The Germans started the New Year just like the previous one with a Friendly against Portugal on February 23rd, 1983 at Lisbon.
In yet another poor display, the Germans were defeated (0-1).
Hamburg’s Wolfgang Rolff and Werder Bremen’s Jonny Otten made their debuts.
The Germans won their first Euro Qualifier at Tirana vs. Albania on March 30th (2-1) with Rudi Völler scoring his first ever goal for his Nation.
For this match Derwall could not call upon Wolfgang Rolff, Jurgen Milewski, Holger Hieronymus, Lothar Matthaus and Wolfgang Dremmler (all injured).
As always Schuster and Stilieke were not released by their Spanish clubs.
In April the Germans played two more away qualifiers within days.
On April 23rd they faced Turkey at Izmir and comfortably won (3-0) with a Rummenigge double strike.
On April 27th, they earned a precious away point after a scoreless tie with Austria at Vienna.
Photo From : L'Annee du Football 1984(Jupp Derwall)
In fact, Rummenigge scored a goal disallowed for offside in the 69th minute.
After the match, he claimed that even some of the Austrian players had told him it was a valid goal.
Despite opposition from most of the players, Bernd Schuster played in both matches as both Derwall and DfB President Hermann Neuberger overruled the protests.
Internazionale Milan had initially refused to release Hansi Muller for these matches (as well as the previous match vs. Albania), however they were forced to do so due to UEFA regulations.
The Germans played a Friendly vs. Yugoslavia on June 7th at Luxembourg for Luxembourg Association’s 75thAnniversary.
The Germans won (4-2) with Hamburg goalkeeper Uli Stein and Bayer Leverkusen striker Herbert Waas making their debuts.
The Fall season started on September on September 7th with a Friendy at Budapest vs. Hungary.
The Germans came away with a tie (1-1) from a Rudi Völler strike.
On October 5th, they defeated Austria (3-0) in a key qualifier at Gelsenkirchen with a Rummenigge goal and a double strike from Völler within the first 21 minutes.
Bayern Munich’s Klaus Augenthaler made his debut for the National Team.
At the end of the month on October 26th, they won another qualifier by defeating Turkey (5-1) at West Berlin with both Rummenigge and Völler scoring twice each.
Bayer Uerdingen’s Matthias Herget and Bayern Munich’s Michael Rummenigge (younger brother of Karl-Heinz) made their International debuts.
Derwall and Germany’s qualification hopes hinged upon two matches in November played within days.
On November 16th, the Germans lost at home to Northern Ireland (0-1) at Hamburg. This was West Germany’s first home defeat against a European opponent in 9 years.
It also temporarily dented their qualification hopes.
It all came down to the final qualifier on November 20th vs. Albania at Saarbrucken.
The Albanians gave the Germans a scare by taking the lead by Genc Tomorri. Despite a quick Rummenigge equalizer, the Germans were in near danger of losing out on the Euros at the expense of Northern Ireland.
West Germany’s winning goal was scored in the 80th minute by Strack.
The Germans qualified but their campaign had been anything but convincing.
They had found a genuine goalscorer in Rudi Völler, but Derwall was unable to convince the German public and press. The team appeared in decline with Derwall unable to stop the slide.
Derwall’s final year in charge of the National Team started on February 15th, 1984 at Sofia vs. Bulgaria.
Derwall was intent on much experimentation with the Euros on the horizon.
Internazionale Milano based Hansi Muller was essentially out of National Team contention.
Hamburg’s Dietmar Jakobs rejected his call up, declaring that he needed to concentrate on his club.
Derwall chose to drop Briegel and Dremmler for this match.
For this match vs. Bulgaria, Derwall handed out debuts to Fortuna Dusseldorf’s Manfred Bockenfeld and Rudi Bommer, as well as, Kaiserslautern’s Andreas Brehme.
The Germans won (3-2) with Stilieke scoring a rare double strike.
On February 29th, the Germans played at Brussels vs. Belgium. The match turned out to be Bernd Schuster’s last match for his Nation.
Wolfgang Rolff had to withdraw, as he was flu stricken.
On the days prior to the match, Manfred Kaltz indicated that he might be interested in a National Team return. However, Jupp Derwall must make the first move to clear the air (which did not happen).
In addition, there was a statement by Horst Koppel (one of the National Team’s Assistant Managers), whereby he raised the possibility of Schumacher’s exclusion from the team, due to the controversy surrounding the Battiston incident at the World Cup. A clearly angry Schumacher demanded a one on one with Hermann Neuberger to discuss this situation which was resolved with his spot safe.
The Germans won through a penalty kick by Rudi Völler.
Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Hans-Günter Bruns made his debut for his Nation.
The Germans continued their preparations with a Friendly on March 28th vs. the Soviet Union at Hannover.
The Germans won their third straight Friendly of the year (2-1) with Brehme scoring his first goal for his Nation.
Stuttgart goalkeeper Helmut Roleder made his debut in that match.
The German absences included Rummenigge (out with the flu), Schuster (out with a broken toe), as well as Bernd Forster, Wolfgang Dremmler and Gerhard Strack (all injured).
Stilieke was not released by Real Madrid for this match.
The next Friendly was on April 18th at Strasbourg vs. the Euros host Nations of France. It was the first encounter between the Nations since the previous World Cup’s classic semifinal.
