By Michael Seckler
“Bierhoff kann sich durchsetzen. Kuba … und Deutschland ist Europameister “! If you are not German you probably have no idea what this sentence means or stands for. If you are however, you probably remember how the commentator Béla Réthy screamed it during the last moments of the European Championship final in 1996. It was a special moment: Bierhoff gets the ball in the box, stops it, turns around the defender and finishes the match with a shot in the far corner. FIFA had just established the Golden Goal rule, which said that a goal scored in overtime ends the match.