Franz Beckenbauer has died at the age of 78

Former German football player Franz Beckenbauer holds his trophy as he attends the opening gala for the Hall of Fame of German Football at the German Football Museum in Dortmund on April 1, 2019. (Photo by Ina Fassbender / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)
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Franz Beckenbauer has passed away "peacefully in his sleep", aged 78, with the German football legend's family confirming his passing on Monday afternoon.

A family statement read: "It is with deep sadness that we announce that my husband and our father, Franz Beckenbauer, passed away peacefully in his sleep yesterday, Sunday, surrounded by his family.

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Ryan Dabbs
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Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future.