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|allegiance={{flag|Nazi Germany}}
|branch=[[German Army (Wehrmacht)|HeerArmy]]
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|rank=''[[Major (Germany)|Major]]'' (Major)
He did one of the most famous pieces of commentary in [[German language|German]] during the [[FIFA World Cup|World Cup]] final in 1954 by "recommending" the goal that won [[1954 FIFA World Cup Final|"The Miracle of Bern"]] for Germany.
 
:''[[Hans Schäfer|Schäfer]] nach innen geflankt... Kopfball... Abgewehrt. Aus dem Hintergrund müßte [[Helmut Rahn|Rahn]] schießen... Rahn schießt! Tor! Tor! Tor! Tor!''<br/>(silence)<br/>''Tor für Deutschland! Drei zu zwei führt Deutschland. Halten Sie mich für verrückt, halten Sie mich für übergeschnappt!''
 
:''Schäfer puts in the cross... header... Cleared. Rahn should shoot from deep... Rahn shoots! Goal! Goal! Goal! Goal!''<br/>(Zimmermann fell silent for eight seconds before he spoke again)<br/>''Goal for Germany! Germany lead 3-2. Call me mad, call me crazy!"''
 
At the end of the match, Zimmermann famously proclaimed, "It's over! Over! Over! Germany are the World Champions" - words which, as one historian has observed, are "as famous in Germany as [[Kenneth Wolstenholme]]'s "[[They think it's all over]]" is in England" (the latter having been spoken in the final moments of England's victory against West Germany in the World Cup final of 1966).<ref>Paul Legg, 'It's Over! Over! Over', ''History Today'', July 2014 at page 41. Legg added that "It's over!" appeared "not just to refer to the outcome of the match but also to the promise of an end to the hardship and humiliation Germans had experienced" since the end of the [[Second World War]] in 1945.</ref> After the final Zimermann was criticized for praising the goal keeper Turek by calling him ''Toni du bist ein Teufelskerl, Toni du bist ein Fußballgott'' (Toni you are a devil chap. Toni you are a football god.). Zimmermann who had been a major during the war, was also criticized for the somewhat militaristic vocabulary he had used during the match.
|language=German
|location=Jena, Germany
|publisher=Scherzers MiltaerMilitaer-Verlag
|isbn=978-3-938845-17-2
}}