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The Best Soccer Players from Germany  

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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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Günter Netzer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Playmaker, Midfielder
Günter Theodor Netzer is a former German football player and team general manager currently working in the media business. As a player, he was considered to be one of the greatest passers ...more
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Wolfgang Overath is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Midfielder
Wolfgang Overath is a former West German footballer. A true one-club man, Overath spent his entire professional career at 1. FC Köln. He represented his country three times in World Cup ...more
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Bernd Schuster is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Midfielder
Bernhard "Bernd" Schuster is a German football manager most recently in charge of Spanish La Liga side Málaga and a former player. His contract with Málaga CF was ...more
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Pierre Littbarski is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Forward, Midfielder
Pierre Michael Littbarski is a German football manager and former player. He was mainly a winger or attacking midfielder and is best known for his brilliant dribbling abilities. He was a FIFA ...more
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Jérôme Boateng is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Defender
Jérôme Agyenim Boateng is a German footballer who currently plays as a defender for Bayern Munich and the Germany national football team. A versatile defender, Boateng primarily is ...more
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Stefan Effenberg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Midfielder
Stefan Effenberg is a retired German footballer. A midfielder, he possessed leadership skills, fantastic passing range, powerful shooting ability, physical strength, but also a fearsome and ...more
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Thomas Häßler is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Midfielder
Thomas Jürgen "Icke" Häßler is a former German football midfielder. He is currently assistant coach of Iranian club Padideh. Häßler appeared over 100 times ...more
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Oliver Bierhoff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Forward
Oliver Bierhoff is a retired German former footballer who scored the first golden goal in the history of major international football, for Germany in the Euro 96 final. A tall, strong and ...more
34
Helmut Rahn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Forward
Helmut Rahn, known as Der Boss, was a German football player. He became a legend for having scored the winning goal in the final game of the 1954 FIFA World Cup.
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Jürgen Kohler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Defender
Jürgen Kohler is a World Cup-winning German centre back footballer and manager. Kohler has retired from professional sports, but still occasionally plays for Alemannia Adendorf in the ...more
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Mario Gomez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Forward
Mario Gómez García is a German footballer who plays as a striker for Fiorentina in the Serie A and the German national team. Gómez joined Fiorentina after spending four ...more
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Andreas Möller is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Midfielder
Andreas Möller is a retired German internationalist association footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. He was a playmaker known for his range of passing and goalscoring ability.
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Berti Vogts is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Defender
Hans-Hubert "Berti" Vogts is a former German footballer. He played for Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga his whole professional club career and won the FIFA World Cup ...more
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Karl-Heinz Schnellinger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Defender
Karl-Heinz Schnellinger is a former German footballer. He was one of the world's best defenders for a decade in the 1960s. He was nicknamed the "Volkswagen" for his continuity of ...more
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Jupp Heynckes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Forward
Josef "Jupp" Heynckes is a former German football manager and former footballer. As a player, he spent the majority of his career as a striker for Borussia Mönchengladbach in its ...more
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Uli Hoeneß is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Forward, Midfielder
Ulrich "Uli" Hoeneß is the former president of German football club Bayern Munich and a retired German footballer who played as a forward for club and country. Hoeneß ...more
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Julian Draxler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Midfielder
Julian Draxler is a German professional footballer who plays as a left winger for Schalke 04 and the Germany national football team. He is known for his ability to use both feet, his speed, and ...more
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Sami Khedira is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
sslim added Midfielder
Sami Khedira is a German footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the German national team as a defensive midfielder. Khedira moved to Real Madrid from VfB Stuttgart in 2010. He is ...more
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Per Mertesacker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Defender
Per Mertesacker is a German professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Arsenal. He also played for the German national team but retired in August 2014 after winning the World Cup. ...more
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Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Goalkeeper
Jens Gerhard Lehmann is a German former football goalkeeper. He was voted UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year for the 1996–97 and 2005–06 seasons, and he has been selected for three World Cup ...more
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Mehmet Scholl is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
joeca added Midfielder
Mehmet Scholl is a former German footballer and manager with Turkish-German ancestry. He played most of his career as an attacking midfielder for Bayern Munich. During his career he won the UEFA ...more
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Mario Basler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Midfielder
Mario Basler is a German former football winger and current manager, most recently in charge of Rot-Weiß Oberhausen. A dead-ball specialist, Basler scored numerous goals from free-kicks ...more
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Joshua Kimmich is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Joshua Walter Kimmich (born 8 February 1995) is a German professional footballer who plays as a right back for Bayern Munich and the Germany national team. On 9 September, he scored his first ...more
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Hans-Peter Briegel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Defender, Midfielder
Hans-Peter Briegel is a former German footballer and manager. One of the most popular German players in his days, Hans-Peter Briegel's original sport was athletics, being successful in various ...more
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Klaus Fischer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Germania added Forward
Klaus Fischer is a German former footballer and coach, noted for his bicycle kicks.