Breitner at 60
Bayern Munich and Germany legend Paul Breitner turned 60 on Monday - bundesliga.com takes a look back at his glittering career...
Born on 5 September 1951 in Bavaria, Paul Breitner (right) is a lifelong FC Bayern fan and signed his first deal with the club aged 18. He went on to become part of a legendary side which picked up three straight Bundesliga titles and a European Cup between 1972-74.
The the marauding left-back's energetic displays soon elevated him into the international reckoning, and Breitner's (right) Germany career really took off when he helped his country to European Championship glory in 1972, aged just 21.
Two years later he was a part of the victorious German World Cup-winning squad of 1974. Breitner (right, with Franz Beckenbauer and Sepp Maier) levelled the scores from the spot in the final against the Netherlands, before Gerd M�ller went on to score the winner.
A move to Spanish giants Real Madrid followed, where Breitner (left) teamed up with fellow Germany star G�nter Netzer (right). The outspoken defender made 84 appearances in La Liga, scoring ten goals and claiming two Spanish titles and a Copa del Rey between 1974-77.
After three years in the Spanish capital, Breitner returned to his homeland with Eintracht Braunschweig, but after scoring ten goals in 30 appearances for the Lower Saxony outfit, the lure of a return to Bayern proved too tempting...
Unsurprisingly Breitner (centre) jumped at the chance to sign for his boyhood club. Now a converted box-to-box midfielder, he went on to win a further two Bundesliga titles and a second DFB Cup, not to mention a runners-up finish in the European Cup in 1982
Breitner (left) retained his place in the national team for the 1982 World Cup, where he became one of only four players (along with Pele, Vava and Zinedine Zidane) to score in two separate World Cup finals. Unfortunately, his late effort in Madrid was not enough to prevent Italy winning 3-1.
After hanging up his boots as a player, Breitner, a distant relative of the Pope, took up a behind-the-scenes role with FC Bayern. Aside from being an advisor to the board and chief scout, he is officially employed as a 'Brand Ambassador' for the club.
Even as a Sexagenarian, Breitner is still an active member of the Bayern All-Stars team and attributes his continued good health to all the extra training hours he put in as a youngster. He recently played 70 minutes in a charity game against Real Madrid.