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Franz Beckenbauer, a German legend has been persistent in not disclosing who he voted for during the 2010 ballot.
He has been saying that he has nothing to hide and has refused to reveal if he voted for Russia or Qatar. He has also denied the fact that he was offered a bribe by either side to vote in their favor to conduct the World Cup.
He has been allegedly accused of corruption since the 2010 ballot after which he has not revealed things. He has called for an anticipated report of the bidding process by the FIFA and has been insisting that he had nothing to hide. When questioned if anybody had tried or had bought his vote he said that it was a clear no. He has denied to have been influenced in any way by anyone for his vote. He has simply said that what were was being said never really happened. Once a great player and manager is now being named by almost everyone as the one who has leaked emails. He has given away the details of the activities of some of the football senior figure before the vote of 2010.
It has been reported that a year prior to the 2010 vote Franz had traveled to Qatar to meet a former FIFA executive committee member who had been disgraced and also the country’s Emir. He had again been spotted as a member being invited by them after a period of five months. But the incorporation of Franz and denial of facts made him get banned by FIFA. The legend has not declared about the vote f 2010 ever in public but has hinted about backing Australia in the race of 2022 in the first round. Franz has firmly said that there is no evidence that the 2010 vote was corrupt.
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It has been heavily rumoured in the last few weeks that Chelsea are interested in signing Cristian Manea, a 17 year old playing in the Romanian league. The youngster has caught the eye of many scouts across the world, but it is believed that Chelsea have made an offer for him in the bid to sign him before the competition. Interestingly, Manea plays for Romanian club Viitorul Constanța. They are owned by former Romanian international and a legend around these parts, Gheorghe Hagi. The former Real Madrid and Barcelona midfielder says that there is no truth in the rumours that the club has received an offer for Manea.
It is widely speculated that an offer of £ 2.5 million would be enough to persuade the Romanian club to sell the player. This would represent a huge amount of money for the Romanian club, but it would not be a massive transfer fee for Chelsea. After all, the Premier League outfit had splashed out £ 88 million on new players like Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas. Chelsea have accumulated a number of highly talented youngsters in the last decade, but few have actually managed to make it to the first-team. However, they have gone on to have successful careers elsewhere.
“He has other offers. We have many offers. He is one of the most courted players, but it’s not true that he’s going somewhere or another… At this point he’s not signed any preliminary,” said the former Romanian international. During his stellar career, Hagi made 125 appearances for the national team and scored 35 goals. After largely playing for Romanian clubs at the start of his career, he moved to Real Madrid in 1990 and played for two seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu. He also became one of the few to have also represented Barcelona, which he did a few years later.
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Following the conclusion of the 2014 World Cup and Germany’s superb campaign playing at the international stage with a team that managed to run past everything in their path with a string of impressive performances from every single player in the team, they truly deserved to lift the World Cup trophy and claim the honor of being called as the best squad in the world.
When the Germans went on celebrating their title it was announced that Phillip Lahm was going to retire from playing at the international scene as he was going to simply focus on performing with his club, Bayern Munich and now questions are being asked as to who is going to become the next captain of the German team.
The former Bayern Munich player Franz Beckenbauer voiced his opinion concerning who is going to be named as the next captain of the German as he stated that Bastian Schweinsteiger is the logical choice.
“Schweinsteiger for me is the logical successor to Philipp Lahm. He’s a leader; he won a lot of sympathy for his incredible versatility in the World Cup final. The whole team is raised by such a fighter. And, as deputy to Lahm, he knows the captain’s role already. Mats Hummels should be vice-captain to Schweinsteiger. Manuel Neuer is a great personality, but a coach prefers an outfield player as they can better influence the action.”
Beckenbauger continued on saying that without Phillip Lahm in the team, Germany will struggle and that he was surprised when he found out that Lahm decided to retire from playing at the international level as Phillip Lahm is still needed by his country even at his 30 years of age.
“I would have understood it by many, but not Philipp Lahm. At 30 years of age, he is still desperately needed. He is the one who can divide the forces, no matter what position he plays in.”
Not only does Schweinsteiger play a pivotal role for his country Germany but also for his club Bayern Munich as he is the vice-captain of the team and Schweinsteiger is next in line of turning into the captain of Bayern Munich when Phillip Lahm decides to hang up his boots and retire from playing professional football but he still has a few more years left in him before stepping down.
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The former star of Bayern Munich, Franz Beckenbauer has voiced his opinion in relation with 2014 World Cup incident involving the Colombian defender Juan Zuniga and Neymar. The Barcelona man, Neymar was on the receiving end of a tackle arriving from Zuniga and this has caused uproar in Brazil as the hosts will not be able to watch one of their stars perform in the worldwide tournament as he sustained an injury that will take around 6 weeks to fully recover.
During the quarter-final match of Colombia vs Brazil, it was Brazil the team that managed on coming out on top with the victory but it came at a costly price as Neymar picked up an injury that is not going to allow him represent Brazil in this World Cup any longer.
Juan Zuniga has received heavy criticism lately due to his actions towards Neymar as it due to his heavy and rather unnecessary tackle that will leave the Brazilian star out of the remaining matches of the 2014 World Cup but according to Franz Beckenbauer everything was just accidental.
“As regrettable as the broken vertebra of Neymar is, I have a hard time accusing Colombia’s Juan Zuniga of doing it intentionally. He did hit Neymar in the back with his knee, where it certainly doesn’t belong but to me it looked more like clumsiness’’ Former Bayern Munich player Franz Beckenbauer stated.
The German football coach continued on talking about the importance of Arjen Robben and Manuel Neuer in their respective squads as they have played an important role for their teams during the group stages and quarter-finals of the worldwide tournament and Beckenbauer stated that if those players continue playing at that same high level then they will be nominated as the best players of the 2014 World Cup.
“I am not a prophet, but if Arjen Robben continues to play so brilliantly he along with Germany Manuel Neuer has the best chances of being named best player of the 2014 World Cup’’ Beckenbauer said.