German football is in mourning. Hans Tilkowski died Sunday at the age of 84 after a long illness. He had been a goalkeeper for the national team (39 caps) and Borussia Dortmund.
Tilkowski was in goal for the FRG in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley, won 4-2 AD by England. He was at the forefront of the controversial English 3rd goal awarded by Swiss referee Gottfried Dienst, even though the ball had probably not fully crossed the line.
Considered one of the best goalkeepers on the planet at the time, along with Englishman Gordon Banks and Russian Lev Yachine, Tilkowski was instrumental in Borussia Dortmund’s Glasgow victory in 1966 in the European Cup final. Cup winners against Liverpool (2-1). The year before, he had been the first goalkeeper to be named footballer of the year in Germany.
After his playing career, he became a coach. From 1970 to 1982, he directed Werder Bremen, Munich 1860, Nuremberg, Sarrebrück and AEK Athens.
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