Franz Beckenbauer

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Franz Anton Beckenbauer (German pronunciation: [ˈfʁants ˈbɛkn̩ˌbaʊɐ], audio ; born 11 September 1945) is a German former professional footballer 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 3,055,164 page views. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 80 in 2019). Franz Beckenbauer is the 7th most popular soccer player (up from 8th in 2019), the 82nd most popular biography from Germany (up from 94th 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 7 out of 16,923Before him are Pelé, Johan Cruyff, Ferenc Puskás, Garrincha, Eusébio, and Alfredo Di Stéfano. After him are Gerd Müller, Diego Maradona, Lev Yashin, Giuseppe Meazza, Zinedine Zidane, and Cesare Maldini.

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Among people born in 1945, Franz Beckenbauer ranks 3Before him are Bob Marley and Rodrigo Duterte. After him are Gerd Müller, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Radovan Karadžić, Vince McMahon, Aung San Suu Kyi, Tom Selleck, Eric Clapton, Helen Mirren, and Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein.

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Among people born in Germany, Franz Beckenbauer ranks 82 out of 5,289Before him are Martin Bormann (1900), Wilhelm Keitel (1882), Jürgen Habermas (1929), Friedrich Paulus (1890), Clara Zetkin (1857), and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775). After him are Gerd Müller (1945), Albert Speer (1905), Carl Maria von Weber (1786), Walter Gropius (1883), Albertus Magnus (1206), and Nicholas of Cusa (1401).


Among soccer players born in Germany, Franz Beckenbauer ranks 1After him are Gerd Müller (1945), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (1955), Lothar Matthäus (1961), Uwe Seeler (1936), Paul Breitner (1951), Oliver Kahn (1969), Fritz Walter (1920), Jürgen Klinsmann (1964), Rudi Völler (1960), Berti Vogts (1946), and Harald Schumacher (1954).

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