Sepp Maier

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Josef 'Sepp' Maier (born February 28, 1944, Metten, Germany) was a soccer goalkeeper.

He spent the entirety of his professional playing career at Bayern Munich, winning the West German Championship four times and the European Cup three times in succession. Between 1966 and 1977 he played in an uninterrupted sequence of 422 matches.

Maier was selected in four World Cups for West Germany, beginning in 1966 where he was a non-playing deputy to Hans Tilkowski. His greatest triumph came in 1974 when he helped his national side to victory in the World Cup final in his home city of Munich. In all he played for his country 95 times.

As well as his goalkeeping exploits, Maier was famous for his overlong shorts and outsize gloves, and, despite his undoubted talent, was seen in some circles as somewhat of a clown. His career was curtailed in 1979 following a car crash. After this Maier turned to coaching and has since been goalkeeping coach for both Bayern Munich and the German national side.de:Sepp Maier fr:Sepp Maier

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