Franz Anton Beckenbauer (born September 11, 1945) is a German football coach, manager, and former player, nicknamed der Kaiser ("the emperor") because of his elegant style, his leadership qualities, his first name "Franz" (reminiscent of the Austrian emperors), and his dominance on the football pitch. He is generally regarded as the greatest German footballer of all time and also as one of the greatest footballers in the history of the game.
He was a versatile player, who started out as midfielder but adapted to different roles on the pitch, and he is often credited as having invented the role of the modern sweeper or libero (SW).
Twice selected the European Footballer of the Year, he appeared 103 times for West Germany and played in three World Cups. He lifted the World Cup trophy as captain in 1974, and repeated the feat as a manager in 1990. With the club Bayern Munich, he won three consecutive European Cups from 1974 to 1976, and the Cup Winners' Cup in 1967. He went on to become...
Once in a Lifetime (full title: Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos) is a documentary movie about the New York Cosmos, one of the most famous soccer clubs ever in the United States. The movie premiered on July 7, 2006 in the New York City area. Miramax distributed the film only in limited release. The movie combines the narration of veteran actor Matt Dillon with interviews with many of the team's legendary star players (with the notable exception of Pelé) and footage of the team in the North American Soccer League in the late 1970s and early 1980s. An interview with co-director Paul Crowder about the making of the documentary and his favorite team, Chelsea, is available from the EPL Talk Podcast at http://epltalk.libsyn.com http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0489247