Franz Beckenbauer

Many great players were to make themselves well known in 1970. Franz Beckenbauer, who had already appeared in the 1966 World Cup Final for the Germans, had fully matured as a footballer. Nicknamed “the Kaiser”, this very gifted footballer was equally at home marshalling a defence or heading an attack. Football formations had progressed to evolve over the years, yet the scope for finding new ways was still there. Due to Beckenbauer, West Germany were able to adopt a sweeper formation, for the great player was able to sit in front of the defence to intercept and break up attacks, often before they had even occurred to his opponents. His great movements on and off the ball, when he starred in his position just behind his midfield. Beckenbauer was a world cup winner finally in 1974 as West germany defeated Holland in the final of that world cup. In fact Beckenbauer is the only person to have ever won a world cup, both as a player and manager as he guided West germany to winning the 1990 finals.



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