Franz Beckenbauer, voted twice as European Footballer of the Year and widely considered the greatest German player of all time, is the only man to have won the World Cup both as a player and as a manager.
His roll of honour is unique. Captain of West Germany when they won the World Cup and the European Championship, he also led his club, Bayern Munich, to three successive European Cups and to the European Cup Winners' Cup.
He had won a record 103 caps for West Germany when he accepted a 2.5 million dollar contract to play for the New York Cosmos in the North American Soccer League. During his four years in the club the Cosmos won the Soccer Bowl three times. He was latter appointed as West German national manager in succession to Jupp Derwall, and participated on the organizing committee for the 2006 World Cup which was held in Germany.
It is not just for the medals and trophies that Franz is remembered, but rather for his style and the genius he brought to the game, a theme which continues to this day in his presentations as he 'wows' decision makers. He explains the importance of achieving peak performance both in a football team and a business team.