Franz Beckenbauer

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Curtin says Union targets could come on loan, pass on Dispersal Draft, Expansion Draft rules released, more

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Jim Curtin says team has "a clear agenda" of offseason targets. Union passes on Dispersal Draft. Expansion Draft rules released. More.

Zac looking forward to start, Prem considering games abroad, Captain Donovan, more

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MacMath looking forward to starting again. Could Premier League games be staged in the US? Donovan to captain US in final game. More.

Maidana, Casey in TOW, power rankings, USA in Brazil, Blatter calls corruption claims racist, more

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Maidana in MLS TOW, Casey joins in in Goal.com's TOW. USA in Brazil. Blatter calls press reports of corruption in 2022 WC vote racist. More news.

2013 schedule to drop on Weds, Soccer Night in Newtown, Ballon d’Or, more

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MLS has announced that the 2013 schedule will be announced on Wednesday at noon. 1,500 attend Soccer Night in Newtown. More Valdes rumors. Appearance of Ronaldo Face equals 4 years of Messi, more

Sepp Blatter sets off German firestorm

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More Sepp Blatter or blather. He is now insinuating that the 2006 World Cup was rigged to favour Germany.

When asked by the Swiss publication Blick about rumors of corruption surrounding the decisions to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments to Russia and Qatar respectively, Blatter responded: "World Cups being purchased.

World Cup

Bankrupt World Cup-Winner Andreas Brehme Offered Job Cleaning Toilets By Former Teammate

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By Chris Wright

Andreas Brehme was an intrinsic part of the Germany team that won the World Cup in 1990 having scored the winning goal in the final against Argentina, though it would appear that life for the former Bayern Munich left-back is far less salubrious these days.

According to reports in the German press, Brehme got himself into considerable debt after retiring from active duty last working in football during a short, ill-fated stint asGiovanni Trapattoni's assistant at VfB Stuttgart in 2005.

Voting FIFA member suspended for refusing to cooperate in Qatar inquiry

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

A FIFA member who voted in the process that resulted in a 2022 World Cup in Qatar has been suspended for refusing to cooperate with an investigation into bribery.

Franz Beckenbauer has been banned from participating in any soccer-related activity for 90 days, FIFA announced Friday.

adidas Release Limited Edition Copa Mundial Soccer Cleats [PHOTOS]

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Inspired by this summer's World Cup in Brazil, adidas has released five new sets of colorful Copa Mundial soccer cleats, to reinvent the best-selling soccer cleats of all time that were originally released in 1982.

The adidas Copa Mundial soccer cleats have been worn by some of the greatest soccer players ever including Zico, Franz Beckenbauer, Michel Platini and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

adidas Release Limited Edition of White Copa Mundial Soccer Boots

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adidas have released a limited edition version of its Copa Mundial boot, which is in white and is reverse of the classic black and white boot from 1982.

According to adidas:

"Released in 1982, the Copa Mundial is the best-selling boot in football history and has been worn by some of the all-time greats including Franz Beckenbauer, Michel Platini, Zico & Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Germany had a ‘secret’ plan to sack Jurgen Klinsmann if the 2006 World Cup didn’t go well

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A new book from former German football federation president Theo Zwanziger reveals that he and three other top executives had a secret plot to sack former manager Jurgen Klinsmann during the 2006 World Cup if his reign turned into a "sporting disaster." Never terribly fond of Klinsmann, who is now in charge of the U.

Friedrich Nietschze Reflects Upon the European Championships

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We are honored at Futfanatico to welcome Friedrich Nietschze as a visiting scholar, classical philologist, philosopher, and soccer analyst. The German intellectual heavyweight took a break from his grueling publish or perish schedule to answer pressing questions on the European Championships, the gay science, post-nihilist studies, and the final between Italy and Spain.

Bayern Munich

Thoughts on a world cup final

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If we do get a Germany v Netherlands final I'll be pleased.

Some time ago I was researching the history of the sweeper and watched a lot of games from the sport's past. One player I was particularly interested in was Franz Beckenbauer, so I made a point of digging out quite a few games he played in.

Could Pep Guardiola Leave Bayern At End Of Season?

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Fascinating comment by Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola thathe would be happy to leave Bayern Mat the end of the seasonif the club's hierarchy are not happy with his work.

Guardiola has been his usual brilliant self in Munich, wining the league in record time, winning the Club World Cup, and reaching the German Cup final and Champions League semifinals where they will meet Real Madrid.

Franz Beckenbauer mocks Gianluigi Buffon on Sky TV

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Former three-time UEFA Team of the Year goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had a tough time in Munich on Tuesday evening, taking the blame for both goals conceded as his Juventus side were beaten 2-0 by the German Bundesliga leaders. No pundits or journalists were more critical than Der Kaiser himself, Franz Beckenbauer.

El Kaiser Franz Beckenbauer con la selección de Alemania.

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Un día como hoy 26 de Septiembre no podíamos dejar de recordar a uno de los futbolistas mas emblemáticos de toda la historia. El Kaiser Franz Beckenbauer quien debutó con Alemania. Fue el capitán de la selección alemana que ganó la Copa Mundial de fútbol de 1974 y la Eurocopa 1972, así como el entrenador del mismo combinado alemán que ganó el Mundial de Italia 1990.

