The unflappable and versatile Beckenbauer won 103 caps - the first German to achieve a century of appearances for his country - but it was his achievement in winning the FIFA World Cup™ as both player and manager that earns him a special place among the game's all-time greats. Beckenbauer made his name with Bayern Munich in the 1960s and won his first international cap in 1965.
A year later he graced the biggest stage as part of the Germany FR side that lost to England in the FIFA World Cup final, and more frustration followed at Mexico 1970 as the Germans crashed out in the semi-finals against Italy. But redemption followed in 1974 as Beckenbauer, now employed in the sweeper role he is credited with pioneering, led his country to FIFA World Cup glory on home soil with a 2-1 win over the Netherlands in the final.
Beckenbauer's love affair with the FIFA World Cup would continue when he returned to coach Germany FR to runners-up spot in 1986 before going one better in 1990 with a 1-0 win over Argentina in the final.