Top 10 Best German Players in History

Best German Players in History

Best German Players in History: The German team is one of the most successful in all of history not only because of its abundant titles but also because of its great moments. Being one of the three teams with the most international titles, it is impossible not to highlight the good work of the great players who have made German history great.

All these great names have contributed a grain of sand to what is currently the second (double tie with Italy) selection with the most World Cups with four World Cups.

This success, in addition to being enlarged after winning several times the Eurocup and good continental participations, is due to the presence of players who over time have written their names in history.

Best German Players in History

For this reason, we have prepared a ranking in which we will review the careers of the most important players in the history of German football. In this way, regardless of whether or not they have success with the national team, we will highlight the soccer ability of each one.

10. Thomas Muller:

  • Full Name: Thomas Müller
  • Date of Birth: 13 September 1989
  • Place of Birth: Weilheim in Oberbayern, West Germany
  • Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
  • Position(s): Attacking midfielder, forward

Thomas Müller is a German player who made his debut in 2008 under the discipline of Bayern München. He is one of the two players in our ranking that is still active. However, Thomas Müller was withdrawn from the German national team due to a technical decision. Therefore, he will not increase his numbers with ‘Die Mannschaft’.

This player is at the beginning of our ranking in the highest position. However, if you continue to build on your legacy, it may grow over time until you are considered one of the best in history. At 31, Müller is the German player who has won the most titles in the entire history of football (27 titles).

As a player for the German national team, he was a key player in the devastating 2014 world championship. He played with the German jersey 89 times and scored 37 goals.

National Team Record:

YearsMatchesGoals
2010– Germany 10840

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
FIFA World Cup2014
FIFA World Cup third place 2010

9. Jurgen Klinsmann:

  • Full Name: Jurgen Klinsmann
  • Date of Birth: 30 July 1964 (age 57)
  • Place of Birth: Göppingen, West Germany
  • Height: 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
  • Position(s): Striker

Jürgen Klinsmann is a former German player who played in the forward position. He made his professional debut in 1984 for TB Gingen, however, his career was that of a nomad, since he played professionally in more than 9 teams from his non-professional debut in 1981 until his retirement in 2003.

As a player for the German national team, he won a world cup in 1990 and the Eurocup in 1996. He is the sixth player with the most appearances in the history of ‘Die Mannschaft’ (109 games) and the fifth historical scorer of his team (47 goals).

However, if one thing we can highlight about Klinsmann is his ability on the bench. Since, just a year after his retirement, the talented forward took the reins of the German team, where he trained from 2004 to 2006. Later, he managed Bayern München and the US National Team for a season for 5 years.

National Team Record:

YearsMatchesGoals
1987–1998 West Germany 10847

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
FIFA World Cup third place2006
FIFA Confederations Cup third place2005

8. Manuel Neuer:

  • Full Name: Manuel Peter Neuer
  • Date of Birth: 27 March 1986
  • Place of Birth: Gelsenkirchen, West Germany
  • Height: 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
  • Position(s): Goalkeeper

Manuel Neuer is one of the best goalkeepers of our generation and one of the best in the world. Recent times show this and he continues to be a decisive player both in his national team and in his club, Bayern. As a Bavarian player, he has been a key player in the club’s recent successes, winning two triplets and opting for a sextet for the first time in its history (only Guardiola’s FC Barcelona has achieved a sextet ).

This great goalkeeper began his career at Schalke 04, making his debut in the 2005/2006 season. However, in 2011, Bayern Munich bet hard and opted to give ownership to what had been the best young goalkeeper in the entire league.

He has played 95 games with the German team so far, since he is the only player on this list who is still active with the German team. He was champion of the 2014 World Cup with his national team and is currently the captain of ‘Die Mannschaft’.

National Team Record:

YearsMatchesGoals
2009– Germany 1070

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
FIFA World Cup2014

7. Philipp Lahm:

  • Full Name: Philipp Lahm
  • Date of Birth: 11 November 1983
  • Place of Birth: Munich, West Germany
  • Height: 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
  • Position(s): Full-back

Philipp Lahm is probably one of the most versatile and important players in recent German history. This talented player, recently retired, played up to three positions throughout his career. However, where he stood out most was in the position of right back.

