From his sweeper back position, this Kaiser ruled over the soccer pitch much like a monarch rules over his kingdom from his throne.
Franz Beckenbauer’s incredible strength and superb defensive skill on the football field dominated his opponents.
Whether in the German Bundesliga or on the international stage, Beckenbauer starred for his club team as well as his country’s national team.
Surprisingly, the Kaiser has been featured in the news of late, but not for his brilliant soccer exploits.
The Kaiser’s current media coverage stems from purportedly failing to cooperate in the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid corruption investigation which earned him a 90 day suspension.
However, there seems to be much more to dubious details that FIFA released this week which led to the German’s suspension from all FIFA related activities, most importantly the World Cup in Brazil.
In a statement released via his manager, Marcus Höfl, Beckenbauer said he would answer FIFA’s statement within the next two weeks and therefore assumed the ban, which includes his attendance at World Cup games, would be lifted with immediate effect.
But Beckenbauer also criticized FIFA for failing to inform him of its decision before going to the press. The two-time World Cup winner – once as a player, the other as manager – had been “extremely surprised” by hearing of his ban via the news on Friday, even though FIFA’s ethics rules state that any party accused of deliberate breach would be given the chance to release an advance statement.
With the Kaiser’s beloved Germans taking to the pitch this coming week, I’m purposed to add a few minutes of stoppage time as the investigation unfolds in order to remind fans of the resume of one of the greatest international footballers’ to ever lace up his boots.
International Football Hall of Fame’s web site describes Beckenbauer, “There was arrogance in his play that suggested he was always in control.” For this reason, Beckenbauer became respectfully known as Emperor Franz, or the Kaiser.
With 103 caps and 14 goals for Germany, this soccer king still reigns as the only footballer in the history of the sport to win World Cups as both a player (1974) and then as a manager (1986).
He transformed the game of soccer and won the 1972 and 1976 European Footballer of the Year titles for his spectacular attacking play from his sweeper position.
The strong, athletic German became one of the first defenders in the world to leave his defensive back position in order to make long runs into his opponents’ backfield.
This Kaiser collected an assortment of trophies during his soccer career. The talented Beckenbauer won championship trophies in the Bundesliga in 1969, 1972, 1973 and 1974. He also collected three European Cup crowns in 1974, 1975 and 1976.
That’s why I crowned him #5 in one of my latest sports comic books available on Amazon entitled Favorite Sports Royalty.
Beckenbauer retired in 1984 after a brief stint with the New York Cosmos in the United States.
In 1999, he finished second to Holland’s Johan Crujff as the International Hall of Fame’s World Player of the Century.
Call Franz Beckenbauer Emperor Franz, the Caesar of Soccer or the Bayern Munich Monarch or whatever title tickles your royal fancy.
No matter what title of royalty you choose, Franz Beckenbauer will always be known as the Kaiser for how he reigned on the international soccer pitch.
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