Franz Beckenbauer, the iconic German footballer, has passed away, leaving behind a legacy that will forever be etched in the annals of the sport.

Spending the majority of his career with the German club Bayern Munich, he clinched the national championship four times, triumphed thrice in the UEFA Champions League, and secured victories in the Cup Winners’ Cup. Renowned for his prowess on the field, Beckenbauer was an integral part of the West German national team, lifting both the World Cup in 1974 and the European Championship in 1972. He was hailed as one of the finest defenders of the 20th century, a testament to his skill and impact in the sport. His exceptional talent was further acknowledged by being the only player in his position to twice claim the prestigious Ballon d’Or, in 1974 and 1976.

Transitioning seamlessly into coaching, Beckenbauer, known fondly as “Kaiser,” guided the German national team to a historic victory in the 1990 World Cup as their coach, solidifying his status as a footballing icon both on and off the field. His contributions to the game remain unparalleled, and his memory will forever inspire generations of football enthusiasts worldwide.

Last updated on 09 Jan 2024 - 19:00

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