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Ernst Wilimowski

German-Polish footballer

Died when: 81 years 68 days (974 months)
Star Sign: Cancer


Ernst Wilimowski Ernest Willimowski (born Ernest Otto Prandella, nicknamed "Ezi") (23 June 1916 – 30 August 1997) was a German–Polish football player, who played as a forward. He ranks among the best goalscorers in the history of both the Poland national team and Polish club football. After re-taking German citizenship following the invasion of Poland, he also played for the Germany national team. Willimowski was the first player to score four goals in a single FIFA World Cup game. Over the course of his career, he scored a total of 1,175 goals; though this tally is unverified and will include friendly and unofficial matches. The RSSSF credits Wilimowski with 554 official goals, making him the 14th-most prolific goalscorer in history. Willimowski also occasionally played ice hockey for the team Pogoń Katowice.
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