The wise words of ‘der Kaiser’- 12 of Franz Beckenbauer’s most memorable comments

The death of German and Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer has seen an outpouring of tributes to the great man. Widely hailed as Germany’s greatest-ever player his contribution to the game took him from a player, to a coach to a club president and he is rightly considered a great. 

Rather than outline his many achievements, accolades and contribution to world football, we’ve taken the chance to dig up some of der Kaiser’s most memorable sound bites- from the witty to the profound:

 

“The only reason I’ve been playing football for 33 years is because I can’t do anything else. When I read a Schopenhauer, for example – I don’t understand it.”

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“You always hear that football is a drug. I say: football is a passion, a passion. I am not addicted to football. But: I love football.”

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 “Yes well, there is only one possibility: win, draw or lose.”

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“I wouldn’t be suitable as a coach.” (1982)

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 “Let’s go out and play football.” (Tactical instruction before the 1990 World Cup final)

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“I’m sorry for the rest of the world, but this team will be unbeatable for years to come.” (Following the 1990 World Cup final against Argentina in Rome)

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“If you are presented with the championship trophy, then you are champion.”

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“Yes, well, the result won’t change much unless someone scores a goal.”

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“Rarely has a sensible sentence come out of a goalkeeper’s mouth.”

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“Van Gaal is an expert, a teacher, a football coach, so completely different, exactly the opposite of Jürgen Klinsmann.”

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“I’m a trained insurance salesman, imagine if I were still in insurance every day today – well, Allianz would then be by far the largest company in the world.”

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“If you’re friendly, it won’t cost you anything. I have no enemies because I first treat everyone positively.”

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Former writer at Goal.com and JustFootball, I've been doing my thing for Bundesliga Fanatic since 2015. A long-suffering Werder Bremen fan and disciple of the Germanic holy trinity...Bier. Wurst und Fußball

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  1. A remarkable human being and a great football player & a leader. He makes the libero position as his own and till today nobody has been able to play liked him. Thank you for the great memories. RIP Der Kaiset

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