Beckenbauer


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Beckenbauer

Franz. born 1945, German footballer: team captain when West Germany won the World Cup (1974): manager of West Germany (1984--90), coaching the team to success in the 1990 World Cup
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Beckenbauer was a FIFA voter when Russia and Qatar were chosen to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively while Villar Llona has sat on FIFA's executive committee since 1998.
FIFA had asked Beckenbauer, who is a World Cup winning German legend, to help them with an ethics investigation led by lawyer Michael Garcia.
"Franz Beckenbauer cannot participate in any football-related
Beckenbauer, a World Cup winner as a player and a manager, honorary president of Bayern Munich and a special adviser to Fifa's football committee, was handed the suspension by Fifa's ethics committee's adjudicatory chamber.
Beckenbauer, president of Bayern Munich, says other countries can learn from Germany's drive to promote youth players to its top club sides.
"I hope that in the future he will score a lot of goals playing for Santa Cruz," Beckenbauer told Brazilian TV, referring to the Recife-based football club.
"But Franz Beckenbauer, who had a huge influence in the German game, to his great credit put a block on me, saying it would be a terrible admission of incompetence if it weren't possible to find a coach who was German."
Beckenbauer, of course, is regarded as Mr Elegant, a player of style and composure who buys time and space.
Two of the favourites to stage the events, England and Australia, received only two votes and one vote respectively, and Beckenbauer, who was one of the 22 committee members eligible to vote, feels betrayed by FIFA for revealing such statistics.
Beckenbauer has accused Fabio Capello's side of playing a "kick and rush" style of football which the Italian will struggle to improve, and are hampered by a preference for foreign talent in the top flight.
"Well I'm not similar at all, I don't look like Beckenbauer and I never will," he said.
FRANZ BECKENBAUER has predicted a place in the semi-finals for Germany at the World Cup, but warned them at the same time not to underestimate their opening opponents Australia.