The German goalkeeper of the 1966 World Cup, Tilkowski, dies at 84

BERLIN: former West German goalkeeper Hans Tilkowski , who played in the 1966 World Cup final against the winners of England, died at age 84, his family told German media on Monday.

That final featured one of the most controversial goals in football history when Geoff hurst The shot bounced off the crossbar and landed on the goal line with Tilkowski hit, before the ball cleared.

The goal, however, was awarded to the referee saying he had crossed the line and put England, which finally won 4-2, ahead in overtime.

Tilkowski, who was a reserve guard at the 1962 World Cup in Chile, played club football between 1952 and 1970 for Westfalia Herne, Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Very sad to receive a call earlier to let me know that Germany's goalkeeper from 66 World Cup, Hans Tilkowski, has died, Hurst said on Twitter.

Terrific player for his club, Borussia Dortmund, and country and a very fine man, I very much enjoyed the time we spent together over the years.

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