Thursday, November 19, 2009


Franz Beckenbauer
© Bildarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz

Full Name: Franz Anton Beckenbauer.
Born: 11 September 1945 in Munich/Germany.
Nickname: Der Kaiser (Caesar, Emperor).
Position: Libero.

West Germany 103 (1965-1977) / 14 goals

Domestic League Games:
West Germany 424 (1965-1977 & 1980-82) / 44 goals
USA 132 (1977-1980 & 1983) / 23 goals
Domestic Cup Games:
German Cup 66 (1965-1982) / 5 goals
European Cup Games:
80 (1966-1982) / 6 goals

International Club Cup Games:
European Champions Cup 40 (1969-1977) / 4 goals
European Cup Winners’ Cup 23 (1966-1972) / 1 goal
UEFA Cup 13 (1970-1982) / 1 goal
European Super-Cup 4 (1975-1976) / 0 goals
Intercontinental Cup 2 (1976) / 0 goals

European Footballer of the Year:
1965 (17th), 1966 (3rd), 1967 (4th), 1968 (4th), 1969 (7th), 1970 (4th), 1971 (5th), 1972 (winner), 1973 (4th), 1974 (2nd), 1975 (2nd), 1976 (winner)
German Footballer of the Year:
1966, 1968, 1974, 1976

SC 1906 Munich (1953-1958)
Bayern Munich (Youth Team) (1958-1964)
Bayern Munich (1964-1977)
New York Cosmos (1977-1980)
Hamburg SV (1980-1982)
New York Cosmos (1983)

Trophies won (compact version):
1 World Cup
1 European Championship
5 German league titles (with Bayern and Hamburg)
3 NASL championships (with Cosmos)
3 European Champion Cups (with Bayern)
1 European Cup Winners’ Cup (with Bayern)
1 Intercontinental Cup (with Bayern)
4 German Cups (with Bayern)
2 times European Footballer of the Year
4 times German Footballer of the Year
Once Most Valuable Player NASL

Trophies won (detailed version):
World Cup: 1974
European Championship: 1972
European Champions Cup: 1974, 1975, 1976
European Cup Winners Cup: 1967
UEFA-Cup Finalist: 1982*
Intercontinental Cup Winner: 1976
German Champion: 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1982
German runner-up: 1970, 1971, 1981
German Cup winner: 1966, 1967, 1969, 1971
German Cup runner-up: -
U.S. Champion: 1977, 1978, 1980
Best League Goal Scorer: never

World Cup Participation:
1966, 1970, 1974
European Championship Participation:
1968, 1972, 1976
* did not play
(Figures from The BigSoccer)

From wissenmedia GmbH
Franz Beckenbauer is the only man to have won the World Cup both as a player and as a manager. His roll of honour is unique. Captain of West Germany when they won the World Cup and the European Championship, he also led his club, Bayern Munich, to three successive European Cups and also to the European Cup Winners' Cup.
But it is not just for the medals and trophies that Beckenbauer is remembered. Rather it is for the style and the genius. Every movement he made on the pitch bristled with elegance. There was an arrogance in his play that suggested he was always in command - "Emperor Franz" and "The Kaiser" they called him. But more than that, he was a great thinker about the game and brought about a revolution in the way it is played by inventing the role of the attacking sweeper.
Those powerful long runs out of central defence had never been seen before. Up to then, no one had thought that a sweeper had any job being in his opponents' half of the field, let alone scoring. Beckenbauer both created and bequeathed this tactic to the modern game. It contained the element of surprise and it became his trademark.
Beckenbauer was born amid the ruins of post-war Germany on September 11, 1945, in Munich. He joined the youth team at Bayern when he was 14 and three years later gave up his job as a trainee insurance salesman to become a professional footballer.
At that time, Bayern were one of West Germany's less fashionable clubs and didn't merit a place in the Bundesliga when it was formed in 1963. But they were soon promoted and when Beckenbauer made his debut in 1964 it was as an outside-left.
He was soon switched into midfield and within a year he had made his debut for West Germany. The match - a test of nerve for even experienced internationals, let alone a fledgling 20-year-old - was a crucial World Cup qualifier away to Sweden. Beckenbauer, however, demonstrated that coolness of temperament for which he was to become famous as West Germany won 2-1 and qualified for the 1966 World Cup to be played in England.
For the final against England, Beckenbauer was deputed to man-mark Bobby Charlton and followed him all around Wembley. It was a battle of wits. Charlton was the player the Germans feared most and as Beckenbauer himself said years later: "England beat us in 1966 because Bobby Charlton was just a bit better than me."
England won 4-2 in extra-time though a Geoff Hurst hat-trick. The result was a huge disappointment for the young Beckenbauer, but it was to be only the first of three World Cup Finals he was to play in and he would have his revenge

