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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
920 303
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
1,024 324
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

3
629 240
Lothar Matthäus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Lothar Matthäus Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

4
714 262
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Gerd Müller Forward

5
885 367
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Arminius added Thomas Müller Forward, Midfielder

6
753 234
Philipp Lahm is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Philipp Lahm Defender

7
704 278
Miroslav Klose is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Miroslav Klose Forward

8
498 197
Oliver Kahn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Oliver Kahn Goalkeeper

9
423 246
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Forward, Midfielder

10
715 266
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Bastian Schweinsteiger Playmaker, Midfielder

11
828 269
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mesut Özil Midfielder

12
457 268
Jürgen Klinsmann is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany

13
593 164
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Toni Kroos Midfielder

14
506 158
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
bluepoison52 added Marco Reus Forward, Midfielder

15
287 188
Sepp Maier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Sepp Maier Goalkeeper

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16
265 171
Fritz Walter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Fritz Walter Forward

17
381 208
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Chris Abraham added Mario Götze Forward, Midfielder

18
252 144
Rudi Völler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Rudi Völler Forward

19
276 175
Andreas Brehme is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Andreas Brehme Defender, Midfielder

20
279 183
Uwe Seeler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Uwe Seeler Forward

21
292 165
Paul Breitner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Paul Breitner Defender, Midfielder

22
195 135
Matthias Sammer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Matthias Sammer Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

23
401 158
Michael Ballack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Michael Ballack Midfielder

24
322 116
Mats Hummels is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
ramzi25589 added Mats Hummels Defender, Midfielder

25
280 151
Lukas Podolski is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Lukas Podolski Forward, Midfielder

26
119 101
Günter Netzer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Günter Netzer Playmaker, Midfielder

27
98 87
Wolfgang Overath is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Wolfgang Overath Midfielder

28
103 94
Bernd Schuster is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Bernd Schuster Midfielder

29
92 85
Helmut Rahn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Helmut Rahn Forward

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30
149 109
Stefan Effenberg is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Stefan Effenberg Midfielder

31
66 58
Pierre Littbarski is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Pierre Littbarski Forward, Midfielder

32
154 44
Jérôme Boateng is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
julian-matthias added Jérôme Boateng Defender

33
120 91
Oliver Bierhoff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Oliver Bierhoff Forward

34
114 75
Jürgen Kohler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jürgen Kohler Defender

35
93 86
Thomas Häßler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Thomas Häßler Midfielder

36
45 39
Karl-Heinz Schnellinger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Karl-Heinz Schnellinger Defender

37
187 110
Mario Gomez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mario Gomez Forward

38
90 77
Berti Vogts is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Berti Vogts Defender

39
112 60
Sami Khedira is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
sslim added Sami Khedira Midfielder

40
79 77
Uli Hoeneß is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Uli Hoeneß Forward, Midfielder

41
134 100
Per Mertesacker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Per Mertesacker Defender

42
111 85
Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jens Lehmann Goalkeeper

43
78 22
Julian Draxler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
julian-matthias added Julian Draxler Midfielder

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44
34 28
Hans-Peter Briegel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Hans-Peter Briegel Defender, Midfielder

45
33 43
Klaus Fischer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Germania added Klaus Fischer Forward

46
41 38
Jürgen Grabowski is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
wimmer68 added Jürgen Grabowski Midfielder

47
62 76
Guido Buchwald is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Guido Buchwald Defender, Midfielder

48
39 36
Andreas Möller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Andreas Möller Midfielder

49
72 77
Mario Basler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mario Basler Midfielder

50
76 49
İlkay Gündoğan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
maccarmenate added İlkay Gündoğan Midfielder