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 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.
- Calm on the ball
- 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
Beckenbauer was one of the first to show the benefits of a defender that was comfortable on the ball.