Benedict lures soccer legend Beckenbauer back to Church
Former German World Cup winning captain, Franz Beckenbauer, has returned to the Catholic faith after a meeting with Pope Benedict that he describes as the "most important experience of his life".
Catholic World News reports that Beckenbauer, who led
Later, after the Pope's trip to
"Benedict XVI leads people to the Church," Beckenbauer told Abendzeitung, "and I myself am the best example of that."
Selected twice as the European Footballer of the Year, he played in three World Cups - 1966, 1970 and 1974 - and managed the winning
At the end of the 1990s, he led