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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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1,143 404
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

2
1,312 402
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

3
906 329
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Gerd Müller Forward

4
797 314
Lothar Matthäus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Lothar Matthäus Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

5
1,104 450
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Arminius added Thomas Müller Forward, Midfielder

6
945 298
Philipp Lahm is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Philipp Lahm Defender

7
856 344
Miroslav Klose is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Miroslav Klose Forward

8
647 259
Oliver Kahn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Oliver Kahn Goalkeeper

9
487 308
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Forward, Midfielder

10
540 314
Jürgen Klinsmann is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany

11
850 329
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Bastian Schweinsteiger Playmaker, Midfielder

12
1,043 339
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mesut Özil Midfielder

13
783 191
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Toni Kroos Midfielder

14
337 222
Sepp Maier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Sepp Maier Goalkeeper

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15
623 205
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
bluepoison52 added Marco Reus Forward, Midfielder

16
307 203
Fritz Walter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Fritz Walter Forward

17
305 174
Rudi Völler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Rudi Völler Forward

18
450 267
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Chris Abraham added Mario Götze Forward, Midfielder

19
337 191
Paul Breitner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Paul Breitner Defender, Midfielder

20
228 160
Matthias Sammer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Matthias Sammer Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

21
310 206
Andreas Brehme is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Andreas Brehme Defender, Midfielder

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497 177
Michael Ballack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Michael Ballack Midfielder

23
312 212
Uwe Seeler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Uwe Seeler Forward

24
387 127
Mats Hummels is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
ramzi25589 added Mats Hummels Defender, Midfielder

25
335 176
Lukas Podolski is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Lukas Podolski Forward, Midfielder

26
140 121
Günter Netzer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Günter Netzer Playmaker, Midfielder

27
96 75
Pierre Littbarski is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Pierre Littbarski Forward, Midfielder

28
212 58
Jérôme Boateng is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jérôme Boateng Defender

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118 104
Wolfgang Overath is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Wolfgang Overath Midfielder

30
120 115
Bernd Schuster is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Bernd Schuster Midfielder

31
107 101
Helmut Rahn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Helmut Rahn Forward

32
170 126
Stefan Effenberg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Stefan Effenberg Midfielder

33
141 108
Oliver Bierhoff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Oliver Bierhoff Forward

34
109 102
Thomas Häßler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Thomas Häßler Midfielder

35
224 124
Mario Gomez is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mario Gomez Forward

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130 94
Jürgen Kohler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jürgen Kohler Defender

37
106 91
Berti Vogts is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Berti Vogts Defender

38
58 55
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
147 78
Sami Khedira is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
sslim added Sami Khedira Midfielder

40
97 92
Uli Hoeneß is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Uli Hoeneß Forward, Midfielder

41
116 39
Julian Draxler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Julian Draxler Midfielder

42
131 100
Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jens Lehmann Goalkeeper

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156 122
Per Mertesacker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Per Mertesacker Defender

44
44 58
Klaus Fischer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Germania added Klaus Fischer Forward

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42 43
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

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52 52
Jürgen Grabowski is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
wimmer68 added Jürgen Grabowski Midfielder

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57 50
Andreas Möller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Andreas Möller Midfielder

48
54 36
Jupp Heynckes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jupp Heynckes Forward

49
101 65
İlkay Gündoğan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
maccarmenate added İlkay Gündoğan Midfielder

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71 90
Guido Buchwald is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Guido Buchwald Defender, Midfielder