Franz Beckenbauer

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Franz Beckenbauer
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Franz Beckenbauer in April 2019
Surname Franz Anton Beckenbauer
birthday September 11, 1945
place of birth MunichGermany
size 181 cm
position Libero
Years station
1951-1959 SC 1906 Munich
1959-1964 FC Bayern Munich
Years station Games (goals) 1
1964-1977 FC Bayern Munich 427 (60)
1977-1980 New York Cosmos 80 (17)
1980-1982 Hamburger SV 28 0(0)
1983 New York Cosmos 25 0(2)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1964 DFB youth selection 3 0(3)
1965 Germany B 2 0(0)
1965-1977 Germany 103 (14)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1984-1990 Germany ( Team Principal )
1990-1991 Olympique Marseille
1994 FC Bayern Munich (interim)
1996 FC Bayern Munich (interim)
1 Only league games are given.

Franz Anton Beckenbauer (born September 11, 1945 in Munich ) is a former German soccer player , coach and official . He was President from 1994 to 2009 and has been Honorary President of FC Bayern Munich since 2009 . He was also President of the Organizing Committee of the 2006 Soccer World Cup and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of FC Bayern München AG . From 1998 to 2010 he was one of the DFB Vice Presidents on the DFB Presidium and from 2007 to 2011 he was a member of the FIFA Executive Committee .

Beckenbauer's greatest sporting successes were winning the 1974 World Cup as team captain and the 1990 World Cup as team boss . In the national team, he was the captain of the teams that won the European title in 1972 and became vice European champion in 1976.

From 1965 to 1983 he played as a professional footballer in several clubs and had the reputation of an exceptional international athlete. After his active career as a footballer, he worked as a team boss and sports official , advertising medium, businessman and columnist for the BILD newspaper and as a TV expert for the private broadcaster Sky . Franz Beckenbauer ended some of these activities in 2016 for reasons of age.

Since the 1970s, Beckenbauer has come under public criticism several times, in particular because of " tax evasion " and in connection with tax back payments. Since 2015 he has been the focus of international financial investigations by authorities in Germany, Switzerland and the USA. The FIFA Ethics Committee is also bringing proceedings against Beckenbauer.

Private life

Franz Beckenbauer grew up in the house at Zugspitzstrasse 6 in Munich-Giesing (center) . Immediately opposite (in the foreground) the sports field of SC Munich from 1906 .

Franz Beckenbauer was born in 1945 as the second son of the post office secretary Franz Beckenbauer sen. (1905–1977) and his wife Antonie (* June 23, 1913; † January 11, 2006, nee Hupfauf) were born in Munich- Giesing and grew up with his four years older brother Walter. His uncle Alfons Beckenbauer was also active for FC Bayern Munich and was a member of the German national workers' team .

Beckenbauer lived in Grünwald in the 1970s . In 1977 he moved to Sarnen in the Swiss canton of Obwalden . From 1982 he lived in Oberndorf in Tirol, Austria, and in Salzburg since 2005 , while still working in Germany.

Beckenbauer is a passionate golfer .


Club career

Youth (until 1964)

Beckenbauer learned to play football at SC 1906 Munich , whose club grounds are in the Giesing district in the immediate vicinity of his parents' house. As a 13-year-old he planned to move to TSV 1860 Munich in 1958 . When he clashed with his opponent Gerhard König during a game against that club and he slapped him in the face, Beckenbauer changed his plans and switched to Bayern Munich instead .

FC Bayern Munich (1964 to 1977)

At the age of 18, Beckenbauer made his debut in the first team of FC Bayern on matchday 1 of the promotion round to the Bundesliga (June 6, 1964) against FC St. Pauli . The game ended 4-0, and Beckenbauer scored his first competitive goal.

In 1964 the long-term collaboration with his manager Robert Schwan began .

In 1964 he was part of the West German Olympic team, which was defeated by the GDR national team in two qualifying games.

As a left winger or in midfield, he played in his first season in the Regionalliga Süd 1964/65 from the 8th matchday in the regular formation of FC Bayern. On September 20, 1964 he scored his first regional league goals with the 4: 1 and 5: 1 final against ESV Ingolstadt-Ringsee ; He scored a total of 16 goals, 5 of which were from penalties. At the end of the season, Bayern Munich took first place with 55:17 points and 146:32 goals and rose to the Bundesliga by winning the group in the promotion round. From the Regionalliga Süd he played together with Sepp Maier and Gerd Müller , with whom he dominated German football in the following years.

