Franz Beckenbauer marries for third time

Berlin, June 24 (DPA) Football legend Franz Beckenbauer returned to World Cup duty Saturday after taking a day off to marry the mother of his two youngest children.

The president of the World Cup Organising Committee was scheduled to watch Germany's game against Sweden in Berlin after returning from Austria where he married Heidi Burmester in a civil ceremony Friday.

It was the third marriage for the 60-year-old Bayern Munich president, who has three other children from his previous relationships.

'We wanted to be alone and avoid the crowds,' Beckenbauer told the newspaper Bild after the noontime ceremony in the Austrian resort of Kitzbuehel.

'We're very happy,' said his 39-year-old partner, who used to work as a secretary with Bayern Munich.

The couple have two children, Joel, 5, and Francesca, 2.

Beckenbauer's first marriage lasted from 1966 to 1990. He divorced his second wife, Sybille, in 2004.

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