Following the division of Berlin and East Germany by the Soviets following the Second World War a flashpoint front was created between the Communist East Germany and the Capitalist West Germany. This created a problem for the German Bundesliga and the National Team as it meant that a unified German team was no longer possible. A unified league was set up but the East German teams were regularly denied permission to travel to the West to play. An internal League was set up which further reinforced the position of the Soviets. However it was the National sides that were to be the focus of the most attention and it. Both required a spare kit and as is the way you may be looking for a new Cheap Football Kits yourself. A visit to one of the many online kit retailers like www.kitking.co.uk/ would be a good start.
Despite being divided and losing a considerable pool of talent to draw on the West Germans were able to secure the World Cup in 1954, 1974 and with an appearances in the 1966, 1982 and 1986 finals in-between. It should be noted that people in the East were very supportive of the West side, travelling if they could to games and showing support when they won. They tried to share in the sense of joint achievement with the World Cup wins in the face of objections from the Soviets. It was only a matter of time before the two sides would face each other giving the Soviet state a chance to have yet another part of the Cold War fought in sport.
The first game that West Germany had to play was friendly against Switzerland and for the East it was against their fellow Soviet controlled neighbours Poland in 1952. Considering how close it was to the end of the war it must have been a tense affair. They were to meet at a proper competitive level only once but at least they got to do it at the highest stage possible. This was the 1974 World Cup and it was held in West Germany. This fact inspired the East to qualify and as fate would have it they were drawn into the same first round group as the West.
The scene was set in Hamburg and the result went the way of the East 1-0 but there were more controversies off the pitch surrounding the game afterwards. The West went on to win the World Cup 2-1 against the Netherlands who had previously put out the East in a previous round.