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FRANZ BECKENBAUER

For me, West Germany's Franz Beckenbauer really was the master. He seemed to be playing a different game to everyone else in his prime because he managed to give himself so much time and space on the ball.

His vision was second to none and he also managed to invent the role of attacking sweeper single-handedly... what a class act he was.

Even as a young man in the 1966 World Cup he was something special and lifting the trophy in front of his own fans in 1974 was no great surprise.

I knew he would do well as West Germany's coach because there was no better reader of the game.

John Motson's
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John Motson's Audio Analysis

Beckenbauer
Date of Birth:
11/9/1945
Country:
West Germany
World Cup Appearances:
1966, 1970, 1974
Highlights:
World Cup winner as a player (1974) and a manager (1990)
World Cup Goals:
5


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BeckenbauerBrazil's Mario Zagalo is the only other man to win the World Cup as a player (1958 and 1962) and a manager (1970), though Beckenbauer also holds the dubious honour of losing a World Cup final as a player (1966) and a manager (1986).



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