THE year 1974 really did belong to West Germany. Bayern Munich won their first European Cup and in the summer, the nation rejoiced as the World Cup was won. Suddenly, it was “cool” to be German and players like Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller and Uli Hoeneß were among Europe’s finest. Bayern were also crowned champions of the Bundesliga in 1973-74 and were just a couple of victories away from completing a treble, losing to Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB Pokal semi-finals. The Bavarians were a key element in West Germany’s World Cup triumph, six of the seven squad members from Bayern played in the Munich final. The foundations of the national team’s double of European Championship in 1972 and the World Cup were laid…