Karl-Heinz Rummenigge wants to hold a large memorial service for Franz Beckenbauer, who died on Sunday.
"The entire world of football and beyond is mourning the loss of our friend Franz. FC Bayern should host a memorial service in the stadium to thank and remember him, which would never have existed without him!" said the ex-Bayern boss to "Bild ".
"I am deeply shocked. Franz Beckenbauer has rewrote the history of German football and had a lasting impact," said the supervisory board of the German record champions in a statement from the club. "He was my captain at FC Bayern, my coach at the national team, our president at Bayern and in all of these roles he was not only successful, but unique." The 68-year-old Rummenigge continued: "German football is losing the greatest personality in its history."
Bayern honorary president Uli Hoeneß said: "Franz Beckenbauer is the greatest personality that FC Bayern has ever had. As a player, coach, president, person: unforgettable. Nobody will ever reach him." According to information from "Bild", Rummenigge spoke to Hoeneß (72) on the phone about the topic on Monday. Bavaria wants to examine the feasibility of the proposal. The funeral service would then take place in the 75,024-seat Allianz Arena. Beckenbauer died on Sunday at the age of 78.