Franz Beckenbauer known as a ‘true legend’ in world tributes

Franz Beckenbauer, a German soccer legend, died on Sunday on the age of 78, his household stated Monday.

“It is with deep sadness that we inform you that my husband and our father Franz Beckenbauer passed away peacefully yesterday, Sunday, surrounded by his family,” his household introduced.

“We ask that you mourn in silence and refrain from asking any questions.”

Nicknamed “Der Kaiser” (The Emperor), Beckenbauer is broadly thought to be one of many most interesting footballers of all time.

‘Beckenbauer was synonymous with profitable’

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Tributes movement for ‘Der Kaiser’

FIFA President Gianni Infantino hailed Franz Beckenbauer as a “true legend.”

“Der Kaiser was a great person, a friend of football and a true legend. We will never forget you dear Franz, thanks for everything.

German Football Federation (DFB) president Bernd Neuendorf said “Franz Beckenbauer’s loss of life is an actual turning level.”

“We look again on his life’s work with respect and nice gratitude. In him, we have now misplaced a novel footballer and an endearing particular person,” Neuendorf added. 

“‘Der Kaiser’ was among the best gamers our sport has ever seen. With his lightness, magnificence and overview, he set requirements on the pitch. His meticulousness and charisma as staff supervisor and his power and drive as head of the World Cup organizing committee are unforgettable.”

“Franz Beckenbauer leaves behind an awesome legacy for the DFB and soccer as an entire.”

DFB vice president Hans-Joachim Watzke added that Beckenbauer “was undoubtedly the largest German footballer of all time, and above all one of many best males who I’ve recognized.”

  “The Bundesliga household is devastated to be taught of the loss of life of Franz Beckenbauer. A real icon, then, now, and all the time. RIP, Der Kaiser,” Germany’s Bundesliga stated in a press release.

Lothar Matthäus, who captained Germany to win the World Cup in 1990, hailed the late Beckenbauer as “one of many best as a participant and a coach, however off the pitch as properly.”

“His loss of life is a loss for soccer and for the entire of Germany,” Matthäus informed German tabloid Bild.

Tributes to German soccer icon Franz Beckenbauer pour in

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Meanwhile, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) called Beckenbauer “considered one of European soccer’s best sons.”

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also called Beckenbauer one of the nation’s greatest footballers of all time.

“We will miss him. My ideas are together with his household and pals,” Scholz said on social media.

The English Premier League said Beckenbauer will be forever remembered, “‘Der Kaiser’ was as elegant as he was dominant.”
      — English Premier League 

A storied career on and off the field

Beckenbauer was one of just three people ever to win the World Cup both as a player and a coach, alongside the late Mario Zagallo of Brazil and France’s Didier Deschamps.

Apart from his success with the national team, he earned numerous honors during his tenure at Bayern Munich, including three consecutive European Cups and the Intercontinental Cup.

After coaching, Beckenbauer moved into football administration.

However, he made headlines in 2016 when was fined by FIFA’s ethics committee for failing to co-operate with an inquiry into corruption over the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar, respectively.

zc/lo (dpa, AFP, AP, Reuters)

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