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On Day 6, we fondly remember the life and times of one of Borussia Dortmund's favourite sons, Lothar 'Emma' Emmerich.

Born and raised on the outskirts of Dortmund, Emmerich joined BVB from local club Dorstfeld in 1960. His signature rocket-propelled left foot brought him 115 goals in 183 appearances in Germany’s top flight, as well as winners’ medals in the 1962/63 German Championship, the DFB Cup (1965) and the European Cup Winners’ Cup Final (1966).

The two-time Bundesliga Torschützenkönig’s angle-defying strike against Spain at the 1966 FIFA World Cup is widely regarded as one of the greatest goals of all time by a Germany international. He was also in the West Germany side which lost 4-2 to England after extra time at Wembley in the final. Affectionately known as 'Emma' by Dortmund fans, Emmerich died of cancer on 14 August 2003, aged 61. Here a few more statistical tidbits on the Dortmund icon...

  • No Dortmund player has scored more Revierderby goals than Emmerich (nine).
  • Emmerich holds the record for most goals by a German player in a single European match (six against La Valetta in 1963).
  • He won 80 per cent of his international caps for West Germany at the 1966 World Cup.


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