Horst Eckel (born 8 February 1932) is a former German footballer who was part of the West German team that won the 1954 FIFA World Cup. Since the death of Hans Schäfer in 2017, Eckel is the only player still alive from the team.
Eckel in 2014
|Full name||Horst Eckel|
|Date of birth||8 February 1932|
|Place of birth||Vogelbach, Germany|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1949–1960||1. FC Kaiserslautern||214||(34)|
|1960–1966||SV Röchling Völklingen|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Eckel was part of the West German team that won the 1954 FIFA World Cup and achieved the "Miracle of Bern". During the 1954 FIFA World Cup Eckel became an important pillar of the successful West German team. The strength of the right side of Sepp Herberger's team was made possible due to Eckel's high defensive workrate and his passes, from which outside right Helmut Rahn and inside right Max Morlock benefitted enormously.
Eckel debuted in Kaiserslautern's first team in 1947 at the age of 15. He won the German football championship with Kaiserslautern in 1951 and 1953. Eckel was playing as a right half back. As a player, Eckel was assiduous and adroit. Because of his rapid way of playing, he got the nickname Windhund (sighthound).
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- "Horst Eckel Statistics". FIFA. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
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- "Außenläufer, Lehrer, Legende". HNA (in German). 7 February 2017. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
- Topp, Sebastian (8 February 2017). ""Hätte Geld bezahlt, um spielen zu dürfen"". 11Freunde (in German). Retrieved 14 December 2018.
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