Seven Best German Soccer Players of All Time

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Best German Soccer Players

Soccer is a national sport in Germany. The German national soccer team is one of the best in the world and German soccer players such as Manuel Neuer or Mesut Özil are considered as the best in the game. Who has made it into the list of the best German soccer players ever?

Franz Beckenbauer

Position: Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder.

Franz Beckenbauer clubs: Bayern Munich.

More Franz Beckenbauer infos: In Germany, Franz Beckenbauer is regarded as the most important German soccer player ever. The “soccer emperor” is a real legend – even beyong his playing career. He was the second person in history, who won the World Cup as a player and as a trainer (in 1990).

Gerd Müller

Position: Forward.

Gerd Müller clubs: Bayern Munich.

More Gerd Müller infos: Throughout his whole career, Gerd Müller was considered as a soccer “machine”. He generated a total of 68 goals in only 62 games and reached therefore an incredible goal-score of 1.10.

Uwe Seeler

Position: Forward.

Uwe Seeler clubs: Hamburger SV.

More Uwe Seeler infos: Uwe Seeler is considered as one of the most popular German soccer players, whose image is very down to earth, modest and hard working. This characteristic was never more apparent than in 1965. After an Achilles tendon rupture, almost all experts predicted the end of Seelers career. Not even six months later, he was back on the pitch with new, custom-made shoes.

Fritz Walter

Position: Forward.

Fritz Walter clubs: 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

More Fritz Walter infos: Fritz Walter is considered as one of the most outstanding figures in German soccer ever. With him as captain, the national team won the World Championship in 1954 – an unbelieveable success after Germany was destroyed due to World War II. At the 1958 World Cup, he was a regular player for the German team as well. Fritz Walter died in 2002.

Lothar Matthäus

Position: Midfielder, Sweeper, Defender.

Lothar Matthäus clubs: Bayern Munich, Borussia Mönchengladbach.

More Lothar Matthäus infos: Lothar Matthäus scrored 150 goals in 20 years – a German record holder. Very well known were his famous encounters with the Argentinian soccer player Diego Maradona. Matthäus met the legendary Maradona in two World Cup finals, when he managed to hold the trophy in his hand and beat Maradona in both matches.

Oliver Kahn

Position: Goalkeeper.

Oliver Kahn clubs: Bayern Munich.

More Oliver Kahn infos: As the first goalkeeper in the world, Oliver Kahn received the highest distinction of becoming the best soccer player in the world in 2002 (Fifa).

Michael Ballack

Position: Midfielder.

Michael Ballack clubs: Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen.

More Michael Ballack infos: The former team caption of the German national team, Michael Ballack, was very well known for his versatile and adaptable style as well as being a very good head player. He ended his career in 2012.

Related images (cropped): Franz Beckenbauer 197444Charles Wikimedia – CC BY-SA 3.0 DE/ Oliver KhanTsutomu Takasu flickr – CC BY 2.0

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