The ultimate b*stard of Euro 96 is alive and well at Euro 2016

Andreas Moller broke English hearts and angered an entire nation of football fans.

Andreas Moller for Germany at Euro 96
Moller time Andreas could be a right a**hole sometimes...

If Hungary continue their remarkable run at Euro 2016 with victory over Iceland then England could be in line for a date with destiny against a familiar foe.

The likes of Dele Alli and Eric Dier are probably too young to remember it now (Jesus) but there was a time when England actually came close to doing quite well at a major tournament.

It was 1996 and football had come home for a European Championship that saw the Three Lions make it all the way to the semi-finals.

Pitted against Germany, Terry Venables capable team took Die Mannschaft to penalty kicks where Andres Kopke’s save from a tame Gareth Southgate spot-kick broke English hearts.

But if Southgate’s miss caused English fans anguish, it was the actions of one Andreas Moller that generated a particularly vociferous response from English fans.

A goalcoring midfielder in his pomp, who played for the likes of Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke, Moller scored a fine goal for Germany in their 2-0 opening game win over Czech Republic.

Yet it was his actions after scoring the decisive penalty kick for Germany against England that live longest in the memory, with Moller running towards the advertising hoardings before pushing his chest out in a move that was as much arrogant as it was aggravating.

Speaking to the BBC, years later, Moller tried to explain why he had celebrated in such a fashion:

“England player Paul Gascoigne asked me, ‘why did you celebrate like that?’, I said I don’t know, it was a reaction, I was very proud after the penalty because we were in the final and we beat the English team in their own stadium, it was a sign of proudness.”

 

Now older and a little wiser, Moller can currently be found working as Hungary’s assistant manager to Bernd Storck.

Having played alongside Storck at Dortmund, the move represents Moller’s first real foray into the world of management having previously taken charge of Viktoria Aschaffenburg as well as working as athletic director for Kickers Offenbach.

With Hungary now in a fantastic position to progress to the knockout round, however, England fans of a certain age will just be praying he doesn’t get a chance to wheel that same celebration out again.

The b*stard.

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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.

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