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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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1,073 385
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

2
1,235 385
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

3
856 313
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Gerd Müller Forward

4
751 297
Lothar Matthäus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Lothar Matthäus Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

5
1,037 431
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Arminius added Thomas Müller Forward, Midfielder

6
894 281
Philipp Lahm is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Philipp Lahm Defender

7
812 330
Miroslav Klose is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Miroslav Klose Forward

8
608 245
Oliver Kahn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Oliver Kahn Goalkeeper

9
809 316
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Bastian Schweinsteiger Playmaker, Midfielder

10
466 295
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Forward, Midfielder

11
987 322
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mesut Özil Midfielder

12
728 183
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Toni Kroos Midfielder

13
513 304
Jürgen Klinsmann is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany

14
588 196
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
bluepoison52 added Marco Reus Forward, Midfielder

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15
319 217
Sepp Maier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Sepp Maier Goalkeeper

16
289 166
Rudi Völler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Rudi Völler Forward

17
290 198
Fritz Walter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Fritz Walter Forward

18
428 251
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Chris Abraham added Mario Götze Forward, Midfielder

19
322 183
Paul Breitner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Paul Breitner Defender, Midfielder

20
475 171
Michael Ballack is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Michael Ballack Midfielder

21
296 200
Andreas Brehme is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Andreas Brehme Defender, Midfielder

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22
300 208
Uwe Seeler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Uwe Seeler Forward

23
217 155
Matthias Sammer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Matthias Sammer Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

24
366 125
Mats Hummels is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
ramzi25589 added Mats Hummels Defender, Midfielder

25
321 171
Lukas Podolski is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Lukas Podolski Forward, Midfielder

26
130 117
Günter Netzer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Günter Netzer Playmaker, Midfielder

27
196 56
Jérôme Boateng is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
julian-matthias added Jérôme Boateng Defender

28
86 71
Pierre Littbarski is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Pierre Littbarski Forward, Midfielder

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109 101
Wolfgang Overath is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Wolfgang Overath Midfielder

30
111 111
Bernd Schuster is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Bernd Schuster Midfielder

31
164 122
Stefan Effenberg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Stefan Effenberg Midfielder

32
99 98
Helmut Rahn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Helmut Rahn Forward

33
134 105
Oliver Bierhoff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Oliver Bierhoff Forward

34
104 98
Thomas Häßler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Thomas Häßler Midfielder

35
126 89
Jürgen Kohler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jürgen Kohler Defender

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36
212 122
Mario Gomez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mario Gomez Forward

37
101 88
Berti Vogts is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Berti Vogts Defender

38
52 52
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
138 77
Sami Khedira is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
sslim added Sami Khedira Midfielder

40
90 90
Uli Hoeneß is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Uli Hoeneß Forward, Midfielder

41
108 37
Julian Draxler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
julian-matthias added Julian Draxler Midfielder

42
126 97
Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jens Lehmann Goalkeeper

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150 120
Per Mertesacker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Per Mertesacker Defender

44
41 54
Klaus Fischer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Germania added Klaus Fischer Forward

45
38 40
Hans-Peter Briegel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Hans-Peter Briegel Defender, Midfielder

46
52 46
Andreas Möller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Andreas Möller Midfielder

47
47 50
Jürgen Grabowski is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
wimmer68 added Jürgen Grabowski Midfielder

48
81 87
Mario Basler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mario Basler Midfielder

49
93 63
İlkay Gündoğan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
maccarmenate added İlkay Gündoğan Midfielder

50
66 88
Guido Buchwald is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Guido Buchwald Defender, Midfielder