Franz Beckenbauer Archives ⋆ An Old International

The Silence of the DFB

The general assembly of the DFB has shown an organisation deeply mired in controversy and keen on keeping a lid on the most recent past. You

Destroying the Summer Tale 2006

When Sepp Blatter announced the winner to host the World Cup 2006 in the summer of 2000, German football went through its darkest phase. At EURO 2000 Germany finished at the bottom of their group behind Portugal, Romania and England. No one could have foreseen that this tournament in 2006 would kick start the change…

Franz Beckenbauer

A post about Franz Beckenbauer who celebrates his 70. birthday today. He is more than The Kaiser or the epitome of the sweeper. No worries, it’s not a eulogy. German Football post-1945 is linked with one person in particular: Franz Beckenbauer. Like no other player and personality has he shaped the game in Germany. He…

Bundesliga 50: the 1970s

Part 2 of the anniversary series Bundesliga 50 has a look at the 1970s, a period during which German football came to the fore once more but only after some scandalous revelations were shaken off. The 1970s were arguably Germany’s most successful decade, in club as well as international terms. Never before and not since…