West Germany qualified for the 1988 Olympics , where they achieved their best ever result: third place. Having emerged from a group including China , Sweden and Tunisia , they beat Zambia 4–0 in the quarter finals. After losing on penalties to Brazil in the semi-finals, they beat Italy 3–0 to take the bronze medals: to date, this is the team's only tournament victory against Italy. Three strikers from the Olympic squad - Jürgen Klinsmann , Frank Mill and Karlheinz Riedle - would go on to win the World Cup two years later , along with midfielder Thomas Häßler .
I included all matches I found in "official" statistics mentioned as "A" internationals. In fact, I used two books as sources of the data beside some input from other sources.
Currently the matches # 108, # 109, #110, #111, #154, #155, #157, #158 are in question regarding a recent decision by the FIFA no longer count matches during the qualification and final stage of an Olympic tournament as "A" matches. But they remain in this archive.
In the header the opponents, the final score and the score at halftime are shown. If the match was played during the qualification or the final stage of a international competition this fact will be mentioned beneath the header. The second line consists of the date and venue of the match. In the third line the line-up of the home team is shown followed by the names of the away team (both if available). A "C" behind the name marks the team captain (if available).
The next lines consist of the name of the referee and the attendance of the match. In the last line the names of the scorers and the minute they scored are mentioned. (pen = penalty, og = own goal).
But Götz had no regrets and went on to win the UEFA Cup in 1988 with his new West German team, Bayer Leverkusen. But life in the West did not mean he, or others, had escaped the clutches of the Stasi (indeed, he later found out that the Stasi had, within their files, photographs of his new home in West Germany). Cases of defectors drugged and smuggled back East, although rare, were not unheard of. A friend of Götz in West Germany, a fellow East German, was killed in a car accident. Götz, suspecting it was no accident, feared for his own life.