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Rip Post-War Soccer Heroes

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When I woke up today I saw that - again - two great players passend away. Time to open a new topic for those players that gave us great moments. Up to you to decide if a player is entitled to be mentioned in this topic!

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Raymond Kopa died today at the age of 85. The son of Polish immigrants (full surname: Kopaszewski) played in the first European Cupfinal with Reims in 1956. Real Madrid won that cup. Kopa joined Real and won the European cup three times with them (1957, 1958 and 1959). After that win he returned to France.

He won the bronze medal with France in the WC 1958.

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Tommy Gemmell died yesterday at the age of 73. The Scotsman was one of the socalled "Lisbon Lions" the group of Celtic-players that won the European Cup in 1967 beating Inter Milan with 2-1.

Gemmell was a left back. As far as I know he is the only Scotsman to score in two finals. He scored the equalizer in that match in 1967. In the 1970-final he scored again in the final. This time the opener against Feyenoord, but at the end they lost the game with 2-1 after extra time.

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Hans Schäfer died on November 7, 2017 at the age of 70. He is leaving Horst Eckel as the last living member of the team known for the miracle of Bern (Wunder von Bern), the German team that out of the blue became Worldchampions in WC 1954, just 9 years after WW II.

Schäfer scored four goals at WC 1954. He earned a total of 39 caps, scoring 15 goals for West Germany. 

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