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German Soccer Legend Franz Beckenbauer Passes Away at 78

Franz Beckenbauer, the iconic figure in German soccer renowned for his contributions as both a player and coach, has died at the age of 78, as reported by the news agency dpa on Monday. The family released a statement to dpa, confirming his peaceful passing in his sleep on Sunday, surrounded by loved ones. The family has requested privacy to mourn without inquiries.

Beckenbauer, a pivotal figure in shaping German soccer, led West Germany to victory as captain in the 1974 World Cup and later coached the national team to success in the 1990 World Cup final against Argentina. The statement did not disclose the cause of his death. In recent years, the former Bayern Munich great faced health challenges. His legacy leaves an indelible mark on the sport and the nation.

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