Status: 28/09/2023, 15:55 p.m.
On 03.11.2004, the British Queen Elizabeth II will be welcomed by goalkeeping legend Bernd "Bert" Trautmann to a gala concert in the Dresden Frauenkirche in the Berlin Philharmonic. © Johannes_Eisele/dpa/Archivbild
On the occasion of his 100th birthday, goalkeeping legend Bert Trautmann will be honoured with a stamp. The postage stamp, worth 1.95 euros, will be sold on October 5, it was announced on Thursday. The goalkeeper is considered one of the best goalkeepers in football history.
Bremen - Born in Bremen on October 22, 1923, the footballer is best known for his time at Manchester City. He had come to England as a prisoner of war and decided to stay in England after his release. From 1949 to 1964 he was in goal for the Citizens.
When the club signed him, tens of thousands took to the streets to protest against the unloved German. Ironically, the then rabbi of Manchester took sides with the German, who was insulted by many as "Traut, the Kraut".
Trautmann became a legend when he was seriously injured in a collision in the 1956 FA Cup final against Birmingham City. He continued to play and thus secured his team's victory. After the game, he was diagnosed with a fracture of a cervical vertebra. In the same year, he was voted England's Footballer of the Year. He never played for the German national team. After his playing career, Trautmann became a coach.
He received numerous honors. In 1997 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, and in 2004 Queen Elizabeth II appointed him "Officer of the British Empire" and honoured his services to relations between Germany and Great Britain. Trautmann died in 2013 at the age of 89 in his adopted home of Spain. Dpa