Josef Dieter ‘Sepp’ Maier’s visit to the Camp Nou was defined by the man himself as “very special and emotional.” The former keeper, who is considered to be one of the best Germany has ever produced, stopped by the Club’s installations before embarking on a Mediterranean cruise that will take him to the stadiums in the cities of Valencia, Granada, Sevilla and Malaga, among others. “We have to value what Barça have done in recent years,” he said in reference to FC Barcelona’s history.
Maier, who won the World Cup in 1974 and the Euro in 1972 with Germany, started his tour at the FC Barcelona Museum, where he was accompanied by Museum Director Jordi Penas. The former keeper paid special attention to the Johan Cryuff exhibit and the section reserved for Bayern Munich’s current manager, Josep Guardiola. With Bayern, Maier won four Bundesliga titles, one Cup, 3 European Cups and an Intercontinental Cup.
When I was a player, Barça were one of the best teams in the world
His visit to the Museum was noticed by German tourists, who then accompanied Maier as he completed the tour of the Museum. Maier also got the chance to sit in the presidential box at the Camp Nou, where he was interviewed by a series of news outlets.
However, the most exciting moment for the former German international was when he walked out onto the pitch of the Camp Nou. Maier featured at the Camp Nou on four occasions during his career: twice in the Joan Gamper Trophy (1967), Bayern lost 2-1 in the semi-finals and later played in third and fourth place match; and two more times in the same tournament in 1971 – the previous situation repeated itself. “When I was a player, Barça were one of the best teams in the world,” he said.