The German Democratic Republic (GDR) never had a major role in the World Cup or the European Championship. Its main interest were the Olympics, where they became one of the most successful teams, mainly due to their amateur players.
Since 1972 they faced the qualifiers for the 1974 World Cup to be held in neighbouring Federal Germany (FRG) Their qualifying group included Romania, Finland and Albania. Despite a slow start, with a defeat in Romania, The GDR managed to win the other games, playing the World Cup for the first time.
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