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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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1,465 455
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

2
1,250 455
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

3
1,009 361
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Gerd Müller Forward

4
1,243 484
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Arminius added Thomas Müller Forward, Midfielder

5
884 338
Lothar Matthäus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Lothar Matthäus Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

6
1,031 323
Philipp Lahm is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Philipp Lahm Defender

7
951 363
Miroslav Klose is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Miroslav Klose Forward

8
726 281
Oliver Kahn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Oliver Kahn Goalkeeper

9
512 326
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Forward, Midfielder

10
577 332
Jürgen Klinsmann is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany

11
913 343
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Bastian Schweinsteiger Playmaker, Midfielder

12
860 204
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Toni Kroos Midfielder

13
1,121 362
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mesut Özil Midfielder

14
676 210
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
354 233
Sepp Maier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Sepp Maier Goalkeeper

16
316 214
Fritz Walter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Fritz Walter Forward

17
322 186
Rudi Völler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Rudi Völler Forward

18
475 284
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Chris Abraham added Mario Götze Forward, Midfielder

19
355 199
Paul Breitner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Paul Breitner Defender, Midfielder

20
532 181
Michael Ballack is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Michael Ballack Midfielder

21
239 169
Matthias Sammer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Matthias Sammer Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

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22
325 215
Andreas Brehme is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Andreas Brehme Defender, Midfielder

23
322 217
Uwe Seeler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Uwe Seeler Forward

24
415 130
Mats Hummels is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
ramzi25589 added Mats Hummels Defender, Midfielder

25
355 184
Lukas Podolski is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Lukas Podolski Forward, Midfielder

26
148 126
Günter Netzer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Günter Netzer Playmaker, Midfielder

27
108 77
Pierre Littbarski is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Pierre Littbarski Forward, Midfielder

28
230 62
Jérôme Boateng is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jérôme Boateng Defender

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125 109
Wolfgang Overath is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Wolfgang Overath Midfielder

30
130 116
Bernd Schuster is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Bernd Schuster Midfielder

31
114 104
Helmut Rahn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Helmut Rahn Forward

32
177 129
Stefan Effenberg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Stefan Effenberg Midfielder

33
150 112
Oliver Bierhoff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Oliver Bierhoff Forward

34
118 104
Thomas Häßler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Thomas Häßler Midfielder

35
237 127
Mario Gomez is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mario Gomez Forward

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36
135 97
Jürgen Kohler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jürgen Kohler Defender

37
112 95
Berti Vogts is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Berti Vogts Defender

38
62 58
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
161 81
Sami Khedira is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
sslim added Sami Khedira Midfielder

40
101 96
Uli Hoeneß is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Uli Hoeneß Forward, Midfielder

41
130 44
Julian Draxler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Julian Draxler Midfielder

42
138 104
Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jens Lehmann Goalkeeper

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49 62
Klaus Fischer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Germania added Klaus Fischer Forward

44
164 129
Per Mertesacker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Per Mertesacker Defender

45
63 52
Andreas Möller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Andreas Möller Midfielder

46
45 46
Hans-Peter Briegel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Hans-Peter Briegel Defender, Midfielder

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55 55
Jürgen Grabowski is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
wimmer68 added Jürgen Grabowski Midfielder

48
57 39
Jupp Heynckes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jupp Heynckes Forward

49
107 70
İlkay Gündoğan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
maccarmenate added İlkay Gündoğan Midfielder

50
73 94
Guido Buchwald is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Guido Buchwald Defender, Midfielder