Former Manchester City goalkeeper Bernd 'Bert' Trautmann, who broke his neck in the 1956 FA Cup final but continued playing, died on Friday (July 19) at the age of 89, the German Football Federation (DFB) said in a statement.
Trautmann was born and raised in Germany, captured by the British during World War Two, turned down an offer of repatriation and went on to become a football3 hero in England.
He played for Manchester City from 1949 to 1964, winning the FA Cup in 1956 when he unknowingly broke his neck against Birmingham City, but managed to play on to victory. Trautmann was named England's Footballer of the Year at the end of that season.
Trautmann was a German paratrooper during the 1939-45, winning medals for bravery on Europe's Eastern Front.
Many Manchester City fans initially opposed his joining the club, but he earned huge respect both for his play and character generally and in later life was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for his efforts to improve Anglo-German relations.