Beckenbauer (right) with Fritz Walter , far left Helmut Schön , Malente (1965)

In the first Bundesliga season, on August 14, 1965, FC Bayern Munich lost the first city derby in Bundesliga history against TSV 1860 Munich with 0: 1 on August 14, 1965, and ended up three points behind the sixties in third . But Bayern won the final of the DFB Cup on June 4, 1966 , with Beckenbauer scoring the 4-2 final against Meidericher SV . Beckenbauer was also the first Bayern player to convert a penalty in the Bundesliga after failing the first one ever to Tilkowski .

In 1967, Beckenbauer and FC Bayern became the second German team to win the European Cup Winners' Cup and defend the DFB Cup. The 1967/68 season was rather disappointing for him and his team: 5th place was achieved in the Bundesliga, in the DFB Cup they were eliminated in the semi-finals at the second division VfL Bochum . The national team could not qualify for the European Championship in Italy after a 0-0 win in Albania; Beckenbauer did not take part in the qualifying games.

Beckenbauer (left), Cajkovski (center), 1967

In 1969, Beckenbauer won the German championship with FC Bayern for the first time. This title was the second championship in the history of Bayern Munich after 1932. In the same year he won the DFB Cup and thus the double with the team . Only FC Schalke 04 1937 had succeeded in doing this. In the competition of the European Cup , the team failed in the first round after a 2-0 and 0-3 against AS Saint-Étienne .

During this time Beckenbauer moved from the position of midfielder to the libero post, where he exercised this position very aggressively and often brought himself into the attacking game of his team. In particular, the double passes with Gerd Müller repeatedly caused confusion in the opposing defense. In addition, he opened the game with long passes, where he perfected the outside of the game . In 1971 the DFB Cup was won again, and Borussia Mönchengladbach's first title defense in the Bundesliga could not be prevented. On the last matchday, the championship was lost with a 2-0 defeat in Duisburg.

From 1972 to 1974, FC Bayern and Beckenbauer became the first German club to win three championship titles in a row. 1974 was Beckenbauer's most successful year. First of all, the championship title was secured on the 33rd Bundesliga matchday, then he became the first German team to win the European Cup with FC Bayern. He was also world champion with the national team in his own country.

In 1975 and 1976 he defended the European Cup with Bayern and won the World Cup in 1976.

New York Cosmos (1977 to 1980)

Beckenbauer's jersey at the New York Cosmos

In 1977 he moved - also for private reasons - to New York Cosmos in the North American Soccer League . His marriage crisis at the time and his relationship with the sports photographer Diana Sandmann were "cannibalized" by the Bild newspaper, for which he later worked as a columnist , as a divorced national team captain was not acceptable to both Bild and some DFB officials at the time .

In the then football developing country USA , he played alongside Pelé , was three times NASL champion (1977, 1978, 1980) and was inducted into the "National Soccer Hall of Fame".

Hamburger SV (1980 to 1982)

After signing a contract with Hamburger SV on May 23, 1980 , he returned to the Bundesliga on October 31 (after the contract expired in New York). Beckenbauer made his HSV debut against VfB Stuttgart on November 15, 1980. Before he ended his career in the Bundesliga in 1982, Beckenbauer won his fifth German championship title with HSV.

In the course of his Bundesliga career, Beckenbauer played 424 Bundesliga games, 396 of them for Bayern Munich and 28 for Hamburger SV . He scored all 44 Bundesliga goals for Bayern. With four own goals , he was third in the all-time Bundesliga own-goal scorer table.

New York Cosmos (1983)

In 1983 he returned to the United States to play another season for New York Cosmos. Beckenbauer played his very last competitive game in his career as a player on September 12, 1983 in the NASL quarter-finals against Le Manic de Montréal (0-1).

Career in the national team

The beginnings (1964 to 1966)

Beckenbauer wore the national jersey for the first time on March 8, 1964 for the DFB youth team , which won 2-1 against Switzerland in Loerrach with its two goals. For this national team he also played in two group games of the UEFA youth tournament, on March 26th and 30th, 1964: In Enschede the German team won (with one goal from him) against Sweden 2-1 and in Apeldoorn the game was against lost the host 1: 3. He made his debut for the B national team on March 10, 1965, when he came on in Hanover against the Netherlands (1: 1) for Günter Netzer . His second and last assignment for the B-Team took place on September 1, 1965 (in Cologne) in a 3-0 win against the Soviet Union.

