Shortly before the 75th birthday

It has become quiet around Franz Beckenbauer. The “Kaiser” will turn 75 on Friday. Now he talks about how difficult the past years have been for him – and why he no longer drinks alcohol and prays.

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Shortly before his 75th birthday, Franz Beckenbauer spoke about the controversial allocation of the 2006 World Cup. In an interview with the “Bild”, when asked how he was doing, the then World Cup organizer replied: “Given the circumstances, I would say. happened in recent years. With all the operations and history 2006. That really stimulated me. I see that it is now accepted that there was nothing, but the past years were tough. “

However, the so-called summer fairytale process was stopped at the end of April due to the statute of limitations. The proceedings against, among others, three former top officials of the German Football Association involved unresolved payments of the equivalent of 6.7 million euros from 2002 and 2005.

Beckenbauer could not prove any wrongdoing

Beckenbauer had received a loan from entrepreneur Robert Louis-Dreyfus with this amount. The money flowed into the accounts of then-Fifa official Mohammed Bin Hammam. The refund was processed three years later from a DFB account through Fifa.

Beckenbauer was unable to prove any violations in the proceedings. He has “such a beautiful life that I will be eternally grateful to him. Now it is not as exciting and hectic as it used to be. I would like more rest now,” said the world champion and world champion coach before his birthday on Friday.

“It’s ok without it too”

He also said he has not consumed alcohol since he underwent heart surgery. “Once I started it again, the heart fibrillation came right away. Since then I’ve stopped it altogether – and found that it works without it,” he said.

He moves a lot, but is no longer allowed to weigh himself. “I have a small swimming pool and a sauna at home. That is good for me. I am against the resistance in the water. I do that very much,” said the honorary captain of the German national team.

When asked how you felt, shortly before your 75th birthday, Beckenbauer replied, “I didn’t care about the 50th. I didn’t care about the 70th either. Now, on the 75th, it’s my first time. “To think .75 is an era in which you can foresee the end. I hope God will give me many more years. But you don’t know. You become aware of the finite. And of course you also take that into account.”

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