Franz Beckenbauer (1945-2024), who died on January 7th, was buried in Munich this Friday. Several German media report this unanimously. According to Bavarian Radio, the emperor, as he was often called, was buried in his parents' grave in the cemetery at Perlacher Forst. He was buried as part of a private funeral service in a small circle.
As has already been announced in the past few days, FC Bayern Munich, the long-standing club of the German football legend, will be holding a large memorial ceremony in Munich's Allianz Arena on January 19th. Admission tickets required for participation are available free of charge on the club's homepage.
“Friends and companions from national and international sports, culture and politics,” including Chancellor Olaf Scholz (65), are expected at the memorial service. The first shows the ceremony on TV from around 3:00 p.m., BR television reports live from 2:40 p.m. The event will also be shown in the ARD media library.
FC Bayern will also dedicate its game against TSG Hoffenheim today, January 12th, to the memory of the deceased, as the club announced. There will be a minute's silence in all German stadiums on this match day, and the two teams will also arrive in Munich wearing mourning ribbons to the Beckenbauer song "Good Friends". The Bayern players will wear special jerseys - with the imprint "Thank you Franz". The jerseys will then be signed and auctioned off next week, with the proceeds going to the Franz Beckenbauer Foundation.