One of West Germany’s greatest all-time football legends dies ages 85

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Uwe Seeler, the legendary Hamburg and West Germany striker has passed away at the age of 85.


One of West Germany’s greatest-ever football players has passed away at the age of 85. His death was confirmed today, Thursday, July 21, by the German national team on its official Twitter profile in English @DFB_Team:

Seeler was in the West German team that lost to England in the 1966 World Cup final. When the two sides met again in the Mexico 1970 World Cup quarter-finals, he placed a back-header beyond England keeper Peter Bonetti to level the scores at 2-2. West Germany went on to win 3-2.

At the national level, Uwe Seeler played his whole career for Hamburger SV, where he notched 137 goals in 239 Bundesliga games. He scored another 43 times in 72 appearances at international level for his country.

Before his retirement from football in 1972, the prolific forward became the first player to score in four World Cup tournaments. He was also the first football player to be honoured with the Great Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

An astounding total of 404 goals in German Oberliga and Bundesliga matches is a record that still stands today. In German league games overall, he stands second on 406, behind all-time great, Gerd Muller.

Twitter was awash with glowing tributes to this giant of German football:


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