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Bayern Munich’s efforts to rename the Allianz Arena after Franz Beckenbauer have run into a few stumbling blocks

It’s not going to be as easy as pie

After the death of Franz Beckenbauer Photo by Felix Hörhager/picture alliance via Getty Images

The football world lost another icon in the form of Franz Beckenbauer a few days ago. Everyone joined Bayern Munich in mourning the loss of the World Cup and Champions League winning defender. The idea of renaming the Allianz Arena after Franz was lobbied and a lot of fans were behind that idea. However, two things need to be cleared up before it happens.

Suddeutsche Zeitung (via @iMiaSanMia) reports that Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said that Bayern’s contract with long-time part-owner Allianz must be honored. “We have an agreement with our long-term, loyal and very serious partner Allianz, and it has to be respected”. DFB President Bernd Neuendorf also said that it should be discussed with Franz’s family before it goes through.

After the death of Franz Beckenbauer Photo by Felix Hörhager/picture alliance via Getty Images

All is not lost however as UEFA and the Euro 2024 organizers are discussing a plan to dedicate the stadium to Der Kaiser (Bild via @iMiaSanMia). UEFA does not allow sponsor names and they have taken notice of the Allianz potentially being called the “Franz Beckenbauer Stadium” during the tournament. The plan remains difficult to implement as the preparation and pre-production have been ongoing for months with the name “Munich Football Arena”.

The memory of Franz Beckenbauer must live on for as long as humans walk this Earth, but seeing the Allianz with a different name might be for another time unless all parties reach an agreement of some sort.

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