Franz Beckenbauer Biography

Franz Beckenbauer is the former German football player who is recognised as one of the legends of the modern game. Apart from his playing career, Franz Beckenbauer is also known for the coaching and managing days. Apart from being recognised as one of the best footballers to come from Germany, he is also regarded as one of the best defenders ever to grace football. Even though Franz Beckenbauer started out as a midfielder, he soon realised that his best position was in defence where he became the modern sweeper.

Franz Beckenbauer started his professional career in 1964 with Bayern Munich and his 13 year stint with the German club is regarded as one of the best period’s of his career. In total, he made 427 appearances for Bayern Munich and scored 60 goals in them. In 1977, he moved to the New York Cosmos and spent three years with the American club for whom he made more than 100 appearances. He is one of the very few players who has managed to win almost everything there is to win in both club and international football.

With Bayern Munich, Franz Beckenbauer has won the famed European Cup three times in a row, while he lifted the 1974 World Cup as the captain of the German team. Franz Beckenbauer is also one of the very few personalities in football to have achieved the same feat as a manager. Following the end of his playing career in 1983, Franz Beckenbauer soon ventured into management. He took over the job as the manager of the West German national team in 1984 and led them to the World Cup glory in 1990.

It also marked the end of his career as an international manager. He then managed Marseille for one year before moving to manage Bayern in 1994. He did the same again in 1996, and in both these times, he was relatively successful. He managed a professional team for the final time in 1996 and became the club’s president in 1994.

The success that modern Bayern Munich has achieved is mostly credited to Franz Beckenbauer and his work. Since 2002, he is on the books of Bayern Munich as the chairman of the advisory board. Franz Beckenbauer was also part of the 2006 World Cup bid that was successful for Germany.

In his extremely successful career, he has managed to represent West Germany in 103 matches and scored 14 goals in the process.

Some of the honours that he has achieved at the club level include the German Bundesliga title on five occasions, the DFB Cup on four occasions, the European Cup – currently known as the Champions League -on three occasions, the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup once and one Intercontinental Cup. He is also a player who has received the Ballon d’Or on two occasions, while he also received the FIFA Centennial Player and Football Personality Award in 2004. As a manager, he has won the FIFA World Cup, French Ligue 1 title, Bundesliga title and the UEFA cup.


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