FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has expressed his sorrow at the deaths of German football icons Ottmar Walter and Heinz Flohe.

Ottmar Walter passed away on Sunday 16 June 2013 aged 89. Along with his late brother Fritz, he became one of the 'Heroes of Bern' after helping Germany sensationally beat overwhelming favourites Hungary 3-2 in the 1954 FIFA World Cup™ Final. Furthermore, the erstwhile Kaiserslautern striker, who made 321 competitive appearances for the club, won the German title in 1951 and 1953.

"I was deeply saddened to hear of Ottmar Walter's passing," said the FIFA President. "He made history in winning the 1954 FIFA World Cup and was influential in shaping the development of German football. I had the pleasure of meeting him at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Kaiserslautern. I would like to express my sincere condolences to his family and the German footballing community as a whole. My thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends during this difficult time and I wish them the necessary strength to come to terms with the loss of such an extraordinary character."

Heinz Flohe, likewise a former Germany international, passed away a day earlier aged 65. The 1974 FIFA World Cup winner died after three years in a permanent vegetative state having fallen ill in May 2010. A technically gifted midfielder in his playing days, Flohe led Koln to the German championship in 1978 and helped them to three DFB-Pokal triumphs (in 1968, 1977 and 1978).

"Both personally and in the name of the international football community I would like to offer Flohe's family and friends my heartfelt condolences," Blatter said. "He was a fantastic footballer and wonderful person who will live long in the memory, and not only because of his success at the 1974 FIFA World Cup. Even though words cannot do much to ease the pain, I would like to let his loved ones know that the thoughts of the footballing family are with them now.