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Haller was a playmaker and striker who made his international debut at age 19 in 1958. He played at the 1962 World Cup in Chile, the 1966 World Cup in England and the 1970 World Cup in Mexico. He won 33 caps in total, scoring 13 goals.
West Germany reached the final of the 1966 competition and Haller scored the opening goal of the game, but opponents England won 4-2. Along with his second place medal, Haller also got the match ball from the game, though more than 30 years later he returned to England to present it to Geoff Hurst, who had scored a hat-trick in the game and was therefore by tradition considered to be entitled to own the ball.
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