Comedian: Matze Knop unsure about further Beckenbauer parodies

Comedian Matze Knop is unsure whether he will continue to parody Franz Beckenbauer even after his death.

Comedian: Matze Knop unsure about further Beckenbauer parodies

Comedian Matze Knop is unsure whether he will continue to parody Franz Beckenbauer even after his death. “Now we have to let some time pass,” the 49-year-old told dpa. Colleague Max Giermann also parodies "Klaus Kinski and others who are no longer with us. But I think it's a nice gesture for now to say: Let's take a little break." It is not certain whether there will be Beckenbauer parodies again at a later date. "Maybe," said Knop: "We'll see about that then."

Along with Dieter Bohlen, Beckenbauer was one of the comedian's signature roles, who appeared moved via Instagram shortly after Beckenbauer's death on January 7th. "Without you, I wouldn't be who I am professionally today. Thank you, dear Franz!" he wrote. Knop now said he was still “very sad”: “He was a really likeable person. I can say that because I was able to get to know him personally.”

Knop finds it annoying that Beckenbauer's reputation has suffered as a result of the "Summer Fairy Tale Affair" in recent years. "I don't like it at all that we always try to denigrate our own icons," he said: "The man doesn't deserve that. We should recognize him for his sporting achievements and what great things he has done for our country." Beckenbauer played a key role in ensuring that the 2006 World Cup was played in Germany - but later revelations in connection with the award cast a shadow over the tournament and Beckenbauer's role.

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