Artist: Fritz Genkinger
Print: Offset lithography
Dimensions: 26.4 x 37.4 in (67 x 95 cm)
Condition: Very good condition - minor signs of handling and transparent tape on the corners - please see pictures.
Country: West Germany
A truly legendary poster from the dawn of professional soccer!
This is an original official vintage poster from the World Cup held in West Germany in 1974. The poster is called the "Goal of the Year" and displays a player scoring an impossible goal from a far distance - with his back to the goal. Then a strange thing - the player is wearing the Spanish colors which is hard to figure out as Spain did not qualify for the World Cup 1974. It is hard to figure out which player is on the poster as his face is not shown but you can see he is wearing a gloden wedding ring on his left hand. It is a mystery to me why Fritz Genkinger made the poster in that way.
The 1974 championship was won by host nation (West Germany) beating the Netherlands in the final, 2–1. The victory was the second for West Germany (who had also won in 1954 and the European Championship of 1972).
The first goal was scored by the Netherlands - in the first minutes of the match the legendary Johan Cruyff was alone with the ball when he was tackled in the penalty area (some suggest that Cruyff was outside the area). Anyhow the Dutch player Johan Neeskens made it 1-0.
26 minutes after West Germany were awarded a penalty, after Bernd Hölzenbein fell within the Dutch penalty area, causing English referee Jack Taylor to award another controversial penalty. Paul Breitner spontaneously decided to kick, and scored! These two penalties were the first in a World Cup final.
West Germany now pushed forward, and in the 43rd minute another soccer legend, Gerd Müller, scored what turned out to be the winning goal, and the last of his career as he retired from the national team.
The World Cup in 1974 was also the first to introduce the "new" trophy. In 1970 Brazil had won for the third time and the "Jules Rimet Trophy" was awarded permanently to the Brazilians. In the 1974 West Germany was the first team ever to raise the FIFA World Cup Trophy which is still in use today - and the trophy is still in German hands as the team won the World Cup in 2014.
The poster was created by the German artist Fritz Genkinger (1934) who was ordered by The German Federal Press Service to design three large posters for the World Cup in 1974. Later in 1980 Genkinger designed a portfolio with 12 original screen printing on "soccer" to the German soccer club VFB Stuttgart.
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