He made his A international debut on September 26, 1965 in Stockholm in the World Cup qualifier against Sweden after six Bundesliga games. With a 2-1 win, Germany qualified for the 1966 World Cup in England . In his fifth international match, against the Netherlands on March 23, 1966 , he scored his first two goals for the national team (final score 4: 2).

World Championship 1966

The 20-year-old Beckenbauer played an outstanding tournament at the 1966 World Cup in England. Although positioned in the defensive midfield, he interpreted this position very offensively. In the first game against Switzerland , which was won 5-0, he scored two goals. In the entire tournament he scored a total of four goals and took 3rd place in the scorers list with three other players. In the final against England, national coach Helmut Schön positioned him against Bobby Charlton , the British superstar at the time, as the man's decker. Charlton was also set up by team boss Alf Ramsey to play directly against Beckenbauer in order to prevent Beckenbauer's offensive switching game. As a result, both players "neutralized" each other over the entire game. England won the final 4: 2 afterwards and became world champions for the first time .

Beckenbauer was voted Germany's Footballer of the Year this year . He later achieved this title in 1968, 1974 and 1976.

Shortly before the tournament, on June 1, 1968, Germany won against England for the first time with a goal by Beckenbauer and 15 days later against Brazil for the first time.

World Championship 1970

At the 1970 World Cup in Mexico , Beckenbauer was a regular player, but was not placed on the libero position , which was exercised by Willi Schulz and later Karl-Heinz Schnellinger . In the quarter-finals against England, Beckenbauer initiated the turnaround with his connecting goal to make it 1: 2 (final score 3: 2 afterwards). In the semifinals, which was lost in the match of the century against Italy, he suffered a serious shoulder injury and had to continue playing with a bandaged shoulder as the substitution quota was exhausted. In the game for 3rd place he was no longer used.

Only in the following years he was used by national coach Helmut Schön on the libero position. On April 25, 1971, he led the national team as captain on the field for the first time in the game in Istanbul against Turkey . Wolfgang Overath was initially planned as the successor to Uwe Seeler's captain's armband , so Beckenbauer would only act as captain when Overath was not playing. When Overath was unable to play in some games due to an injury in 1972, Beckenbauer solidified his role as team captain and kept this position even when Overath returned.

European Champion 1972

In 1972, as captain and libero, the Munich man led Germany to the European championship with a 3-0 final win against the USSR . He was then voted Europe's footballer of the year as the second German (after Gerd Müller 1970) .

With his 73rd international match on November 24, 1973 in Stuttgart (Germany - Spain 2-1), he became the record player for the DFB . He surpassed Uwe Seeler's record and was only replaced by Lothar Matthäus on November 17, 1993 .

World Champion 1974

Beckenbauer at the 1974 World Cup
Beckenbauer with Gerd Müller (left) and Helmut Schön (right) after the final of the 1974 World Cup

In 1974 Beckenbauer led the team through to the final at his third World Cup . After initial difficulties in the group games, etc. a. a 0: 1 in the only international game ever against the GDR , he motivated his team in the "Night of Malente" to increase their performance in the first intermediate round (2nd final round), so that after victories against Yugoslavia, Sweden and Poland the final against reached the Netherlands and won 2-1.

European Championship 1976

In 1976 he led the national team again in the final of the European Championship . There the team lost in their 100th international match against Czechoslovakia on the night of Belgrade on penalties. Nevertheless, he was voted Europe's Footballer of the Year again. It was his fourth appearance with the national team. Beckenbauer is the first and only European to date (as of before the 2016 European Championship) to have played in two European and World Cup finals.

End of career in the national team (1977)

The move to the USA in 1977 to Cosmos New York meant the end of his time as a national player, as players working abroad at the time were not taken into account after the experience at the 1974 World Cup when an untrained Günter Netzer from Real Madrid came to the World Cup . This was all the more true in view of the US league's reputation as the “operetta league” (according to DFB President Hermann Neuberger ). In addition, Beckenbauer received no approval from Cosmos for the 1978 World Cup. His 103rd international match on February 23, 1977 (0: 1 against France) was his last.

