Former Germany's football manager Franz Beckenbauer is celebrating his 74th birthday today. As a number of online tributes attest, he is one of the most acclaimed footballers of his generation.
Popular footballer-coach Franz Beckenbauer has always liked to keep a bit of himself hidden from view. At 74th birthday, he remains a man of many facets.
Beckenbauer, a cultural icon
Born Franz Anton Beckenbauer in Munich on September 11, 1945, his career spans an arc over many different eras and tastes in German history. Beckenbauer's not just a great footballer, he's an inspiration, an icon and a successful business man. At this point in his career, there seems to be little Franz hasn't done.
And we've got a feeling the next 12 months are going to be even bigger and better for Franz Beckenbauer as he promises more to come. After all, he's only 74.
Happy Birthday, Franz, you're the best!
Franz Beckenbauer career in pictures
- Germany national football team manager (1984 - 1990)
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