In recent years, Franz Beckenbauer has rarely been seen in public. The “Emperor” passed away – he was tormented by illnesses, among other things, he suffered an eye attack and struggled with Parkinson’s disease.

The last time before his death on January 7, 2024. Beckenbauer shown a year earlier, on January 6, 2023, at a traditional carp dinner in Kitzbühel, where guests such as former skier Maria Höfl-Riesch and world football champion Andi Brehme were invited.

At the time, Beckenbauer told Bild that he was “taking the circumstances into account.” However, when the 1990 world champions met in July 2023 to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of their triumph, Beckenbauer was unable to attend due to health reasons.

Beckenbauer’s last visit to the stadium

Franz Beckenbauer during his last visit to the Allianz Arena.

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Beckenbauer was last seen at a football stadium on 26 August 2022 during the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs Augsburg match. At that time, according to Bild, he was treated at a nearby clinic. At the Allianz Arena, in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, he last saw Bayern play live in the stadium on March 20, 2021. Then Bayern confidently beat Stuttgart with a score of 4:0.

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Bayern are now apparently planning to hold a large memorial service for Beckenbauer at the Allianz Arena in front of more than 70,000 people. It would probably be a fitting farewell for the brilliant figure. (ska)

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