The 1974 World Cup final was contested by host nation West Germany and neighbours The Netherlands. Within just 2mins of the game starting and without the Germans actually touching the ball, talented Dutch number 14 Johan Cryuff burst into the German box and was brought down to give Holland an early spot kick which was confidently dispatched by Johan Neeskens to give the Dutch a 1-0 lead.
English referee Jack Taylor pointed to the spot again after 25 minutes but this time the majority of the Munich crowd we’re celebrating as Paul Breitner’s equalised for West Germany to make it 1-1. Led by Captain, Franz ‘Der Kaiser’ Beckenbauer, the Germans turned the game around and took the lead just before half-time courtesy of a clinical Gerd Müller finish which turned out to be the winner and help West Germany to their second World Cup title. It turned out to be ‘Der Bomber’s’ final international appearance for West Germany, which ended with an astonishing 68 goals in 62 appearances.
Total Football was tamed.