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Bert Trautmann, ex-POW, Manchester City goalkeeper; 89

Mr. Trautmann (center) and Manchester City were victorious in the 1956 FA Cup final.
Mr. Trautmann (center) and Manchester City were victorious in the 1956 FA Cup final.Associated Press/file 1956

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FRANKFURT — Bert Trautmann, a former German World War II prisoner of war who became Manchester City’s goalkeeper and helped the team win the FA Cup despite a broken neck for the last 17 minutes of the 1956 final, has died, the German soccer federation said. He was 89.

The federation said Mr. Trautmann died in La Llosa, near Valencia, Spain, where he lived. Mr. Trautmann’s wife, Marlies, told the federation he died Friday morning.

Mr. Trautmann had suffered two heart attacks this year but appeared to have recovered well, the federation said.

‘‘Bert Trautmann was a great sportsman and a real gentleman,’’ federation president Wolfgang Niersbach said. ‘‘He came as a soldier and war enemy to England and became a celebrated hero.’’

Manchester City called Mr. Trautmann one of the club’s ‘‘greatest goalkeepers of all time and a true club legend.’’

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