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Franz Beckenbauer says goodbye to Uwe Seeler: »Servus and bye«


You played in the national team and shaped German football: Franz Beckenbauer paid tribute to the deceased Uwe Seeler in a farewell letter. As a young player, he admired the Hamburg legend.

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Franz Beckenbauer (left) and Uwe Seeler at the 32nd German Sports Press Ball 2013


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In an open letter, Franz Beckenbauer addressed parting words to the deceased football legend Uwe Seeler.

"Being able to play with you, my friend, in the German national team was a great honor for me, who is nine years younger," wrote the 76-year-old world champion from 1974 in the letter published by the "Hamburger Abendblatt" on Wednesday.

"I respectfully admired you from a distance when you were changing in the dressing room," Beckenbauer wrote.

"Your thoughts seemed to be on the pitch even before the national coach gave his last motivational speech." Seeler hardly absorbed the words of national coach Helmut Schön.

“And woe betide if a comrade then allows himself to play alibi football after kick-off.

Then the Hanseat Seeler got really loud.«

Seeler died on July 21 at the age of 85.

He was buried with his family last Thursday.

On Wednesday (2 p.m., TV: ARD and NDR) a funeral service will be held in Hamburg's Volksparkstadion for HSV's greatest idol.

Numerous guests are expected, including Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

"On Wednesday, the Volkspark is all yours," wrote Beckenbauer.

"Football-Hamburg honors a great German and people with a funeral service." He himself will only watch the ceremony on television for health reasons.

The longtime captain and president of FC Bayern Munich and Seeler played together at the 1966 World Cup in England and 1970 in Mexico.

Even then he felt "a very special affection".

The letter ends with the words: »Dear Uwe, this last greeting comes from the bottom of my heart: you will never be forgotten.

Servus and bye.«


Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2022-08-10

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