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World Cup legend Bernd Holzenbein dies at 78


Bernd Holzenbein, an Eintracht Frankfurt legend who helped West Germany win the FIFA World Cup, has died aged 78.

Bernd Holzenbein, a FIFA World Cup™ winner with West Germany in 1974, has passed away aged 78.

‘Holz’, as he was affectionately known, spent the majority of his career with Eintracht Frankfurt, winning a hat-trick of DFB-Pokal trophies between 1974 and 1981, as well as the UEFA Cup in 1980. He played 532 times in total for the Eagles, netting a club record 160 Bundesliga goals in the process.

The winger’s crowning glory came in 1974. He featured in all but one of West Germany’s games at their home World Cup, winning a penalty in the final against the Netherlands, which Paul Breitner converted, as the Mannschaft went on to win 2-1 and claim their second title. He would go on to win 40 caps for the national side, scoring five times.

“Bernd Holzenbein had a huge influence on Eintracht for almost 60 years,” said club CEO Axel Hellmann. “He was part of the golden generation of the 1970s, the UEFA Cup win in 1980‚ and the ‘Football 2000’ era that we, as a club, played at the start of the 1990s, during which time he was vice-president. In Bernd, we are losing not only one of the club’s biggest icons, but also a loyal colleague and a dear friend.”

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