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Celtic: 'I had so many chances to escape East Germany' - Andreas Thom on the Berlin Wall, the Stasi and scoring at Ibrox

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In flitting from east to west, Thom left behind not just any club, but the mighty Dynamo Berlin - the dominant force that side of the wall whose president Erich Mielke was head of the hated and feared state security police, the Stasi.

Thirty years ago this week, on November 9 1989, the Berlin Wall crumbled and the Cold War began to thaw.

Exactly 37 days later, a 23-year-old midfielder called Andreas Thom joined Bayer Leverkusen for a fee of 2.5m Deutschmarks, becoming the first East German player to sign for a West German club.

Celtic fans will remember Thom as their crafty play-maker from 1995 to 1998, a wily attacker sporting a mullet who belted in a howitzer at Ibrox in an Old Firm classic.

What was it like to play football behind the Berlin Wall under an oppressive regime?

Thom was the true star of East German football in the late 1980s, winning five titles and 51 caps for the East German national team.

The night the Berlin Wall fell, Thom was with the national squad in Leipzig, preparing for a crunch World Cup qualifier against Austria.
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