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England National Football Team Match No. 782

Germany 1 England 5 [1-2]

Saturday, 1 September 2001

Match Summary and Report

Olympiastadion, München, 1 September 2001 - The team that faced Germany.
Back row - Sol Campbell, Emile Heskey, Rio Ferdinand, David Seaman, Michael Owen.
Front row - Nicky Barmby, Steven Gerrard, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, David Beckham (captain), Ashley Cole.


Match Summary

Status: World Cup 2002 UEFA Preliminary Group 9 qualification match.
Venue: Olympiastadion, München, opened 1972,  capacity 69,256 [only 63,000 tickets sold as a rule because view from lowest four rows restricted by advertising hoardings].
Attendance: 63,000 [sell-out].
Goals: Germany - Carsten Jancker, 6th min.
England - Michael Owen, 12th min.
England - Steven Gerrard, 49th+ min.
England - Michael Owen, 48th min.
England - Michael Owen, 66th min.
England - Emile Heskey, 74th min.
Cautions: England - Emile Heskey, 54th min., unsporting behaviour. (scything tackle from behind taking down Dietmar Hamann a yard inside the England half and 20 yards from the touchline).
Germany - Dietmar Hamann, 78th min., unsporting behaviour
. (tackle from behind taking down Ashley Cole about 35 yards from the Germany goal and 15 yards from the touchline).
Expulsions: None.
Referee - Pierluigi Collina, 41 (13-Feb-1960), Italy, FIFA-listed 1995.
Assistant Referees -
Claudio Puglisi, 41, and Narciso Pisacreta, 41, Italy.
Fourth Official -
Fiorenzo Treossi, 42, Italy, FIFA-listed 1997.
Conditions: Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. local time; weather cool following rain,  sky overcast, pitch damp.
Miscellany: None.




Goal Attempts 14 10
Attempts on Target 3 6
Hit Bar/Post 0 0
Corner Kicks Won 9 2
Offside Calls Against 3 1
Fouls Conceded 19 16
Time of Possession 61% 39%


Germany Team


5th in FIFA ranking of 22 August 2001; 7th in Elo world ranking before this match and 12th after this match.

Colours: Dark green shirts with white trim and side panels, white shorts with green trim, green socks with three thin white stripes at top; made by Adidas.
Coach: Rudi Völler, 41, appointed caretaker coach 2 July 2000 and coach 9 November 2000
12th match,
W 8 - D 1 - L 3 - F 26 - A 16.
Captain: Oliver Kahn.

Germany Lineup

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
1-Kahn, Oliver 15-Jun-1969 32 G

FC Bayern München AG

38 0 1995-active
2-Wörns, Christian, sub off 46th min. 10-May-1972 29 D BV 09 Borussia Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen 37 0 1992-active
3-Böhme, Jorg 22-Jan-1974 27 M FC Schalke 04 3 1 2001-active
4-Linke, Thomas 26-Dec-1969 31 D

FC Bayern München AG

26 0 1997-active
5-Nowotny, Jens 11-Jan-1974 27 D Bayer 04 Leverkusen 32 0 1997-active
6-Hamann, Dietmar 27-Aug-1973 28 M Liverpool FC, England 34 3 1997-active
7-Rehmer, Marko 29-Apr-1972 29 D

Hertha BSC Berlin

24 3 1998-active
8-Ballack, Michael, sub off 67th min. 26-Sep-1976 24 M Bayer 04 Leverkusen 18 3 1999-active
9- Jancker, Carsten 28-Aug-1974 27 F

FC Bayern München AG

19 6 1998-active
10-Deisler, Sebastian 05-Jan-1980 21 M Hertha BSC Berlin 15 2 2000-active
11-Neuville, Oliver, sub off 78th min. 01-May-1973 28 F Bayer 04 Leverkusen 27 1 1998-active

Germany Substitutes

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
14-Asamoah, Gerald, sub on 46th min. for Wörns 03-Oct-1978 22 M

FC Schalke 04

5 1 2001-active
18-Klose, Miroslav, sub on 67th min. for Ballack 09-Jun-1978 23 F 1. FC Kaiserslautern 6 2 2001-active
15-Kehl, Sebastian, sub on 78th min. for Neuville 13-Feb-1980 31 D SC Freiburg 3 1 2001-active


Kahn -
Wörns (Asamoah), Nowotny, Linke -
Rehmer, Hamann, Ballack (Klose), Böhme -
Deisler -
Jancker, Neuville (Kehl).

Notes: When Asamoah came on for Wörns, he took Rehmer's post in right midfield and Rehmer moved to Wörn's post on the right side of the back line.
Not Used:
12-Jens Lehmann, 13-Oliver Bierhoff, 16-Frank Baumann, 17-Christian Ziege.

