Kaiserslautern - The German footballing communtiy is in mourning after another of their heroes from Bern passed away. 1954 FIFA World Cup winner Ottmar Walter died on Sunday morning at the age of 89 in a care home in Kaiserslautern.

The brother of Fritz Walter, who died in 2002, was one of the prominent figures of an 1. FC Kaiserslautern side which won the German league title in 1951 and 1953, while he made 21 appearances for Germany between 1950 and 1956.

”Role model for a generation”


Alongside brother Fritz, he was part of the legendary Germany side which won the 1954 World Cup final 3-2 against Hungary, a game widely dubbed the 'Miracle of Bern’. The only survivors from that match are now Horst Eckel (81 years old) and Hans Schäfer (85).

“It is sad news for the whole of German football,” said DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach. “Ottmar Walter was a player who made the Miracle of Bern possible and therefore became a role model for a generation. He, like his brother Fritz, will always have a prominent place in the history of German football.”

“Very sad day”


Kaiserslautern also paid their respects to a club legend. “This is a very sad day for us,” said club CEO Stefan Kuntz. “Ottmar Walter will be remembered as a fantastic sportsman and person. We think of him and his brother at every single home game, as fans walk through the Ottmar-Walter-Gate into the Fritz-Walter-Stadion at the Betzenberg.”

Walter was one of the most prolific goalscorers of his generation, forming a formidable attacking trio with his brother and Werner Baßler. “Fritz only had to look where I was and I already knew what he’d do and so I’d get into the right position,” he once said.