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UPDATED: 13:50, January 27, 2007
Beckenbauer elected to FIFA executive
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Franz Beckenbauer was voted into the FIFA Executive Committee at the UEFA congress in Duesseldorf of Germany on Friday.

Shortly after the congress of 52 member federations elected Michael Platini as UEFA's new president, Beckenbauer became the second former soccer star to get an executive position on one of the two most influential soccer bodies.

Beckenbauer won the World Cup in 1974 as captain of the German team and again as coach in 1990.

Considered one of the greatest players in the history of the game, Beckenbauer was the head of the German organizing committee of last year's World Cup.

The new position in the world soccer governing body makes Beckenbauer, 61, Germany's most important international soccer official.

Lennart Johansson, who lost the UEFA election to Platini, loses his seat in the FIFA executive.

Senes Erzik (Turkey), Angel Maria Villar Llona (Spain) and Joseph Mifsud (Malta) were re-elected to the UEFA executive committee, while Mircea Sandu (Romania), Gilberto Madail (Portugal) and Grigoriy Surkis (Ukraine) were voted on as new members.

Source: Xinhua

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