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Beckenbauer furious over Munich Olympics snub

The Local · 8 Jul 2011, 14:04

Published: 08 Jul 2011 14:04 GMT+02:00

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Both European candidates failed when South Korea city Pyeongchang was awarded the 2018 Games in Wednesday's vote.

The IOC made a clear decision as delegates in Durban, South Africa, awarded the games to Pyeongchang by 63 votes, compared to the 25 given to Germany's Munich and just seven to France's Annecy.

Beckenbauer, who captained Germany to the 1974 World Cup title and coached the team which won Italy 1990, was in Durban to support Munich's bid, but was furious by the IOC's decision.

According to Beckenbauer, the majority of the 42 Europeans sitting on the IOC voted against the European candidates to support a future candidacy in their own nations.

Traditionally, the IOC never awards consecutive games to the same continent and Beckenbauer accuses some European delegates of protecting their own interests for future bids.

"It's absolutely scandalous that Europeans do not help other Europeans for completely selfish reasons," he said. "Forty-two voting Europeans are sitting on the IOC, but only 25 gave their vote to Munich."

He said Pyeongchang won the first ballot with 63 votes, meaning a majority of Europeans voted against the European candidates.

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"Many prefer to think of a future candidacy of their own country and strive not to damage their chances," Beckenbauer fumed. "They would have rather raised their hand for Korea than for Munich or Annecy. It's all about self-interest, I think that's terrible."


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14:40 July 8, 2011 by HistoryProffessor
Ya know, plenty of olympics have been held in Germany. And in all seriousness why wouldnt each countries delegates think about their own country first?? I feel like that is common sense. Just because Mexico and the US border each other doesnt mean that US would sacrafice its own interests for mexico. So why would countries like Italy, austria and poland sacrafice their interests for Germany? thats stupid. This dude needs to stop complaining and accept the fact that Germany is not the center of the world and people care about their own country more than the continent of Europe.
15:03 July 8, 2011 by Englishted
Oh yes and there was so much help with England's world Cup bid and all the corruption allegations against F.I.F.A.
15:44 July 8, 2011 by GolfAlphaYankee
Well ! now you know how most Europeans feel about Germans or perhaps just Bavarians ;-))))

hard luck Germany, maybe next time
15:50 July 8, 2011 by HistoryProffessor
GAY- well said my friend
15:51 July 8, 2011 by Englishted
If my comment was a bit sharp sorry.

I am sad that Münich didn't get it but you still have a nice city ,great beer and a truly fantastic party every year in September/October.
16:12 July 8, 2011 by michael4096
On one side we have poor losers.

However, if there is a general feeling that the playing field is not level, in the long run it can only damage the olympics and sport in general.
16:12 July 8, 2011 by finanzdoktor
I just think it is interesting how Herr Beckenbauer laments it was all about self-interest. Wasn't their some self-interest on his and others to support Muchen for the games? Guess it all has to do with whose perspective is being viewed.

Although I was rooting for Deutschland (was born there), my wife's home country won, and I will just hope that Germany can get the Summer or Winter Olympics sometime in the future.
16:59 July 8, 2011 by Kennneth Ingle
Why does German football legend Franz Beckenbauer accuse members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of voting against the Munich 2018 Winter Olympics bid in order to further their own interests? Can it be that his own bid was just not high enough this time?

Although the IOC awarded the games to Pyeongchang by 63 votes, compared to the 25 given to Germany's Munich, there is no reason for Beckenbauer to be furious.

For many years now International "Sport" has a reputation of being a purely financial business and has little to do with fair play. When Beckenbauer says "Many prefer to think of a future candidacy of their own country and strive not to damage their chances, it's all about self-interest," he could have been describing his own actions. Or does anybody really think the world cup matches come to Germany by chance?
17:44 July 8, 2011 by michael4096
"...a purely financial business and has little to do with fair play..."

@Kenneth - what makes you think that business has nothing to do with fair play?

Businesses publish Requests for Quotations and Bids for services all the time. It is important for everybody to understand the rules of this game. For the requesters because they need the bidders to invest time and effort and think about their offers and for the bidders because responding to these things is very expensive and you must trade off the cost of bidding with the probability of picking up a new contract.

Some RFQs are loaded, the requester knows who will win and is playing for free consultancy or to squeeze his favourite supplier into giving a better quote or just for show, but - and, its a big BUT - everybody knows that you only do this once without serious repercussions. Bidders won't treat you seriously next time. So there exists various means for buyers to signal to vendors how 'fair' the field is. Fairness is extremely important in this game - buyers and sellers need each other.
17:47 July 8, 2011 by neunElf
There are many German's who are very happy indeed that they will not have to contend with the Olympics and its intrusion into their daily lives!
17:48 July 8, 2011 by MJMH
Just goes to show you that there is no such thing as a European. And there never will be. Meanwhile Germany bankrolls the rest of Europe. No wonder why the dream of Europe is dead.
21:11 July 8, 2011 by ChrisRea
Let's do some math. Even if all Europeans would have voted for their continent, it would have not been enough. According to Mr. Beckenbauer, 25 voted for Munich. 7 of course voted for Annecy. That's 32 until now. So only 10 are left and the maximum Munich could have had is 35, while Pyeongchang would have had 53. Quite a difference even in this case, isn't it?

I wonder if Mr. Beckenbauer would have been satisfied if Annecy would have got 41 votes and Munich 1.
00:11 July 9, 2011 by Logic Guy
Well, my main concern is the profound corruption withing FIFA and other ruling bodies. If the various, competitive sporting events that they control are illegitimate, then why should the many athletes from around the world compete to begin with?

When you have the most, or if you're the best at something, then surely there will be people trying to prevent you from achieving even greater things.
07:52 July 9, 2011 by hanskarl
"However, if there is a general feeling that the playing field is not level, in the long run it can only damage the olympics and sport in general. "

Insightful but nothing new. The Olympic committee must champion diversity and multiculturalism. They are no longer the Olympics but rather the UN sporting arm. They want us all to love one another. When I was young I had the highest regard for this group. Now older and wiser I can see through their thinly veiled methodology. Everyone needs to get a shot but I agree with Beckenbauer that voting as a block would have made it far more interesting. But they still would not have won and most likely this is why the other EU members jumped ship. Fairness is a humanist ideology.
10:16 July 9, 2011 by DoubleDTown
I haven't looked it up, but I suspect Beckenbauer didn't captain Germany in 1974, but rather captained BRD. Probably DDR had another captain, eh?
14:55 July 9, 2011 by Englishted

Correct Germany had two teams that year.

Also don't forget in 1954 it was also B.D.R. that won .

The way German are playing at the moment and with youth on their side ,another one soon is possible.
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