Franz Beckenbauer

1945 - 2024

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Franz Anton Beckenbauer (German pronunciation: [fʁants ˈʔantoːn ˈbɛkn̩ˌbaʊɐ] ; 11 September 1945 – 7 January 2024) was a German professional football player, manager, and official. Nicknamed der Kaiser ("the Emperor"), he is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, and is one of nine players to have won the FIFA World Cup, the European Champions Cup, and the Ballon d'Or. Beckenbauer was a versatile player who started out as a midfielder, but made his name as a central defender. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Franz Beckenbauer has received more than 5,636,062 page views. His biography is available in 92 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 83 in 2019). Franz Beckenbauer is the 2nd most popular soccer player (up from 7th in 2019), the 33rd most popular biography from Germany (up from 73rd in 2019) and the 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 2 out of 21,273Before him are Pelé. After him are Johan Cruyff, Ferenc Puskás, Lev Yashin, Diego Maradona, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Garrincha, Gerd Müller, Eusébio, and Mário Zagallo.

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Among people born in 1945, Franz Beckenbauer ranks 2Before him is Bob Marley. After him are Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Gerd Müller, Rodrigo Duterte, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Vince McMahon, Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein, Aung San Suu Kyi, Wim Wenders, Radovan Karadžić, and Tom Selleck. Among people deceased in 2024, Franz Beckenbauer ranks 1After him are Mário Zagallo, Daniel Kahneman, Peter Higgs, Paul Auster, Alice Munro, Vittorio Emanuele, Prince of Naples, O. J. Simpson, Arno Allan Penzias, Françoise Hardy, Sebastián Piñera, and Alexei Navalny.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Franz Beckenbauer ranks 33 out of 7,253Before him are Johannes Brahms (1833), Karl Dönitz (1891), Anne Frank (1929), Friedrich Schiller (1759), Martin Heidegger (1889), and Hermann Hesse (1877). After him are Wilhelm II, German Emperor (1859), Heinrich Himmler (1900), Angela Merkel (1954), Thomas Mann (1875), Erwin Rommel (1891), and Robert Koch (1843).


Among soccer players born in Germany, Franz Beckenbauer ranks 1After him are Gerd Müller (1945), Lothar Matthäus (1961), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (1955), Jürgen Klinsmann (1964), Uwe Seeler (1936), Oliver Kahn (1969), Paul Breitner (1951), Rudi Völler (1960), Andreas Brehme (1960), Fritz Walter (1920), and Bert Trautmann (1923).