July 8th, 2014
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.
June 23rd, 2014
German legend and former boss Franz Beckenbauer is adamant only the seasoned Germans can truly pose an acceptable challenge to Brazil as they prepare for yet another FIFA World Cup with the favorites tag.
The German, known for his majestic style of defending that earned him the nickname ‘Der Kaiser’ during his playing days, is one of only two men, the other being Brazilian legend Mario Zagallo, to win the FIFA World Cup both as a player and a coach.
And the Bayern Munich boss believes that if Brazil can play anywhere near the level they showed at the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013, no team in the world can stop them from lifting their sixth world title.
He said that he saw Brazil playing in a devastating fashion at last year’s Confederations Cup and he believes they will be doing the same at the World Cup as well. Speaking to an Indian newspaper, Franz Beckenbauer said that only Germany can pose a serious challenge for the Brazilians.
Kaiser also added that he knows that the teams that have won the Confederations Cup have not been able to win the World Cup over the years and in that respect, Brazil will have some problems. But on the other hand, this is not a sure shot thing and Brazil will definitely start as favorites.
Both Germany and Brazil have reached the finals of the World Cup a record seven times but while the Selecao have won the trophy five times, Germany have just three.
Franz Beckenbauer says that Germany has a team that can produce the goods it requires to win the World Cup. The team boasts of brilliant talents but the absence of Marco Reus from the team will hurt the team immensely as they look to secure the fourth crown.
May 19th, 2014
Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer has stated that the club should not be celebrating their league success excessively ahead of the cup final with Borussia Dortmund. Bayern Munich started the season with the opportunity to win six major trophies. However, apart from the wins in the FIFA Club World Cup and the Super Cup, the club has endured a disappointing end to the season. This is despite them reaching the league title in record time with seven games to spare. Since the win in the league, they have suffered exits from the Champions League in the semi-final stage.
There has been a lot of criticism of Bayern since their league victory because their performances have dropped quite substantially and it allowed Real Madrid to beat them 5-0 on aggregate. Beckenbauer has been heavily critical of Guardiola’s tactics in recent months. He has once again stated that the players should not get carried away with the league success since they have very important final against Dortmund. Bayern have already been beaten by Dortmund heavily in the last few weeks.
They will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the same, while ending the season on a positive note is extremely important. The media released several pictures showing Bayern players and manager celebrating their league success.
“I think it’s a normal reaction for a team to sit back after reaching an aim. Of course the timing isn’t great because everything is decided only in May. There are decisive games in the Champions League and the DFB-Pokal. And now they (Bayern) have a little break, after a little blip. That means they don’t play with the engagement and that concentration they played with a few months ago. And that’s a pity because it is an important time at the moment,” Beckenbauer said ahead of the final.
March 25th, 2014
Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer has come out with the astonishing statement that the club are becoming unwatchable under the tactics of new manager Pep Guardiola. The former Barcelona man was brought in the summer to start an era of world domination by the German club. He responded immediately by winning the UEFA super cup and the FIFA club World Cup. Bayern Munich are also top of the Bundesliga table with a significant 20 point margin, which is the highest seen in the German top division at this stage in the season.
The club are also undefeated in the last 50 matches, which is a new top-flight record in Europe. Despite these achievements, Beckenbauer is least impressed because he feels that the tactics of Guardiola to just keep the passing the ball in the bid to control the game is making the club become boring. Bayern Munich won three major trophies last season, but they did not adopt such tactics. Beckenbauer admitted that Guardiola’s tactics were immensely successful at Barcelona, but the decision to dominate matches by the monopoly of possession is not in the ideal way according to the former World Cup winner.
Beckenbauer was a manager himself – and a very successful one at that. Guardiola has responded to those comments by saying that he will accept any criticism that comes his way.
“In the end, it’ll be like Barcelona – unwatchable. They will pass the ball back even on the goal-line,” said the German legend after the 1-1 draw with Arsenal in the Champions League. “Franz isn’t a legend. He is this club’s legend. I have enormous respect for his opinion. I give the very best I can – I did at Barcelona and I do here. I always accept these opinions,” said the Bayern Munich manager, who has already won two Champions League titles as a manager.
February 20th, 2014
The honorary president of Bayern Munich, Franz Beckenbauer admitted that there is a possibility of Mario Mandzukic leaving the club at the end of the season during the summer. The 27 years old Croatian footballer has been linked with a move to Arsenal and considering the fact that Robert Lewandowski is going to be joining Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund when the current campaign concludes, this puts Mandzukic’s role in the club under threat.
Robert Lewandowski made a name for himself when he blasted 4 goals past Real Madrid during the Champions League of last year and ever since that moment, Lewandowski attracted the attention of clubs all around the world and it was Bayern Munich the team that managed to sign him.
Beckenbauer told German sports magazine 11freunde: “Mandzukic could pack his bags. I see Lewandowski in the attack; his playing style is suited for Pep Guardiola’s ideas than that of Mandzukic.
“There are even more reasons why he could leave, even without him, Guardiola could still count on Thomas Mueller and Mario Goetze in attack.”
Arsenal still are in the in the lookout for a striker that can not only play alongside Olivier Giroud but that can also provide backup for the French forward and if the comments and prediction of Beckenbauer actually come true, then this is an ideal moment for the Premier League club to make the move for their long awaited player.
Julian Draxler is another player that Arsenal is keeping close tabs on as Draxler is willing to leave Schalke for Arsenal in this summer but there is a fee of around €35 million that Arsenal will need to pay if they want to sign him up.