"Back then, a half-a-century ago, the situation was totally different. Economically, we were practically on our knees, and politically, we were still excluded from the community of nations. Today, in this respect, we have a totally different and much more stable basis."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Franz Beckenbauer on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Franz Beckenbauer on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Franz Beckenbauer on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Franz Beckenbauer on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Franz Beckenbauer on Abraham Lincoln
"At any rate, I can only see such a success having positive effects for everyone, particularly as our anticipation of the World cup would only increase further."
"The World Cup tournament overall and, naturally, the new stadiums at its heart, are the ideal platform to portray Germany as a positive and exceptional location, and above all of course, as a highly capable economic location."