The former Hamburg striker led his nation in the World Cup final in 1966.
Uwe Seeler, a legend in Germany, passed away at the age of 85. Between 1952 and 1973, Seeler had a successful 21-year career during which he was devoted to only one club, Hamburg.
The former striker was equally prolific for the German national team while scoring an astounding 445 goals in 519 games for Hamburg.
Seeler played in four World Cups and scored 43 goals in 72 games for West Germany, including the 4-2 loss to England in the 1966 World Cup final while serving as captain.
He is recognized as one of Germany’s all-time finest players and, with 137 goals to his credit, he continues to hold the record for Hamburg’s most Bundesliga goals scored.
The three girls Seeler had with his wife Ilka are his only heirs. Levin Oztunali, his grandson, plays for Union Berlin in the German Bundesliga at the moment.
We mourn the loss of Uwe #Seeler.
The greatest HSV player of all time has died at the age of 85.
Rest in peace, dear Uwe 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/A84SOttaDP
— HSV English (@HSV_English) July 21, 2022
Oliver Kahn, the CEO of Bayern Munich, meanwhile, referred to Seeler’s passing as a “sad loss for the entire football family” before stating that “Uwe Seeler is one of German football’s greatest players.”
"We will always remember him as one of the very special ones of the sport."
Rest in peace, Uwe Seeler 🕯️
— FC Bayern Munich (@FCBayernEN) July 21, 2022
In addition, the German Women’s national team honored Seeler by donning black armbands when defeating Austria 2-0 in the quarterfinal of the Euro 2022 tournament.
Let's do this for Uwe 👊
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) July 21, 2022