Scarves, flowers and candles: Hamburgers commemorate Uwe Seeler

After the death of football legend Uwe Seeler, fans placed candles and flowers in front of his home in Norderstedt and hung HSV scarves over the fence.

Numerous scarves, candles and flowers were also placed around the oversized right bronze foot of the HSV striker legend at Hamburg’s Volksparkstadion to commemorate Seeler.

On a piece of paper was “Dear Uwe, our hero forever! Thank you. Eternal role model” to read. The 5.30 meter high sculpture on the northeast corner of the stadium, weighing four tons, was inaugurated in August 2005.

The former national soccer player and honorary captain of the national team died on Thursday at the age of 85 surrounded by his family. There had been expressions of condolence and minutes of silence in his honor from and around the world.

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier also paid tribute to Seeler. “With Uwe Seeler we are losing a legend of German football and a unique personality without great pretense, at the same time the honest worker on the field and the brilliant goalscorer,” Steinmeier wrote to Seeler’s widow Ilka. The couple was married for more than 63 years.

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