German footballer Franz Beckenbauer: biography, personal life, sports career

Franz Beckenbauer is a football legend whose name is on a par with the famous Pele, Cruyff, Maradona, Platini and other stars of the 60s and 80s. His confident game gave a rich harvest of trophies. He is a world and European champion, won the European Cup three times in a row, a multiple winner of the regular championship and the German Cup. He became famous as an unsurpassed defender, and as a coach.

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Franz Beckenbauer: a biography

The future champion in post-war Munich was born on September 11, 1945 in the family of postman Franz Beckenbauer, his mother's name was Antony. He grew up in the working district of Gizing, where he began to play football. At 9 years old the boy was already training at the local club “Munich 1906”, but soon he moved to the youth section of the more eminent “Munich 1860”.

As he grew older, Franz's talent became more and more apparent.As a teenager, he was called up for the youth team of West Germany (West Germany). Then there was a debut in the main part of Bavaria, and a year later a young talented player was invited to the national team. Over time, Franz Beckenbauer, whose nickname is more than eloquently - "Kaiser" - became one of the most prominent players in history.

On the personal front, the footballer is not less famous. He is married three times, six children were born from wives and mistresses.

Franz Beckenbauer biography

Big football

Beckenbauer made his debut in the "Bavaria" June 6, 1964, playing in the "Regional League of the South" (second division) against the Stuttgarter Kickers team. In their first season in the regional league (1964-65), the team won a ticket to the newly created Bundesliga.

"Bavaria" soon became the leading club of the highest league, winning the German Cup in the season 1966-1967. In the same season, they sensationally won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Franz became the team captain in 1969 and led his club to another victory in the German Cup. During this period, the footballer changes his role from the midfielder to the experimental position of a libero - free defender, able to organize and support the attack.Together with his partner Gerd Muller, Franz "terrified" the defensive orders of rivals. Subsequently, this style revived football, making it more dynamic, creative. It was adopted by many teams in Europe and the world.

The peak of Beckenbauer's career began in the years 1972-1976. Led by Franz "Bavaria" won the national championship three times in a row, simultaneously winning the European Cup. In the international arena, the FRG team first won the European Champions title (1972), and then the World Champions (1974).

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Initially, coaches saw Franz a flank striker. Most often, he attacked on the left. But soon the functionaries began to trust him in a more important position - the libero (free defender) and the defensive center defender.

Franz Beckenbauer never missed an opportunity to start and, very often, complete an attack. And he mostly managed it. The secret of success was that direct connection of the last defender to the attack was unusual at that time. Often, the rivals did not go to meet him, expecting that he was about to give up the transfer, as was usual. Thus, the Kaiser had a space in front of him, and he knew how to use such opportunities.

"Soft power"

The phenomenon of Beckenbauer is that this player turned the classical scheme of the game of football that was prevailing at that time, where everyone had a strictly delineated role. It seemed that Franz Beckenbauer did not greatly influence the course of the meetings. Of course, forwards who score goals are always the most famous. But for every goal the whole team works. If the defense acts uncertainly, the attackers will have to retreat to their gates. "Kaiser" did not give the forwards of his team cause for excitement, and they could fully concentrate on the gates of others.

Moreover, the famous football player saw the field superbly. Franz could give a great transfer, and could independently rush to the attack, deciding the course of the match.

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Franz Beckenbauer became the first European to win the World Cup as a footballer (1974), where he was the team captain, and subsequently the head coach (1990). He also won a prize at two world championships (1966 - second place; 1970 - third), and as a coach, he got silver in 1986. Also "Kaiser Franz" became:

  • European Champion (1972).
  • Winner of the Cup Winners' Cup (1967).
  • Winner of the Golden Ball as the best football player in 1972 and 1976.

Beckenbauer became the first German to play more than a hundred matches for his national team. In total, for the main German national team, Franz played 103 games and printed out the gates of the opponents 14 times.

Club activities

In general, “Kaiser” (that's what the fans called him) spent 659 official matches as a player and scored 79 goals. For Bayern Munich, Franz Beckenbauer (Germany) played 427 games (which is a record) and scored about 60 goals. In his native Bavaria, he played from 1964 to 1977.

The next four years, the footballer showed a master class in the fields of the United States. Beckenbauer's talent impressed the American public - he was solemnly introduced into the Hall of Fame.

In the seasons 1980–1982, the athlete played for the eternal rival of Bavaria - Hamburg, where he also became a champion in 1982, winning the fifth honorary trophy.

Major Club Achievements

In 19 years of playing in Bavaria, Cosmos and Hamburg, Franz Beckenbauer achieved the following:

  • Four times he won with Bavaria gold of the national championship and the German Cup.
  • Three times in a row as a captain raised the European Cup (1974–76) above his head.
  • Three times (1977, 1978, 1980) won the US Championship for the "New York Cosmos".
  • In 1982, won the Bundesliga in the form of "Hamburg".

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Coaching career

In 1984, Beckenbauer was informally invited to the post of "shadow" head of the national team. Franz did not have a coaching license, therefore, de jure, he held the position of technical manager, but in practice he was the main strategist. Thanks to his coaching abilities, the German national team reached the finals in 1986, and the next World Cup (1990) was already victorious.

As a coach, the Bavarians led to the championship (1994) and the UEFA Cup conquest (1996), and the French Marseilles to the championship in 1991 and the European Champions Cup final.

Management activities

Moving away from coaching, Beckenbauer did not leave football. He became the honorary president of FC Bavaria, he held positions in FIFA. Today, Franz remains an influential figure in German and international football. As a functionary of the National Federation, he successfully implemented Germany’s bid for hosting the 2006 World Cup and headed the organizing committee. He currently works as a consultant for Sky Deutschland AG, a media holding and is a columnist for the tabloid Bild.

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Franz Beckenbauer: personal life

Being a famous football player, he enjoyed popularity among women.From youthful age Franz was pursued by the scandals connected with an opposite sex. In the first official marriage (1966-1990) two sons were born with Brigitte. However, in parallel, Beckenbauer more than ten years, met with the photographer Diana, who gave him a son. During this period, another child was born on the side.

In 1990, a second marriage with Sybil was registered, which ended in 2004 with a divorce. As in sports, the energetic Franz did not stop there: in 2006 he married for the third time. Two more children were born in the marriage.

"Kaiser Franz" is tireless in life and in football. He became successful both as a footballer and as a coach, and as an official. In an unofficial ranking of the best players, Beckenbauer takes 3rd place, leaving behind only Brazilian Pele and Dutchman Johan Cruyff.

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