April 6th, 2017
German football legend Franz Beckenbaueris been questioned by prosecutors over his involvement in the corruption cases of the 2006 World Cup.
Four members of the organizing committee are being investigated over suspected corruption, specifically, money laundering, misappropriation, criminal mismanagement and fraud.
The legend confirmed that he was under investigation but declined to share details out of respect for the prosecutors.
“Today I was interviewed as part of a long scheduled hearing by the Swiss federal prosecutor. I answered his questions,” the 71-year old ex-German skipper revealed.
The Swiss attorney general’s office confirmed that the legend was “co-operative” in the investigation. The investigations into the four accused began in 2015. The three others aside Beckenbauer are German Football Association (DFB) former presidents Wolfgang Niersbach and Theo Zwanziger and former secretary of the association Horst Rudolf Schmidt. Read the rest of this entry »
January 11th, 2017
Following the on-going investigations by some Swiss prosecutors into allegations of corruptions, Franz Beckenbauer was forced to cancel a public appointment that was supposed to hold in Zurich.
The investigation is being carried out into the awarding of the 2006 World Cup that saw Germany come off as the host country.
Beckenbauer, who owns a South African winery, was supposed to be at a public wine tasting in a Zurich hotel, where he was supposed to present his own brand of ‘The Kaiser’s Wines’.
The German football legend is not alone in the investigations. Three other members of the 2006 World Cup organizing committee – Hans-Rudolf Schmidt, Theo Zwanziger and Wolfgang Niersbach, are also being investigated by the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland.
On Thursday, the court in Bern made it known that the investigations into the four Germans have been ongoing since last year, November to be precise. Allegations made on the quartet are those of criminal mismanagement, fraud, misappropriation, and money laundering.
On Thursday, searches were carried out in more than eight locations. Bild, the German daily reported that two hours were spent by officials who were searching Beckenbaeur’s home in Salzburg. Read the rest of this entry »
November 18th, 2016
Carlos Alberto is regarded as one of the legendary players in the game and he recently passed away at the age of 72 due to a heart attack. The Brazil captain led his team to the 1970 World Cup title.
The defender also scored one of the iconic goals in the World Cup history to help his team secure a 4-1 win over Italy in the final of the tournament. During his career, Alberto played alongside legendary names like Pele – both at club and national team level – and his passing away has been mourned by football fans around the world.
Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer has claimed that Alberto has been like a brother to him and that his passing away brings a lot of sadness. Santos have produced a number of great players in their history and Alberto is one among them. The defender went on to make more than 400 appearances for the Brazilian outfit. He also helped them win four consecutive domestic titles during 1967 and 1973. Santos have issued a three-day mourning for the player, who they have termed as the best right back in the history of the club. Alberto went on to represent the national team in 53 appearances before retiring from the game in 1978 following plenty of knee related issues.
“Heidi and me are deeply shocked. Carlos Alberto was like a brother to me, one of my best friends,” said Franz Beckenbauer.”It is with huge regret from the CBF (ConfederacaoBrasileira de Futebol) that the world of football has been surprised by the death of Carlos Alberto Torres on Tuesday (October 25).The legend of the Brazilian national team, the captain of the three-time winners of 1970, died in Rio de Janeiro, victim of a heart attack.The wake will be held at the CBF building in Barra da Tijuca. Details will be announced soon,” read a statement on the Brazilian Football Federation’s official site.
September 22nd, 2016
Pep Guardiola says he did not take the help of a third medium to express his thoughts about Zlatan Ibrahimovic like the Sweden native did.
Ibrahimovic came up with a book few years back in which he disclosed many things about his Barcelona stint and why he couldn’t continue long enough there.
He was heavily critical of Guardiola in the book and seemed to be blaming him for cutting short a possible legendary Barca career.
Referring to that book before Manchester Derby which would be a battle of prestige for the two great personalities, Guardiola said, “I didn’t choose to speak through a book or something like that. I had a direct conversation with Zlatan about my requirements off him.”
Coming to the potential of the striker, the Spaniard said, “Look, no club has been at a loss with Zlatan. He has given everybody their money’s worth. When he goes to a new league, he always blossoms without taking much time and that’s why he sits in the topmost grade of Footballers.”
Another Red Devil whom Guardiola doesn’t necessarily call to say a merry Christmas is Jose Mourinho, but, the Sky Blues’ boss was in no mood to hype that rivalry either and stressed that things were actually not that sour between him and the Portuguese. Read the rest of this entry »
August 20th, 2016
Franz Beckenbauer is legend by his own achievements and when he talks about others, it surely brings them under the spotlight as well.
For instance, he has been noticing the performance of Bastian Schweinsteiger and how he has helped in turning things around for his team in Euro 2016. He has been telling Bild that Bastian Schweinsteiger has definitely overcome the problems that he faced when he was at Manchester.
Joachim Low included Bastian Schweinsteiger in the squad. The player, who is about 31 years of age, is on in the summer tournament even though he has suffered from a partial tear. This has happened in his right knee as a result of playing in March. Being the Germany captain, it definitely affects the team’s games when the captain is absent due to injury. He returned last weekend for a friendly match that was played against Hungary. The game ended with Germany has victory over their opponent with a score of 2-0.
