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Franz Beckenbauer, President of the German first division Bundesliga team FC Bayern Munich, listens during the annual general meeting of FC Bayern Munich in Munich, southern Germany, on Nov. 12, 2007. AP

German football legend Franz Beckenbauer is pictured prior to the Group A Champions League football match FC Bayern Munich vs SSC Napoli in the Allianz Arena in the southern German city of Munich on November 2, 2011. AFP

President of the Organising Committee of the 2006 FIFA Football World Cup Franz Beckenbauer throws up the football that will be used in the final of the World Cup during an unveiling ceremony in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin 18 April 2006. AFP

French goalkeeper Fabien Barthez (L) is consoled by German President Horst Koehler (C) and German football legend and president of the World Cup organising committee Franz Beckenbauer (R) during the runner up presentation ceremony in the World Cup 2006 final football match between Italy and France at Berlin s Olympic Stadium, 09 July 2006. AFP

West Germany s national soccer team coach Franz Beckenbauer (C) celebrates after his team beat the defending champions Argentina 1-0 on a penalty kick by defender Andreas Brehme in the World Cup final, 08 July 1990 in Rome. AFP

West German national soccer team captain Franz Beckenbauer, second from right, embraces his team mate, forward Juergen Grabowski while walking around the Olympic stadium, after West Germany beat the Netherlands 2-1 in the Football World Cup Final game at the Olympic Stadium in Munich, Germany, on July 7, 1974. AP

West German midfielder Franz Beckenbauer (L) fights for the ball with Moroccan Benkhrif Boujemaa as Mohammed El Filali (back) looks on during the World Cup first round soccer match between West Germany and Morocco 03 June 1970 in Leon. Franz Beckenbauer died aged 78 the German football association announced on January 8, 2024. AFP

West German captain Franz Beckenbauer holds the trophee after his team s victory at the World cup soccer final West Germany - Holland at Olympic Stadium in Munich on July 07, 1974. AFP

Germany s Franz Beckenbauer poses after winning the Lifetime achievement award at the Laureus Sports awards taking place in the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, on April 2, 2007. AFP

West Germany captain Franz Beckenbauer holds up the World Cup trophy after his team defeated the Netherlands by 2-1, in the World Cup soccer final at Munich s Olympic stadium, in West Germany, on Jul. 7, 1974. AP

German footballing legend Franz Beckenbauer (R) receives the Presidential award from FIFA President Joseph Blatter during the FIFA Ballon d Or awards ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on January 7, 2013. AFP