Soccer Legend Franz Beckenbauer Passes

One of the most prolific professional futbol players of all time has died.


A legend around the world, Franz Beckenbauer died Sunday January 7th 2024 in Germany.   He was only 78.


He won the World Cup twice…once as a player for West Germany in 1974,  and then as West Germany’s manager in 1990.


Beckenbauer played  in the United States in the mid to late 1970’s, when he teamed up with another soccer immortal Pele, as they led the  New York Cosmos professional soccer team to 3 titles in the North American Soccer League.  He also played in the U-S based MLS…Major League Soccer.



FILE – New York Cosmos Franz Beckenbauer (6) battles for the ball during an MLS soccer game, May 1, 1983 in East Rutherford, N.J. Germany’s World Cup-winning coach Franz Beckenbauer has died. He was 78. Beckenbauer was one of German soccer’s central figures. He captained West Germany to the World Cup title in 1974. He also coached the national side for its 1990 World Cup win against Argentina. (AP Photo, File) used locally Jan 8th 2024