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Franz Beckenbauer Poster

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Overview (3)

Born in Munich, West Germany
Nicknames The Kaiser
Kaiser
Kaiser Franz
Height 5' 11¼" (1.81 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Franz Beckenbauer is probably Germany's most popular soccer player, coach and manager ever, known as the "Kaiser". Born and bred in Munich, he joined Bayern Munich at the age of 14. In 1965, he debuted in the German Bundesliga and became famous in the role of the team's sweeper. The following years, he won four league championships and four European cups (1966 Cup Winners' Cup, 1972-74 Champions' Cup). During that period, Beckenbauer also joined Germany's national side and had 103 caps in total. He led the team to the historic victories at the 1972 European Championships and the 1974 World Cup. After personal and professional problems, he accepted a contract to play in the North American Soccer Leauge with Cosmos New York. The team won the US championships on three occasions, but Beckenbauer returned to Germany and retired in 1984 after playing a season with Hamburger SV. Some months later, he was appointed manager of the German national team and coached the team until its final victory at the World Cup in 1990. He became one of two men, winning the cup as player and coach. In the 1990s, he returned to Bayern Munich and coached the team for one season, but finally became the club's president. More recently, Beckenbauer has headed Germany's bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2006 and is now chairman of the organization committee. Although the tabloids have always been interested in his turbulent private life, Franz Beckenbauer is considered "unassailable" in the public's eye.

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Spouse (3)

Heidi Burmester (23 June 2006 - present) ( 2 children)
Sybille Beckenbauer (1990 - 18 November 2004) ( divorced)
Brigitte Beckenbauer (1966 - 1990) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Strong Bavarian accent

Trivia (15)

He was West Germany's captain at the 1974 World Cup. They beat the Dutch in the final 2-1.
He coached West Germany to the final of the 1986 World Cup, but they were beaten by Argentina 3-2. In the 1990 World Cup final, the West Germans beat the Argentinians 1-0 and Beckenbauer became the first person to captain and coach World Cup winning teams. It was his last tournament as West German coach.
In the 1966 World Cup final his role was to mark England's Bobby Charlton.
Played for West Germany in the FIFA World Cups of 1966, 1970 and 1974.
103 appearances for the West German National Team (1965-1977), scored 14 goals.
He scored four goals at the 1966 World Cup.
Played for the New York Cosmos (1977-1980, 1983) football club.
Played alongside Pelé for one season on the Cosmos (1977).
Has five children: Thomas (b. 1963) with Ingrid Grönke; Michael (b. 1966) and Stefan Beckenbauer (1968-2015) with Brigitte Beckenbauer; Joel Maximilian (b. August 2000) and Francesca Antonie (b. 28 October 2003) with Heidi Burmester (now Beckenbauer).
Head of the organisation comittee for FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany.
396 appearances for FC Bayern Munich in Bundesliga (1965-1977), scored 44 goals.
424 appearances in West German Bundesliga for FC Bayern Munich (1965-1977) and Hamburger SV (1980-1982), scored 44 goals.
28 appearances for Hamburger SV in Bundesliga (1980-1982).
Father of Stefan Beckenbauer.
Most famous West German Soccer Player.

Personal Quotes (3)

Bobby (Bobby Moore) was my football idol. I looked up to him. I was so proud to have played against him.
[prior to the 2002 World Cup. Both sides were eliminated in the first round] Only two nations can win the World Cup. It will be either France or Argentina, they are the best.
[after England's 5-1 defeat of Germany in 2001] If we come up against England, we shall beat them. That defeat will not happen again. It will be back to normal with a German victory.

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