This Day in History: 2022-12-02

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The most illustrious career in German football began when 14-year-old Franz Beckenbauer joined Bayern
Munich in 1959. Five years later Beckenbauer would make his first-team debut for Bayern and help transform the club, captaining them to four Bundeshga titles, four German Cups and three consecutive European Cups between 1974 and 1976. Always both a dominant and graceful presence on the pitch, Beckenbauer had no equal as an attacking sweeper. On the international stage he captained West Germany to the 1974 World Cup and then managed his country to success in the 1990 tournament, to become the first and so far only man to win the World Cup as player and manager.
A young Franz Beckenbauer who went on to become the most accomplished player Bayern Munich have ever produced.