Beck­en­bauer’s grand­son quits Bay­ern af­ter tragedy

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

BER­LIN—Luca Beck­en­bauer, the teenage grand­son of Ger­many leg­end Franz Beck­en­bauer, is leav­ing Bay­ern Mu­nich’s youth academy for Schalke af­ter the tragic death of his fa­ther. The 15year-old de­fender will play for Schalke’s Un­der17 team next sea­son, leav­ing Bay­ern, where his grand­fa­ther won three Euro­pean Cup ti­tles and played more than 400 Bundesliga games. Stephan Beck­en­bauer, son of the 70-year-old leg­endary de­fender and Luca’s fa­ther, died of a brain tu­mour in July 2015, aged just 46, having worked as a coach in Bay­ern’s academy. His griev­ing son now wants to make a fresh start away from the Bavar­ian giants. “Luca has been toy­ing with the idea for some time,” Franz Beck­en­bauer told Ger­man daily Bild on Satur­day. “It was his wish to move to a new en­vi­ron­ment. That will cer­tainly help him in his de­vel­op­ment.” Schalke’s youth academy has pro­duced the likes of Ger­many stars Me­sut Ozil and Manuel Neuer. —APP in the first leg of their semi-fi­nal on Satur­day.

Abel Her­nan­dez opened the scor­ing with a 25-yard shot in the 30th minute and the Tigers dou­bled their lead 10 min­utes later when Moses Odubajo’s ef­fort de­flected in off Derby’s Jason Shack­ell. against a good Derby team and you don’t ex­pect to win 3-0,” Hull man­ager Steve Bruce told Sky Sports.

“I think it’s the best we’ve played in a long, long time. When you’re away from home, to start with you’ve got to be rock solid. I don’t think they’ve had a chance.

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