Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer - World Cup Winner 1974

Beckenbauer played in three World Cup tournaments and was a model for all that is good about German football. His best roles were at the heart of the German centre field and made his debut in the 1966 World Cup in England where he was son the losing end in the final but scored 3 goals in this tournament.

Beckenbauer's most memorable moment that the World will remember in the 1970 Mexico World Cup where he suffered a dislocated shoulder in the semi final against Italy, but still stayed on the field with his arm in a sling and still played a blinder despite the pain. The match for the German ended in a heart-stopping, extra-time defeat.

Beckenbauer crowning moment came in the 1974 German finals as he led West Germany to triumph in front of their own fans, and became one the greatest captains to lift the trophy. Beckenbauer is the only man to have captained and coached a World Cup winning team.