A historical goal, a bet, whisky smuggled beyond a star striker and the Iron Curtain banished by police before its greatest moment only from his team.
An amazing series of events has been put in motion after East Germany’s 1-0 victory.
It was the only real football match played two ideological opposites partitioned following the Second World War, between the nations.
Although the West was shaped of job zones handled by America, Britain and France, after the collapse of Nazi Germany, the Communist East turned into a satellite country of the Soviet Union.
Until 1964, they collaborated in the Olympics collectively – Because the United Team of Germany.
But the East German-built Berlin Wall, erected was a sign of diminishing political warmth, and when Eric Honecker took over direction of East Germany’s only party in 1971, he announced unification with the West was a goal.
The East Germans resisted West German overtures to play football. It was viewed as too much of a risk – there has been a likelihood of conquer than in sports such as swimming and Pilates.
But in a World Cup, there was no choice.
“The players did not feel any pressure though. On the other hand, we’re anticipating comparing ourselves to the West.
“It was something we strived for, but the government always averted .”
Were captain prolific striker Gerd Muller and Franz BeckeNBAuer. They were the host state, and the winners.
No wonder Hans Apel, then monthly in his role as the finance minister of the country and a spectator at the group stage match, was in certain mood.
“I was quite convinced we would beat them 3-0,” he said, speaking before his death in 2011.
“I wasn’t excited, I wasn’t nervous. We’re very good in football, and nobody else knew anything .”
The match turned out quite differently. Clipping the West Germany defence and Assessing a ball, Magdeburg striker Jurgen Sparwasser struck with 12 minutes left to secure success.
According to Kreische, the match has been played favorable circumstances. Nothing like a derby between enemy countries.
Later , he and Apel would have a fateful encounter.
“After the ultimate whistle all of the players swapped tops, although we did not get it done on the pitch because officially it was banned,” Kreische says.
“But we got on nicely. We talked the same language after all. It was a hard but good battle.”
It meant they avoided Argentina Brazil and Netherlands landing among Poland, Sweden and Yugoslavia .
The circus proceeded on. An exodus of journalists, players and fans led for their own venues. It was a return to the true life of government within the West German capital Bonn, via Dusseldorf.
Where defending champions Brazil lay in wait, kreische was on the flight, en route to Hanover.
The two men sat next to each other.
“He asked me who I was,” Apel recalled.
He was surprised, maybe a little bit fearful.
“I said to him, one thing is absolutely clear, West Germany will not win the World Cup.
“But he said to me’no, that’s totally wrong, you will likely be the world champion’.
“‘You are just talking crap’, I said. ‘you’re too considerate to tell me how awful this team is. Let us make a bet.
Kreische did not have the means to get whisky or ship it across the border, therefore they consented that Apel would have to cover up when he lost.
The bet has been put, and the livelihood of Kreische would require a turn that was irreversible.
West Germany did go onto win the World Cup, from the goal down to beat a brilliant Netherlands side 2-1 in the final in Munich.
Once he was back in Bonn after the tournament ended in July 1974, Apel asked his secretary to purchase him a bottles of excellent whisky.
“I termed the ambassador of East Germany in Bonn, and I said to him’You will have five bottles of whisky, and you will transfer them to Mr Kreische’.”
This is a diplomatic bag comprising several headaches-worth of fine scotch spanned among their boundaries on the planet.
“I was shocked to receive it first because I did not really know Apel in any respect,” says Kreische.
“In Dresden we couldn’t receive West German TV therefore we weren’t that well informed. A good deal of us did not even know who he was.
“Plus it was absolutely forbidden to have any connection with anybody in West Germany.
“But I was allowed to help keep the bottles. I shared them with my friends. It was good whisky. Monochrome.”
And there the problem rested. Until a letter contacted the office of Apel.
“I got a typed letter – a peculiar letter,” Apel said.
“Kreische later told me it was compiled by the service, plus he had to sign it.”
That secret ceremony was the most infamous and pervading Stasi, that infiltrated every portion of East German society. They also recruited informants, and informants to share with on the informants. It might have been hopeless for Kreische perhaps maybe not to think about the potential consequences of carrying the whisky.
“I was anxious. I was certainly aware of the fact someone would notice this affair, but I wasn’t exactly afraid,” he says.
“I had such a high position in Dynamo Dresden I couldn’t really imagine being sacked or expelled from professional sport.”
He was wrong.
The whisky, in addition to a letter that Apel sent with the gift, had a devastating effect on Kreische’s livelihood.
“Inside my letter there stood a sentence which generated additional issues for him personally,” Apel said.
“It read’I really hope that we’ll meet soon’. This generated the impression there may possibly have been than soccer discussion and a simple bet.”
At the Montreal Olympics, East Germany won the football gold medal in 1976. But Kreische was absent. He also followed their historical exploits from Dresden as an alternative.
“That year Dynamo Dresden has been the top group of the nation. We won the team name and the cup and I was the top scorer, with 24 goals,” he says.
“After I browse my Stasi file in 2004, I know that it was as a result with this bet I wasn’t taken.
Two decades later Kreische retired.
But he’s quite proud of his participation to also his 50 caps for his country, along with football history.
“Why should I question or sorrow something that happened as long ago?
“Ever since I then met with Apel and we had been very good friends. He regretted that the thing had harmed me a lot.
“I might participate in that 1974 World Cup was not overwhelming. And that we could prove we could play decent football on the opposite hand of Germany was amazing”