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Franz Beckenbauer

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Franz Anton Beckenbauer (German pronunciation: [ˈfʁants ˈantoːn ˈbɛkŋ̍ˌbaʊɐ], audio ; born 11 September 1945) is a German former professional football player and manager. In his playing career he was nicknamed Der Kaiser ("The Emperor") because of his elegant style, dominance and leadership on the field, and also as his first name "Franz" is reminiscent of the Austrian emperors. He is widely regarded to be one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Franz Beckenbauer has received more than 3,975,608 page views. His biography is available in 83 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 82 in 2019). Franz Beckenbauer is the 7th most popular soccer player, the 73rd most popular biography from Germany (up from 82nd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular German Soccer Player.

Franz Beckenbauer is most famous for being a German footballer who played as a sweeper. He is also the only person to win the World Cup as captain and coach.

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Among soccer players, Franz Beckenbauer ranks 7 out of 16,880Before him are Pelé, Johan Cruyff, Ferenc Puskás, Diego Maradona, Lev Yashin, and Gerd Müller. After him are Eusébio, Garrincha, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Zinedine Zidane, Giuseppe Meazza, and Josef Bican.

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Among people born in 1945, Franz Beckenbauer ranks 5Before him are Bob Marley, Rodrigo Duterte, Gerd Müller, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. After him are Aung San Suu Kyi, Vince McMahon, Radovan Karadžić, Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein, Eric Clapton, Tom Selleck, and Daniel Ortega.

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Among people born in Germany, Franz Beckenbauer ranks 73 out of 6,142Before him are Erich von Manstein (1887), Karl Lagerfeld (1933), Heinrich Hertz (1857), Helmut Kohl (1930), Albert, Prince Consort (1819), and Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762). After him are Karl Jaspers (1883), Caspar David Friedrich (1774), Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714), Richard Strauss (1864), Heinz Guderian (1888), and Heinrich Schliemann (1822).


Among soccer players born in Germany, Franz Beckenbauer ranks 2Before him are Gerd Müller (1945). After him are Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (1955), Lothar Matthäus (1961), Oliver Kahn (1969), Fritz Walter (1920), Paul Breitner (1951), Jürgen Klinsmann (1964), Uwe Seeler (1936), Rudi Völler (1960), Felix Magath (1953), and Berti Vogts (1946).

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