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List Rules Soccer players / footballers from Germany or played on the German national team.

In your dream Germany national soccer team, which of the best German soccer players of all time would you pick? Would you choose newer players such as Mesut Özil or ones from years past, such as Franz Beckenbauer? Compared to many other countries, drafting top soccer players from Germany is quite easy as there are many to choose from. Look at the list of top footballers from Hungary for instance and many of the names there are from decades past and aren’t very well known. In fact, many of the best footballers of all time are from Germany. So to determine who truly is the best German soccer player of all time, soccer fans have ranked their favorites below.

Vote up your favorite German soccer players or add any you feel are missing from the list. If you're searching for a particular famous German soccer player you can use the search box at the top of the list to find who you're looking for. Photos and details such as positions played have been provided when available.

On this list, you’ll see legendary footballers like Franz Beckenbauer, as well as modern German stars like Thomas Muller. What you won’t see however, are football players such as Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. So if you’ve ever wondered who were the best German soccer players of all time were, just look at the list below to find out.
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Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

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2
+ - 882 286
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

3
+ - 631 226
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Gerd Müller Forward

4
+ - 780 328
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Thomas Müller Forward, Midfielder

5
+ - 554 201
Lothar Matthäus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Lothar Matthäus Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

6
+ - 654 214
Philipp Lahm is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Philipp Lahm Defender

7
+ - 624 248
Miroslav Klose is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Miroslav Klose Forward

8
+ - 443 175
Oliver Kahn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Oliver Kahn Goalkeeper

9
+ - 424 233
Jürgen Klinsmann is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany

10
+ - 382 214
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Forward, Midfielder

11
+ - 639 246
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Bastian Schweinsteiger Playmaker, Midfielder

12
+ - 726 247
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mesut Özil Midfielder

13
+ - 434 136
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Marco Reus Forward, Midfielder

14
+ - 505 149
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Toni Kroos Midfielder

15
+ - 342 178
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mario Götze Forward, Midfielder

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+ - 260 163
Sepp Maier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Sepp Maier Goalkeeper

17
+ - 253 158
Andreas Brehme is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Andreas Brehme Defender, Midfielder

18
+ - 214 124
Rudi Völler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Rudi Völler Forward

19
+ - 173 117
Matthias Sammer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Matthias Sammer Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

20
+ - 265 149
Paul Breitner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Paul Breitner Defender, Midfielder

21
+ - 241 147
Fritz Walter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Fritz Walter Forward

22
+ - 258 168
Uwe Seeler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Uwe Seeler Forward

23
+ - 360 144
Michael Ballack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Michael Ballack Midfielder

24
+ - 287 104
Mats Hummels is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mats Hummels Defender, Midfielder

25
+ - 239 137
Lukas Podolski is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Lukas Podolski Forward, Midfielder

26
+ - 90 80
Bernd Schuster is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Bernd Schuster Midfielder

27
+ - 136 96
Stefan Effenberg is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Stefan Effenberg Midfielder

28
+ - 102 86
Günter Netzer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Günter Netzer Playmaker, Midfielder

29
+ - 86 73
Wolfgang Overath is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Wolfgang Overath Midfielder

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+ - 112 82
Oliver Bierhoff is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Oliver Bierhoff Forward

31
+ - 81 73
Helmut Rahn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Helmut Rahn Forward

32
+ - 57 47
Pierre Littbarski is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Pierre Littbarski Forward, Midfielder

33
+ - 125 36
Jérôme Boateng is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jérôme Boateng Defender

34
+ - 82 78
Thomas Häßler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Thomas Häßler Midfielder

35
+ - 99 69
Jürgen Kohler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jürgen Kohler Defender

36
+ - 81 70
Berti Vogts is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Berti Vogts Defender

37
+ - 171 103
Mario Gomez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mario Gomez Forward

38
+ - 72 68
Uli Hoeneß is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Uli Hoeneß Forward, Midfielder

39
+ - 37 34
Karl-Heinz Schnellinger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany

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+ - 119 88
Per Mertesacker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Per Mertesacker Defender

41
+ - 95 54
Sami Khedira is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Sami Khedira Midfielder

42
+ - 103 78
Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jens Lehmann Goalkeeper

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+ - 34 33
Jürgen Grabowski is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jürgen Grabowski Midfielder

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+ - 57 68
Guido Buchwald is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Guido Buchwald Defender, Midfielder

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+ - 60 14
Julian Draxler is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Julian Draxler Midfielder

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+ - 69 68
Mario Basler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mario Basler Midfielder

47
+ - 28 35
Klaus Fischer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Klaus Fischer Forward

48
+ - 29 22
Hans-Peter Briegel is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Hans-Peter Briegel Defender, Midfielder

49
+ - 30 29
Andreas Möller is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Andreas Möller Midfielder

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+ - 25 24
Jupp Heynckes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jupp Heynckes Forward