England Team


15th in FIFA ranking of 22 August 2001; 9th in Elo world ranking before this match and 7th after this match.

Colours: White shirts with red stripe down left side, navy blue shorts with red stripe down right side, white socks - The "2001" home uniform.
Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 53, appointed 31 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
7th match,
W 6 - D 0 - L 1 - F 19 - A 5.
Captain: David Beckham, 8th captaincy.

England Lineup

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
1-Seaman, David A. 19-Sep-1963 37 G

Arsenal FC

66 0 1988-2002
2-Neville, Gary A. 18-Feb-1975 26 D Manchester United FC 46 0 1995-active
3-Cole, Ashley 20-Dec-1980 20 D Arsenal FC 5 0 2001-active
4- Gerrard, Steven G., sub off 78th min. 30-May-1980 21 M

Liverpool FC

6 1 2000-active
5-Ferdinand, Rio G. 07-Nov-1978 22 D Leeds United AFC 16 0 1997-active
6-Campbell, Sulzeer J. 18-Sep-1974 26 D Arsenal FC 41 0 1996-active
7-Beckham, David R.J. 02-May-1975 26 M

Manchester United FC

44 4 1996-active
8-Scholes, Paul, sub off 83rd min. 16-Nov-1974 26 M Manchester United FC 37 13 1997-2004
9- Heskey, Emile W. I. 11-Jan-1978 23 F

Liverpool FC

17 3 1999-active
10- Owen, Michael J. 14-Dec-1979 21 F Liverpool FC 31 13 1998-active
11-Barmby, Nicholas J., sub off 65th min. 11-Feb-1974 27 M

Liverpool FC

21 4 1995-2001

England Substitutes

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
16-McManaman, Steven, sub on 65th min. for Barmby 11-Feb-1972 29 M

Real Madrid CF, Spain

35 3 1994-2001
15-Hargreaves, Owen L., sub on 78th min. for Gerrard 20-Jan-1981 20 M FC Bayern München AG, Germany 2 0 2001-active
14-Carragher, James L.D., sub on 83rd min. for Scholes 28-Jan-1978 23 M

Liverpool FC

5 0 1999-2007

4-4-2  with one forward slightly withdrawn

Seaman -
G. Neville, Ferdinand, Campbell, Cole -
Beckham, Gerrard (Hargreaves), Scholes (Carragher), Barmby (McManaman) -
Heskey - 

Not Used:
12-Gareth Southgate, 13-Nigel Martyn, 17-Robbie Fowler, 18-Andrew Cole.

Match Report

Germany 1 England 5
Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany
1st September 2001

By Josh Benn

There are important games and there are big games. Germany versus England was both. A hugely significant encounter positively oozing with hype and hyperbole was nominally the near culmination of a World Cup qualification campaign but actually the resumption of hostilities based on decades of deadly rivalry. Germany's win at Wembley last October had decidedly rattled England's psyche and a score to settle - like no other - loomed large for Eriksson's men - beat Germany in Germany.

Before the game Eriksson said "Records are there to be broken" and so it proved, as England comprehensively expunged the ghosts of encounters past and finally broke free of the terrible angst that has surrounded almost every encounter against Germany for 25 years. For once, it is the German nation waking up to a terrible sinking feeling in their collective stomach.

The most important fact to emerge from the game is that England have now dramatically seized the initiative in Group 9 and hold automatic World Cup qualification in their own hands for the first time since that fateful day at Wembley last October. Not making it to Japan/Korea next year will undo all the good work so far and tarnish irreparably, the victory achieved in Munich. Wins in England's remaining two World Cup qualifiers, by no means a certainty, must remain the primary focus and priority.

That sobering thought aside, it is now time to unashamedly revel in the glorious destruction of Europe's most successful international side - Germany.

Germany had only lost one World Cup qualifier - ever. They had never, ever, lost in Munich and the expectation of German TV pundits, manager, team, fans, nation was that a draw would be sufficient to qualify. "We expect to win" was the message from the "Kaiser", Franz Beckenbauer. Carsten Jancker, smarting from criticism about him in the English media was unequivocal - "We are going to win".

Eriksson, on the other hand had already made plain his calm and reasoned thoughts. "England can win - if we play a near perfect game and have some luck". So the scene was set for a high octane confrontation.

The Olympic Stadium in Munich was packed with 63,000 supporters. 'Official' England fans - around 6,000 by all accounts - occupied a swathe of seating behind one of the goals. 'Unofficial' England fans seemed dotted around everywhere.

The teams, Germany in green, England in their white home strip, were led out by the Italian Pierluigi Collina - arguably the best referee in the world and certainly the most recognisable.