In his twelve years as a national player, he played 103 international matches and scored 14 goals. It was used in 91% of the games played. No other player with 80 or more international matches achieved this quota. He was on the starting line-up in all his international matches and was only substituted six times.

Team boss of the German national soccer team (1984 to 1990)


After a German team was eliminated from a tournament in the group stage for the first time at the 1984 European Championship , Beckenbauer took over responsibility for the German national team as the successor to the retired Jupp Derwall . Since he did not have a recognized coaching license, he acted in the newly created position as team manager , with a national coach as assistant coach . This function was initially taken over by Horst Köppel and later by Holger Osieck . The first game of the national team he supervised took place on September 12, 1984 in Düsseldorf and was lost 3-1 to Argentina. He was the first team manager whose team lost the first game. Nevertheless, he managed to qualify for the World Cup with the team against Portugal, Sweden and Czechoslovakia , but had to suffer the first defeat in a World Cup qualifier with a 0: 1 against Portugal in Stuttgart after qualifying had already been achieved.

1986 World Championship

The team put together by Beckenbauer drove to the 1986 World Cup without great expectations . Despite moderate games, for example a 0-2 win against Denmark in the preliminary round, he led the team into the World Cup final. There the team played one of their best games of the tournament against Argentina. She made up a 2-0 deficit shortly before the end of the game, only to lose 3-2 in the final minutes.

During the World Cup, there was a scandal in the German camp when Beckenbauer was referred to by substitute goalkeeper Uli Stein in allusion to his previous advertising for the Knorr company as a "soup fool". Stein was then the first national player to be suspended from the squad during a World Cup and had to travel home.

European Championship 1988

At the European Championship in 1988 in their own country, Germany was one of the title favorites. In the semifinals against the Netherlands, the team coached by Beckenbauer lost 2-1 to the eventual European champions.

World Cup 1990

The qualification for the 1990 World Cup was only in the last match against Wales ensured as Germany with the winning goal by Thomas Hassler won 2: 1st The team finished second in the group behind the Netherlands.

At the World Cup in Italy , the national team met the Netherlands in the round of 16. With a 2-1 win, the successful revenge for the EM semi-final defeat in 1988 was achieved. Based on several Italian legionnaires, Beckenbauer had put together a strong team for the World Cup, which won their first game against Yugoslavia with an outstanding Lothar Matthäus 4-1 . There had never been such a clear tournament start in previous competitions. As four years before, Beckenbauer managed to lead his team into the final, and again the final opponent was Argentina. In a one-sided game that was determined by the German team, team boss Beckenbauer left the Argentinian top star Diego Maradona by Guido Buchwald man cover so that Maradona could develop almost playfully. Germany won the world title for the third time with a converted penalty from Andreas Brehme shortly before the end of regular time. This made Franz Beckenbauer the second athlete after Mário Zagallo to become world champion both as a player and as a team boss. Especially remembered are the scenes when, after the game, he wandered alone and lost in thought while the players did laps of honor. After winning the World Cup, Beckenbauer received an honorary coaching license from the DFB. He resigned as the first team boss after winning a competitive game (the World Cup final).

Trainer and sporting director in clubs (1990 to 1996)

In November 1990, Beckenbauer was awarded the Bambi Award

In the 1990/91 season, Beckenbauer worked for Olympique Marseille (first as "head coach", later as technical director) and reached the final of the European Cup against Red Star Belgrade , which after a 0-0 n. V. 3 : 5 was lost on penalties.

Towards the end of 1993, Beckenbauer took over the training and responsibility for the first team at FC Bayern Munich for the rest of the season after Erich Ribbeck had been given leave of absence. With the team he won the German championship. When coach Otto Rehhagel was released in April 1996 , Beckenbauer took over the team again and won the UEFA Cup finals against Girondins Bordeaux with it .

Functionary and sports politician (since 1991)

On November 25, 1991, Beckenbauer was elected Vice President of FC Bayern Munich. From 1994 to 2009 he was president of the association.

In addition to his involvement with FC Bayern Munich, he was one of the vice-presidents of the DFB from 1998 to 2010 . As chairman of the application committee, he successfully supported Germany's bid for the 2006 World Cup and then became head of the organizing committee for the 2006 World Cup .