He made his debut in 2002 with Bayern München, however, he had a loan in between at Stuttgart. After returning, he played his entire career at Bayern München until his retirement in 2017. As a Bavarian player, he won practically everything, since his record includes: 8 Bundesliga, 6 German Cups, a UEFA Champions League, a Club World Cup and a European Super Cup.

He was captain of the German national team since 2010, and played a total of 113 games. At that time, he managed to win a world cup in 2014, being one of the most important players in the German defense.

National Team Record:

YearsMatchesGoals
2004–2014 Germany 1135

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
FIFA World Cup2014

6. Oliver Kahn:

  • Full Name: Oliver Rolf Kahn
  • Date of Birth: 15 June 1969
  • Place of Birth: Karlsruhe, West Germany
  • Height: 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
  • Position(s): Goalkeeper

Oliver Kahn is one of the best goalkeepers in the entire history of football. That is undeniable, since the former Bayern München player has a large number of national and international titles in his extensive record. As a Bavarian player, he managed to win the Bundesliga up to 8 times, playing more than 632 games with the Bavarian team.

In this way, he is not only one of the players who have played the most games in the German top competition, but also the goalkeeper who has played the most games in the Bundesliga. It was a bronze ball in 2001 and 2002 and managed to win a Eurocup (1996) with the German team and a UEFA Champions League (2000-2001) with Bayern München.

National Team Record:

YearsMatchesGoals
1995–2006 Germany860

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
UEFA European Championship1996
FIFA World Cup third place 2006
FIFA Confederations Cup third-place2005
FIFA World Cup: runner-up 2002

5. Miroslav Klose:

  • Full Name: Miroslav Josef Klose
  • Date of Birth: 9 June 1978
  • Place of Birth: Opole, Poland
  • Height: 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
  • Position(s): Striker

One of the 5 best players in the history of Germany is not even German. Miroslav Klose is a former German nationalized Polish player who represented the senior team 137 times, scoring 71 goals and winning an international title with his team.

He holds two records that could be reached for years to come. For starters, Klose is the player with the most goals in the history of his national team, beating out German legend Gerd Müller. Likewise, he is the top scorer in the history of the World Cups (16), breaking Ronaldo’s “Phenomenon” record in 2014.

National Team Record:

YearsMatchesGoals
2001–2014 Germany 13771

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
FIFA World Cup2014
UEFA European Championship runner-up2008
FIFA World Cup runner-up2002

4. Lothar Matthaus:

  • Full Name: Lothar Herbert Matthäus
  • Date of Birth: 21 March 1961
  • Place of Birth: Erlangen, West Germany
  • Height: 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
  • Position(s): Midfielder, sweeper

Lothar Matthäus is a former German player who played in the midfielder position. His fame and international impact is due, in part, to the record he holds. Since, together with Buffon, Carbajal and Márquez, he is the player who has played the most world championships in history, with a total of 5.

However, his excellent football career is what makes us place him among the first 4 positions of our ranking. His debut was in 1979 with the Borussia Mönchengladbach jersey, however, he is popularly known for his time at Bayern München. In this team, he played twice, highlighting his period between 1984 and 1988.

At the national team level, Matthäus is the German player with the most appearances in the history of the national team. With a total of 150 presences and 23 goals. At that time, the excellent midfielder was key in the World Cup achieved by his team in 1990, the same year he won the Ballon d’Or. In the same way, it was decisive in the 1980 European Championship.

National Team Record:

YearsMatchesGoals
1980–2000 West Germany15023

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
FIFA World Cup1990
UEFA European Championship1980
U.S. Cup1993

3. Karl Heinz Rummenigge:

  • Full Name: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
  • Date of Birth: 25 September 1955
  • Place of Birth: Lippstadt, West Germany
  • Height: 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
  • Position(s): Forward

The bronze medal in our ranking of the best German players goes to a Bayern München legend, Karl Heinz Rummenigge. Currently, he works in the club of his loves as General Director.

