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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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1,300 474
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

2
1,525 484
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

3
921 352
Lothar Matthäus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Lothar Matthäus Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

4
1,303 511
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Arminius added Thomas Müller Forward, Midfielder

5
1,035 380
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Gerd Müller Forward

6
1,066 334
Philipp Lahm is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Philipp Lahm Defender

7
995 372
Miroslav Klose is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Miroslav Klose Forward

8
761 295
Oliver Kahn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Oliver Kahn Goalkeeper

9
530 333
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Forward, Midfielder

10
598 339
Jürgen Klinsmann is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany

11
942 352
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Bastian Schweinsteiger Playmaker, Midfielder

12
907 212
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Toni Kroos Midfielder

13
1,150 375
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mesut Özil Midfielder

14
702 215
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
362 240
Sepp Maier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Sepp Maier Goalkeeper

16
319 220
Fritz Walter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Fritz Walter Forward

17
333 190
Rudi Völler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Rudi Völler Forward

18
487 294
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Chris Abraham added Mario Götze Forward, Midfielder

19
363 202
Paul Breitner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Paul Breitner Defender, Midfielder

20
553 187
Michael Ballack is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Michael Ballack Midfielder

21
333 218
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
244 172
Matthias Sammer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Matthias Sammer Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

23
327 220
Uwe Seeler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Uwe Seeler Forward

24
421 132
Mats Hummels is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
ramzi25589 added Mats Hummels Defender, Midfielder

25
369 188
Lukas Podolski is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Lukas Podolski Forward, Midfielder

26
150 130
Günter Netzer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Günter Netzer Playmaker, Midfielder

27
110 80
Pierre Littbarski is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Pierre Littbarski Forward, Midfielder

28
241 64
Jérôme Boateng is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jérôme Boateng Defender

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29
128 111
Wolfgang Overath is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Wolfgang Overath Midfielder

30
133 117
Bernd Schuster is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Bernd Schuster Midfielder

31
118 105
Helmut Rahn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Helmut Rahn Forward

32
180 131
Stefan Effenberg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Stefan Effenberg Midfielder

33
155 113
Oliver Bierhoff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Oliver Bierhoff Forward

34
123 106
Thomas Häßler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Thomas Häßler Midfielder

35
242 128
Mario Gomez is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mario Gomez Forward

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36
138 98
Jürgen Kohler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jürgen Kohler Defender

37
113 97
Berti Vogts is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Berti Vogts Defender

38
63 60
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
162 86
Sami Khedira is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
sslim added Sami Khedira Midfielder

40
103 97
Uli Hoeneß is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Uli Hoeneß Forward, Midfielder

41
135 46
Julian Draxler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Julian Draxler Midfielder

42
168 132
Per Mertesacker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Per Mertesacker Defender

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50 64
Klaus Fischer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Germania added Klaus Fischer Forward

44
138 107
Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jens Lehmann Goalkeeper

45
65 53
Andreas Möller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Andreas Möller Midfielder

46
56 55
Jürgen Grabowski is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
wimmer68 added Jürgen Grabowski Midfielder

47
46 47
Hans-Peter Briegel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Hans-Peter Briegel Defender, Midfielder

48
59 39
Jupp Heynckes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jupp Heynckes Forward

49
75 94
Guido Buchwald is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Guido Buchwald Defender, Midfielder

50
107 71
İlkay Gündoğan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
maccarmenate added İlkay Gündoğan Midfielder