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Germans mourn Haller

GERMAN football is in mourning after the death yesterday of former international Helmut Haller, the man who scored West Germany's opening goal in the 1966 World Cup final.

HALLER, who made 33 appearances for West Germany and scored 13 goals including six in the 1966 World Cup, died at the age of 73 at his home in Augsburg.

"Helmut Haller is one of the outstanding personalities of German Football," said German Football Association president Wolfgang Niersbach.

"His amazing performance, particularly at the 1966 World Cup, are unforgettable. His death really saddens us."

Haller represented his country at the 1962, 1966 and 1970 World Cups. At club level, former striker Haller had three different spells at his home-town club of Augsburg either side of an 11-year stint in Italy with Bologna and Juventus, winning three Serie A titles.