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Sepp Maier
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Personal information
Full name Josef Dieter Maier
Date of birth 28 February 1944 (1944-02-28) (age 66)
Place of birth Metten, Germany
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1979 Bayern Munich 536 (0)
National team
1966–1979 West Germany 95 (0)
* 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") due to his incredible reflexes.

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Career

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Bayern Munich

Born in Metten, Bavaria, Maier his entire professional career at Bayern Munich. He began playing for Bayern's youth sides in 1958.[2] During the 1970's, 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. His playing career came to an abrupt end in 1979 when he sustained serious injuries in a car accident (caused by DWI).

International

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 and Gerd Müller. The greatest triumph came when Die Mannschaft 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 played 95 times for his country.

Post-playing career

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

Besides his goalkeeping exploits, Maier was famous for his overlong shorts and outsize gloves, 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.[6]

In June 2009, Maier was honoured by the Bavarian government with the Life Achievement Award.[7]

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal Total
1963–64 Bayern Munich 4 0
1964–65 24 0
1965–66 Bundesliga 36 0
1966–67 31 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 537 0
Career Total 537 0

Honours

References

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Hans-Hubert Vogts
Germany captain
1978-1979
Succeeded by
Bernard Dietz

Simple English

Sepp Maier
Personal information
Full name Josef Dieter Maier
Date of birth 28 February 1944 (1944-02-28) (age 66)
Place of birth    Metten, Germany
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1962-1979 Bayern Munich
National team
1966-1979 Germany

Sepp Maier (born 28 February 1944) is a former German football player. He played for Bayern Munich and the German national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
GermanyLeague
1962/63Bayern MunichOberliga40
1963/64Regionalliga240
1964/65360
1965/66Bundesliga310
1966/67340
1967/68340
1968/69340
1969/70340
1970/71340
1971/72340
1972/73340
1973/74340
1974/75340
1975/76340
1976/77340
1977/78340
1978/79340
CountryGermany 5370
Total 5370

International career statistics

[2]

Germany national team
YearAppsGoals
196630
196740
196850
196960
197090
197180
197270
197350
1974120
197560
197660
197780
1978120
197940
Total950

References


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