Category: "Germany"

49. Oliver Kahn

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Oliver Kahn at his testimonial in September 2008

Oliver Kahn at his testimonial in September 2008

“Der Titan” (“The Titan”) was one of the most successful German players and was considered throughout his career to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

With Bayern Munich, the club for which he played for 14 years, Kahn won the Champions league (2000-01) and eight Bundesliga titles (1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06 and 2007–08).

Four consecutive times Best European Goalkeeper (1999,2000,2001 and 2002) and three times IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper (1999, 2001 and 2002), Kahn played 632 games for the Bayern – over half of them as captain.

Kahn reached the final of the 2002 World Cup with some strong performances, conceding only three goals – including two in the final.

Oliver Kahn finished third in the 2001 and 2002 Ballon d’Or.

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43. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge played for Bayern Munich for 10 years, representing the team’s domination of German football as had Beckenbauer before him and as did Matthäus just after.

Rummenigge won the Champions League in 1974-75 and 1975-76 and the Bundesliga in seasons 1979-80 and 1980-81, during both of which seasons he finished top scorer of the Championship. He won the European Championship with Germany in 1980.

Thanks to these successes, he won the Ballon d’Or in 1980 and 1981.

Rummenigge scored 162 goals in 310 Bundesliga’s games, making him the second most prolific scorer of all time in Bundesliga behind Gerd Müller.

Rummenigge never won the World Cup but did finish as a losing finalist in 1982 and 1986 – both times as captain of the team.

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40. Jurgen Klinsmann

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Jürgen Klinsmann in the UEFA Cup

Jürgen Klinsmann in the UEFA Cup

Jürgen Klinsmann is one of the most prolific strikers in the history of German football.
During his twenty years career, he won the biggest football competitions trophies including the World Cup in 1990 and the European Championship in 1996. He scored in all major tournaments that he played in for Germany.

During his entire career, he kept a ratio of one goal in each two games.
He won the Europa League both with Inter in 1990-91 and Bayern in 1995-96 and the Bundesliga in 1996-97.

Thanks to his prolific career, Klinsmann finished second in the Ballon d’Or 1995 and won the title of German Footballer of the year, awarded by the Association of German Sports Journalists and the publication Kicker, in 1988 and 1994.

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36. Bastian Schweinsteiger

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Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Voted best German player in 2013, Bastian Schweinsteiger is distinguished by his technical abilities, the accuracy of his passes and his powerful shot. He organises the midfield for his club and for ‘Der Mannschaft.’

With the Bayern, Schweinsteiger has played more than 480 games (up to November 2014) and won seven Bundesliga titles (2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2009-10, 2012-13 and 2013-14), seven cups (2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2009-10, 2012-13 and 2013-14) and the Champions League in 2012-13 (runner-up in 2009-10 and 2011-12).

Schweinsteiger has earned over 100 caps for Germany and played in three World Cups – winning the trophy in 2014 and two third places as well as reaching the final of the European Championship in 2008.

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33. Philipp Lahm

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Philipp Lahm, Germany national football team

Philipp Lahm, Germany national football team

A strong player and very fast, Philipp Lahm is renowned for his defensive and offensive capabilities. A fierce defender, he is distinguished by its anticipation and his clean tackles.

Lahm is considered by many to be the best full back of his generation.

Captain of Bayern, a club with which he has played since childhood, Lahm has an impressive list of honours including six Bundesligas (2002-03, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2009-10, 2012-13 and 2013-14), six German Cups (2002-03, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2009-10, 2012-13 and 2013-14) and a Champions league in 2012-13. (Up to 1st of November 2014).

Lahm was also the captain of the German team which he led to World Cup triumph in 2014.

In 2014 Lahm became the first footballer to have captained teams to victory in the World Cup, a domestic title, a domestic cup, the European Champions League, the Club World Cup and the Super Cup.

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28. Sepp Maier

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The legendary Sepp Maier

The legendary Sepp Maier

Sepp Maier, nicknamed “The Cat” for his ability to leap to every ball, made his reputation and his career with Bayern Munich between 1965 and 1979.

With Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Müller, Maier was part of the backbone of Bayern’s team of the 1970s which won many titles.

Maier won four German championships (1968-69, 1971-72, 1972-73 and 1973-74), four Cups (1965–66, 1966–67, 1968–69 and 1970–71) and three Champions League in a row (1973–74, 1974–75 and 1975–76).

