German legend Franz Beckenbauer, extensively considered considered one of soccer’s biggest gamers, has died on the age of 78.
He received the World Cup as captain of West Germany in 1974 and lifted the trophy once more as supervisor in 1990.
The previous defender made 582 appearances for Bayern Munich, profitable the German high flight as a participant and as a supervisor.
Nicknamed Der Kaiser, as a participant he additionally received the European Championship in 1972 and the Ballon d’Or twice.
An announcement from his household to the German information company DPA learn: “It’s with deep disappointment that we announce that my husband and our father, Franz Beckenbauer, handed away peacefully in his sleep yesterday, Sunday, surrounded by his household.
“We ask that you simply permit us to grieve in silence and never ask questions.”
Beckenbauer performed as a midfielder and marked Sir Bobby Charlton within the 1966 World Cup closing, which England received 4–2, earlier than switching to his iconic place as a defensive sweeper.
He additionally scored 4 objectives on the 1966 World Cup, aged simply 20, and received the match’s greatest younger participant award.
He performed 103 instances for West Germany.
Beckenbauer is considered one of solely three males to have received the World Cup as each a participant and supervisor, together with Brazilian Mário Zagallo and Frenchman Didier Deschamps.
As a participant for Bayern, he received 4 league titles and captained the German giants’ three European Cup victories in 1974, 1975 and 1976. He additionally received the Bundesliga with Hamburg.
“The Bundesliga household is devastated to listen to of the loss of life of Franz Beckenbauer. A real icon, then, now and all the time. RIP, Der Kaiser,” the league mentioned.
Present Germany supervisor Julian Nagelsmann mentioned: “For me, Franz Beckenbauer was the perfect footballer in German historical past.
“His interpretation of the position of the libero [sweeper] modified the sport, this position and his friendship with the ball made him a free man.
“Franz Beckenbauer may float on the garden. As a soccer participant, and later additionally as a coach, he was elegant; he was above the whole lot. When Franz Beckenbauer entered a room, the room lit up.”
Bernd Neuendorf, president of the German Soccer Affiliation (DFB), mentioned Beckenbauer was “among the best gamers our sport has ever seen”.
“With him we lose a singular footballer and a beloved particular person,” he mentioned.
“Together with his lightness, his class and his overview, he set the usual on the sphere.
“Franz Beckenbauer leaves an awesome legacy for the DFB and soccer as an entire.”
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