Trautmann's Journey

Trautmann's Journey: From Hitler Youth to FA Cup Legend

Sports, Football / Soccer
Paperback Published on: 03/03/2011
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How did one man go from Nazi Youth indoctrination to English footballing icon?

Bert Trautmann is a football legend. He is famed as the Manchester City goalkeeper who broke his neck in the 1956 FA Cup final and played on. But his early life was no less extraordinary. He grew up in Nazi Germany, where first he was indoctrinated by the Hitler Youth, before fighting in World War Two in France and on the Eastern Front.

In 1945 he was captured and sent to a British POW camp where, for the first time, he understood that there could be a better way of life. He embraced England as his new home and before long became an English football hero. This is his story.

'A gripping story of an unlikely redemption through football' Sunday Times

'He was the best goalkeeper I ever played against. We always said, don't look into the goal when you're trying to score against Bert. Because if you do, he'll see your eyes and read your thoughts.' Bobby Charlton

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780224082891
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 255g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm

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Trautmann's Journey
very insightful, even for non-football fans
This book gave a great insight into the way people can be driven, from an early age, to use their skills to achieve the ambitions of others. It shows the t... READ MORE
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Trautmann's Journey
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