Hans Schaefer, who won '54 World Cup with West Germany, dies

November 07, 2017

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In this July 5, 1954 file photo West German national soccer players from left: Max Morlock, Hans Sch...aefer, Jupp Posipal, and Hans Bauer hold the WorldCup 1954 trophy during a stop of the train in Singen, Germany a day after they won the final against Hungary in Bern, Switzerland. Hans Schaefer, a member of Germany's 1954 World Cup winning-squad, has died at the age of 90. His long-time team Cologne said Schaefer died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, calling his death an "indescribable loss" for the club and the city. (Richard Kroll/dpa via AP)MoreLess

BERLIN — Hans Schaefer, who won the 1954 World Cup with West Germany, has died. He was 90.

Schaefer's former team, Cologne, said the winger died Tuesday, calling his death an "indescribable loss" for the club and the city.

Schaefer joined Cologne in 1948, shortly after the club was founded, and quickly made a name for himself as an effective left winger.

He was instrumental in Helmut Rahn's decisive goal against Hungary in the 1954 World Cup final, which West Germany won 3-2.

Schaefer captained West Germany during the following two World Cups. He also won the West German championship twice and the German Cup once with Cologne before retiring as a player in 1965.

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