He hated headers, his duel with Wolfsgang Overath for the playmaker role of the German national team is an epic tale, but most of all, I got toe hear about Günther Netzer from my father because his last goal in the jersey of Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Netzer started his football career at an early age. Already as a nine year old he played for Borussia Mönchengladbach’s youth division. 1963 Netzer joined Gladbach’s first team, and was promoted with the club to the Bundesliga in 1965.
The youngster became quickly one of the best playmakers in the league, occasionally outshone by Cologne’s Wolfgang Overath. Netzer’s precise long balls, and his menacing free kicks were back then something that hadn’t been seen before.
Additionally his long blonde hair, and his youthful outfits turned the Gladbach man into somewhat of a sex-symbol of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Giving football in Germany a youthful swagger, and James Dean-ish quality back then, Netzer fitted perfectly in to the young and hungry Borussia Mönchengladbach team. Read the rest of this entry