Franz Beckenbauer

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Franz Beckenbauer
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Personal information
Full name Franz Anton Beckenbauer
Date of birth September 11, 1945 (1945-09-11) (age 68)
Place of birth Munich, Germany
Playing position Defender (retired)
Youth career
1959-1964 Bayern Munich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964-1977
1977-1980
1980-1982
1983
Bayern Munich
New York Cosmos
Hamburger SV
New York Cosmos
National team
1965-1977 Germany
Teams managed
1984-1990
1990-1991
1994
1996
Germany
Olympique Marseille
Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Franz Beckenbauer (born September 11, 1945), called "The Kaiser", is a former German football player. He played as defender for Bayern Muinich, Hamburger SV and Cosmos New York. After the end of his active career he was the coach of the Germany national team and Bayern Munich. Franz has also been a cult hero for Leeds United fans since the victorious European cup victory in 1975! Franz is a big idol for Leeds fans for the success as a player and manager which totalled more than Leeds united's entire history of honours.

Career[change | edit source]

Franz Beckenbauer grew up in the working-class district of Giesing and started playing football at the age of nine with the youth team of SC Munich '06 in 1954.[1] Although he was a supporter of 1860 München he went to Bayern München. Beckenbauer made his debut with Bayern in the Regionalliga Süd on the left wing against Stuttgarter Kickers on 6 June 1964. This year bayern was promoted to the new German Bundesliga. During Beckenbauer's time at Bayern Munich, the club won three league championships in a row from 1972 to 1974 and also a hat-trick of European Cup wins (1974–76).

After his time with München he signed with Cosmos New York (1977) in the North American Soccer League. After two years with the Hamburger SV (1980-1982) he played till 1983 again with Cosmos.

He played 103 matches for the German football national team. He was member of the World Cup squad in 1966 (2nd), 1970 (3rd) and 1974 (1st). In 1972 he won the European Championship. As manager he won the World Cup 1990 and was runner up in 1986. Afterwards he became coach of his former team FC Bayern München and won the title in 1994 and the UEFA Cup in 1996.

He did lobbing work for Germanys wish to host the 2006 World Cup. After the decision to give them to Germany he was member of the organizational committee.

Club career statistics[change | edit source]

Club performance League Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League Europe Total
1965/66 Bayern Munich Bundesliga 33 4 - 33 4
1966/67 33 2 9 0 42 2
1967/68 28 4 7 1 35 5
1968/69 33 2 - 33 2
1969/70 34 5 2 0 26 5
1970/71 33 3 8 1 41 4
1971/72 34 6 7 1 41 7
1972/73 34 6 6 1 40 7
1973/74 34 5 10 1 44 6
1974/75 33 1 7 1 40 2
1975/76 34 5 9 0 43 5
1976/77 33 3 - 33 3
United States League North America Total
1977 New York Cosmos NASL 15 4 - 15 4
1978 27 8 - 27 8
1979 12 1 - 12 1
1980 26 4 - 26 4
Germany League Europe Total
1980/81 Hamburger SV Bundesliga 18 0 - 18 0
1981/82 10 0 5 0 15 0
United States League North America Total
1983 New York Cosmos NASL 25 2 - 25 2
Country Germany 424 47 70 5 494 52
United States 105 19 - 105 19
Total 529 66 70 5 599 71

International career statistics[change | edit source]

[2] [3]

Germany national team
Year Apps Goals
1965 3 0
1966 12 7
1967 5 0
1968 9 1
1969 6 0
1970 12 2
1971 9 2
1972 7 0
1973 10 1
1974 15 0
1975 7 0
1976 7 1
1977 1 0
Total 103 14

Honours[change | edit source]

Civil[change | edit source]

1976 Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Verdienstkreuz am Bande des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland)
1982 Bavarian Order of Merit
1982 Golden Ring of Honour of the City of Munich
1986 Cross of Merit 1st class of the Federal Republic of Germany (Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland)
1995 Honorary Golden Coin of the City of Munich
2004 Honorary Doctor of National Sports Academy Sofia
2006 Commanders Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Großes Verdienstkreuz des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland)
2008 Lower Saxon Merit 1st Class
2009 Order of Merit of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
2011 Honorary consul of the Republic of Kosovo and of the Football Federation of Kosovo.[4]

Club[change | edit source]

Bayern Munich[change | edit source]

Hamburg[change | edit source]

New York Cosmos[change | edit source]

  • NASL Championship –
    • Winner: 1977, 1978, 1980
  • Trans-Atlantic Cup Championships
    • Winner: 1980, 1983

International[change | edit source]

Managerial[change | edit source]

Individual[change | edit source]

  • FIFA World Cup Young Player of the Tournament:
    • 1966
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball-
    • Runner-up: 1974
  • FIFA World Cup Team of the Tournament:
    • 1966, 1970, 1974
  • European Football Championships Team of the Tournament:
    • 1972, 1976

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