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August 15th, 2016
The legends come out of the shadows when the big league games are being played.
For instance, Franz Beckenbauer is known to be a legendary player of Germany. He thinks that Spain deserves to be opposing Germany in the quarter finals.
The progress of Germany has been good, but there is a long way to go. For instance, Germany has hammered Slovakia with a score of 3-0 and they have successfully entered the quarter finals of Euro 2016. On the other hand, Spain will be playing against Italy and the winner would be facing Germany in the quarter finals. In this context Franz has probably made this remark. The next match lined up for his country is on 3rd July. Being a legend in football himself, he has been talking about his team’s performance and keeping a close eye on the same as the Euro 2016 games are progressing.
Spain would definitely be a more challenging team to play against for Germany instead of Italy. They have been defending champions for two times in this tournament. The European championship tournament is now entering into the high octane rounds. Germany has booked a place in the last eight teams of the tournament. Read the rest of this entry »
May 10th, 2016
The club president of Bayern Munich, Franz Beckenbauer recently voiced his thoughts concerning which teams are going to win the Champions League of this season and according to the former footballer, either Barcelona or Bayern Munich were going to make it into the finals of the European competition, unfortunately for Beckenbauer none of those teams managed to reach the finals of the Champions League as both of them were knocked out in the semi-finals.
Beckenbauer revealed that he is a Barcelona fan as he enjoys the style of play from the Spanish club and that Lionel Messi is simply the best player out there right now.
“The way they Barcelona play football is very unique and entertaining, I certainly consider myself a Barcelona fan. The reason for their success has a name: Leo Messi. He is simply the best.I wish I can see Messi and his Barcelona play in Milan in the final against Bayern Munich. Bayern Munich will win 5-4 on penalties in the end though!” Bayern Munich’s Franz Beckenbauer said as he praised Lionel Messi and stated that he would like to see Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the finals. Read the rest of this entry »
April 28th, 2016
Franz Beckenbauer says he is a fan of the Catalan giants, hence he backs the team to reach the champions league final. This came as the team defeated Athletico Madrid in the 2016 quarter finals match on Tuesday.
AC Milan were the last team to win the title back to back while the tournament was in the former format. AC Milan won the titles during the 1989 – 1990 season when the three Dutchmen in Marco Van Basten, Frank Rijkaard and Ruud Gullits changed Italian football.
Beckenbauer admitted he has a soft spot for Barcelona star, Leo Messi. He says he wishes to see The Blaugrana in the final come May 2016 in Milan. The Luis Enrique-led team is hoping to be the first team to successfully defend the UCL title since it was rebranded in 1992.
“The way they [Barcelona] play football is very unique and entertaining, I certainly consider myself a Barcelona fan,” said legendary World Cup winner as part as his ambassadorial role for the Football for Friendship project. The reason for their success has a name: Leo Messi. He is simply the best.” Read the rest of this entry »
January 28th, 2016
It’s been a little over 3 years since Pep Guardiola accepted the managerial position and during this 3 year stay, the Spanish manager has been able to lift a number of big titles such as: Bundelsiga, DFB Pokal, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. The Champions League is the only other real big piece of silverware that Guardiola has not sealed in the Allianz Arena but he is planning to add it to his collection in his last season in charge of the German club.
Even if Pep Guardiola is not able to secure the Champions League, the time that he has spent in charge of Bayern Munich is already considered to be a successful one, especially taking into consideration just how dominant that the German outfit has been in these past few years.
This is the last season of Guardiola as the head coach of Bayern Munich as he will be making his way out of the Allianz Arena in a few months’ time and replaced by Carlo Ancelotti, this is bittersweet news for Franz Beckenbauer as the former star of Bayern Munich unveiled his thoughts about this managerial that will be occurring at the end of the season.
“It’s a shame that Guardiola will leave Bayern. The team as it is, that’s all his work. He built this team, his thoughts and ideas are the foundation. But that’s the way it is. You cannot hold on to someone forever. And Bayern have secured the perfect replacement in Ancelotti.” Read the rest of this entry »
October 2nd, 2015
Former Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has rejected the criticism from club legend Franz Beckenbauer about his move to Manchester United.
The German international recently completed a £16 million transfer to United. It comes as a surprising news for all parties involved since Schweinsteiger was expected to retire at the Allianz Arena. However, he has chosen to move to United in order to experience a new challenge. Beckenbauer has questioned the reasoning behind a move to the Premier League where Schweinsteiger is an unknown quantity despite his pedigree with Bayern Munich and the German national team.
Schweinsteiger, though, has quoted the example set by none other than Beckenbauer himself, who moved to the MLS when he was entering into his 30s. Schweinsteiger says that he is feeling at the peak of his powers and that he is confident of proving himself at United. The 30-year-old has had been plagued by numerous fitness issues in the last couple of years. Last season was one of his poorest in terms of total appearances made. It does not seem to have improved during pre-season, as manager Louis Van Gaal criticised him of mediocre performances in the recent friendly games. Read the rest of this entry »