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Name Franz Beckenbauer
Spelling Der Kaiser
Gender Male
Ethnic German
Job German Footballer
Desc The legendary German rules all centre-back’s that came before or after him. His grit, guile and grace was unlike anything that had been seen previously from players viewed primarily as lumbering, uncoordinated oafs. A midfielder in his youth, Beckenbauer made his name as a central defender and is credited with the invention of the sweeper – or Libero – role. He was one of the first defenders to possess an all-round game, able to break up play and spark his own team’s attacks. A two-time Ballon d’Or winner (1972 & 76), he was the first defender to win the award


Org Germany National Team
Club as Player Bayern Munich
Media Sky Deutschland


Son Stephan Beckenbauer
Grandson Luca Beckenbauer
Coworker Wolfgang Niersbach
  Theo Zwanziger


Stephan Beckenbauer Franz’s son, Stephan, was also a professional footballer. He also came through the youth ranks of Bayern before spells at 1860 Munich and FC Saarbrucken among other smaller clubs. Stephan retired at 28 to become a scout and youth coach with the German giants. But when he was 46 – and Luca just 14 – Stephan tragically died because of a brain tumour
Sky Deutschland It is a German pay-TV operator. Franz Beckenbauer works there as football pundit. Following the turbulent events in the past months, it was Beckenbauer’s request to have more time for himself and his family, according to Sky. He therefore asked the broadcaster to discontinue their long-standing collaboration for an indefinite period of time. Beckenbauer who extended his contract with Sky for several years in 2012 has been in the focus of criticism in connection with the corruption allegations regarding the allocation of the 2006 FIFA World Cup to Germany

2010 06 05 Retrieve

[Franz Beckenbauer said he was not optimistic about Germany’s chances of success at the World Cup] Without Michael Ballack, it will be difficult. Our team is weakened. We’ll have to work hard just to reach the semi-finals. We’re never been artists on the pitch like the Brazilians

2014 12 03 Retrieve

[Franz Beckenbauer slams Guardiola’s boring Bayern] We’re going to end up being unwatchable like Barcelona. The players will start passing the ball back even on the goal line. I have a different vision. If I had the chance to shoot from distance, particularly up against a tight defence, I’d take it. That’s the most efficient way [to play], though it’s 100% up to the players

2015 06 19 Retrieve

[Franz Beckenbauer says Bastian Schweinsteiger will struggle in EPL] If I was at Schweini’s place, I would stay one or two years more at Bayern. Until then, he can still perform at the highest level

2015 07 17 Retrieve

[Franz Beckenbauer on Bastian Schweinsteiger] I find it very brave to make a move like this at his age. People know Schweinsteiger at Bayern and know what he can do. That’s not the case in England and he will have to prove himself all over again. I wish him all the best and hope he can represent German football well in England, but not a lot of players have succeeded in doing so. A move to the MLS would have made more sense for me

2016 09 16 Retrieve

[Beckenbauer had given an interview in 2010, explaining how Bin Hammam and the Emir of Qatar had helped to win votes for Germany] I’m not sure if we would have got the World Cup without the Emir of Qatar. It wasn’t about money. An envoy of the Emir is Mohamed Bin Hammam, who was later head of the Asian Federation and was then a member of the Executive Comittee. The Emir ordered him to help us get a few votes for our bid, and he did so

2019 03 05 Retrieve

[Franz Beckenbauer believes the Bavarians are heading in the right direction] I have the feeling Bayern are on an upward curve, even if they are not yet where I would like to see them

[Franz see the return of Javi Martinez into defensive midfield critically important] Niko Kovac has survived his first crisis and heavy public criticism well. The team has come together again and is playing with compactness. We had holes before that the Empire State Building could have fit in! Now, Javi Martinez is stabilizing the defense

2019 03 25 Retrieve

[Franz Beckenbauer believes Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is now matching Manuel Neuer] Ter Stegen has caught up a lot, but he has benefited from the injury of Manuel Neuer. Manuel Neuer will pull together and continue to be the number one. I trust him. But Ter Stegen will not let up

[Franz Beckenbauer the trio of Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Mulller to be reinstated sooner rather than later despite Joachim Low’s bold statement] I understand that this is a temporary non-selection and you look at how the boys are developing and that they can be brought back if needed

2019 05 04 Retrieve

[Franz Beckenbauer talks about James Rodriguez] It would be a pity if he left, but if he wants to go there is not much you can do. He fits very well into the Bayern team as he knows how to use the ball and play football. We don’t have many players like him in the squad and he fits in nicely alongside Thiago. The Colombian is different, there is a murmur around the stadium when he gets the ball

2019 06 03 Retrieve

[Franz Beckenbauer on Juergen Klopp] I want nothing more than to see Klopp come to Bayern one day, it would be a good fit. Juergen brought a new type of football to Germany … what he began in Dortmund, he has refined in Liverpool

[Liverpool are reportedly looking to extend Klopp’s contract, which currently runs until 2022. Yet Beckenbauer questioned whether 51-year-old would stay on Merseyside in the long term] I think that a job in England robs you of energy. As a manager in the Premier League, you have more responsibility than as a coach in the Bundesliga. With the two cup competitions and the slightly larger league, the amount of games is considerably higher than it is in Germany