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Bayern Munich reacts to the passing of Franz Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer was truly a legend.

BECKENBAUER/FC BAYERN MUENCHEN/JAHRESHAUPTVERSAMMLUNG 2000; Photo by Andreas Rentz/Bongarts/Getty Images

Bayern Munich issues a statement via its website in regard to the passing Franz Beckenbauer, a true legend for club and country:

The FC Bayern world is no longer what it used to be - suddenly darker, quieter, poorer. The German record champions are mourning the passing of Franz Beckenbauer, the unique Kaiser, without whom FC Bayern would never have become the club it is today. Beckenbauer died yesterday, Sunday, at the age of 78, surrounded by his family in Salzburg. FC Bayern stands in mourning alongside his family, friends and companions, above all his wife Heidi and his children Thomas, Michael, Joel Maximilian and Francesca Antonie.

Several Bayern Munich front office and board members issued statements on Beckenbauer’s passing:

Herbert Hainer, FC Bayern president: “There are no words to express how great our grief is, and the gap that Franz Beckenbauer leaves behind. As a player, he brought a sense of effortlessness, elegance and magic to the pitch. Franz Beckenbauer brought the glamour. Even after his playing career, he left an indelible mark on FC Bayern and football, and his legacy cannot be measured in titles. The FC Bayern family is eternally grateful to him, and I personally mourn the loss of a friend.”

Uli Hoeneß, FC Bayern honorary president and former teammate: “Franz Beckenbauer is the greatest figure FC Bayern has ever had. As a player, coach, president, man – unforgettable. Nobody will ever equal him. People can say that they watched football in the days of Franz Beckenbauer. He was a friend to me, a unique companion, and a gift to us all. Dear Franz, rest in peace.”

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, long-time FC Bayern CEO and former teammate: “I am deeply shocked. Franz Beckenbauer rewrote the history of German football and left a lasting mark on it. He was my captain at FC Bayern, my coach with the national team, our president at Bayer – and in all these roles he was not only successful but unique. As a person, he impressed with his great respect for all people, because everyone was equal in Franz’s eyes. German football has lost the greatest figure in its history. We will miss him more than sorely. Thank you for everything, dear Franz.”

Jan-Christian Dreesen, FC Bayern CEO: “This is one of the saddest days in the history of this club. The history of FC Bayern and German football cannot be told without Franz Beckenbauer. We mourn the loss of one of this country’s great figures. His influence on FC Bayern was unparalleled. Whether as a player, coach or president, Franz Beckenbauer was unrivalled in everything he did. He will forever be remembered and remain in our hearts as the only Kaiser of German football.”

Several Bayern Munich players, former players, and other notable players and personalities also chimed in:

Joshua Kimmich

Rest in peace Franz Beckenbauer! A legend and a role model for all generations! An absolute icon who will always be remembered!

Benjamin Pavard

Jamal Musiala, Dayot Upamecano, Manuel Neuer

Sergio Ramos

Harry Kane

Fabrizio Romano

Real Madrid

Didier Deschamps

Didier Deschamps: “It is with huge sadness that I learned of the death of Franz Beckenbauer, just a few days after that of Mario Zagallo. It was a huge honor for me to join them both in 2018 among those who won the World Cup as a player and then as coach. My pain, today, is equal to the happiness I felt to be invited to the table of these two giants of international football

Franz Beckenbauer was first a world-class player, a talented and authoritarian defender with Bayern Munich, but also with the German selection with whom he collected trophies. He exuded class, confidence that many sought to be inspired by.

The man nicknamed Kaiser took over the German national team in 1984, after an elimination in the first round, and he took them to the final of the 1986 World Cup and the title, four years later

Through all that he achieved but also what he exuded, Franz Beckenbauer was an extremely respected personality, who embodied the demands of the very highest level. I extend to his family, his loved ones and all those who, like me, admired him, all my support in this sad and painful moment.”

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