"Fussball ist wie Schach, nur ohne WÜrfel".
- Football is like chess, just with no dice.
Wolfgang Wruck looks over his shoulder towards the camera, his tongue sticking cheekily out between his teeth as his skipper, Ulrich Prüfke, and Ralf Quest hold up the massive bronze weight of the FDGB Pokal. To this day this photo represents l. FC Union’s biggest on-field triumph, a high water mark for this defiantly sea-level club. It remains a triumph of grit and determination and iron will.
Last night a version of that famous photo covered the height of the Waldseite, but instead of the bulky statue was the DFB Pokal. Wruck’s tongue was still sticking out, but this time it was pointed directly at the packed stand opposite. He beamed at the Kaiserslautern fans massed in the away end, bellowing lustily away, and just for a second it looked like he winked. For just that second it looked like Wolfgang Wruck knew in the back of his mind that lightning could strike twice. read full article