German World Cup winner passes away

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It’s been some 50 years since Germany won the World Cup with Franz Beckenbauer as captain.

Eight years after losing the final at Wembley to England, Die Mannschaft lifted the trophy for the second time in their history, some 20 years after their first.

Bernd Hoelzenbein passes away

Time waits for no man of course, and those players who were in their twenties and thirties during the tournament are now in their seventies and eighties.

Beckenbauer himself passed away in January of this year, with another of the World Cup winning squad, Bernd Hoelzenbein, succumbing to dementia on Monday according to The Sun.

German World Cup winner Bernd Hoelzenbein has passed away

Hoelzenbein won the penalty in the final that was converted by Paul Breitner, and allowed West Germany – as they were then – to gain a foothold in the final.

Gerd ‘Der Bomber’ Muller would go on to score the winner, Johan Neeskens having opened the scoring for Holland from the spot.

Hoelzenbein scored some important goals during his career including in the 1976 European Championship final against Czechoslovakia, and served Bundesliga outfit, Eintracht Frankfurt, with aplomb.

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