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Franz Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer
Full name: Franz Anton Beckenbauer
Date of birth: 11 September 1945 (age 65)
Place of birth: Munich, Germany
Height: 1.81 m (5 ft 11 1/2 in)
Playing position: Sweeper
Football's greatest: Franz Beckenbauer

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Franz Beckenbauer, nicknamed "Der Kaiser" was a German football player. He won the European Cup with Bayern Munich three times in a row from 1974 to 1977. As a captain he helped West Germany win the World Cup in 1974. In the final he had to mark Johan Cruyff and did this so well that Cruyff was never able to play like he had done before at that tournament. West Germany won the final with 2-1. Beckenbauer introduced a new style of play as an attacking sweeper. He would often make a rush from his own penalty area to the penalty area of the opponent by dribbling and making short combinations with his teammates. He did this so well that he scored 60 goals for Bayern Munich as a defender.


Club Record
19641977Bayern Munich42760
1977-1980New York Cosmos10519
1980-1982Hamburger SV280
1983New York Cosmos272

National Team
19651977West Germany10314


Team Honours
West GermanyWorld Championship1974
West GermanyEuropean Championship1972
Bayern Munich European Cup1974,1975,1976
Bayern Munich European Cup Winners Cup1967
Bayern Munich German Championship 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974
Bayern Munich German Cup1966, 1967, 1969, 1971
New York CosmosAmerican Championship1977, 1978, 1980
Hamburger SVGerman Championship1982

Individual Honours
Ballon d'Or1972,1976
German Footballer of the Year1966, 1968, 1974, 1976