DER KAISER

DER KAISER

DER KAISER

Franz Anton Beckenbauer, nick name Der Kaiser (The Emperor) for his imperious style, and the way he could control games from his role as a deep lying defender. An Emperor suggests luxury and excess, but his game was characterised by elegant simplicity and devastating effectiveness.

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I once saw Franz Beckenbauer enter a restaurant and he did it the same way he played football: with class and authority.
— Brian Clough

A Bauhaus themed desktop is entirely fitting for Franz Beckenbauer. Not because of their shared Germanic origin - but because his playing style was a footballing expression of the Bauhaus philosophy.

Beauty with purpose. Solving problems with elegant simplicity, rejecting unnecessary flourishes, and a mastery of craft that serves the collective. These were the goals of the German Bauhaus design school, but they could just as easily read as a Beckenbauer match report. The Bauhaus philosophy put utilitarian considerations over aesthetic, and Beckenbauers play was effective rather than excessive. His economy of movement was the Bauhaus economy of design.

4 Examples of Bauhaus Beckenbauer

  • 00:20 - Observe the elegant solution to a potentially dangerous situation. Most defenders would have blasted the ball to safety, but with two deft touches of the ball, the danger is extinguished, and the ball is still under control to begin a new attack.
  • 01:03 - When the ball is passed to him, he is on the halfway line. Four touches later, the ball is in the back of the net. No fancy stepovers or extra dribbles, just what is needed and not more. The finish is calmly placed rather than wildly blasted. Understated and efficient.
  • 02:22 - This freekick is the image of economy. Two unhurried steps and the ball is side-footed with unerring precision straight into the bottom corner. The goal is a testament to craft and technique.
  • 02:31 - There can even be visual parallels made between his playing style and Bauhaus design. With his straight back and controlled movements, he creates a very strong, almost rigid vertical dynamic. It echoes the right angles and straight geometric lines of Bauhaus graphic design and architecture.
 Beckenbauers elegant composed posture mirrors Bauhaus geometric design

Beckenbauers elegant composed posture mirrors Bauhaus geometric design

Perhaps the biggest contribution of the Bauhaus was intellectual, a new way of thinking about art and design that continues to influence us today. So too Beckenbauer created a new way of thinking about football, and is often credited with redefining the role of the Sweeper or Libero. The advances made in both cases were revolutionary, and challenged the conventional wisdom at the time.

And so there it is, the Beckenbauer Bauhaus desktop wallpaper. Click through below to download the desktops and pay tribute to the understated beauty of form following function. If you have any suggestions for matching players with art/design, please leave them below - always looking for new material. Also, if you are interested, you can learn more about Beckenbauers career here, and the Bauhaus here.

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GEORGE BEST

GEORGE BEST