Beckenbauer Appointed As National Team Manager after Low Resigns
The DFB can today confirm that Franz Beckenbauer will lead the main national side to the 2014 World Cup held in Brazil later this month. The appointment occurs hours after Joachim Low resigned to spend more time with his family back home in Bremen.
Current captain Phillip Lahm payed his respects to the ex-manager’s job during his reign in charge “ Low was a superb coach , the way he led the national side with the weight of the nation on his shoulders , showed how much of a calm and influencing character he has been . Low should be proud of his achievements he was made over his tenure and has left the national team in a very strong position for years to come”
Beckenbauer has previous experience of managing the national team after he was appointed West German national team coach to replace Jupp Derwall. He took the team all the way to the final of the 1986 World Cup, where they lost to the Diego Maradona inspired Argentina.
In 1990, before the German reunification, Beckenbauer managed the last German team without East German players in a World Cup, winning the final 1–0, against Argentina, in a rematch of the previous World Cup final. Beckenbauer is one of two men (with Mario Zagallo) to have won the Cup as player and as manager, and he is the only man to have won the title as team captain as well as manager.
Beckenbauer then moved into club management, and accepted a job with Olympique de Marseille in 1990 but left the club within 4 months. Marseille eventually won the 1990–91 French championship and ended runner-up of the 1990–91 European Cup.
From 28 December 1993 until 30 June 1994, and then from 29 April 1996 until 30 June of the same year, he coached Bayern Munich. His brief spells in charge saw him collect two further honours – the Bundesliga title in 1994 and the UEFA Cup in 1996.
In 1994, he took on the role of club president at Bayern, and much of the Munich giants' success in the following years has been credited to his astute management. Following the club's decision to change from an association to a limited company, he has been chairman of the advisory board since the beginning of 2002.
In 1998, he became vice-president of the German Football Association.At the end of the 1990s, Beckenbauer headed the successful bid by Germany to organize the FIFA World Cup 2006. He chaired the organizational committee for the World Cup and was a commentator for the Bild-Zeitung.