Jesus, Kaiser!

A Shining Light With a Dark Side

Franz Beckenbauer swam on a wave of success for decades: as a player, he became German champion, European champion and world champion. As a coach, he led the national team to the World Cup title in 1990. As head of the bid committee, he brought the 2006 World Cup and the famous summer fairytale to Germany.

But then accusations of corruption were levelled, involving vote-buying during the awarding process and dubious payments in the millions. Things go quiet around the emperor.

Who is Franz Beckenbauer really? Florian Kinast portrays the most important personality in German football, tells of great successes – but also of the dark sides that have always existed in the life of this shining figure.