Sepp Maier

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Sepp Maier
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Maier in 2012.
Personal information
Full name Josef Dieter Maier
Date of birth (1944-02-28) 28 February 1944 (age 70)
Place of birth Metten, Germany
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1952–1959 TSV Haar
1959–1962 Bayern Munich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1979 Bayern Munich 536 (0)
National team
1961–1962 West Germany Youth 11 (0)
1963 West Germany Amateur 4 (0)
1966–1979 West Germany 95 (0)
Teams managed
1988–2004 Germany (goalkeeping coach)
1994–2008 Bayern Munich (goalkeeping coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Josef Dieter "Sepp" Maier (born 28 February 1944) is a German former professional football goalkeeper.[1] His nickname was "Die Katze von Anzing" ("the cat from Anzing") for his fast reflexes.

Career[edit]

Bayern Munich[edit]

Born in Metten, Bavaria, Maier spent his entire professional career at Bayern Munich. He began playing for Bayern's youth sides in 1958.[2] During the 1970s, he was part of the legendary Bayern team which included the likes of Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Müller and won three European Cups in a row, a German record. Between 1966 and 1979 he played in 442 consecutive Bundesliga matches, still a German national record.

International[edit]

Maier was selected in the West Germany squad for four consecutive World Cups. In 1966 in England, he was a non-playing deputy to Hans Tilkowski. At the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, he was the undisputed starter and played all games (including the legendary 3–4 semifinal loss to Italy after extra time) except the third-place match.[3]

In the 1974 FIFA World Cup on home soil, at the top of his footballing abilities, he reached the peak of his international career as the Germans went all the way to the final with a legendary team that included the likes of Franz Beckenbauer, Berti Vogts, Gerd Müller and Paul Breitner. The greatest triumph came when the hosts defeated a Johan Cruyff-inspired Netherlands team 2–1 in the final in Maier's own hometown Munich.

Four years later at the World Cup in Argentina, slightly past his peak but still formidable, Maier delivered a strong performance but could not prevent his side's failing to advance past the second round. Maier also won the 1972 European Championship with West Germany and reached the final in 1976, losing to Czechoslovakia on penalty kicks. In all, he earned 95 caps for his country.

Post-playing career[edit]

Maier went into coaching for both club and country and mentored Oliver Kahn. In October 2004 his contract with the national side was terminated by manager Jürgen Klinsmann after Maier spoke out in favour of Kahn over Arsenal's Jens Lehmann in a dispute over who should be the side's first-choice goalkeeper.[4] He continued to work as head goalkeeping coach for Bayern and retired in 2008.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Besides his goalkeeping exploits, Maier was famous for his overlong shorts and being the first goalkeeper to wear the now-standard, outsize, "Mickey Mouse" gloves,[6] as well as his sense of humour. He is remembered for an incident where he became bored during a match at the Olympiastadion as the opposing side had yet to threaten his goal. A duck wandered onto the pitch and Maier attempted to catch it.[7]

In June 2009, Maier was honoured by the Bavarian government with the Life Achievement Award.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Total
1962–63 Bayern Munich Oberliga Süd 4 0
1963–64 Regionalliga Süd 23 0
1964–65 36 0
1965–66 Bundesliga 31 0
1966–67 34 0
1967–68 34 0
1968–69 34 0
1969–70 34 0
1970–71 34 0
1971–72 34 0
1972–73 34 0
1973–74 34 0
1974–75 34 0
1975–76 34 0
1976–77 34 0
1977–78 34 0
1978–79 34 0
1979–80 0 0
Total Germany 536 0
Career total 536 0

Honours[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sepp Maier" (in German). fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Bayern Hall of Fame: Sepp Maier". fcbayern.de. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Sepp MaierFIFA competition record
  4. ^ Selldorf, Philipp (7 October 2004). "Letzte Warnung für Sepp Maier" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bayern board honours Hitzfeld, Kahn and co.". fcbayern.de. 17 May 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Wie Gebhard Reusch und Sepp Maier das Handwerkszeug der Nummer 1 erschufen" (in German). http://schwitzkasten.tagblatt.de. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bring in the clowns". FIFA.com. 29 January 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Höchstleistung auf dem Rasen" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Franz Beckenbauer
Bayern Munich captain
1977–1979
Succeeded by
Gerd Müller
Preceded by
Hans-Hubert Vogts
West Germany captain
1978–1979
Succeeded by
Bernard Dietz