Nickname: Der Kaiser ("The Emperor", "The Caesar")
Club: FC Bayern Munich
Growth type: Standard/Lasting
Defence: (the great libero, best defensive player ever)
Speed: (fast, like always) (pretty good acceleration)
Response: (the smartness made player)
Dribble Accuracy: (elegant control of the ball)
Dribble Speed: (fast footed when he wanted too)
"Franz Beckenbauer symbolises football, highlights and a winning mentality. On top of that, he brought the World Cup to his own country. We're proud of him."
Boris Becker, German tennis great.
"He's a great mate. As a player, he was marked out by intelligence rather than strength. He was more Brazilian than German as a footballer."
Pele, iconic Brazilian and Beckenbauer's team-mate at the New York Cosmos.
"The message he sent out was: 'Don't even try it. Coming out to face me is a waste of your time.'"
Sir Bobby Charlton
"When I played football, I was always a forward for reasons of conviction and passion. Best of all, centre forward - surging towards the goal. Being a defender, centre-half, or even a sweeper was not for me. Others were more talented and more suited to that. That applied to one person in particular. I mean Franz Beckenbauer. As a footballer, he was blessed with so much talent and ability, that he embodies the perfect sweeper to this very day. Franz Beckenbauer was an exceptional player, who made his mark on football during the time that he played. He has shaped this sport, the language and rules of which are understood throughout the world, and interpreted it in a new way. He has given the "Number 5" a new dimension and from the classic sweeper has created the playing sweeper, who intervenes proactively in the offensive game of his team. Franz Beckenbauer was without doubt a reformer as regards football, if you like. I am certain, that without him, we could hardly have brought the 2006 FIFA World Cup to Germany. He was world champion in 1974 as a player, in 1990 he was world champion as team manager and in 2006 the chief organiser of the World Cup."
Former German chancellor Gerhard Schroder
"He's the hero of our nation. It hasn't happened by chance, he's earned it by hard work."
Gunter Netzer, former Germany international and team-mate
"Simplicity is the secret of his success. This man, with so much ability and an extraordinary career path, is the same lad he always was. Plenty of them go off the rails, but not him."
Dettmar Cramer, former coach
"He's one of the all-time greats alongside Alfredo di Stefano or Pele."
Sepp Herberger, German FIFA World Cup winning coach in 1954
"A truly impressive person. If you don't like him, there's something wrong with you."
Michel Platini, UEFA President
"He's a gentleman, a perfect Englishman. Unfortunately, he's not English."
Kevin Keegan, former England international and team-mate in Hamburg