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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
977 343
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
1,119 348
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

3
769 282
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Gerd Müller Forward

4
677 267
Lothar Matthäus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Lothar Matthäus Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

5
951 395
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Arminius added Thomas Müller Forward, Midfielder

6
811 253
Philipp Lahm is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Philipp Lahm Defender

7
754 301
Miroslav Klose is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Miroslav Klose Forward

8
542 216
Oliver Kahn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Oliver Kahn Goalkeeper

9
442 262
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Forward, Midfielder

10
756 288
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Bastian Schweinsteiger Playmaker, Midfielder

11
907 290
Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mesut Özil Midfielder

12
480 283
Jürgen Klinsmann is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany

13
652 171
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Toni Kroos Midfielder

14
538 175
Marco Reus is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
bluepoison52 added Marco Reus Forward, Midfielder

15
302 200
Sepp Maier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Sepp Maier Goalkeeper

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16
280 180
Fritz Walter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Fritz Walter Forward

17
404 227
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Chris Abraham added Mario Götze Forward, Midfielder

18
267 152
Rudi Völler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Rudi Völler Forward

19
287 185
Andreas Brehme is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Andreas Brehme Defender, Midfielder

20
305 172
Paul Breitner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Paul Breitner Defender, Midfielder

21
291 192
Uwe Seeler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Uwe Seeler Forward

22
432 162
Michael Ballack is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Michael Ballack Midfielder

23
205 144
Matthias Sammer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Matthias Sammer Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

24
339 118
Mats Hummels is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
ramzi25589 added Mats Hummels Defender, Midfielder

25
296 160
Lukas Podolski is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Lukas Podolski Forward, Midfielder

26
123 107
Günter Netzer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Günter Netzer Playmaker, Midfielder

27
78 62
Pierre Littbarski is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Pierre Littbarski Forward, Midfielder

28
103 93
Wolfgang Overath is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Wolfgang Overath Midfielder

29
157 113
Stefan Effenberg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Stefan Effenberg Midfielder

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30
106 102
Bernd Schuster is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Bernd Schuster Midfielder

31
171 50
Jérôme Boateng is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
julian-matthias added Jérôme Boateng Defender

32
95 91
Helmut Rahn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Helmut Rahn Forward

33
129 97
Oliver Bierhoff is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Oliver Bierhoff Forward

34
121 81
Jürgen Kohler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jürgen Kohler Defender

35
99 91
Thomas Häßler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Thomas Häßler Midfielder

36
198 114
Mario Gomez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mario Gomez Forward

37
96 82
Berti Vogts is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Berti Vogts Defender

38
48 45
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
125 64
Sami Khedira is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
sslim added Sami Khedira Midfielder

40
83 83
Uli Hoeneß is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Uli Hoeneß Forward, Midfielder

41
93 27
Julian Draxler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
julian-matthias added Julian Draxler Midfielder

42
119 88
Jens Lehmann is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Jens Lehmann Goalkeeper

43
142 108
Per Mertesacker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Per Mertesacker Defender

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44
39 46
Klaus Fischer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Germania added Klaus Fischer Forward

45
36 32
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
43 42
Jürgen Grabowski is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
wimmer68 added Jürgen Grabowski Midfielder

47
45 39
Andreas Möller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Tom Šmíd added Andreas Möller Midfielder

48
77 80
Mario Basler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Mario Basler Midfielder

49
64 81
Guido Buchwald is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
Guido Buchwald Defender, Midfielder

50
84 53
İlkay Gündoğan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Germany
maccarmenate added İlkay Gündoğan Midfielder