Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer dies at the age of 78


Franz Beckenbauer, one of Germany’s finest footballers, passed away at the age of 78.

 

 

 

Franz Beckenbauer, one of only three men two have won the FIFA World Cup as a player and as a manager, has died at the age of 78.
Franz Beckenbauer, one of only three men two have won the FIFA World Cup as a player and as a manager, has died at the age of 78.

 

“It is with deep sadness that we announce that my husband and our father, Franz Beckenbauer, passed away peacefully in his sleep yesterday, Sunday, surrounded by his family,” the family stated in a statement to the German news agency dpa.

Germany’s World Cup winning captain and coach Franz Beckenbauer has died at the age of 78, according to German news agency DPA.

Beckenbauer captained Germany to the World Cup title in 1974, then went on to win the tournament again as manager in 1990.

Franz Beckenbauer, widely regarded as one of the best football players of all time, has died at the age of 78. Beckenbauer was the captain of West Germany’s World Cup-winning squad in 1974, and he later guided them to victory as manager again in 1990. He is one of only three persons who have won the World Cup as both a player and manager. In 1972, he won the European Championship with West Germany.

Backenbauer earned 104 caps for West Germany and more over 400 with Bayern Munich. Beckenbauer was a member of the Bayern Munich teams that won three European Cup titles, now known as the UEFA Champions League, in 1973/74, 1974/75, and 1975/76. He also won five German league crowns, as many German Cups, an Intercontinental Cup, and a European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1966/67.

Nicknamed Der Kaiser, or “The Emperor,” Beckenbauer is recognised as one of the best defenders of all time, having mastered the sweeper role in defensive midfield, also known as a libero, which he is credited with developing. However, he was not restricted to the confines of his position on the pitch, and he was one of the few defenders at the time with exceptional ball control and vision.

Beckenbauer’s successes with Bayern Munich include five Bundesliga titles, four German Cup victories, and three consecutive European Cup victories from 1974 to 1976, allowing Bayern to keep the trophy indefinitely.

 

His international career was equally remarkable, with 103 appearances and 14 goals for West Germany. He was a member of the World Cup-winning squad in 1974 and won the European Championship in 1972.

Beckenbauer has set various records, including being one of only three persons to win the FIFA World Cup as both a player and a manager. He has also been named European Footballer of the Year twice and German Footballer of the Year four times.

At the age of 20, Beckenbauer made his international debut against Sweden in a qualification match for the 1966 World Cup in England. While they qualified for the tournament and lost in the final to the hosts, it signalled the start of a great era for West Germany, with Beckenbauer at the helm in central midfield and wearing the captain’s armband.

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