Franz Beckenbauer, the richest and most acclaimed player of his generation in Germany, on Saturday (21 May) played his final match for West Germany's Bayern Munich.
Franz Beckenbauer, the richest and most acclaimed player of his generation in Germany, on Saturday (21 May) played his final match for West Germany's Bayern Munich. He leaves soon to play with New York Cosmos in the North American League. More than 75,000 saddened fans filled Munich's Olympic Stadium for the match against local rivals, Borussia Moenchengladbach, to bid farewell to an all-time favourite.
SYNOPSIS: Before the match, Bayern President Herr Wilhelm Neudecker, presented Beckenbauer, with a club crest set in diamonds. Beckenbauer, an elegant defender with touch of genius, had led club to several championship and two European Cup victories. he also inspired West Germany to their World Cup triumph in 1974.
Bayern Munich, in the red strip and kicking right to left, were soon on the offensive with Beckenbauer, as ever, controlling the flow of play and launching attacks. His poise, tactical brilliance and clever passing were Bayern's most potent forces during their great years.
Like his great English rival, Bobby Moore, Beckenbauer (number five), read the game most astutely, so that he was seldom flustered or caught out of position. And like Moore, he played more then 100 international matches.