Germany is one of the powerhouses of football in the history. Germany has more success in world cup history that no nation has ever enjoyed. After the foundation of German football association in 1900, the nation has achieved numerous glory in the history of football. Germany is one of the most successful national teams in the international competitions, having won a total of three world cups in 1954, 1974 and 1990 and three European championships in 1972, 1980, 1996. Germany has become the only nation to win both Men’s and Women’s football world cups. In this long run, Germany has produced hundreds of players who wrote their names in the history of football. Today we are going to introduce you with top 10 German footballers of all time.
10. Miroslav Klose ( 2001- present, 68 goals in 131 caps )
Miroslav Klose has leveled with Germany’s leading goal scorer of all time Gerd Muller with 68 goal record. He is now playing in Lazio as a centre forward. Like Muller he has found the net 14 times in the world cups. Only the Brazilian Ronaldo has more goals than Klose. Klose also played for Bayern Munich, where he tasted the success by winning both Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal on two occations. He was named German Footballer of the year in 2006. Now he is one of the top German footballers of all time.
9. Paul Breitner (1971-1982, 10 goals in 48 caps)
Paul Breitner was primarily a defender. He is remembered for his contribution by scoring important goals in vital matches. In the final of the world cup 1974 his equalising goal against the Netherlands set the Germans on their way to a 2-1 victory. On the club scene, he won five Bundesliga titles, one DFB-Pokal and one European Cup with Bayern Munich.
8. Jurgen Klinsmann (1987-1998, 47 goals in 108 caps )
He is the most influential player for Germany in world cup 1990 in Italy. During the run to the final Jurgen Klinsmann scored three goals. He is the player who played in six major tournaments between Euro 88 and France 98 and scored at least one goal in each of them. Alongside with Lothar Matthaus and Andreas Brehme he helped Milan to win 1991 UEFA cup. He also played for the English Cub Tottenham Hotspur. He scored 29 goals in his 56 appearances for Tottenham. Currently, Jurgen Klinsmann has taken the responsibility of USA national football team.
7. Uwe Seeler (1954-1970, 43 goals in 72 caps )
Uwe Seeler spent his entire career playing for his home town, Hamburg. He was awarded by lifting the German championship in 1960 and the DFB- Pokal in 1963. Seeler was the leading goal scorer in 1963-64 Bundesliga session with 30 goals. He captained west Germany in 1966 England World Cup. With his lead Germany marched on to the final where the host England stopped them with an extra time goal. He is now at seventh position in top ten german footballers of all time.
6. Fritz Walter (1940-1958, 33 goals in 61 caps )
Walter was playing as captain of West Germany in 1954 world cup Switzerland. Playing alongside with his brother Ottomar, they became the first siblings to ever win the tournament. He was awarded UEFA Jubilee Awards in 2004 by recognizing him the single most outstanding player of the past 50 years in Germany.
5. Sepp Maier (1966-1979, no goals in 95 caps )
Maier was regarded as the best goal keeper in the world in 1970s. in the 1974 world cup, he kept four clean sheets as he was nicknamed ‘ the Cat’. He was awarded German footballer of the Year three times. Sepp Maier also won the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal four times.
4. Lothar Matthaus (1980-2002, 23 goals in 150 caps )
In 1990 world cup Italy Germany met Argentina in the final and took a 1-0 victory to win the world title. Midfielder Matthaus scored four goals throughout this tournaments as well as converting his penalty during the semi- final against England. He also won trophies for Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Metrostars in USA.
3. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (1976-1986, 45 goals in 95 caps )
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge scored a total of nine goals in three world cup tournaments. After signing for Bayern Munich in 1974, he had go on to become club’s second leading goalscorer of all time behind Muller. He won FIFA Ballon d’or in 1980 and 1981.
2. Gerd Muller (1966-1974, 68 goals in 62 caps )
The notorious goal machine Gerd Muller is now sharing Germany’s record goals with Klose , although he reached that milestone in only 62 appearances.
In the 1970 the centre forward scored 10 goals, including the hat-tricks he scored against Bulgaria and Peru. He won FIFA Ballon d’or that year, before he helped the Germans to win 1972 European championship. As West Germany won the 1974 world Cup , he rounded off his international career by scoring four times.
He is the leading goal scorer for beyarn Munich with amazing total 566 goals. He has the best goals –to-games ratio in the history of European football, having scored 35 times in the same number of appearances. Among the great German footballers, he made his place on the top.
1. Franz Beckenbauer (1965-1977, 14 goals in 103 caps )
Franz Beckenbauer is the number one in this top ten german footballers of all time. He branded himself as the best defender to have ever played in the game of football. He took part in the 1966 and 1970 world cup where Germany finished second and third respectively. But in the next 1974 world cup ‘ the Kaiser’ finally got his hand on the world cup trophy.
Majority of his success came in Beyarn Munich. He won four Bundesliga title, four DFB-Pokals and three European cups for his club, Bayern Munich.