From a mixed central European background to a Barcelona and Spain legend.
The European coach from Austria who built bridges.
An East German who escaped to West Germany.
Falko Götz had two football careers, one in East Germany and one in the West. His life changed forever in a few hours when he escaped the German Democratic Republic. His story is about migration.
Helmut Rahn was known as “the cannon from Essen”. He is famed for scoring the winning goal in West-Germany’s victory in the 1954 “Miracle of Bern”, but struggled with fame. His story is one of fame and legacy.
Nikolai Starostin sporting career made him a new hero of Soviet Football, but also came in conflict with Stalin secret police. His story is one about Politics and Remembrance.
As the UEFA 2020 European Championships got pushed ahead one year, the team of Football Makes History will provide you with a 365-day #onthisday series of posts to help all fans out there to go back in time, think, and reflect.