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Throwback Thursday: Welcoming Germany During Euro '96

28 May 2020

Back in the summer of 1996, The Silkmen were basking in our FA Trophy success at Wembley Stadium as the nation welcomed some of the world's most illustrious footballers for the European Championships.

It was the first time that a major footballing tournament had been held in England since 1966 and as such, the nation began to fervently believe that football was coming home.

As part of that iconic summer, Macclesfield Town had the privilege of welcoming the German national side to the Moss Rose - as they used it as their training base for much of the initial part of the tournament.

Berti Vogts' side could boast the likes of Oliver Kahn, Andreas Moller, Christian Ziege, Oliver Bierhoff and of course, the deadly striker Jurgen Klinsmann - all of whom were put through their paces in front of the Macclesfield public.

Yet it would become a bittersweet experience for those who turned out in their droves to watch the German side - as they would see Vogts' side cruelly beat England on penalties at the semi-final stage, before claiming the European title with victory over the Czech Republic a few days later.

Thanks to former Club Photographer Keith Wilson, we are pleased to bring you some rare images from the German side's stay at the Moss Rose in the first of our Throwback Thursday features.

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