Top 10 Germans to have played in the English Premier League
#8 Christian Ziege (Middlesbrough, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur)
Liverpool are amongst the clubs that have employed some of the finest German footballers in the English Premier League and former Bayern Munich left-back, Christian Ziege, is one of them.
Ziege had enjoyed successful spells at Bayern Munich and AC Milan before he made the move to the then Premier League mid-table club Middlesbrough in 1999. His performances at the Riverside stadium earned him the reputation of an enterprising defender who loved to get forward when presented with an opportunity, yet was a sturdy presence in defence.
He soon earned himself a move to Liverpool in the summer of 2000, where, despite being used in a bit part capacity, he was solid option to have for the team’s management. His stint at Liverpool saw him collect a winner’s medal for FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup.
However, the development of Jamie Carragher proved to push the player down the pecking order and he was yet again on the move in 2001, this time to Tottenham Hotspur.
It is, perhaps, his performance with the German national team that makes him one of the finest Germans to have played in the Premier League. He was capped 72 times with the German national team and was an integral part of the 1996 Euro winning squad as well as the runners-up side in the FIFA 2002 World Cup, where he was deployed as the left-back of the side.