September 12, 1990
Belgium 0-East Germany 2
Venue: Bruxelles-Stade Constant Vanden Stock (Brussels - Constant Vanden Stock Stadion)
Referee: John Blankenstein (Holland)
Goalscorers: (Belgium): None
(East Germany): Matthias Sammer 74, 89
1-Michel Preud'homme (Koninklijke Voetbalclub Mechelen) [28 caps / 0 goals]
2-Lorenzo Staelens (Club Brugge Koninklijke Vereniging) [3 caps / 0 goals]
3- Pascal Plovie (Club Brugge Koninklijke Vereniging) [4 caps / 0 goals]
4- Michel De Wolf (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht) [32 caps / 1 goals]
5- Geert Broeckaert (Koninklijke Sportvereniging Cercle Brugge) [1 caps / 0 goals]
6- Bruno Versavel (Koninklijke Voetbalclub Mechelen) [18 caps / 2 goals] (14-Danny Boffin (Royal Football Club de Liege) [3 caps / 0 goals] 69)
7-Stephane Demol (Toulouse Football Club / France) [34 caps / 1 goals] (13-Phillipe Albert (Koninklijke Voetbalclub Mechelen) [9 caps / 0 goals] 46)
8- Franky Van Der Elst (Club Brugge Koninklijke Vereniging) [42 caps / 0 goals]
9-Erwin Vandenbergh (Koninklijke Atletiek Associatie Gent) [45 caps / 19 goals]
10- Vincenzo Scifo (Association de la Jeunesse Auxerroise / France) [44 caps / 7 goals] (16- Marc Degrjse (Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht) [29 caps / 10 goals] 46)
11-Jan Ceulemans (Club Brugge Koninklijke Vereniging) [93 caps / 22 goals] (15-Marc Wilmots (Koninklijke Voetbalclub Mechelen) [3 caps / 0 goals] 46)
Coach: Guy Thys
Team Captain: Jan Ceulemans
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: Red Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks
12-Gilbert Bodart (Royal Standard de Liege)
17-Nico Claesen (Royal Antwerp Football Club)
1-Jens Schmidt (Fussball-Club Chemnitz) [1 caps / 0 goals] (14-Jens Adler (Fussball-Club Chemie Halle) [1 caps / 0 goals] 90)
3-Heiko Peschke (Fussball-Club Carl Zeiss Jena e.V) [5 caps / 1 goals]
5-Jörg Schwanke (Fussball-Club Energie Cottbus) [1 caps / 0 goals]
4-Andreas Wagenhaus (1. Fussball-Club Dynamo Dresden e.V) [3 caps / 0 goals]
2-Detlef Schössler (Fussball-Club Chemnitz) [18 caps / 0 goals]
6-Matthias Sammer (Verein für Bewegungsspiele Stuttgart) [23 caps / 6 goals]
7-Jörg Stübner (1. Fussball-Club Dynamo Dresden e.V) [47 caps / 1 goals] (12-Stefan Böger (Fussball-Club Carl Zeiss Jena e.V) [4 caps / 0 goals] 25)
8-Dariusz Wosz (Fussball-Club Chemie Halle) [7 caps / 0 goals]
10-Heiko Bonan (Fussball-Club Berlin) [2 caps / 0 goals]
9-Heiko Scholz (1. Fussball-Club Dynamo Dresden e.V) [7 caps / 0 goals] (13-Torsten Kracht (1. Fussball-Club Lokomotive Leipzig) [2 caps / 0 goals] 85)
11-Uwe Rösler (1. Fussball-Club Magdeburg) [5 caps / 0 goals]
Coach: Eduard Geyer
Team Captain: Matthias Sammer
Official Kit Supplier/Designer: Adidas
Uniform Colors: White Shirts, Blue Shorts , White Socks
Photo From: Courtesy of Vlad Zelenuk (many thanks)
(The Final East German lineup ever, From left to right: Sammer,
Schmidt, Wagenhaus, Rosler, Peschke, Schossler, Wosz, Bonan,
Schwanke, Stubner, Scholz)
Photo From: France Football, Issue 3101 bis, September 16, 2005(The Final East German lineup ever, From left to right: Sammer, Schmidt, Wagenhaus, Rosler, Peschke, Schossler, Wosz, Bonan, Schwanke, Stubner, Scholz)
-Match number 496 for Belgium and number 293 for East Germany.
