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Franz Beckenbauer giving up FIFA seat

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Franz Beckenbauer is giving up his seat on FIFA's executive committee to devote more time to his family.

Beckenbauer, the former New York Cosmos star, said Thursday he will not run again in 2011. In a statement, the 65-year-old said he wanted to travel less and spend more time with his family.

"I have had a very good time with my colleagues on the FIFA board," Beckenbauer. "I ask for understanding over my decision."

Beckenbauer's four-year term runs out in the spring. His last function will be to take part in the election of World Cup hosts for 2018 and 2022 in Zurich on Dec. 2.

Beckenbauer claimed the seat on FIFA's 24-member executive committee as a representative of Union of European Football Associations. His seat on the European federation will be filled in March.

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Messishow2175d ago

good, got enough money under the table now...

kulka2175d ago

great legend of football

GJ232174d ago

Need someone fresh in FIFA.