Football Legend: Franz Beckenbauer Dies at 78

Written by Henrik Rothen

Jan.08 - 2024 5:37 PM CET

Franz Beckenbauer Dies at 78.

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Franz Beckenbauer, the revered German football legend, passed away on Sunday at the age of 78. His family made the announcement to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur on Monday.

Beckenbauer, known for his extraordinary contributions to German football, leaves behind a legacy that has deeply impacted the sport.

Franz Beckenbauer's passing marks the end of an era in football history. His contributions to the sport, both on and off the field, have left an indelible mark on football fans and players alike. His death is mourned by many and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations in the world of sports.

Franz Beckenbauer's Career Highlights and Achievements:

  1. Club Career:

    • Beckenbauer started his youth career at München von 1906 before joining Bayern Munich in 1959.

    • He played for Bayern Munich's senior team from 1964 to 1977, making 427 appearances and scoring 60 goals.

    • His tenure at Bayern Munich was marked by significant successes, including three consecutive European Cups from 1974 to 1976 and multiple Bundesliga titles.

    • Beckenbauer also played for the New York Cosmos and Hamburger SV, further solidifying his international fame.

  2. International Career:

    • Represented West Germany, earning 103 caps and scoring 14 goals.

    • Played in three FIFA World Cups (1966, 1970, 1974), winning the tournament in 1974 as team captain.

    • Won the European Championship in 1972 with West Germany and was a runner-up in 1976.

  3. Managerial Career:

    • Transitioned to a successful managerial career post-retirement, leading West Germany to World Cup victory in 1990.

    • Managed Bayern Munich and Olympique de Marseille, achieving domestic and international successes.

  4. Legacy and Recognition:

    • Known for revolutionizing the role of the sweeper or libero in football.

    • Twice named European Footballer of the Year.

    • Inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.

    • Included in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players in 2004.

  5. Off the Field:

    • Beckenbauer was instrumental in Germany's successful bid to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup, serving as the head of the organizing committee.

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