Germany, missing several key players, nevertheless paraded an experienced side. With Carsten Jancker and Oliver Neuville in attack. (Oliver Beirhoff - sporting a black eye - sat expressionless on the bench, as it turned out, for the whole game). In midfield, the new young sensation - Sebastien Deisler - was to provide the playmaking vision alongside Thomas Ballack.

The Germans were clearly worried about one thing: Michael Owen and Jens Nowotny - Germany's sweeper, almost prematurely excused his own teams dismal defensive performance when he said in a pre-match interview "You can't keep Michael Owen quiet for 90 minutes - he will get chances" . Quite right, Mr Nowotny.

England, on the other hand, are in danger of starting to field a settled side. Emile Heskey and Michael Owen are clearly the preferred choice in the dual striking roles and only the left side of midfield still has an air of vacant possession about it with Nick Barmby being the guest performer on this occasion. David Beckham, under intense scrutiny for any signs of a lingering groin strain, Steven Gerrard and Paul Scholes comprise the youthful and exciting midfield. Steven Gerrard's record in a senior England shirt is played five, won five and is not a record he is likely to give up easily.

Ashley Cole, now an established part of the team, Rio Ferdinand, Sol Campbell and Gary Neville constitute the defensive back four in front of the seasoned veteran David Seaman. Germany made much of Oliver Kahn's stature as probably the world's number one 'keeper and sought to undermine Seaman's position prior to the game by calling him variously "slow", and "over the hill". Only Kahn, in that peculiar unspoken goalkeeper cameraderie kind of way, came to Seaman's defence and hailed him as a great 'keeper still with plenty to offer.

England got off to the worst possible start - within five minutes Germany pressed forward and a neat Ballack chip followed by a cushioned header from Oliver Neuville allowed Carsten Jancker to run into the penalty area and fire Germany into a one-nil lead with the soul of his boot. Seaman stranded, England rocked, Germany ahead.

Whereas some teams are apt to crumble under the strain of conceding early - England, in contrast, seemed the more motivated by the setback. Within a few minutes a low Beckham cross had Oliver Kahn scrambling to clear his six-yard area with his feet and on 12 minutes a dreadfully clumsy push on Michael Owen by Sebastian Deisler near the far corner flag secured a free-kick in a dangerous position.

Beckham's free-kick to the far post was collected by Steven Gerrard who hoofed the ball up in the air only for it to be headed back into the German penalty area by Gary Neville. Kahn rushing out to punch away is beaten to the ball by Nicky Barmby who intelligently heads down the ball to Owen. His instinctive and powerful half volley bulges the back of the German net satisfyingly. One-One.

England have the better of the following ten minutes as Beckham sees a searing free-kick sail past the far German upright and more significantly, Owen has the chance to put England two ahead with an attempted snap shot from a Gary Neville throw-in on the near-side. For Owen, such is his form, the chance constituted a miss - for other mortals - it was a virtually impossible opportunity.

Games turn on moments and this game was generously littered with them. The first such moment occurred in the 22nd minute. Deisler, inexplicably drifting unmarked into the middle of England's penalty area received a deft low cross from Neuville. Deisler's ghastly miss - from 8 yards - did more to damage Germany's chances of victory than Owen's opening goal. Head in hands, he immediately realised the significance of his lapse.

Owen by now was starting to terrify the German defence. For such a diminutive player - his capacity to worry defenders twice his size is remarkable. A long range pass, a regular feature of Beckham's game, finds Owen in space near the penalty area - his powerful first-time volley is only marginally wide of the post and leaves Kahn looking both worried and relieved.

For such an experienced player, the captain of the German national side no less, his misjudgement at picking up a poor Deisler backpass characterised his state of mind - nervous and unsettled. With the German wall on the goal-line Beckham's indirect free-kick was bravely blocked by Marko Rehme. For David Beckham, the proximity of the kick - so close to the goal-line - constituted a more difficult goalscoring chance than one 3 times further way.

The game was by now end-to-end - no side having the upper hand - no side under the cosh. Neuville almost surprised Seaman with an excellent chest and volley but his attempt flew past the upright and minutes later, David Seaman's superb and world class save low to his right from a sharp Jorg Bohme drive saved England from conceding a very damaging second goal.

England still purposeful in attack, pushed forward in the last few minutes of the half. Jens Nowotny with a rash, and quite unnecessary, challenge on Beckham by the nearside corner flag - unwittingly set up the most decisive moment of the game. Beckham's cross, Ferdinand's headed knock-down and Steven Gerrards rasping, wicked, powerful drive left Kahn sprawling and Germany reeling. Two-one and half-time.

The psychological effect of scoring on half-time can never be underestimated. England well remember the devastating effect Veron's goal had on the St. Etienne encounter with Argentina in France '98. A side going in at half-time - having just conceded - have 15 minutes in which to dwell negatively on the disadvantage.

