Lot 924: Match ball from Franz Beckenbauer's NASL Cosmos home debut v Toronto M
November 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Match ball from Franz Beckenbauer's NASL Cosmos home debut v Toronto Metros-Croatia League game played at the Giants Stadium 5th June 1977, THE BALL IS SIGNED BY PELE, FRANZ BECKENBAUER & GIORGIO CHINAGLIA, a French manufactured Adidas Official NASL soccer ball bearing the facsimile signature of Commissioner Phil Woosnam, the pentagon panels with white outlined red stars on a blue background, in addition to the signatures the ball bears the match identification in the hand of the Cosmos equipment manager Charles Martinelli, housed in a Lucite display box Perhaps inspired by the home debut of "Der Kaiser" Franz Beckenbauer, this was one of the greatest ever Cosmos team performances ending in a 6-0 victory, with a Steve Hunt hat-trick, a brace from Giorgio Chinaglia and a goal from Jomo Sono. Provenance: The Charles Martinelli Collection. Former Equipment Manager of the New York Cosmos.