Beckenbauer announced at the beginning of 2005 that he would run for the next election for the presidency of UEFA . After the UEFA committee in Tallinn, Estonia , decided on April 21, 2005 to postpone the election from 2006 to 2007 , nothing stood in the way of Franz Beckenbauer, who was president of the 2006 World Cup organizing committee until the end of 2006 . However, Beckenbauer had always emphasized that he would not run against the then President Lennart Johansson if he should run again. In the election on January 26, 2007 in Düsseldorf, Johansson ran again and Beckenbauer did not stand as a candidate. Johansson's opponent was former French national soccer player and official Michel Platini . Platini won the election by 27 votes to 23.

From January 2007 to June 2011 Beckenbauer was a member of the FIFA Executive Committee . From April 2011 to October 2012, Beckenbauer was chairman of the FIFA Task Force Football 2014 , which dealt with the development and future of football. Other members included Pelé and Bobby Charlton .

Media figure

Beckenbauer (2 from left) in Costa Rica (2007)
Beckenbauer at the sports press festival in Kiel, 1983

Beckenbauer has been present in the media and in advertising since 1966. I.a. he took a record called Good Friends Nobody Can Separate . With this single he came in the charts to 31st place at the end of 1966 . Even today, the title is occasionally recorded when reports are made about it. For the food manufacturer Knorr he advertised soups (slogan: “Kraft in den Teller - Knorr on the table”) with a contract value of 12,000 marks. In 1971 he starred in the TV comedy Olympia-Olympia directed by Kurt Wilhelm , and two years later the semi-documentary film Libero was released .

After his active time as an athlete and team boss, Beckenbauer used his popularity as a television commentator and for a column in the Bild newspaper and promoted numerous products at home and abroad. The motto "Yes, is it Christmas tonight?" From the commercial for the mobile network operator e · plus became almost proverbial and was on German television for three years. Another well-known advertising slogan is “Da legst di Nieder”, which is used in O 2 advertising and also became the subject of a legal dispute between O 2 Germany and e · plus.

Beckenbauer was honored with a gala on ZDF on his 60th birthday .

On April 12, 2006, the Austrian Post issued a stamp for 75 cents in honor of Beckenbauer ( Michel no. 2579). The portrait used for the brand , a multi-colored lithograph , was designed by Andy Warhol in 1977 during Beckenbauer's time at Cosmos New York.

In 2015, the television satire Schorsch Aigner - The man who was Franz Beckenbauer was broadcast by comedian Olli Dittrich . In it, the fictional character Hans-Georg “Schorsch” Aigner is presented as Franz Beckenbauer's doppelganger.

Ambassador of the Association of Russian Gas Producers

At the end of May 2012, Beckenbauer became the “Global Ambassador” of the Association of Russian Gas Producers (RGO), which is run by the Russian gas company Gazprom . Beckenbauer's mission was to make the role of Russian natural gas more popular in Europe. The financial framework of the contract was not disclosed.

According to Beckenbauer, his management was approached by RGO for the first time in mid-2011 to initiate a contract. In June 2010, before the FIFA Executive Committee was awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, there were indications that Beckenbauer could become an ambassador for Gazprom.



Beckenbauer with the World Cup trophy (1974)

German national team

FC Bayern Munich

Hamburger SV

Cosmos New York


German national team

FC Bayern Munich

Olympique Marseille

Success as a sports official

  • The Bayern Munich has expanded its position as the leading football club in Germany under his presidency.
  • The organizing committee of the soccer world championship 2006 was chaired by him. It was also held in Germany because of his commitment.


Nickname "The Kaiser"

Autograph by Franz Beckenbauer (March 1999)

Since 1968, Beckenbauer has been referred to as "Kaiser" by the media and fans. The following anecdote is often told as the origin of the name: On the occasion of a friendly game of FC Bayern Munich in Vienna, it was placed next to a bust of the former Austrian Emperor Franz I for photos . In an article written by Sepp Graf he was referred to as the “football emperor”, whereupon the term “emperor” quickly spread and became independent. Manuel Neukirchner also confirms this version in a text in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . He writes about the photograph by the Austrian photographer Herbert Sündhofer that “through this photo and its media dissemination, the right metaphor for the exceptional footballer with the aura of the inviolable was found” and “from now on a linguistic label that reflects the grace of his game and the sovereignty of his appearance adequately summed up ”, gave.

