Franz Beckenbauer dead: Germany and Bayern Munich football legend dies aged 78


The Bundesliga's official account wrote on X (formerly Twitter): "The Bundesliga family is devastated to learn of the death of Franz Beckenbauer. A true icon, then, now, and always. RIP, Der Kaiser."

Borussia Dortmund posted: "Borussia Dortmund mourns the loss of a great German footballer. Rest in peace, Franz Beckenbauer. 'The Emperor' will forever be remembered. Our thoughts are with his family and all relatives."

Gary Lineker hailed: "Very sorry to hear that Franz Beckenbauer has died. One of the absolute greats of our game. Der Kaiser was the most beautiful of footballers who won it all with grace and charm. RIP."

While the Premier League penned: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Franz Beckenbauer, one of football's greatest ever players. A World Cup winner as both player and manager, 'Der Kaiser' was as elegant as he was dominant. He will forever be remembered."

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: "The football world mourns the loss of the legendary Kaiser. His unparalleled versatility, graceful transitions between defence and midfield, impeccable ball control, and visionary style reshaped the way football was played in his era.

"His leadership qualities shone through as he captained both the national team and Bayern Munich during their most successful periods and continued to shine bright in his coaching career. Beckenbauer's legacy as one of football's all-time greats is beyond dispute. Farewell to a true legend!"

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