"Fritz Walter made our entire nation a richer place. His outstanding footballing ability and his commitment to the team were a decisive contribution to the 'Miracle of Bern', which filled countless Germans with passion and belief.

"His long sporting career was characterised by exemplary footballing brilliance, fairness and personal modesty. Decades after the end of his playing career, he remained one of Germany's most popular sporting personalities, transcending generational boundaries. Furthermore, his efforts on behalf of the Sepp Herberger Foundation for young offenders will never be forgotten."
Johannes Rau, former German Federal President

"Basically, it's fair to say Fritz Walter was the same type of person as Sepp Herberger, just more sensitive. He kept his eyes and ears open, both on and off the field. He talked a lot with the rest of the players, you might say he was the number two coach after the 'Chief'. All the same, discipline and integrity were equally important to him.

"There's a little anecdote I've not forgotten to this day. It was generally the custom for the players to eat together after a match. I was sitting with my team-mate Karl Wanger, and we decided to go into town after the meal. We finished eating, and we were the first to stand up. But we made a 'mistake' by not pushing our chairs back under the table. Fritz Walter treated us to a stiff rebuke, advising us in the strongest possible terms that it wasn't done to get up from the table before anyone else, and then to compound that by not even pushing your chair under the table. It got to me so much I've not forgotten it to this day, and I always wait to get up until it's polite, and then I push my chair back under the table."
Horst Eckel, his former West Germany team-mate