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Bert Trautmann
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Personal information
Full nameBernhard Carl Trautmann
Date of birth22 October 1923(1923-10-22)
Place of birthBremen, Germany
Date of death19 July 2013(2013-07-19) (aged 89)
Place of deathLa Llosa, Valencia, Spain
Playing positionGoalkeeper
Senior career*
1948–1949St Helens Town43(0)
1949–1964Manchester City508(0)
1964Wellington Town2(0)
Teams managed
1965–1966Stockport County
1967–1968Preußen Münster
1968–1969Opel Rüsselsheim
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Bernhard Carl "Bert" Trautmann, OBE (22 October 1923 – 19 July 2013) was a German footballer. He played from 1949 to 1964 for Manchester City as the keeper. Trautmann is in Germany nearly unknown and had never played in the national team of his country. But in Manchester, he is one of the most popular players.

Early life

Bert Trautmann was born on 22 October 1923. He began playing football at age 10, when he was 18 he had to go to do his military service for the German Nazi-Regime. The paratrooper was first imprisoned by the Sowiet, later by the British army. He did not leave the island after his shank and became a professional football player.


After some years he went to Manchester City. In the first time, the fans hate the "Nazi boy". But after the 1956 FA Cup final, the fans accept Trautmann as a good player for their team. At the 75th minute of this game, Trautmann was hit by a player from Birmingham. The crash broke his neck, but Trautmann finished the game. Today it's often called a medical miracle that Trautmann did not die at this day.[1]

Personal life

Just a few days Trautmann's medical miracle, his five years old son died in a car crash. In 1950 he had married the first time, in 1990 again. In the year 2004 he was honored by Queen Elizabeth II.


Trautmann died on 19 July 2013 from a possible case of heart failure after suffering two cases of heart attacks recently. He was 89 years old.[2]


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