Captains Uwe Seeler (left) and Bobby Moore
Referee Gottfried Dienst in the middle
World Cup 1966

It's difficult to tell
Is the ball above the ground or not
World Cup 1966

The final whistle is blown
Bobby Charlton can celebrate after 120 minutes of drama
World Cup 1966

Captain Bobby Moore kisses the Jules Rimet Cup
England are World Cup winners for the first time
On the left is Ray Wilson
World Cup 1966

His second tournament in Mexico in 1970 was also memorable as he played in the semi-final against Italy with a dislocated shoulder, carrying his injured arm in a sling. However, his dedication went unrewarded with the Azzurri running out 4-3 winners, leaving the Germans to settle for third place.
Nevertheless, Beckenbauer still has fond memories of Mexico. "1970 was a magnificent tournament. The fans were fanatical and stadium security wasn't quite so intense in those days. You could still do pretty much what you wanted to. There was just one armed policeman who sat outside the entrance and watched the whole ground. Obviously, that would be unthinkable today. Back then, it was simply more relaxed. The games in Mexico were colourful. The country laughed and football danced," he recalled.
Then in 1974 came Beckenbauer's finest hour. By now, he was playing in the position he revolutionised - as a libero behind the defence. He organised the team from the back, but also advanced when his side were on the attack. It was in his nature to go forward; he simply could not stop himself.
The 1974 FIFA World Cup in Germany was something extra-special for Beckenbauer and his team. From the first whistle, the home fans demanded nothing less than victory. The high expectations were something the captain was all too aware of: "When you are hosts, there is obviously twice the pressure, because everybody expects you to win".
Collectively, Beckenbauer, Sepp Maier, Paul Breitner, Wolfgang Overath, Gerd Muller and the rest of the team withstood the pressure to make West Germany champions for the second time. After their 2-1 victory over the Netherlands, Beckenbauer became the first captain to lift the brand new FIFA World Cup trophy after Brazil had retained the Jules Rimet trophy in 1970.

West Germany vs Netherlands
World Cup 1974
German Federal Archive
Author Mittelstädt, Rainer
From Wikipedia

Less than a minute played of the final
The Germans haven't even touched the ball
but Johann Cruyff was brought down... Penalty!
World Cup 1974

Johann Neeskens converts the penalty
A powerful shot in the middle of the goal
Sepp Maier has no chance and 1-0 to Holland
World Cup 1974

It's West Germany's turn to be awarded a penalty
Win Jansen tackles Bernd Hölzenbein
English referee Jack Taylor points to the spot again
World Cup 1974

Paul Breitner gives Dutch goalie Jan Jongbloed no chance
He places the ball down at the bottom corner
1-1 after 25 minutes
World Cup 1974

Beckenbauer clears away the ball
Challenged by Dutchman Johann Neeskens
World Cup 1974

The decisive moment
Gerd Müller turns and scores right before half time
2-1 to West Germany
Müller's 14th World Cup goal, a record which stands even today
World Cup 1974

Berti Vogts heads away the ball in front of Johann Cruyff (14)
The Dutch increased the pressure in the second half
They never found a way through the German defence
World Cup 1974

Willem van Hanegem (3) dives in
Beckenbauer (5) manages to clear the ball away
Schwarzenbeck (4) and Maier in goal watches
World Cup 1974

More chaos in the German penalty area
Schwarzenbeck (4) and van Hanegem battle for the ball
Behind them are the two captains Beckenbauer and Cruyff
Goalkeeper Sepp Maier is on the ground
World Cup 1974

Johann Cruyff still argued about the penalty
Referee Jack Taylor (far left) gave him a yellow card
World Cup 1974

FIFA World Cup Champion 1974

Coach Helmut Schön lifts the trophy
West Germany are World Cup winners for the second time
World Cup 1974

