Thursday, December 01, 2022

Uwe Seeler, runner-up in the 1966 World Cup with Germany, dies

Uwe Seeler, runner-up in the 1966 World Cup with Germany, dies

BERLIN ( Associated Press) – Uwe Seeler, who led West Germany to the 1966 World Cup final as captain, died on Thursday. He was 85 years old.

Regarded as one of the best German players, Seeler was renowned for his overhead kicks and his ability to score from the most inhospitable angles. He was also known for his modesty, sense of righteousness, and was respected for maintaining his loyalty to the Hamburger SV club.

Hamburg spokesman Kristian Peltz told The Associated Press that Seeler’s family had confirmed his death.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz tweeted that the country was mourning the death of “our Uwe”.

“He was a role model to many, a football legend and of course an honorary citizen of Hamburg. I was allowed the message after his 80th birthday dinner: ‘We really wanted to be like our Uwe – confident and humble.’ He will be missed,” Scholz wrote on Twitter.

Seller played for Hamburg between 1952 and 1973, scoring 445 goals in 519 Oberliga and Bundesliga games. He remains Hamburg’s leading scorer in the Bundesliga with 137 goals. Hamburg credits him with scoring 507 goals in 587 competitive games overall with the team.

Hamburg, which was the only team to play in all its seasons since the Bundesliga started in 1963, was relegated to the second division in 2018.

Seeler scored 43 goals in 72 games for the West German team and was runner-up when it lost to England in the 1966 World Cup final and finished third in Mexico four years later. He was a part of the team for 16 years.

Seeler was voted German Player of the Year in 1960, 1964 and 1970.

Brazil’s Pele included Seiler in his list of the greatest players in the world to have lived in 2004.

“His handling of the ball was perfect, his shots were perfect and what really impressed me was his handling of the ball with his head,” Pele said.

Seeler and his wife Ilka had been married for more than 60 years. He had three daughters. His grandson Levin tunali plays for Union Berlin in the Bundesliga.

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