12 Nov 2010

Beckenbauer to step down from Fifa

11:01 am on 12 November 2010

The German legend Franz Beckenbauer will not seek a new term on the world football's governing body FIFA Executive Committee next year and will step down in March 2011 for personal reasons.

Beckenbauer won the World Cup as a player in 1974 and as Germany coach 16 years later.

The 65-year-old, who last year also stepped down as Bayern Munich president, had been a member of the FIFA executive committee since 2007 as a European soccer (UEFA) representative.

A year earlier he had successfully completed Germany's preparations and staging of the 2006 World Cup as head of the organising committee.