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Eckel, last member of Germany’s 1954 World Cup-winning squad, dies

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Horst Eckel, the last surviving member of West Germany’s 1954 World Cup-winning squad, has died at the age of 89. This was confirmed by the German Football Federation on Friday. The right winger from Kaiserslautern was the youngest member of captain Fritz Walter’s team, which came back to win the final 3-2 against big favourites Hungary in what became known as the “Miracle of Bern”. Eckel was nicknamed “The Greyhound” because of his pace. Together with Fritz and Ottmar Walter as well as Werner Liebrich and Werner Kohlmeyer, he formed the Kaiserslautern block in the national team and played a t…

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