Beckenbauer wants German football player quota

7th November 2006, Comments 0 comments

7 November 2006, Hamburg (dpa) - Football legend Franz Beckenbauer has called for a minimum of six German players in each Bundesliga team, saying the large number of foreigners in the domestic game is leading to unattractive football. The Bayern Munich president said in his regular column for the mass circulation Bild newspaper Tuesday he supported a "6+5" rule. "That means in every team you have to have six men who are eligible to play for the domestic national team," Beckenbauer said. However his views w

7 November 2006

Hamburg (dpa) - Football legend Franz Beckenbauer has called for a minimum of six German players in each Bundesliga team, saying the large number of foreigners in the domestic game is leading to unattractive football.

The Bayern Munich president said in his regular column for the mass circulation Bild newspaper Tuesday he supported a "6+5" rule.

"That means in every team you have to have six men who are eligible to play for the domestic national team," Beckenbauer said.

However his views were not supported by Bayern coach Felix Magath who said Tuesday: "I do not in principle believe much in regulation. I back free competition."

Magath said it would not make sense to force through such a rule, but if something like it came into force it would have to apply across Europe.

"In the Champions League and the UEFA Cup there have to be rules which apply to everyone," he said.

Beckenbauer, who was president of the 2006 World Cup organizing committee, wrote in his column that the high number of foreign players in German football was partly to blame for the largely unattractive football played in the Bundesliga.

"Too many players from different countries who hardly understand each other - that can lead to a team falling apart if you do not have a strong core of native players available," he said.

The former West Germany captain and coach said he hoped the European Union would "not stop football in a necessary reform."

Werder Bremen chairman of the board Juergen L. Born was meanwhile sceptical of the idea of a having player quotas.

"I do not want to contradict Mr Beckenbauer, but I don't know how football will be better as a result," he said.

"It might be better for the national team, but not for the clubs internationally. We are already in danger of losing international starting places."

DPA

Subject: German news

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