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UEFA President Platini honours Beckenbauer

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:10 pm

On Wednesday, coinciding with the 113th anniversary of the founding of FC Bayern, Franz Beckenbauer was honoured by European football's governing body with the UEFA President's Award. "You ushered in a new era in football," said UEFA President Michel Platini in his citation before presenting Beckenbauer with the award. The day was historic, the former France star quipped: "It's the first time a President has honoured a Kaiser. I really don't know if that observes the rules of protocol."

"It is a special honour for me to receive this award," replied Beckenbauer, describing it as "something very special" to be ranked alongside footballing legends Alfredo di Stefano, Bobby Charlton, Raymond Kopa, Eusébio and Gianni Rivera, previous recipients of the UEFA President's Award, which is presented to the European game's outstanding personalities.

Platini described Beckenbauer as "a legend, a footballing statesman, and a friend who awakened my passion for football. He was the first post-modern football player. The history of football divides into before and after Franz Beckenbauer."

A host of VIP guests attended the ceremony at Alfons Schuhbeck's Südtiroler Stube, including Uli Hoeneß, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Gerd Müller, German FA (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach, and Germany coach Joachim Löw.

Two months ago, in recognition of his extraordinary achievements and record of service to the world's favourite game, Beckenbauer was presented with the FIFA Presidential Award 2012 by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter at the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2012 Gala on the evening of Monday 7 January 2013 at Zurich Congress House.
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Re: UEFA President Platini honours Beckenbauer

Postby quaazi » Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:40 pm

Is that why he was in München tonight? Almost slipped on the walkway he did.
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Re: UEFA President Platini honours Beckenbauer

Postby AdepT » Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:50 pm

Most probably. But he came around second half. Didn't see him in the first one.
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