The great Sepp Maier was and is pretty much untouchable when it comes to German football idolatry.
As close to the modern ideal of the lithe superstar goalkeeper as it was possible to get back then, Maier made over 600 appearances for Bayern Munich, the majority of which coming as a cornerstone of the Bavarian club’s peerless 1970s team of Franz Beckenbaur, Paul Breitner, Gerd Muller et al, that won three European Cups on the bounce.
He also amassed 95 caps for West Germany, winning both the World Cup and the European Championship, going on to mentor the similarly great Oliver Kahn at both domestic and international level.
Oh, and he was also an absolute dick when he wanted to be…
To be fair to Maier, he was also a dab hand at this ‘tending net’ malarkey, as this fine tribute video (compiled by Athletic Bilbao when the Basque club awarded him their ‘One Club Man Award’ for 2017) dul attests.
Maier became the third player to receive Bilbao’s loyalty-centric commendation after Matt Le Tissier took the inaugural honours in 2015, swiftly followed by Paolo Maldini in 2016.
They didn’t call him ‘The Cat’ for nothing.