With the West German national team, he lifted the 1974 World Cup (finalist in 1966) and is still the most capped goalkeeper for Germany (95 games).

Maier beat the record of uninterrupted presence in league games with 447 games in a row in 13 seasons; a series that only a car accident interrupted, as his career ended at just 29 years old.

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24. Miroslav Klose

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Miroslav Klose 2014

Miroslav Klose 2014

Klose is known for its remarkable spring and heading game that make him an unstoppable opponent in the air. He has been nicknamed “Air Klose” especially following five headed goals during the 2002 World Cup.

If Klose did not win many titles with clubs he played for: two Bundesliga (2007–08 and 2009–10), two German Cups (2008, 2010), one League Cup (2007) and one Italian Cup (2012–13) up to November 2014; it is with Der Mannschaft that he made history.

Klose entered into the history of football on the 8 July 2014 after scoring 16 goals during final stages of World Cup – which made him the top World Cup finals scorer of all time. He also broke Gerd Müller’s record of goals with the national team (71 goals).

Klose is also the only player to play in four semi-finals of the World Cup; with one victory, one final and two third places.

Up until his retirement from international football following the World Cup victory in 2014, the German national team never lost a game in which Klose scored.

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13. Gerd Muller

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Gerd Müller (right) celebrating after winning the 1974 FIFA World Cup

Gerd Müller (right) celebrating after winning the 1974 FIFA World Cup

Gerhard “Gerd” Müller has a place in the history of football as one of the best ever scorers from inside the box.

During 1972, the “Bomber” scored 72 goals with Bayern Munich (42 goals in the Bundesliga, 7 in the German Cup, 11 in Europe and 12 during the League Cup). During this same season he scored 13 goals with Der Mannschaft making a total of 85 goals in 60 games, for the scary ratio of 1.4 goals/game.

Müller won many trophies including four German championships with Bayern (1968–69, 1971–72, 1972–73 and 1973–74), the Cup Winner’s Cup (1966-67, three Champions Leagues in a row (1973–74, 1974–75 and 1975–76) and the Ballon d’Or in 1970 (the first German to win one) after winning the Golden Shoe at the 1970 World Cup.

In his prime he won the European Championship in 1972 and the World Cup in 1974.

Gerd Müller will always be remembered as one of the greatest goal scorers of all time.

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10. Franz Beckenbauer

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Beckenbauer captaining West Germany at the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

Beckenbauer captaining West Germany at the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

Franz Beckenbauer, known as “Der Kaiser,” (the emperor) was the complete player, both technically gifted and tactically astute, he is undoubtedly one of the best German players of all time.

Beckenbauer is widely credited as having invented the role of modern sweeper.

The 1970s were for Beckenbauer the peak of his footballing career.

During his 14 years at the Bayern Munich, he won five Bundesliga (1968–69, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74 and 1981-82), three Champions League in a row (1973–74, 1974–75 and 1975–76) and a UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup (1966-67).

Although Beckenbauer did not score a lot of goals for West Germany (14 goals in 103 caps), his influence on the game enabled his country to won the 1974 World Cup and for him to win two Ballon d’Or (1972 and 1976).

Franz Beckenbauer is one of the most decorated footballers in the history of the game.

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6. Lothar Matthaus

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Lothar Matthäus captained West Germany to victory in the 1990 FIFA World Cup and played in five FIFA World Cups in total (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1998), more than any other outfield player. He remains the only German player to have won the FIFA World Player of the Year award. Matthaus is the most capped German player of all time with 150 appearances and 23 goals.

Lothar Matthäus became the symbol of German domination of football during the 1980s.

Ten years after his mentor Franz Beckenbauer, Matthäus reigned over world football thanks to his “complete” player profile; able to play just as well in offense or defence.

Lothar Matthäus won seven German championships with Bayern Munich, three German cups, two UEFA Cups (with Inter Milan and Bayern) the European Football Championship in 1980, the World Cup in 1990 (finalist in 1982 and 1986) and the Ballon d’Or in 1990.

Diego Maradona said of Matthäus: “He is the best rival I have ever had.”

Matthäus scores a penalty kick against Bulgarian goalkeeper Borislav Mihaylov in the 1994 World Cup quarter-final

Matthäus scores a penalty kick against Bulgarian goalkeeper Borislav Mihaylov in the 1994 World Cup quarter-final

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