Noticias: Javi Martinez, ‘The 40 Million Man’ Joins Bayern Munich – Plus Champions League Draw

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The arrival of Athletic Bilbao's Javi Martinez at Bayern Munich has understandably drummed up a great deal of excitement among the German press, especially since the Bundesliga is a considered an unusual destination for many Spanish players. Of course, given the fact that he still has many years ahead of him (the Premiership next, perhaps?

Giorgio Chinaglia

Philly and the New York Cosmos

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Steve Holroyd looks at the history of the Philadelphia Atoms and Philadelphia Fury against the New York Cosmos in NASL play between 1973 and 1980.

Trivia Answers

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In follow-up to our post from yesterday, here are the answers to two business trivia questions.

What video game system helped fund the New York Cosmos, of the old NASL?

The company behind The Exorcist, The Swarm, MAD Magazine, Asylum records, and Atari video games was Warner Communications, also the owner of the New York Cosmos.

New York Cosmos Kick off First Preseason In 29 Years

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If you never saw the New York Cosmos playing, then you may have heard of them and the extraordinary group of players they had back in the 1970s. But even if you are not a die-hart soccer fan but still follow the sport, Cosmos has been a familiar name to you in the news recently.

Once a powerhouse in the United States soccer scene, Cosmos aggregated players like Pelé, Giorgio Chinaglia, Carlos Alberto Torres, Franz Beckenbauer just to name a few.

DT Exclusive: The reborn New York Cosmos’ superstar (related) 2013 roster

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While the new New York Cosmos continue their wait for a spot in MLS, they've decided to join the latest iteration of the North American Soccer League, currently the U.S. second division, Â and field a team for the 2013 season. Of course, being a second division club means they won't be able to sign the stars of the day as they did in their glory days when the likes of Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia and Carlos Alberto helped them to five NASL titles.

Mario Götze

#Galaxy11 – Das Training (sponsored Video)

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#Galaxy11 Das Training (sponsored Video)

Ein paar Aliens wollen sich auf der Erde niederlassen und deswegen dürfen Lionell Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Mario Götze, Iker Casillas und noch viele andere die Erde verteidigen. Ich wusste doch immer, dass die Jungs irgendwann mal zu etwas zu gebrauchen sind und deshalb sind wir auch sehr gespannt.

Franz Beckenbauer und der unsichtbare Götze

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Man tut dem kleinen Kerl keinen Gefallen, wenn man ihn vorne in die Sturmspitze gegen drei solche riesige Spieler lässt. Da hustet einer, und dann ist der Götze einfach nicht mehr sichtbar.

Franz Beckenbauer, TV-Experte und Ehrenpräsident des FC Bayern München, glaubt nicht, dass Mario Götze ein guter Stürmer ist.

Franz Beckenbauer hat Mario Götze kennengelernt

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Ich habe den Mario Götze gestern zum 1. Mal persönlich kennengelernt. Ein lustiges Kerlchen.

Franz Beckenbauer, Ehrenpräsident des FC Bayern München, spricht in der Sendung "SKY 90″ über Bayerns Neuzugang Mario Götze.

Spieler

Deutsche WM-Helden im Portrait

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Deutsche WM-Helden im Portrait

Drei Mal war Deutschland bisher Weltmeister. Bei unzähligen Weltmeisterschaften waren unsere Jungs mit dabei und bei eigentlich jedem Turnier wurden Helden geboren. Egal ob es aber ein spielentscheidender Sprint über das halbe Spielfeld wie der von David Odonkor bei unserem "Sommermärchen 2006″ war oder ob Andreas Brehme 1990 den Elfmeter.

Die 3 größten deutschen Fußballlegenden der letzten 50 Jahre

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Sind Sie ein echter Fußballfan, so möchten Sie kein Spiel Ihrer Lieblingsmannschaft verpassen, zumindest informieren Sie sich über die Ergebnisse. Sicher haben Sie einen Lieblingsspieler, der vielleicht schon eine Legende ist oder zumindest das Zeug hat, zu einer Legende zu avancieren. Wer waren eigentlich die größten deutschen Fußballlegenden in den letzten 50 Jahren?

Lionel Messi

Messi to Lead "Save The EARTH" Mission

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So it's all add up to this. There will be a football match in some sort of simulated space like environment and our own Lionel Messi will lead the team. To those who are absolutely clueless about what I am talking! Here is the answer. You remember the strangely dressed(alien like dressed) guys seen in Chelsea, Bayern matches.

Messi vs Extraterrestres.

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11.11.2013 - "Los extraterrestres desafían a los terrícolas a un partido de fútbol y si ganan, destruirán la tierra", explica transmitiendo una trágica calma, el astro Franz Beckenbauer.


"Sólo el fútbol puede salvar al planeta" y tenemos que elegir un comandante para la ocasión.