The peak of achievement for Beckenbauer (above) was captaining his country to World Cup victory in the Olympic Stadium in his home city of Munich in 1974. West Germany finished only runners-up in an easy group in the early stages, surprisingly losing their first ever game against East Germany 1-0. They made no mistakes at the second group stage, however, winning all three matches.
But it was a team in the other half of the draw that everyone was talking about. The "Total Football" of Holland, captained by Johan Cruyff, had captured the imagination. They had scored 14 goals and conceded only one in six games en route to the final. Now they were ready for the showdown against the equally effective "Total Football" of West Germany. Perhaps it should have been billed "Total Box Office" - because with the two best players in the world, the match was inevitably presented as Beckenbauer v Cruyff.
Certainly the game was going to turn on whether the Germans could stop Cruyff, but that job fell not to Beckenbauer but to Bertie Vogts, now manager of the current national side.
The start was sensational. Holland kicked-off and passed the ball around aimlessly as the home crowd whistled and jeered. Suddenly, Cruyff raced forward with the ball, went past Vogts and was tripped in the penalty area. Johan Neeskens took the spot kick and West Germany were 1-0 down without having touched the ball.
With such a start, how did Holland lose? Brian Glanville explains: "For twenty-five minutes the Dutch did as they pleased against a stunned German team, rolling the ball about, making pretty patterns, but creating no real opportunities. Dangerous indulgence against a host team; and so it was that West Germany got off the hook."
First they equalised though a Paul Breitner penalty and then Muller got the winner just before half-time as the Dutch defence began to wilt. Beckenbauer had achieved one half of his unique double.
In 1977, Beckenbauer left Bayern Munich to join the New York Cosmos. By the time he left Munich he had won every major honour with "his" Bayern: the Intercontinental Cup, a hat-trick of UEFA European Cups, four German Championships and four German Cups. He hoped to find a new challenge in the USA's professional league, as well as earn a good living. From a sporting point of view, however, the switch stateside did not further his development: "Football-wise it was a non-starter" he said.
The move across the Atlantic also brought an end to his international career. Since he was plying his trade abroad, he was no longer considered for selection by West Germany. In total, he made 103 appearances for his country, becoming the first ever German player to break through the 100-cap barrier.
In 1982, he made his comeback in the Bundesliga at 35, playing for one season with Hamburg. He retired from playing in 1983 after another spell with the New York Cosmos.

Franz Beckenbauer
From's photostream

When he joined the Cosmos he teamed up with Pelé and Giorgio Chinaglia and helped make the New York club one of the most famous soccer teams in the world. Beckenbauer made his NASL debut on May 29, 1977 against Tampa Bay Rowdies in Tampa, Florida and scored a goal in his team's 4-2 defeat before 45,288 fans. In his first season in New York, the Cosmos won Soccer Bowl '77 defeating Seattle Sounders 2-1 in the Final. With Beckenbauer playing sometimes in midfield and sometimes in defence the Cosmos went on to win the title again in 1978 and 1980. Perhaps significantly, after he left the Cosmos in September 1980 to join Hamburger SV, the Cosmos failed to win Soccer Bowl '81 after reaching the Final.
In July 1984, after the failure of Jupp Derwall at that year's UEFA European Championship, Beckenbauer was installed as West Germany's national team head coach. His first major success from the dugout was at Mexico 1986, where he led his team to the Final. Although Argentina won the trophy, Beckenbauer had come of age as a coach.
At Italy 1990, West Germany became undefeated world champions, and when Andreas Brehme converted the only goal from the penalty spot in the Final against Argentina, Beckenbauer secured his place in the record books as the first man to win the FIFA World Cup as captain and as coach. Winning the trophy as coach remains the pinnacle of Franz Beckenbauer's football career: "I would say 1990 in Italy was the most important to me, it doesn't come any better than managing a side to victory," he has been quoted as saying.
Beckenbauer was the president of Bayern Munich until 1998, when he was made the vice-president of the German Football Association. And after helping to return the sport's showpiece event to his homeland, he successfully oversaw the 2006 FIFA World Cup as the chairman of its Organising Committee.

Franz Beckenbauer, 1990
German Federal Archive
Author Kluge, Wolfgang
From Wikipedia

Franz Beckenbauer, 2006
Author Immanuel Giel, cropped by afrank99

People associate the name Franz Beckenbauer with many qualities, qualities which grew from his years of hard work as a football player and an honorary sports presentative. Franz Beckenbauer has always been aware that his privileged position is due not least to a gift. He has always had a way not only with all things football, but with people, too - in complete control on the pitch, yet a charming and attentive listener at all other times. He considers himself lucky to have been able to walk on the bright side for most of his life. After finishing his career as an active athlete he wanted to pass on some of his good fortune to those who have been less lucky, to the physically and mentally disabled and to those in need through no fault of their own. With this in mind, he endowed the Franz Beckenbauer Foundation with DM 1 million capital in 1982 and has since won over many industrial, media and sports celebrities to his cause.

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