Franz Beckenbauer, fondly called Der Kaiser, is a legend of German football following his achievements as a professional footballer and as a professional manager. One won’t be out of place to call Franz Beckenbauer the best player in the history of German football. Franz Beckenbauer would forever be known as the man who gave the centre back position a different meaning. Franz Beckenbauer started the trend of centre backs bringing the ball out of defence to launch attacks on the opposition with ease. Franz Beckenbauer spent his club football career in two countries alone, the United States of America and his native Germany. Der Kaiser spent the best part of his football career at Bayern Munich and also played for Hamburg. Franz Beckenbauer was in the same team as the goalscoring machine Gerd Muller. They both played for Bayern Munich and Germany together in the 70s. Franz Beckenbauer also played for one club known as New York Cosmos in the United States of America. He was at New York Cosmos alongside the great Pele. Franz Beckenbauer is the first man to win the FIFA World Cup tournament as a player and as a manager. It took Franz Beckenbauer sixty years of the FIFA World Cup to set the record.

Franz Beckenbauer had won the tournament with West Germany as a player at the 1974 edition on home soil before he led the same team to win it as a manager at the 1990 edition.


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