2 German soccer stars played on World Cup champion teams
By ASSOCIATED PRESS June 16, 2013 6:56PM
File- In this July 1974 file picture, former German national soccer player Heinz Flohe is photographed at unknown place in Germany. Heinz Flohe, a player in Germany’s 1974 World Cup-winning team died late Saturday June 15, 2013 after being in a coma for more than three years, the German Football Association said. He was 65. The former FC Cologne midfielder played 39 games for Germany, scoring eight goals. (AP Photo/dpa, Wilhlem Leuschner,File)
Updated: July 18, 2013 6:41AM
BERLIN — Heinz Flohe and Ottmar Walter, soccer stars who played on World Cup-winning teams for West Germany, have died.
Mr. Flohe, a member of the 1974 squad, died Saturday at 65. Mr. Walter, part of the team that won the 1954 title, died Sunday at 89.
Mr. Flohe died in his home city of Euskirchen, the German Football Association said Sunday. He had been in a coma for more than three years after a collapse.
The former FC Cologne midfielder played 39 games for West Germany, scoring eight goals. Mr. Flohe also captained Cologne when it won the league and German cup titles in 1978.
Germany won the 1974 World Cup at home, beating the Netherlands 2-1 in the final.
Mr. Walter died in a care home, the German federation said.
He scored 336 goals in 321 matches for FC Kaiserslautern, where he played center forward alongside brother Fritz, who died in 2002.
The brothers won the German league together in 1951 and 1953 and were part of the national team that won the World Cup after beating Hungary 3-2 in the 1954 final. Hungary led 2-0 before West Germany recovered in what became known as the “Miracle of Bern.” AP