This reason for the nickname of Franz Beckenbauer is legendary and Beckenbauer also likes to tell. An article in the newspaper Welt am Sonntag describes a different version of the origin of the name. Thus did likewise from the Axel Springer publishing house dating Bild newspaper Beckenbauer on 10 June 1969 as "Emperor of the Nation" in reference to his one-two partners Gerd Mueller, who is known as "Bomber", titled after the Bavarians to became champions of the Bundesliga for the first time and for the third time in a row Beckenbauer had received the best season average rating of all league players from reporters. This title solidified when Beckenbauer fouled his opponent Reinhard Libuda , known as the King of Westphalia , in the cup final against FC Schalke 04 on June 14, 1969 , whereupon the Schalke fans constantly booed him. As a provocation, he juggled the ball in the air for about 40 seconds in front of the Schalke fan curve. The press was looking for a way to become the "King of Westphalia", the Kaiser was born.

Franz Beckenbauer's former residence in Oberndorf in Tyrol was on Kaiserweg . However, the street was not named after him, but after the Wilder Kaiser , who is within sight of his Tyrolean farmhouse.

Belief in reincarnation

In his biography Me - How It Really Was. Franz Beckenbauer wrote from 1992 that he believed in reincarnation . He repeated this again and again later in interviews. For example, to the Berliner Zeitung of February 12, 1994, quote: “You once said that you believe in reincarnation. Yes, I actually believe in rebirth. Maybe I've been there before, as a plant or something. I dont know. I have not yet been repatriated. But maybe I want to. "

social commitment

He founded the Franz-Beckenbauer-Foundation to support disabled, needy and people in need through no fault of their own . Franz Beckenbauer was also committed to the team of the Augsburg benefit football team Datschiburger Kickers , which is committed to fundraising for charitable purposes. The foundation is helping to turn the sports star Franz Beckenbauer into a sports brand.

Franz Beckenbauer has been an ambassador for the international children's social project ' Football for Friendship ' since 2013 .


Criticism of Beckenbauer as team boss

When the national team showed embarrassing performances at the four-country tournament before Easter 1988 , Paul Breitner certified that team boss Beckenbauer was using a “horror tactic” and speculated that German football could “suffer greater damage” due to the amateurish work of its former star. The team boss is primarily responsible for the “huge crap” of the German players, who makes the “boys” so insecure that “decent football is no longer possible”. A few days later, Udo Lattek followed up. The national team saw Lattek "blocked by the overpowering position of Franz". They would feel that Beckenbauer “despises them because he (undisputedly) could do everything much better”. And: As many bad games as recently, Lattek was certain, Beckenbauer's predecessor Jupp Derwall, who was sacked in June 1984 due to unsuccessfulness, “would not have survived”.

Criticism for "tax evasion"

In the past, critics repeatedly pointed out that Beckenbauer described Germany as the ideal center of his life, while he himself chose Austria as the center of his life, and referred in this context to the Austrian tax system. In February 2008, the then German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück reprimanded the tax evasion of well-heeled Germans such as Beckenbauer, Michael Schumacher and others. He urged her to give something back to the German society in which her careers were made possible.

In the 1970s, Beckenbauer had to pay 1.8 million D-Mark in taxes after a tax-saving construction had proven to be incompatible with German tax laws.

Criticism because of statement on "slaves in Qatar"

With regard to the situation of migrant workers in Qatar on the construction sites for the football World Cup 2022 , he denied slave-like conditions. Amnesty International had again pointed out the working conditions in the Gulf State in appalling details. Because of the cynical-looking statement, some violent criticism arose.

“I have not yet seen a single slave in Qatar, so they are all running around free, neither chained nor with any penitent cap on their head, so I have not seen that yet. So where these messages come from, I don't know. Well, I made a different picture of the Arab region [...] and I think my picture is more realistic. "

- Franz Beckenbauer

Several journalists referred to Berti Vogts in their reporting . Quote Florian Hagemann ( Hessische / Niedersächsische Allgemeine ) : “With his latest quote, Beckenbauer is now playing in a league with Berti Vogts, his former colleague in the national team and his successor as national coach. During the 1978 World Cup , Vogts described the host country Argentina, ruled by a military dictatorship, as' the country of order. I haven't seen a single political prisoner. '"

