Franz Anton Beckenbauer
(born 11 September 1945) is a
German football coach, manager, and former player, nicknamed
("the emperor") because of his
elegant style, his leadership qualities, his first name
"Franz" (reminiscent of the Austrian emperors called Francis
in English), and his dominance on the football pitch. He is
generally regarded as the greatest German footballer of all
time and also as one of the greatest footballers in the
history of the game.
He was a versatile player, who
started out as midfielder but adapted to different roles on
the pitch. Despite being a defensive player he possessed
world class technique and vision. He is often credited as
having invented the role of the modern sweeper or libero
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Twice selected the European Footballer of the Year, he
appeared 103 times for West Germany and played in three
World Cups. He lifted the World Cup trophy as captain in
1974, and repeated the feat as a manager in 1990. With the
club Bayern Munich, he won three consecutive European Cups
from 1974 to 1976, and the Cup Winners' Cup in 1967.
Beckenbauer is the only player to captain three European Cup
winning sides. He went on to become coach and president of
the institution. He is also a member of the National Soccer
Hall of Fame.
In 1999, he was voted second place, behind Johan Cruijff
in the European player of the Century election held by the
IFFHS and he was voted third, behind Pelé and Johan Cruijff,
in IFFHS' World Player of the Century election.
Today, Beckenbauer remains an influential figure in both
German and international football. He led Germany's
successful bid to host the 2006 World Cup and chaired the
Franz Beckenbauer was born in the post-war ruins of
Munich, the second son of postal-worker Franz Beckenbauer
senior and his wife Antonie. He grew up in the working-class
district of Giesing and, despite his father's cynicism about
the game, started playing football at the age of eight with
the youth team of SC Munich '06 in 1954."
Originally a center forward, he idolised 1954 World Cup
winner Fritz Walter and supported local side 1860 Munich,
then the pre-eminent team in the city, despite their
relegation from the top league, the Oberliga Süd, in
the 1950s. ("It was always my dream to play for them" he
would later confirm.)
That he joined the FC Bayern Munich youth team in 1959,
rather than that of his favourites 1860, was the result of a
contentious Under-14 youth tournament in nearby Neubiberg.
Beckenbauer and his team-mates were aware that their SC
Munich '06 club lacked the finance to continue running its
youth sides, and had determined to join 1860 as a group upon
the tournament's conclusion. However, fortune decreed that
SC Munich and 1860 would meet in the final and a series of
niggles during the match eventually resulted in a physical
confrontation between Beckenbauer and the opposing
centre-half. The ill-feeling this engendered had a strong
effect upon Beckenbauer and his team-mates, who decided to
join FC Bayern's youth side rather than the team they had
recently come to blows with.
In 1963, at the age of 18, Beckenbauer was engulfed in
controversy when it was revealed that his then girlfriend
was pregnant, and that he had no intention of marrying her.
Given the conservative social values of the era, he was
originally banned from the West German national youth team
by the DFB, and only readmitted after some diplomatic
wrangling from the side's coach Dettmar Cramer.
He made his debut with Bayern in the Regionalliga Süd
("Regional League South") on the left wing against
Stuttgarter Kickers on 6 June 1964. In only his first season
in the regional league, 1964–65, the team won promotion to
the recently formed Bundesliga, the national league.
Bayern soon became a force in the new German league,
winning the German Cup in 1966–67 and achieving European
success in the Cup Winners' Cup in 1967. Beckenbauer became
team captain for the 1968-69 season and led his club to
their first league title. He began experimenting with the
sweeper ("libero") role around this time, refining the role
into a new form and becoming perhaps the greatest exponent
of the attacking sweeper game.
During Beckenbauer's tenure at Bayern Munich, the club
won three league championships in a row from 1972 to 1974
and also an astonishing hat-trick of European Cup wins
(1974–76) which earned the club the honour of keeping the
Interestingly, since 1968 Beckenbauer has been called
der Kaiser by fans and the media. The following anecdote
is told (even by Beckenbauer himself) to explain the origin:
On the occasion of a friendly game of Bayern Munich in
Vienna, Beckenbauer posed for a photo session right beside a
bust of the former Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I. The
media called him Fußball-Kaiser (football-emperor)
afterwards, soon after he was just called 'Der Kaiser'.
However, according to a report in the German newspaper
Welt am Sonntag this explanation is untrue, though very
popular. According to the report, Beckenbauer fouled his
opposite number, Reinhard Libuda from Schalke 04, in the cup
final on the 14 June 1969. Disregarding the fans' hooting,
Beckenbauer took the ball into the opposite part of the
field, where he balanced the ball in front of the upset fans
for half a minute. Libuda was commonly called König von
Westfalen (king of Westphalia), so the press looked for
an even more exalted moniker and invented der Kaiser.
Beckenbauer's popularity was such that he was included as
a character in Monty Python's sketch "The Philosophers'
Football Match" as being a surprise addition to the German
team. However, instead of actually playing football all the
"players" walk in circles thinking, much to the confusion of
In 1977 Beckenbauer accepted a lucrative contract to play
in the North American Soccer League with the New York
Cosmos. He played with the Cosmos for four seasons up to
1980, and the team won the Soccer Bowl on three occasions
(77, 78, 80).
Beckenbauer retired after a two-year spell with Hamburger
SV in Germany (1980–82) with the win of the Bundesliga title
that year and one final season with the New York Cosmos in
1983. In his career in domestic leagues, he made 587
appearances and scored 81 goals.
