He is a wonderful athlete and a real gentleman. He came as a soldier and therefore an enemy of war to England and became a famous hero there. He was a legend in his lifetime. Extraordinary career will remain in the history books forever, "said the German Football Association (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach on Friday morning.
Trautmann was arrested as a German paratrooper in World War II, died Friday morning at his home, near Valencia, Spain, and has been selected as the 1956 English player of the year after his Wembley heroics.
He wrote himself into football folklore England after being wounded in the leg dive Birmingham City striker Peter Murphy with 17 minutes remaining of the Wembley final. Because there is no substitute allowed in that era, Trautmann played on despite the pain and made crucial saves in the dying stages of the game to preserve the City a 3-1 lead.
His neck was crooked when he collected his winner's medal and three days later an X-ray revealed she dislocated five vertebrae, one of which is cracked in two, and wounded nearly lost his life.
Trautmann said later collisions with Murphy felt "like a plane crash".
"Bert is a true legend of the club in the best sense of the word," said Manchester City in a club statement.
"He was one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time and the city beautiful ambassador, not only for his country, but also for Manchester City.
"For anyone who knew him, Bert will be sorely missed, as he would with the football world as a whole."
A decorated veteran of the Eastern Front in World War II, which later was arrested after serving in Normandy after D-Day, Trautmann was held as a prisoner of war in Lancashire until 1948 where he started playing football.
He went on to make 545 appearances for City, who he played for until 1964, and moved into management after his career, first with a lower-division side in English and German, and later managed the national team in Burma, Tanzania and Pakistan.
Trautmann later received an OBE for promoting Anglo-German understanding through football in 2004, and in 2008 was equally decorated by the DFB.