The Germans of 1978 were a dour lot, very defensive and cynical in their outlook,
a far cry from the 1972 European Championship team,
or even the pragmatic but cultured 1974 World Cup winners.
They had no Beckenbauer and no Müller (well, not Gerd anyway).
In 1978, with veteran coach Helmut Schön about to retire,
the team had an aura of negativity to it,
playing with five in midfield and essentially only one forward, Dieter Müller, against the Dutch,
a formation considered outlandish in 1978.
Germany fielded four survivors from that day in 1974
(Sepp Maier, Berti Vogts, Rainer Bonhof and Bernd Hölzenbein),
Holland six including René van de Kerkhof who had appeared as sub
(not forgetting Schrijvers who had warmed the bench).
Even the referee had been a linesman in Munich,
so inevitably there was a whiff of nostalgia in the air.
Line-up against West Germany.
Schrijvers, Rensenbrink, Haan, Wildschut, Rep, Willy van de Kerkhof,
René van de Kerkhof, Jansen, Poortvliet, Brandts, Krol.