Former Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann has passed away, aged 89, at his Spanish home in La Llosa.
Trautmann, who became a member of the Luftwaffe during World War II when he was just 18 years old, survived as a prisoner of war in Britain and stayed to enjoy a 16-year professional career.
The former keeper never represented his country due to difficulties with travel, but won the FA Cup with City in 1956 - in which he famously continued playing after breaking his neck during the final - and holds the record for most club appearances for a non-British player with 545.
"Bert Trautmann was a great sportsman and a true gentleman," Wolfgang Niersbach, president of the German FA (DFB), said in a statement.
"He arrived in England as a soldier and so he was a war opponent. And yet he ended up being a celebrated hero there. He was a legend already in his living days. His exceptional career will be in the history books forever.
"Since 1996, when he was a member of our official delegation at the European Championships in England, we had close contact. DFB had invited him for its yearly convent to Nurnberg next October but he dismissed because he wanted to celebrate his 90th birthday at the same time."