FIFA: Messi seals yet another Ballon d’Or

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Lionel Messi, seen here with the 2010 award, has won FIFA's Ballon d'Or for 2012

The 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony has been held in Zurich with the undoubted star of the show once again being FC Barcelona and Argentina sensation Lionel Messi. He has picked up FIFA's top award for individual footballers for the third consecutive year since FIFA's World Player of the year and France Football's Ballon d'Or awards merged in 2010, and his fourth overall.

WW: German National Team Flies Home, Joe Hart and Andy Caroll Head To Ibiza, Falcao In Miami

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The last thing you'd want to do after getting unexpectedly booted out of Euro 2012 is to stay within the confines of your hotel room or see the city. So naturally, the German national team scheduled the earliest flight out of Poland yesterday morning their wives and girlfriends in tow and arrived at the Frankfurt airport to be greeted by rain and smiling men carrying umbrellas.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Brazilian Man Named ‘Franz Beckenbauer’ Sires Son, Calls Him ‘Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ For No Obvious Reason

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By Chris Wright

Now there's the kind of headline that only comes around once in a blue moon. A Brazilian gentleman going by the name of 'Franz Beckenbauer' has taken the bold step of naming his newborn son 'Zlatan Ibrahimovic'.

Beckenbauer, who was named so by his father in tribute to Der Kaiser, officially called his sprog 'Zlatan Ibrahimovic Lima da Silva' though the administrative personnel at the hospital in Recife had to double check to see if they'd heard him correctly:Â "The woman said she had to send it to the judge for approval.

Franz Beckenbauer nennt Sohn Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Nein, über weiteren Nachwuchs beim Kaiser ist mir nichts bekannt. Es handelt sich hier um Franz Beckenbauer aus Recife in Brasilien, ein Fan von Santa Cruz und offenbar auch vom schwedischen Torjäger, der großen Wert auf die Fortführung der Familientradition legt, den Nachwuchs nach berühmten Fußballern zu benennen.

The Rest

All the goals from the 1966 World Cup as GIFs

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An awesome post popped up on reddit this week where a user uploaded GIFs of all the goals from the 1966 World Cup. Some amazing strikes in here, here are a couple of my favorites.

What a hit from Garrincha!

Franz Beckenbauer take a bow.

Can't forget the eventual World Cup winner, creating the original need for goal line review.

USA advances to Round of 16, Union ready for Revs, more news

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USA advances to Round of 16 at the World Cup despite loss to Germany. Union readies for New England. Suarez banned by FIFA. More news.

Offizieller FIFA-Spot aufgrund von Bestechungsvorwürfen von der FIFA gesperrt!

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Offizieller FIFA-Spot aufgrund von Bestechungsvorwürfen von der FIFA gesperrt!

Hat unser Kaiser sich bei einer WM-Vergabe jetzt bestechen lassen oder nicht? Für FIFA-Chefermittler Michael Garcia ist die Sache nicht ganz klar und deswegen schickte er Franz Beckenbauer einen Fragenkatalog mit der Bitte, diesen zügig zu beantworten.

Das Bundesliga Buch

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Das Bundesliga Buch

Bilder, Bilder und Bilder! Eigentlich wäre meine Buchbesprechung an dieser Stelle schon zu Ende, denn "Das Bundesligabuch" der beiden TV-Moderatoren Jessica Kastrop und Marcel Reif ist damit schon bestens beschrieben. Ach ne, Stopp! Eine Kleinigkeit fehlt noch, denn ich muss noch dazu sagen, dass das Buch klasse ist.

What’s The Deal With The Black Hooded Monks In Robes At Soccer Games?

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Two weeks ago, you may have seen TV footage or photos on social media of a group of supporters dressed in black and wearing what appeared to be hooded robes at the match at Stamford Bridge between Chelsea and Manchester City. The eleven men who were sitting together in the Shed End were also spotted in the past two weeks at home matches for Bayern Munich and Juventus.

Is The Number 10 Role A Dying Breed in Soccer?

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Ah yes. The double holding midfield pair. How I love to watch them. The joy of viewing a perfectly weighted backwards pass, the ambition and invention of a lateral pass, and the beauty of a tactical foul. You can't help but admire their fire-fighting skills.

Think of the names. Lucas Leiva.

Franz Beckenbauer braucht kein W-Lan

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Was? Ich habe meine Frau zu Hause. Da brauche ich kein W-Lan!

Franz Beckenbauer, Ehrenpräsident des FC Bayern München, auf die Frage, ob er zu Hause W-Lan habe... (Quelle: TZ-Interview)

Socceroos manager Holger Osieck says ‘women should shut up in public’ at press conference

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Feeling buoyant after Australia's resplendent 4-0 win over Jordan on Tuesday — which leaves the Socceroos three points away from automatic qualification to next year's World Cup Finals — manager Holger Osieck decided to treat journalists at a post-match press conference to the words of fourth-century archbishop St Ambrose: "Mulieres taceres in ecclesia.

Franz Beckenbauer sieht keinen Meteoriten

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Den Bayern ist die Schale nur noch zu nehmen, wenn ein Meteorit an der Säbener Straße in München einschlägt.

Franz Beckenbauer, Ehrenpräsident des FC Bayern München, glaubt fest an die 23. deutsche Meisterschaft des FC Bayern München.