German football legend Franz Beckenbauer has died at the age of 78

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German football legend Franz Beckenbauer, one of the greatest players of all time, has died at the age of 78.

Beckenbauer, nicknamed 'Der Kaiser', won the World Cup with West Germany as a player in 1974 and a manager in 1990.

At club level, the former defender is considered a Bayern Munich legend having won three successive European Cups with the German giants in 1974-76 along with four Bundesliga titles.

A family statement read: "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.

"We ask that you be able to grieve in silence and refrain from asking any questions."

Source: Sky Sports



What memories do you have from his days on the football field?
 
Rest in peace. My condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans around the world.
 
One of the all time greats in German football. Rest in peace.
 
One of the Greatest of all time.

Also remember the Great west German team of 1990 where He Was the Manager. Excellent tactician.
 
A true football legend, Franz Beckenbauer. was also known as ‘Der Kaiser’ who won the world cup for Germany both as a player and as a coach. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and fans during this difficult time.
 

Franz Beckenbauer: Bayern Munich to light up stadium in honour of German legend​

Bayern Munich are to light up their Allianz Arena stadium in honour of Franz Beckenbauer.

The German legend, who was nicknamed 'Der Kaiser', passed away aged 78 on Sunday.

Beckenbauer won four league titles with Bayern and was captain when the German giants won the European Cup in 1974, 1975 and 1976.

"Thank you for everything, Franz Beckenbauer," said Bayern in a statement.

"In memory of the 'Kaiser', the Allianz Arena will light up with the words 'Thank you Franz' in the evening hours of 16:30 to 22:00 CET over the coming days.

"To finish, the special illumination will also be seen from 16:30 to 00:30 on Friday night, during FC Bayern's home match against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

"FC Bayern is mourning the loss of Franz Beckenbauer."

The Germany great, primarily a defender, played 582 times for Bayern Munich and, in two managerial stints at the club, helped them win the Bundesliga title in 1994 and Uefa Cup two years later.

He was also the club's president from 1994 to 2009.

Source: BBC
 
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