Allegations of corruption when awarding the 2006 World Cup

In October 2015, the magazine Der Spiegel reported on a loan from Robert Louis-Dreyfus to the organizing committee of the 2006 World Cup in the amount of ten million Swiss francs, which, according to Spiegel, was allegedly used to buy votes. According to Beckenbauer, the organizing committee borrowed the money in 2002 because FIFA asked for a payment of ten million Swiss francs in return for a grant of 250 million Swiss francs. During the internal investigation of the DFB, a draft contract negotiated by Beckenbauer and Jack Warner was found, in which Warner was promised extensive services. The investigation by the law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer found that the money had been transferred to an account of the Qatari company Kemco, which is owned by Mohamed bin Hammam . The further use of the money could not be reconstructed.

The Swiss Federal Prosecutor's Office has initiated a criminal case against Beckenbauer on suspicion of fraud, dishonesty, money laundering and embezzlement on November 6, 2015. At the end of 2015, the DFB submitted complaints to the public legal information and settlement agency in order to prevent the statute of limitations on the claim for damages. The investigation file sees Beckenbauer as an essential mastermind of buying votes for the World Cup decision.

Allegations of fees for the 2006 World Cup

In September 2016 it became known through media reports that Franz Beckenbauer had received a total of 5.5 million euros for his work as President of the Organizing Committee of the 2006 World Cup from an advertising contract with the sports betting ODDSET of the German Lotto and Totoblocks . So far, the DFB had claimed that Beckenbauer's work was voluntary . Only after the Frankfurt am Main tax office carried out a tax audit at the DFB four years later, the fee was taxed by the association at the end of 2010. Beckenbauer later reimbursed the approx. 20% withholding tax amount to the DFB.

Allegations of fees for the 2010 World Cup

In 2005, FIFA took over the payment of 1.7 million euros to Franz Beckenbauer, Fedor Radmann and Andreas Abold for their work as consultants for the South African World Cup application from the South African Football Association, although they are not allowed to reimburse application costs. The money for Beckenbauer flowed into an account in Gibraltar.

Allegations of fees from FIFA

Between 2008 and 2011, FIFA paid 5.4 million Swiss francs, which were declared as Beckenbauer's wages and allowances, to an account held by Fedor Radmann, who then passed half on to a Beckenbauer account. Radmann is said to have concealed from his bank that Beckenbauer was the true beneficiary of the money, which is why the Swiss Federal Prosecutor's Office has initiated criminal proceedings against him on suspicion of forging documents and money laundering.

Violations of the FIFA Code of Ethics

On June 13, 2014, Beckenbauer was provisionally suspended for 90 days by the FIFA Ethics Committee because he refused to answer questions from the Chairman of the Investigative Chamber, Michael J. Garcia , about the allocation of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. After answering the questions, the ban was lifted on June 27, 2014. In February 2016, he was warned by the FIFA Ethics Committee for violating three articles of the FIFA Code of Ethics and fined 7,000 Swiss francs. This means that he has a criminal record within FIFA.



In 2007, a tournament with the Franz-Beckenbauer-Cup was named after him in honor of Franz Beckenbauer from FC Bayern Munich , in the course of which there was a subsequent farewell game by Beckenbauer in 2010. Beckenbauer kicked off, but did not take part in the game regularly.



  • Olympia - Olympia . Germany 1971, directed by Kurt Wilhelm.
  • Libero . Germany 1973, directed by Wigbert Wicker.
  • The Franz Beckenbauer story - his greatest games . Warner Home Video + DVD, 1983, 110 min., By Werner-Johannes Müller and Pit Weyrich .
  • ARD legends: Franz Beckenbauer. Documentation, ARD, 2003, 45 min., Director: Christian Weisenborn.
  • Football - a life: Franz Beckenbauer. Documentation, ARD, 2015, 90 min., Director: Thomas Schadt .

Web links

Commons : Franz Beckenbauer  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b The honorary president was elected at the annual general meeting of FC Bayern Munich on November 27, 2009 ( Beckenbauer honorary president., accessed on November 29, 2009 ) .
  2. ^ Franz Beckenbauer: End as a TV expert. In: March 16, 2016, accessed March 16, 2016 .
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predecessor Office successor

Flórián Albert
Best Young Player of the 1966 World Cup (subsequent internet vote)

Teófilo Cubillas