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Franz Beckenbauer
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Franz Beckenbauer

1998 Inductee

Defender

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1974

FIFA World Cup

Sweeper and midfielder who starred for the New York Cosmos in the 1970s and ’80s after European career that had seen him play in three World Cups for West Germany and captain West Germany to both the 1972 European title and the 1974 World Cup title. Beckenbauer was one of the leaders of the Cosmos team that won NASL titles in 1977, 1978 and 1980 and was chosen as a first-team NASL all-star in 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1983. Inducted in 1998.

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