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Helmut Haller, 1939-2012

In Football on October 12, 2012 at 10:21

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Helmut Haller, scorer of the first goal in the 1966 World Cup Final has died Thursday, 11 October.

Close-up of the ball from the 1966 World Cup Final

Close-up of the ball from the 1966 World Cup Final (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Haller was one of the first German players to earn their money abroad, playing for Bologna (quote: We have lost a family member) between 1962 and 1968 as well as for Juventus Turin from 1968 until 1973.  Despite a strong policy within the DFB, he was included in the squad for the 1966 and 1970 World Cups in England and Mexico respectively. He came to fame in England because he scored the first goal in the final of 1966 at Wembley but also because he took the ball of the final home; his son has him asked to get him a souvenir.

Thirty years later, this became once more an issue when ahead of EURO 96, the Daily Mirror kicked off a campaign to bring back the ball, which the paper considered, Haller has stolen, while it was clear from the footage that Haller took the ball after the final whistle.

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