Franz Beckenbauer of West Germany, Europe's premier soccer player in 1976, has signed a 2.8 million dollar contract to play for the New York team Cosmos, in the United States.
GVs ZOOM IN TO Newsmen surrounding West German footballer Franz Beckenbauer, New York, U.S.A. (2 shots)
SVs People watching and Beackenbauer signing contract to play for Cosmos of New York (2 shots)
SV Beckenbauer speaking to gathering (in English)
GVs AND SVs Beckenbauer playing. (4 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "Beckenbauer, Europe's premier soccer player, will reportedly receive 2.8 million dollars for a four-year contract. According to team officials the press coverage for Beckenbauer's signing was exceeded only by the Pele signing in 1975. The newest Cosmo will wear number six on his uniform and will play in the first North American soccer league game, which will be televised on Sunday at Tampa, Florida against the Rowdies."
SEQ. 4: BEDKENBAUER: "I was born in Munich, I lived 31 years in Munich and it's for me very difficult to change my life, to change my country and I hope the team and here the people from the Warner communication can help me too. It's easier for me to live here in New York, and I hope I can do my best for you and especially for the team."
REPORTER: "Beckenbauer, number five in red and a 31-year-old mid-fielder, was European Footballer of the Year in 1976, and has created a new image for the defender. Franz could be called the Bobby Orr of soccer, a defender who also attacks and is a threat to score. Len Dillon reporting."
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Background: Franz Beckenbauer of West Germany, Europe's premier soccer player in 1976, has signed a 2.8 million dollar contract to play for the New York team Cosmos, in the United States. Beckenbauer is following in the footsteps of former international star Pele, of Brazil, who also signed a multi-million dollar contract with Cosmos in 1975. A reporter was at the ceremony.