Exhibition on the “Night of Seville” opened

The German Football Museum in Dortmund is commemorating the 40th anniversary of the World Cup semi-final thriller between Germany and France in Seville with a special exhibition.

The selection of the German Football Association (DFB) was already 1:3 behind in extra time on July 8, 1982, but still saved themselves with a penalty shootout and then proved to have stronger nerves.

In the presence of nine vice world champions from 1982, the special show “The Night of Seville” was opened by the Football Museum during a ceremony on Wednesday. Some of the protagonists of that time looked back on one of the most exciting and memorable games in World Cup history.

“The special show is a monument to this game, which is unusual in many respects,” said museum director Manuel Neukirchner. Paul Breitner, 1974 World Cup champion, said: “Alongside the 1974 World Cup final and a meeting with Real Madrid in the then European Cup against Derby County during the 1975/1976 season, the 1982 World Cup semi-final against France is one of the three biggest games I’ve had the privilege of being a part of in my career.”

The then national goalkeeper Toni Schumacher, who aroused the anger of the French in the game with a foul on France’s Patrick Battiston, added: “There is still a lot of discussion about the scene with Battiston. The most important thing for me is that Patrick believes me I didn’t want to hurt him. I felt the respect of the French in the penalty shoot-out.”

Klaus Fischer, who was from Cologne at the time, remembered his equalizer in extra time: “The 3-3 equalizer in extra time is definitely one of the most important goals of my career. I’ve scored nicer overhead kick goals, but none had the same meaning.”

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