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Happy 73rd Geburtstag To The Kaiser: Tremendous Vintage Photos Of Franz Beckenbauer In His Prime

To celebrate Franz Beckenbauer’s 73rd birthday today, here’s a whole heap of tremendous photos plucked from the Getty archives of Der Kaiser in all his commanding 1960s and 1970s pomp…

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The 20-year-old Franz Beckenbauer (fourth from left) lines up for West Germany ahead of a pre-World Cup friendly against Yugoslavia, 1966

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West Germany players Bernd Patzke, Franz Beckenbauer (centre), Friedel Lutz and granite-jawed goalkeeper Sepp Maier pose at a photo call, 1966

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Franz Beckenbauer (left) and West Germany room-mate Helmut Haller offer assistance in the Peak Hotel kitchen during the 1966 World Cup

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Up in their room at the Peak Hotel in Peveril, Beckenbauer and Haller discuss who gets the bed by the window, 1966

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Franz Beckenbauer takes a central role as West Germany train inside an empty Wembley Stadium during the 1966 World Cup

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Franz Beckenbauer and Bobby Charlton go haring after the ball during the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley

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Franz Beckenbauer (right) marshals the situation as Bayern Munich beat Glasgow Rangers 1-0 in the European Cup Winners’ Cup final, 1967

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Franz Beckenbauer prods home the winning goal in a 1-0 victory over England in front of almost 80,000 fans at Hannover’s Niedersachsenstadion, 1968

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Franz Beckenbauer steals a brief chat with Eusebio ahead of a friendly between Bayern Munich and Benfica, 1972

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Franz Beckenbauer in pensive pre-match mood, 1972

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Franz Beckenbauer squats in his Bayern Munich colours, circa 1972

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Nattily dressed to a man, the Beckenbauer family take in the sights in Jersulam while filming the documentary movie ‘Libero’, 1972

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Franz Beckenbauer and wife Brigitte enjoy a refreshing dip in the sea, 1972

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Franz Beckenbauer and teammates congregate in the studio to record ‘Football Is Our Life’, the West Germany squad’s 1974 World Cup anthem

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Franz Beckenbauer celebrates winning the Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich, 1974

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Franz Beckenbauer holds the World Cup aloft after a fiercely-contested 2-1 win over the Netherlands in the 1974 final

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Franz Beckenbauer celebrates his 30th birthday with Brigitte, as well as Bayern president Wilheim Neudecker and former West Germany captain Fritz Walter, 1975

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Franz Beckenbauer and old adversary Bobby Moore team up with pistols, furs and chess for reasons entirely unknown, 1975

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Way ahead of the curve, Franz Beckenbauer smoulders in his Adilettes while sitting on the edge of the Bayern team bath, 1975

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Nestled comfortably back behind the curve, Franz Beckenbauer dons some questionable knitwear to conduct a little light admin, 1975

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West Germany captain Franz Beckenbauer swaps pennants with England counterpart Alan Ball ahead of a friendly between the two sides, 1975

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Franz Beckenbauer lifts the European Cup after Bayern Munich’s 2-0 win over Leeds at the Parc des Princes, 1975

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Franz Beckenbauer meets his bronze likeness shortly after winning the 1976 Ballon d’Or prize

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Franz Beckenbauer runs out as a New York Cosmos player for the first time after moving to the NASL in 1978

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Mutual respect evident as Franz Beckenbauer is reunited with the equally great Johan Cruyff at the Cosmos, 1978