1979 but later won the 1981 UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup after Dinamo Tbilisi rallied to defeat East German outfit FC Carl Zeiss Jena at the virtually-empty Rheinstadion in Duesseldorf.
An aerial view of the old OSTSEESTADION, which was totally renovated in 2001 with the most noticeable improvement being that all spectator areas are now completely covered and is now known as the DKB Arena for sponsorship purposes. The football / track and field stadium in the Batic sea port city was originally constructed in 1954 and, altogether, was the site of eight full international matches hosted by the old Deutsche Demokratische Republik back in the day. The Olympic warm-up with the visiting Soviet Union in early May of 1980 was actually the very last time that the senior national team of the German Democratic Republic ever appeared in Rostock.
U.S.S.R. striker OLEG BLOKHIN of Dynamo Kiev shoots past East Germany goalkeeper JUERGEN CROY (1) of FC Sachsenring Zwickau to give the Soviet Union a quick 2-0 lead in the 30th minute of the 1972 Summer Olympic Games Bronze Medal Match at the Olympiastadion in Munich, West Germany.
East Germany netminder JUERGEN CROY of FC Sachsenring Zwickau conceded only one goal — that being from the penalty spot — through the Deutsche Demokratische Republik’s first four Olympic matches at the football tournament of the 1976 Summer Games in Canada.
LOTHAR KURBJUWEIT of FC Carl Zeiss Jena
The semifinal of the 1976 Summer Games football competition between EAST GERMANY and the SOVIET UNION contested in the host city of Montreal brought a noteworthy crowd of 57,182 out to the newly-constructed Olympic Stadium in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district; a rather large audience, then, still to this day by North American standards, to see two Warsaw Pact nations renew their Eastern Bloc football rivalry on the pitch. This was at this point, in fact, the largest attendance in history for a football match of any kind in Canada.
The Olympic semifinal in the iconic French-Canadien city at the 1976 Summer Games was the eleventh time in which the East Germany and the Soviet Union had met in international football competition. FIFA used to count some Olympic qualification and final tournament as “full” international matches for their records but reversed what was always something of a confusing policy, anyway, and does no longer. That, however, is a story for another day.