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Football legend Franz Beckenbauer faces health battles in seclusion, upcoming documentary reveals

In the photo: Franz Beckenbauer
In the photo: Franz Beckenbauer
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1:09 PM EST, December 28, 2023

It's impossible to compile a list of the greatest footballers in history without including Franz Beckenbauer. He was a celebrated star of the game in the 1960s and 1970s, thereby earning him the deserved nickname "Kaiser", or "Emperor". He stayed involved with the game even after he retired, performing various roles. Then, he vanished.

German media reported serious health concerns for the legendary footballer. The 1974 World Cup champion broke his silence just before last year's World Cup in Qatar. It was then that Beckenbauer explained why he would not be flying out for the World Cup.

"I won't be going to Qatar. I'll be supporting the German team from my TV at home. I suffered an eye stroke and unfortunately, I can't see anything with my right eye. I also have to take care of my heart," he revealed in an interview with "Bunte".

More than a year has now elapsed since Beckenbauer made that statement. There has been new information about his health status. Beckenbauer's brother, who will feature in the documentary named "Beckenbauer", set to be broadcasted on ARD German television on January 8, spoke up.

"If I were to say that everything is fine with him now, I'd be lying, and I detest lies. He's not feeling good. It's a constant series of ups and downs," Walter Beckenbauer confessed in the film.

Franz Beckenbauer celebrated his 78th birthday on September 11. He now resides in his family home in Austria. The aforementioned documentary will cover his career and health challenges. It also discusses the accusations of corruption surrounding Germany's bid to host the 2006 World Cup.

The "Emperor" played for Bayern Munich, New York Cosmos, and Hamburg SV during his football career. After retiring, he moved into coaching, leading teams such as the German national team, Bayern, and Olympique Marseille. He later focused on administrative roles, holding positions including president of the Munich club and vice-president of FIFA.

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