Franz Beckenbauer

Known for his elegant style, dominance and leadership on the field. DER KAISER: Beckenbauer played with his head up and was not afraid to run with the ball.

The Player


The only man to win the world cup as both a player and manager. His collection of honours shows off his abilities as a leader on and off the pitch. He revolutionised the role of an attacking sweeper with his unique performances.


Key Skills
  • Versatile
  • Leader
  • Calm on the ball


Franz Beckenbauer had the ability and skill to play anywhere on a football pitch


Quick Facts
  • 1. Won 3 NASL titles with the New York Cosmos
  • 2. Captained West Germany to win the 1974 World Cup
  • 3. Often credited with inventing the modern sweeper role




Final Note

Beckenbauer was one of the first to show the benefits of a defender that was comfortable on the ball. Could you name a defender who looks more comfortable with the ball at his feet than Franz?