Rank 29, WorldCupStory Club Index 16,086
Kaiserslautern World Cup XI Dream Team
Are you surprised to see that Kaiserslautern made the cut as a notable club based on World Cup performances, ahead of Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Monchengladbach, and Werder Bremen? Well, when you see the words Kaiserslautern and World Cup together, you must instinctively think of 1954 and West Germany’s final win over Hungary in the “Miracle of Berne”. We find 4 players from that match in this dream team.
But in goal, we have Swede, Ronnie Hellstrom, one of the world’s top goalkeepers in the 1970s. in the back four are two of Germany’s toughest full backs, Hans-Peter Briegel and Andreas Brehme. Brehme played 2 World Cups as a Kaiserslautern player, although not 1990 when he scored the winner in the final as an Inter Milan player. Taribo West, with hair matching his green Nigeria shirt, partners Werner Liebrich in central defence. Liebrich has a certain notoriety for being the man who nobbled Ferenc Puskas in the group game in 1954 with the result that Puskas was still not fully fit for the final against West Germany.
Ciriaco Sforza, from the 1994 Swiss team, seems to be in the wrong team, gatecrashing a midfield of the 1954 West German winning side. Horst Eckel is the defensive part of the unit, whereas Fritz and Ottmar Walter, the first brothers to play in a World Cup final, are more attack minded, as can be seen from their goal stats.
Roland Sandberg, from Sweden’s 1974 team, and the 2002 variant of Miroslav Klose complete the forward line.
This side takes no prisoners, and Klose is always a threat in the air, so expect this dream team to throw up a few surprises.