FILE - In this file photo dated July 30, 1966 showing West Germany's Helmut Haller, right, jubilates as his shot beats England goalkeeper Gordon Banks, left, for the opening goal of the World Cup Final in London, watched by England players left to right, Jack Charlton, Ray Wilson, and Bobby Moore. Tributes are being paid to Helmut Haller, who made 33 appearances for West Germany and scored six goals in the 1966 World Cup, after he died Thursday Oct. 11, 2012, aged 73 at his home in Augsburg, Germany, it is announced Friday Oct. 12, 2012. (AP Photo / PA File, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES
Updated: November 14, 2012 3:11PM
FRANKFURT — Helmut Haller, who scored the first goal of the 1966 World Cup final and was one of the first Germans to play in Italy, died Thursday at his home in Augsburg after a long illness. He was 73.
Mr. Haller put Germany ahead in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley Stadium, but England won the title 4-2 in extra time.
Franz Beckenbauer said Mr. Haller was one of the “best teammates I’ve ever had.”
Mr. Haller, who had been in ill health for several years, won Italian championships with Bologna and Juventus.
German players will wear black armbands in the World Cup qualifier against Ireland later Friday and Mr. Haller will be honored before the match against Sweden on Tuesday.
Mr. Haller played 33 games for Germany and scored 13 goals.