Reporter veteran Claudius Mayer has known master captain Peter Grosser for 30 years and remembers the many encounters with the character head.
Munich - I have known the name Peter Grosser since 1963.
At that time, the technically gifted half-striker moved from FC Bayern to TSV 1860, which was the only Munich club to be included in the newly founded Bundesliga.
And being first class was just good enough for someone like great.
In the camp of blue and red supporters, the change caused great excitement and dissatisfaction.
With some because they didn't like losing their player, with others because they didn't want a red in their ranks.
As a 12-year-old Leo fan, I didn't care.
The main thing is that there was one more good player.
Peter Grosser on the move from FCB to 1860: After two goals against Dortmund "it was a ruah"
Grosser reacted to the initial whistles and insults in his own way - with goals.
A week after his debut in the 1-1 draw against Braunschweig, he scored twice in the 3: 3 in Dortmund.
"Then there was a ruah," he told me many years later with a mischievous grin.
The Löwen supporters should have liked how the then 24-year-old tricked Bayern when he moved.
Grosser: “I was bluffing with a move to Fortuna Düsseldorf, which would have given Bayern little money.
And then I told them that if they let me move to TSV 1860 they would get a lot more money.
That was the decisive factor. "
Peter Grosser: His nickname in the team was "Zinko"
The conversations with Grosser, whom I got to know better about 30 years ago as a reporter, were always amusing and gave a lot.
As a footballer, he was actually more and more "a loner", as teammate Hans Rebele from the championship team revealed: "There were a few instructions when warming up before the game, that's it."
That's why Grosser was called "Zinko" within the team.
A “galvanized dog” would be said in Bavarian.
This was also felt by the legendary trainer Max Merkel, who was "shot down" in December 1966 at the instigation of Grosser and goalkeeper Petar Radenkovic.
According to an internal vote, it was 12: 3 against Merkel.
For the big ones, it was the right decision right up to the end.
Peter Grosser: The loss of both sons was a terrible blow
Half a year earlier, the blue world was still perfectly fine with me.
The lions had become German champions, not least thanks to Grosser's grandiose “slalom goal” on the penultimate matchday at 2-0 in Dortmund.
With Max Merkel.
But Grosser later had his own opinion: "We didn't become champions because of Merkel, but in spite of Merkel!"
Grosser's farewell as a player was not so nice.
In his last season, 68/69, he was injured a lot and when he played the spectators whistled and ridiculed him.
But the real blows of fate should still be waiting for him.
In 1979 his eldest son Peter was killed in a car accident.
Grosser said to me a few years ago: “The bad thing is that he would have survived if medical care had been available back then as it is today.” And 19 years later, his second son, Thomas, died after he collapsed playing indoor soccer.
"One is bad enough," he said at the time, "but all two ..."
Peter Grosser: The first lockdown gave him a hard time
We spoke on the phone a few times in the past year.
Also at the beginning of the first corona lockdown, which also bothered him hard: “I won't go away anymore,” he said, “at most, just get into the car and drive to the Fürstenrieder forest, where I then cycle around a bit.
Take care and rest in peace, master captain!
Peter Grosser: A Munich football legend
Born: September 28, 1938 in Munich.
Died: March 2nd, 2021 in Munich.
Clubs as players: MTV Munich (1956/57).
- FC Bayern II (1958/59).
- FC Bayern (1959 to 1963).
- TSV 1860 (1963 to 1969).
- Austria Salzburg 1969 to 1975).
Success as a player: 49 goals in 130 games in the 1st Bundesliga, 18 goals in 54 top division games (until 1963), two international B matches, German champions (1966) and cup winners (1964) with 1860.
Positions as coach: TSV Forstenried (1974 to 1982 youth).
- SpVgg Unterhaching (1977 to 1987 and the 1992/93 season).
- SV Türkgücü Munich (1987/88).
Positions as a functionary: 1990 to 2011 Vice President of SpVgg Unterhaching.