11-9-1945: “Der Kaiser” Franz Beckenbauer was born on this day in 1945.
- He was twice awarded European Footballer of the year (1972 and 1976)
- He won 103 caps for West Germany
- He played in three World Cups (1966 (2nd place), 1970 (3rd place) and 1974). He captained the German team that won the trophy in 1974.
- Beckenbauer scored four goals in the 1966 World Cup Finals
- He captained West Germany to the European Championship trophy in 1972 (3-0 vs USSR). Four years later they lost in the final (3-5 on penalties against Czechoslovakia).
- He was captain of the Bayern Munich team that won the European Cup in 1974, 1975 and 1976.
- He played together with Pele for New York Cosmos in the NASL. Together they won the Soccer Bowl three times (1977, 1978 and 1980).
- Managed West Germany to the World Cup final in 1986 losing to Argentina. In 1990 West Germany won the World Cup trophy in Italy. Along with Brazil’s Mario Zagalo, Beckenbauer is the only person to have won the World Cup both as a player and a manager.
- Defined the sweeper / libero role.
“Tell the Kraut to get his ass up front. We don’t a million for a guy to hang around on defence.”
New York Cosmos executive on the former West Germany captain’s deep-lying role, 1977.
- The Book of Football Quotations by Phil Shaw.