Top 10 German footballers of all time
With some of the most decorated history in international football, Germany have produced some great footballers over the years that we’ve grown to love. We’ve seen the likes of Franz Beckenbauer and Matthias Sammer make the sweeper position their own while we get to watch Thomas Muller revitalise football with his ability to find space no-one else can, making that Raumdeuter role his own.
And while Bayern Munich may have dominated the Bundesliga, in the past two decades we’ve seen Borussia Dortmund reach the Champions League final in 2013, where they lost to Bayern – while we’ve also seen VfL Wolfsburg, VfB Stuttgart, Werder Bremen and 1. FC Kaiserslautern all win the league.
With a tremendous depth of talent, here are the 10 finest German players of all time, while honourable mentions include Lukas Podolski and Philipp Lahm within modern football, while we’ve also seen players such as Jürgen Kohler, Thomas Haßler and Rudi Völler – all who are much loved by the natives.
#10 Jurgen Klinsmann
Playing in six major tournaments between Euro 1988 and France 1998, Jurgen Klinsmann scored at least one goal during each tournament, scoring three or more goals in four of them, making him one of efficient forwards in recent history.
At his peak, Klinsmann was playing alongside Inter Milan teammates Lothar Matthaus and Andreas Brehme, helping the Italian side to the 1991 UEFA Cup – helping Bayern to win that same European competition five years later. Klinsmann also played in the Premier League, becoming a club favourite after scoring 29 goals in 56 games.
Playing for Germany between 1990 and 1998, Klinsmann scored 40 goals in 82 games, cementing himself in German football history, while he also came third in the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1995.