Franz Beckenbeauer, German football legend dies at 78

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Franz Beckenbeauer, German football legend dies at 78

Legendary German football personality, Franz Beckenbeauer has passed away at age 78. The former German footballer played, captained and won the World

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Legendary German football personality, Franz Beckenbeauer has passed away at age 78. The former German footballer played, captained and won the World Cup as a manager for Germany.

The former defender nicknamed the “Kaiser” meaning the “emperor”, has suffered from health problems and was living in Salzburg in Austria.

Born in Munich, Germany, Franz Anton Beckenbeaur played for Bayern Munich, New York Cosmos and Hamburger SV in a career spanning 19 years, winning the European Cup 3 times for Bayern Munich in 1973-74, 74-75, and 75-76.

Beckenbaeur was part of the West German team that won the 1974 FIFA World Cup and also won it as a manager for West Germany in the 1990 FIFA World Cup becoming one of the only three men to win the FIFA World Cup as a player and manager.

DFB vice president Hans-Joachim Watzke paid a wonderful tribute to the late Kaiser who passed away on Sunday.

“Franz Beckenbeauer was definitely the biggest German footballer of all time, and above all one of the greatest men who I have known,”.

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