West German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher received a predictably hostile reception from the French fans, still remembering the Battiston incident.
In the end the French won (1-0) to inflict on the Germans their first loss of the year.
On May 20th, 1984, Bernd Schuster was injured playing for Barcelona. His absence spelled a catastrophe fot Derwall’s plans.
They played their last Friendly prior to the Finals on May 22nd at Zurich, Switzerland vs. Italy. It was a Prestige Friendly to mark FIFA’s 80th anniversary and featured the last two World Cup Finalists.
This time the Germans came out as winners through a Briegel strike (1-0).
Stuttgart’s Guido Buchwald made his debut for the National Team. He would become Derwall’s final debutant.
Before the Euros, Derwall lamented the absence of midfield organizers. Though, he played down the absences of Hansi Muller and Magath claiming they were not the type of players suited for a Tournament of such difficulty.
However, it’s clear that if he could have at least Magath would certainly have been part of the National team set-up.
He also felt some of his young players were not yet ready.
Derwall also had made an adjustment to Rummenigge’s role in the team. He was the third striker as well as the ‘brains’ of the team, charged with organization.
The Germans started the Euros in an unconvincing fashion with a scoreless tie vs. Portugal on June 14th at Strasbourg.
They appeared to be getting back on track after defeating Romania on June 17th (2-1) at Lens through a Rudi Völler double.
The Germans were favored in their last Group match vs. Spain on June 20th at Paris.
They were unlucky to hit the post three times during the match. Briegel struck the post off of two headers in the 2nd and 20th minutes, while Brehme hit the post in the 26th minute.
The Spanish themselves squandered an opportunity when Francisco Carrasco missed a penalty kick in the 44th minute.
With only a minute remaining and the Germans seemingly qualified, Antonio Maceda headed in Spain’s winner (that Schumacher handled but could not stop).
The Germans eliminated from the Euros in disgrace having left a negative impression for their disappointing displays.
The elimination was portrayed as a catastrophe for German Football. Jupp Derwall resigned after six years in charge, which will largely be remembered as mostly negative due to the events of 1982 and beyond.
To stop the decline DfB’s Hermann Neuberger made the uncongenial move to appoint Franz Beckenbauer (unlicensed) and only retired some two years before.
Photo From : France Football, Issue 1997, July 17, 1984
(Jupp Derwall’s replacement by Franz Beckenbauer)
The Derwall reign started on a positive note. He made the West German squad a strong and winning team after the disappointment of the 1978 World Cup.
There was the 23 match unbeaten run and the 1980 UEFA European championship triumph that placed West Germany at the top of the continent once more.
He had introduced youth to the team and it was during his reign that Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was at his peak and one of the greatest players of the game.
His first three years were positive despite the losses vs. Brazil.
Many of the greatest German National team players also made their debuts under him, such as Briegel, Schuster, Littbarski, Schumacher, Voeller, Matthaus and Brehme.
While Karl-Heinz Foerster did not make his debut under him, he became a regular with Derwall.
The cracks started to appear from the 1982 World Cup and afterwards confusion reigned within his selections.
The controversies surrounding West Germany’s performances in 1982 would continue to haunt him despite a runner-up place.
It became a confused team with many question marks. His inability to properly install a libero was also a source of criticism.
Hannes, Hieronymus, Strack, Aughentaler, Bruns, Herget and Stilieke were all tried in the position.
His treatment of Magath, Kaltz, Allgower and Dietz should also be questioned who were shabbily treated by him.
In retrospect, Bernd Schuster was not a problem of his doing and became an unnecessary source of stress on the team.
He gambled on the inclusion of Breitner and according to many lost his authority.
This was Dietz and Schuster’s contention and Harald Schumacher essentially confirmed it in his very controversial Autobiography.
Schumacher claimed in his autobiography, that in the lead up to the 1982 World Cup and during the tournament, many players were drinking heavily, gambling, etc. mainly under the influence of Paul Breitner, who was the kingpin of the team with Derwall having no authority over him.
Many even claimed that Breitner’s Bayern Munich teammate Wolfgang Dremmler was in the National Team as his ‘water carrier’ at the behest of Breitner himself.
According to some sources, pressure had been mounting to such an extent that Derwall had wanted to resign months before the 1984 euros.
However, Hermann Neuberger had ruled out a managerial change before the Euros.
After the 1984 Euros, Derwall joined Turkish club Galatasaray. Many credit him for introducing the modern game to Turkish Football. He won a Cup title in 1985 and the League title with them in 1987.
He retired from the game at afterwards. He passed away on June 26th, 2007 at the age of 80 after a heart attack.
For More Detail, see:
Arthur Rotmil columns on West Germany in World Soccer Magazine, from December 1978 to 1984
Onze, Issue 59, November 1980 (‘Magique Derwall’ By Alain Leiblang)
Mondial, new series, issue 23, February 1982 (“Rummenigge et les siens’ By Francois Sorton)
Foot Magazine, Issue 9, January 1982 (‘Allemagne-Vers un Troisiem Couronne?’ By Christian Hubert)
Onze, Issue 100, April 1984 (‘R.F.A.: Les Grandes Manueuveres’ By Alain Leiblang)
Onze, Issue 102, June 1984 (‘R.F.A.: Tout ou Rien!’ By Alain Leiblang)