-This was the eighth meeting between the nations.
-The final ever match of East Germany. East Germany and West Germany formally re-unified by the end of the year.
The Berlin wall had fallen on November 1989.
- The previous match between the nations, as well as the previous in Brussels, was a European Championship qualifier on April 27, 1983 won 2-1 by Belgium in Brussels’ Heysel Stadium.
Belgium players: Ceulemans and Vandenbergh were
the players still remaining from that match.
Belgium manager Guy Thys also managed Belgium in that match.
Ceulemans scored one of Belgium’s goals.
|Mathias Sammer, the star of the match|
- East Germany’s previous win over Belgium had been a 2-1 win in a European Championship qualifier in Brussels’ Parc Astrid Stadium on September 27, 1975.
-On May 1, 1991 Germany played a UEFA European Championship qualifier vs. Belgium (1-0 win).
Matthias Sammer started in that match for Germany.
Belgium players: Preud'homme, Albert, Versavel, Franky Van Der Elst, Degrjse, Scifo and Wilmots also played in that match. Bodart and Staelens remained on the bench for that match.
Jan Ceulemans taking a throw-in
-This was Belgium’s first home loss since losing to Brazil in a Friendly in Antwerp on October 12, 1988.
-Belgian players Eric Gerets, Georges Grun, Marc Emmers, Leo Clijsters, Patrick Vervoort and Luc Nilis were unavailable for this match.
-Belgium’s Stephane Demol and Enzo Scifo were the only foreign based player on either team, both playing with French clubs.
-All East Germany players were home based, with Sammer being the only one with then West German team.
-East Germany were missing regulars Ulf Kirsten, Andres Thom and Thomas Doll, all with now West German clubs.
-Belgium manager Thys was due to retire at the season’s end. On May 12, 1991, Paul van Himst was officially appointed as national team manager.
-East German goalkeepers, Jens Schmidt and Jens Adler, both earned their first and only caps for East Germany.
Jens Adler came on in the last minute. He is East German international with the shortest international career.
-East German Jörg Schwanke also earned his first and only cap.
-East German Torsten Kracht earned his second and final cap. His previous cap had been on April 13, 1988 at Bulgaria (away 1-1 tie). Both his caps were away from East German soil.
-East German Dariusz Wosz earned a further 17 caps and one goal for Unified Germany from 1997 to 2000.
-East German Heiko Scholz earned one cap for Unified Germany, a 1-1 tie on October 14, 1992 vs. Mexico.
-East German Matthias Sammer scored the two final goals of History of East Germany. He earned a further 51 caps and 8 goals for Unified Germany from 1990 to 1997. He played for Germany in 1994 World Cup.
He was instrumental in Germany winning the UEFA European Championships in 1996, which led him to be elected as France Football magazine’s Ballon d’Or in 1996.
He later managed Borussia Dortmund to the league title in 2002.
His father Klaus Sammer earned 17 caps for East Germany between 1970 and 1973.
-Mathias Sammer played in the first unified match of Germany on December 19, 1990 vs. Switzerland (4-0 win). He was the only former East German to start the match. Although Andreas Thom did later come on and scored in that match.
-Belgium’s Geert Broeckaert earned his one and only cap.
-This was Belgium’s Erwin Vandenbergh’s first cap since June 5, 1988, Denmark 3-Belgium 1.
-Both Sammer and Scifo had a dismal season at Italian Serie A club Internazionale FC Milano in their career and transferred out shortly thereafter.
-East Germany had originally been in European Champioship qualifiers for 1990/92 with West Germany and Belgium, but withdrew with the impending re-unification.
-Belgium’s Marc Wilmots played at Germany’s Schalke 04 later in his carrer.
-This was Belgium’s third straight defeat, after losing to Spain and England during 1990 World Cup.
By losing to Wales 1-3 on their next match on October 17, 1990, Belgium went through a 4 game losing streak.
They would snap the losing streak with a scoreless tie with Italy on February 13, 1991 and would earn their first victory since defeating Uruguay during 1990 World Cup by defeating Luxembourg 3-0 on February 27, 1991.