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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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1
886 291
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
987 315
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

3
690 248
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Gerd Müller Forward

4
606 229
Lothar Matthäus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Lothar Matthäus Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

5
856 355
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Arminius added Thomas Müller Forward, Midfielder

6
722 228
Philipp Lahm is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Philipp Lahm Defender

7
672 269
Miroslav Klose is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Miroslav Klose Forward

8
480 189
Oliver Kahn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Oliver Kahn Goalkeeper

9
410 236
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Forward, Midfielder

10
694 259
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Bastian Schweinsteiger Playmaker, Midfielder

11
447 257
Jürgen Klinsmann is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany

12
800 263
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mesut Özil Midfielder

13
571 159
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Toni Kroos Midfielder

14
487 151
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
bluepoison52 added Marco Reus Forward, Midfielder

15
280 178
Sepp Maier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Sepp Maier Goalkeeper

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16
261 160
Fritz Walter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Fritz Walter Forward

17
367 199
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Chris Abraham added Mario Götze Forward, Midfielder

18
242 137
Rudi Völler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Rudi Völler Forward

19
269 168
Andreas Brehme is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Andreas Brehme Defender, Midfielder

20
286 158
Paul Breitner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Paul Breitner Defender, Midfielder

21
272 176
Uwe Seeler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Uwe Seeler Forward

22
190 129
Matthias Sammer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Matthias Sammer Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

23
387 155
Michael Ballack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Michael Ballack Midfielder

24
312 113
Mats Hummels is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
ramzi25589 added Mats Hummels Defender, Midfielder

25
265 149
Lukas Podolski is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Lukas Podolski Forward, Midfielder

26
114 94
Günter Netzer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Günter Netzer Playmaker, Midfielder

27
94 81
Wolfgang Overath is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Wolfgang Overath Midfielder

28
98 89
Bernd Schuster is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Bernd Schuster Midfielder

29
90 80
Helmut Rahn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Helmut Rahn Forward

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30
64 53
Pierre Littbarski is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Pierre Littbarski Forward, Midfielder

31
143 105
Stefan Effenberg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Stefan Effenberg Midfielder

32
144 39
Jérôme Boateng is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
julian-matthias added Jérôme Boateng Defender

33
116 88
Oliver Bierhoff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Oliver Bierhoff Forward

34
109 72
Jürgen Kohler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jürgen Kohler Defender

35
91 84
Thomas Häßler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Thomas Häßler Midfielder

36
89 74
Berti Vogts is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Berti Vogts Defender

37
181 108
Mario Gomez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mario Gomez Forward

38
42 38
Karl-Heinz Schnellinger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Karl-Heinz Schnellinger Defender

39
78 74
Uli Hoeneß is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Uli Hoeneß Forward, Midfielder

40
106 57
Sami Khedira is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
sslim added Sami Khedira Midfielder

41
129 97
Per Mertesacker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Per Mertesacker Defender

42
109 84
Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jens Lehmann Goalkeeper

43
32 27
Hans-Peter Briegel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Hans-Peter Briegel Defender, Midfielder

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44
31 42
Klaus Fischer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Germania added Klaus Fischer Forward

45
69 21
Julian Draxler is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
julian-matthias added Julian Draxler Midfielder

46
38 37
Jürgen Grabowski is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
wimmer68 added Jürgen Grabowski Midfielder

47
60 74
Guido Buchwald is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Guido Buchwald Defender, Midfielder

48
71 75
Mario Basler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mario Basler Midfielder

49
37 35
Andreas Möller is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Andreas Möller Midfielder

50
73 46
İlkay Gündoğan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
maccarmenate added İlkay Gündoğan Midfielder