In a game where the first half stretched belief to the maximum - the second half elevated the contest to new and uncharted heights of ecstasy. While Germany were still rationalising the deficit - England were purposefully striving to secure further advantage.

To their credit, sitting back on a 2-1 lead never seemed to enter England's head and three minutes after the break England delivered a near knockout blow that shattered Germany's already fragile confidence. A Beckham cross, a Heskey headed knock-down and a terrific Michael Owen volley from 12 yards secured a 3-1 lead in emphatic style.

Germany were by now mostly confined to long range strikes at goal. Ballack and Deisler both being off target with strikes on 53 and 57 minutes respectively. Moments later Jancker headed down for Ballack, free by the penalty spot, who volleyed wide unchallenged. With greater composure Germany could have been within a single goal of England with half an hour still to play - as it was 6 minutes later England further cemented their lead with a superb interception and pass from Steven Gerrard to Michael Owen who ran into the box. His confident and purposeful strike over Oliver Kahn's sinking body secured an amazing - but richly deserved hat-trick. His first for England and the first by any England player against Germany since Sir Geoff Hurst's World Cup winning treble in 1966.

Oliver Kahn - for so long the last and strongest line of defence for Germany was beginning to see his reputation unravelled in uncompromising fashion by arguably the most in-form international striker in the world.

Incredibly, despite a three goal cushion, England were still taking the game to the Germans. Whereas other sides may have opted to sit back and invite pressure for the remainder of the game, England were showing excellent forward movement and focus. Steven Gerrard in particular epitomising the character of the team - never giving up - never slowing down - never letting Germany back into the game.

Despite a smart clearance from David Seaman at the feet of Rehme, German pressure mostly amounted to very little and with 15 minutes remaining a penetrative Beckham through-ball to Paul Scholes, followed by an accurate and inviting cross to Emile Heskey's feet was dispatched in clinical fashion past a shell-shocked Kahn for a 5-1 lead.

Owen Hargreaves, in a return to his home ground, replaced the dynamic Gerrard and along with bit parts for Steve McManaman (replacing Barmby) and Jamie Carragher (for Scholes) there was not enough time for  any of them to make any real impact.

Pictures of hundreds of German fans streaming out of the Olympic Stadium, with more than 15 minutes of the match remaining, was the final salting of the wounds for the home side and many German players seemed relieved when the final whistle finally put an end to their torment. Incredibly, Germany conceded, in that one game - more than a tenth of all the goals they have ever conceded in World Cup qualifiers.

The initial euphoria over, the question on everyone's minds was where this victory stood in the context of England's international record. Certainly, this performance rated as one of their finest ever. Victories in World or European Cup tournaments, played on neutral grounds are satisfying and worthy - but to play - sorry, outplay - Germany, in Munich with the sort of record they had was very, very special. As a single performance, it rates as the best since the final of '66 but ironically the real measure of its worth will only come once England have progressed through the latter stages of the World Cup next year.

Any side can have a lucky win, any side can beat any other on a single day - the true gauge of success is being able to do it over and over and over again - witness Germany's record both at qualifying and finals stages.

Progressing - in footballing terms - is often more about overcoming the mental hurdles than the physical or technical ones and this crop of new and exciting England talent that Sven-Göran Eriksson has at his disposal are already healthily laying to rest some of the ghosts of England's past and well as staking a claim to sustainable success in the future.

The 3-2 defeat in Mexico in 1970, the World Cup Semi-Final in 1990, the Semi-final of Euro '96 and the defeat in the last ever Wembley international. These were painful results that many England fans felt had clouded each successive encounter with Germany. The 5-1 defeat of Germany has set an enormous number of records straight and a new generation of players and fans are moving on - unburdened by the weight of history and believing that England are good enough to play and beat anyone, anywhere.

Victory against Albania in the next qualifying game is a must. Eriksson, in his post match interview said that one of the first things he talked about to the England players after the Germany game was the Albania match. If anyone can keep England's feet on the ground after a victory of that significance - it's Erikkson. Given his superb record so far as manager - it must say something about how good his pre-match preparation is.

One of the most haunting images for me throughout all the England games I have ever seen was that of Andy Moller arrogantly strutting in front of the England fans at Wembley having scored the winning goal in the Euro '96 semi-final penalty shoot-out.

Thank you Mr. Eriksson, for helping me to lay that memory to rest.



Source Notes


Match statistics from Sky Sports telecast.  Note that we have followed the FIFA timing convention in recording Steven Gerrard's goal as scored at 49+, that is, in the fourth minute of time added on at the end of the first half.  

Details on the Olympiastadion from the FC Bayern München AG official website.