The Hall of Fame of German soccer formally opened at a celeb-studded occasion on the German Football Museum in Dortmund on Monday.
The first 11 gamers entered the pantheon amid tons fanfare at the outlet gala.
The line-up of legends reads:
Goalkeeper: Sepp Maier
Defenders: Franz Beckenbauer, Andreas Brehme and Paul Breitner
Midfielders: Fritz Walter, Lothar Matthäus, Matthias Sammer and Günter Netzer
Strikers: Gerd Müller, Uwe Seeler and Helmut Rahn
Sepp Herberger, the legendary educate of the German national team that won the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland
Apart from the in poor health Müller, all dwelling founder members of the Hall of Fame had been present: Beckenbauer, Seeler, Matthäus, Breitner, Sammer, Maier, Brehme and Netzer.
“The bringing collectively of those soccer legends in a single location has never taken place earlier than in any such way, and this constellation already makes the Hall of Fame unique,” said Manuel Neukirchner, the director of the Football Museum.
Beckenbauer, who lifted the World Cup in 1974, said that “Hollywood had staged many such events, why should not Germany have a Hall of Fame?”
More legends to come back
Sports journalists from across Germany voted final yr to induct the first magnificence of Hall of Famers. Only gamers who had completed their profession at least 5 years in the past have been eligible. Member of the 2014 World Cup-triumphing team could consequently no longer be covered in the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame is a permanent exhibition on the Football Museum. Every year 4 or 5 new contributors are anticipated to be inducted.
The museum announced the initial eleven entries right into a woman Hall of Fame earlier this yr. They may be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer season.
The vote became marked through heated discussion over Herberger’s past — the former instruct joined the Nazi Party in 1933 — and Beckenbauer’s alleged involvement in a corruption scandal surrounding the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
The president of the German Football Association, Reinhard Grindel, prevented the purple carpet on the opening night time. Grindel is currently embroiled in a scandal for now not asserting €seventy eight,000 ($87,000) in outdoor earnings between 2016 and 2017.