Bernd Holzenbein dead at 78: Germany World Cup winner and Eintracht Frankfurt legend passes away

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GERMANY World Cup winner Bernd Holzenbein has died at the age of 78.

The attacker passed away on Monday evening after a long, serious illness.

Bernd Holzenbein won the World Cup with Germany in 1974

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Bernd Holzenbein won the World Cup with Germany in 1974Credit: Getty

Holzenbein had recently suffered from severe dementia.

During his playing days he played as a striker or winger.

He starred for the West German team before it unified with East Germany, and played a significant role in winning the Jules Rimet by winning the equalising penalty against the Netherlands in the final.

In total, Holzenbein played 40 times for his nation, scoring five goals.

Holzenbein was a qualified merchant away from the pitch, but was best known for his work on it with Eintracht Frankfurt.

He scored a staggering 160 goals in the Bundesliga for them, making 420 appearances across a stay stretching from 1967 to 1981.

His exploits made him the club’s record goalscorer and also saw him lift the Uefa Cup in 1980, as well as three German Cups in 1974, 1975 and 1981.

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Bernd Holzenbein dead at 78: Germany World Cup winner and Eintracht Frankfurt legend passes away

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