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2 Germans who played on World Cup winners die

Sunday - 6/16/2013, 4:55pm  ET

FILE- In this March 3, 2004 file picture Ottmar Walter holds a replica of the World Cup trophy of 1954 , while standing next to a 1954 picture of him in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Ottmar Walter, a member along with his brother Fritz of the Germany squad that won the 1954 World Cup, has died. He was 89. The German Football Association said Walter died in a care home early Sunday June 16, 2013. “Ottmar Walter was one of the players who made the Miracle of Bern possible,” association president Wolfgang Niersbach said in a statement, referring to the 1954 World Cup final in the Swiss capital when Hungary led 2-0 before Germany recovered to win 3-2. (AP Photo/dpa, Reiner Voss,file)

BERLIN (AP) -- Heinz Flohe and Ottmar Walter, soccer stars who played on World Cup-winning teams for West Germany, have died.

Flohe, a member of the 1974 squad, died Saturday at 65. Walter, part of the team that won the 1954 title, died Sunday at 89.

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 following a collapse.

The former FC Cologne midfielder played 39 games for West Germany, scoring eight goals. 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.

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 Walter 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."


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