Beckenbauer won 103 caps and scored 14 goals for West
Germany. He was a member of the World Cup squads that
finished runners-up in 1966, third place in 1970, and
champions in 1974. Beckenbauer's first game for the national
team came on 26 September 1965.
1966 World Cup
Beckenbauer appeared in his first World Cup in 1966,
playing every match. In his first ever World Cup match,
against Switzerland, he scored twice in a 5-0 win. West
Germany won its group, and then beat Uruguay 4-0 in
quarterfinals, with Beckenbauer scoring the second goal at
the 70th minute. In the semifinals, the Germans faced the
Soviet Union. Helmut Haller opened the score, and then
Beckenbauer scored the 2-0, his fourth goal of the
tournament. The Soviets scored a late goal but were unable
to equalize, and West Germany advanced to the final against
hosts England. The English won the match and the Jules Rimet
Trophy in extra time, gaining the lead through a
controversial goal. The Germans fell short of the title, but
Beckenbauer had a notable tournament, finishing tied for
third on the list of top scorers—from a non-attacking
position. The team returned to a heroes' welcome in Germany.
1970 World Cup
West Germany won its first three matches before facing
England in second round on a rematch of the 1966 final. The
English were ahead 2-0 in the second half, but a spectacular
goal by Beckenbauer in the 69th minute helped the Germans
recover and equalize before the end of regulation, and win
the match in extra time. West Germany advanced to the
semi-finals to face Italy, in what would be known as the
Game of the Century. Despite getting his clavicle fractured
after being fouled, he was not deterred from continuing the
match, as his side had already used up their maximum two
substitutions. He remarkably stayed on the field carrying
his dislocated arm in a sling. The result of this match was
4-3 (after extra time) in favour of the Italians. Germany
defeated Uruguay 1-0 for third place.
1974 World Cup
The 1974 World Cup was hosted by West Germany and
Beckenbauer led his side to victory, including a hardfought
2-1 win over the hotly favoured Netherlands side featuring
Johan Cruyff. Beckenbauer and fellow defenders man-marked
Cruyff so well that the Dutch were never quite able to put
their "Total Football" into full use.
Beckenbauer became the first captain to lift the brand
new FIFA World Cup Trophy after Brazil had retained the
Jules Rimet Trophy in 1970. This also gave West Germany the
distinction of being the only national team at the time to
hold both the Euro and World Cup titles simultaneously;
France also accomplished this feat in 2000.
Beckenbauer became captain of the national side in 1971.
In 1972 West Germany won the European Championship, beating
the Soviet Union 3-0 in the final. In 1976, West Germany
lost the European Championship in the final.
On his return to Germany, Beckenbauer was appointed
manager of the West German national team to replace Jupp
Derwall. He took the team all the way to the final of the
1986 World Cup, where they lost to Argentina.
In 1990, before the German reunification, Beckenbauer
managed the last Germany team without East German players in
a World Cup, winning the final 1-0, against Argentina, in a
rematch of the previous World Cup final. Beckenbauer is one
of two men (with Mario Zagallo) to have won the Cup as
player and as coach, and he is the only man to have won the
title as team captain as well as coach.
Beckenbauer then moved into club management, and accepted
a job with Olympique Marseille in 1990 but left them the
following year, winning the 1990-91 french championship.
From 28 December 1993 until 30 June 1994, and then from
29 April 1996 until 30 June of the same year, he coached
Bayern Munich. His brief spells in charge saw him collect
two further honours - the Bundesliga title in 1994 and the
UEFA Cup in 1996.
In 1994 he took on the role of club president at Bayern,
and much of the Munich giants' success in the following
years has been credited to his astute management. Following
the club's decision to change from an association to a
limited company, he has been chairman of the advisory board
since the beginning of 2002.
In 1998 he became vice-president of the DFB. At the end
of the 1990s, Beckenbauer headed the successful bid by
Germany to organize the FIFA World Cup 2006. He chaired the
organizational committee for the World Cup and was a
commentator for the Bild-Zeitung.
Beckenbauer has been married three times and has had five
children, one of whom, Stefan, was a professional
- Bundesliga -
- Winner: 1968–1969, 1971–1972, 1972–1973,
- DFB Cup -
- Winner: 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971
- European Cup -
- Winner: 1973–1974, 1974–1975, 1975–1976
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup -
- Intercontinental Cup -
New York Cosmos
- NASL Championship -
- Winner: 1976–1977, 1977–1978, 1979–1980
- Trans-Atlantic Cup Championships -
- FIFA World Cup -
- Winner: 1974
- Runner-up: 1966
- Third-Place: 1970
- European Football Championship -
- Winner: 1972
- Runner-up: 1976
- FIFA World Cup -
- Winner: 1990
- Runner-up: 1986
- Ballon d'Or
- Winner: 1972, 1976
- Runner-up: 1974, 1975
- FIFA World Cup Young Player of the Tournament:
- FIFA World Cup Golden Ball-
- FIFA World Cup Team of the Tournament:
- European Football Championships Team of the
- German Footballer of the Year:
- Honorary Captain of the German Soccer Squad
- Germany captain - 1972-1977
The facts speak for itself!!!
Beckenbauer is my hero i want to be just like him one day we
play the egzact same style