He made his debut in 1974 under the professional discipline of FC Bayern München and played for the German club for 10 years, leaving the club in 1984. After this, he left for Italy where he defended the Inter Milan shirt from 1984 to 1987. Finally, he ended his career in Switzerland, playing two seasons for Servette FC.

Within its extensive track record we can find a wide variety of titles, however, as a peculiarity, all of them were won with German teams. Among this, we have the European Championship won by the German team in 1980, where he was featured.

At the national team level, he played 95 games in which he scored 45 goals. However, he was never able to win a world cup with the German team. Therefore, it is out of the first two positions, but without detracting from the successful career of the legendary player who won the Ballon d’Or twice (1980 and 1981).

National Team Record:

YearsMatchesGoals
1976–1986 West Germany 9545

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
UEFA European Championship1980
FIFA World Cup runner-up1982, 1986

2. Gerd Muller:

  • Full Name: Gerhard Müller
  • Date of Birth: 3 November 1945
  • Place of Birth: Nördlingen, Germany
  • Height: 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
  • Position(s): Striker

The Gerd Müller torpedo is the one who takes the silver medal in our ranking of the best players in the history of Germany. This fearsome player frightened the goals of half Europe with his tireless scoring ability and desire to win it all. Not in vain, until the irruption of Miroslav Klose, he held the position of historical top scorer of “Die Mannschaft”

Active, Torpedo Müller scored a staggering 735 goals counting all competitions, tournaments and matches for both clubs and national teams. This makes him the sixth top scorer in the entire history of football. However, according to RSSSF data, counting friendly matches, minor categories and other unofficial goals, Mülle scored 1,461 goals in 1,216 matches.

He made his debut in 1963 in the middle of a loan in the lower Bayern München. However, his official debut with the first team occurred in 1964. Later, he played continuously for the German club until the 1978/1979 season. In that time, at the club level alone, the torpedo scored an incredible 398 goals in 453 games.

Within its extensive track record we can find a large number of national and international titles. Among them, the 3 European Cups that Bayern Munich won consecutively in the 70s stand out.

At the national team level, Torpedo Müller is the second top scorer in the history of the German national team with his overwhelming 68 goals in 62 games. During his time as a player for the German national team, he managed to win a World Cup (1974) and a European Championship (1972). In addition to winning a golden ball in 1970.

For many years he held the record for the player with the most goals scored in a calendar year (85 goals). This, until, in 2012, Lionel Messi broke his record by scoring 91 goals. After breaking it, Lio Messi gave a signed shirt to Gerd Müller, and currently, this shirt rests in the FC Bayern München museum.

National Team Record:

YearsMatchesGoals
1966–1974 West Germany 6268

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
FIFA World Cup 1974
UEFA European Championship 1972

1. Franz Beckenbauer:

  • Full Name: Franz Anton Beckenbauer
  • Date of Birth: 11 September 1945
  • Place of Birth: Munich, Germany
  • Height: 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
  • Position(s): Defender

Finally we have one of the best players not only in the history of German football, but also one of the best in the history of football.

Franz Beckenbauer was a defender and midfielder who always stood out for his good game and his innate defensive ability. This led him to stand out in various opportunities in his career, winning individual and collective distinctions.

He made his debut very young with the FC Bayern München shirt in 1964, a club in which he played until 1977. After this, a three-year adventure in the United States, 2 years in Hamburg and a last year back in the NY Cosmos summarizes the Kaiser’s club career.

During his active years, his extensive track record was filled with national and international titles. Highlights the three Champions Cups won consecutively with Bayern Munich between 1974 and 1976.

As for his career as a German international, he represented the national team 103 times, giving him time to score 14 goals and win a World Cup (1974) and a European Championship.

After his retirement, Beckenbauer increased his legend by taking the reins of the German team and leading it to win its third World Cup in 1990. This, after having reached another final after losing the one in 1986.

In short, his excellent career as a player and as a coach allow him to hold the number 1 position in our ranking. Since, in addition to being one of the best liberos in history, he is also one of the few defenders who has won the golden ball. However, he is the only one who has managed to win it twice (1972 and 1976).

National Team Record:

YearsMatchesGoals
1965–1977 West Germany 10314

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
FIFA World Cup1974
UEFA European Championship1972

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