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Franz Beckenbauer Dies At 78

He is one of these managers, alongside Didier Deschamps (France) and Maria Zagallo (Brazil), to have won the World Cup as a player (1974) and as a Manager (1990).

He won the Balloon d’Or twice (1972 & 1976)

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German football legend Franz Beckenbauer, one of the greatest players of all time, has died at the age of 78.

Beckenbauer, nicknamed ‘Der Kaiser’, won the World Cup with West Germany as a player in 1974 and a manager in 1990, while at club level he is considered a Bayern Munich legend.

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A family statement read: “It is with deep sadness that we announce that my husband and our father, Franz Beckenbauer, passed away peacefully in his sleep yesterday, Sunday, surrounded by his family.

“We ask that you be able to grieve in silence and refrain from asking any questions.”

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