German Bundesliga membership Bayern Munich paid tribute to one in every of their legends on Friday with a particular addition to their jerseys.
Former Bayern and West German nationwide crew defender Franz Beckenbauer handed away on Sunday, January 7. To honor him, Bayern added an inscription studying “DANKE FRANZ” (“THANK YOU FRANZ”) to their jerseys for his or her dwelling match in opposition to TSG Hoffenheim on Friday, January 12. The phrases had been printed in pink in the midst of the chest, between the Adidas emblem and the membership crest.
Gamers additionally had Beckenbauer’s quantity 5 printed on the again of their warmup jerseys and their pre-match jackets in a retro type. The mascots who accompanied gamers onto the pitch earlier than the match additionally had a quantity 5 printed on the backs of their jerseys.
Bayern’s tributes included graphics on scoreboards all through the Allianz Enviornment, in addition to on the lights on the outside of the stadium. A photograph of Beckenbauer was additionally positioned on the middle circle whereas a second of silence was noticed earlier than kickoff.
Beckenbauer handed away from pure causes on the age of 78. He made his debut for Bayern’s senior crew on the age of 18 and stayed there for 13 seasons, profitable the Bundesliga 4 occasions, the DFB-Pokal 4 occasions, and the European Cup 3 times. He additionally received the North American Soccer League championship 3 times with the New York Cosmos, and a further Bundesliga title with Hamburger SV in 1981-82. He received the Ballon d’Or as the very best footballer on the planet in 1972 and 1976.
Enjoying with the West German nationwide crew, Beckenbauer received the FIFA World Cup in 1974 and was a runner-up in 1966. As supervisor of West Germany, Beckenbauer received the World Cup in 1990 and was a runner-up in 1986.
Beckenbauer’s membership managerial profession included two stints with Bayern within the Nineteen Nineties, the place he received one Bundesliga title and one UEFA Cup. He additionally guided Olympique Marseille to a French Ligue 1 title in 1990-91.