Famous 21st Century German Football Players

Find out more about the greatest 21st Century German Football Players, including Jürgen Klopp, Gerd Müller, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Manuel Neuer and Miroslav Klose.

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 1 Jürgen Klinsmann

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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: July 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Göppingen

Jürgen Klinsmann is a German football manager who guided the German national team throughout the 2006 FIFA World Cup, helping them finish third. A former player, Klinsmann helped the West German team win the 1990 World Cup. One of Germany's main strikers during the 1990s, Jürgen Klinsmann was named in Pele's FIFA 100 list in 2004.

 2 Franz Beckenbauer

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Famous As: Former German Footballer
Birthdate: September 11, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
German former footballer Franz Beckenbauer spent most of his career with Bayern Munich, winning championships such as the European Cup. He won the World Cup for West Germany twice, first as a player in 1974 and then as a manager in 1990. He was also a Sky Germany analyst.
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 3 Gerd Müller

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Famous As: Former German Footballer
Birthdate: November 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nördlingen, Allied-occupied Germany
German footballer Gerd Müller, also known as "Bomber der Nation," had a successful stint with Bayern Munich. His score of 85 goals in a single year was broken by Lionel Messi after 4 decades. He scored the winning goal for West Germany in the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

 4 Lothar Matthäus

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Famous As: Former German Footballer
Birthdate: March 21, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Erlangen, Bavaria, West Germany
German football coach and former player Lothar Matthäus, one of the world’s greatest midfielders, became the European Footballer of the Year after captaining the side to their 1990 FIFA World Cup win. He also led Germany to win the UEFA Euro 1980. He spent most of his senior career with Bayern Munich

 5 Michael Ballack

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 26, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Görlitz, Germany

 6 Thomas Müller

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: September 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Weilheim in Oberbayern

Thomas Müller, who is a prominent member of the Germany national football team, is a versatile footballer; he can play at various positions, such as centre forward, left wing, and right wing. He played key roles in Germany's performance in the 2010 World Cup, Euro Cup 2012, 2014 World Cup, and 2018 World Cup.

 7 Oliver Kahn

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Karlsruhe, Germany
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 8 Mesut Ozil

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
German footballer Mesut Özil, who now plays for the Premier League club Arsenal, has won Germany the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He also earned a record five German Player of the Year awards. However, he later retired from the German team, citing discrimination due to his Turkish descent.

 9 Toni Kroos

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Greifswald

German midfielder Toni Kroos has won two La Ligas and three UEFA Champions Leagues with his current team Real Madrid. He has previously helped Bayern Munich win three Bundesliga titles and one FIFA Cup World Cup. He also led Germany to a FIFA World Cup win in 2014.

 10 Manuel Neuer

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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: March 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gelsenkirchen, West Germany

Considered one of the greatest goalkeeper of all time, Manuel Neuer is a German football player. He keeps and captains his national team and his club FC Bayern München. Described as a sweeper-keeper due to his unique playing style, Manuel Neuer helped his national team win the 2014 FIFA World Cup where he was adjudged the best goalkeeper.

 11 Bastian Schweinsteiger

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kolbermoor, Germany

 12 Timo Werner

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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: March 6, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

 13 Mario Götze

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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: June 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Memmingen
Midfielder Mario Götze led Germany to their World Cup win in 2014, scoring the winning goal. He began his career at 9, with Borussia Dortmund. He was awarded the 2011 Golden Boy Award. His move to Bayern Munich for €37 million made him the second-most expensive German player in history.

 14 Marco Reus

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: May 31, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dortmund

Marco Reus is a German football player who plays for the Germany national team and the popular Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. Known for his speed, versatility, technical skills, and shooting ability, Reus was named the Footballer of the Year (Germany) in 2012. In 2013, 2014, and 2019, Marco Reus helped Borussia Dortmund win the prestigious DFL-Supercup.

 15 Serge Gnabry

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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: July 14, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

German footballer Serge Gnabry was scouted by VfB at age 12. Though he also excelled in track and field, too, he later chose football. At the 2016 Olympics, he helped Germany win the silver and was also the joint top-scorer. He is part of the philanthropic initiative Common Goal.

 16 Miroslav Klose

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Famous As: German Footballer
Birthdate: June 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Opole, Poland
Born to a footballer father and a handball player mother, Polish-born German striker Miroslav Klose soared to fame with clubs such as Bayern Munich and Lazio. Germany has won all games in which Klose has scored. Germany’s all-time top goal-scorer, Klose scored 5 goals in his first World Cup itself.

 17 Lukas Podolski

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gliwice

Lukas Podolski is a German football player renowned for his powerful and accurate kicks, technique, and explosive style of play. The third most-capped player in the history of German football, Podolski helped the German national team win the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He is also the third-highest goalscorer in the history of German soccer.

 18 Jérôme Boateng

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin

 19 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

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Famous As: Association football player, Executive board
Birthdate: September 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lippstadt

 20 Loris Karius

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Famous As: association football player
Birthdate: June 22, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Biberach an der Riss

 21 Mario Gómez

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Riedlingen, Germany

Mario Gómez is a German former footballer who played for the Germany national football team between 2007 and 2018, during which he represented Germany in two FIFA World Cups and three UEFA European Championships. He was also an important member of the popular club Bayern Munich as he helped the team secure several trophies, such as the UEFA Champions League.

 22 Sami Khedira

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stuttgart

 23 Julian Draxler

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 20, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gladbeck, Germany

 24 Emre Can

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 12, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Frankfurt

 25 Leroy Sané

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Essen, Germany

Leroy Sané is a German professional football player who played a prominent role in helping Manchester City win the EFL Cup and the Premier League for which he was named PFA Young Player of the Year for the 2017–18 season. Also an important member of the German national team, Sané can also represent France as he also holds French citizenship.

 26 Antonio Rüdiger

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 27 Philipp Lahm

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: November 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

 28 Marc-André ter Stegen

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: April 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mönchengladbach, Germany

 29 Mats Hummels

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bergisch Gladbach

 30 Leon Goretzka

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bochum

 31 Joël Matip

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 8, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bochum

 32 Thomas Tuchel

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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: August 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Krumbach

 33 Kevin-Prince Boateng

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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: March 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin
German-born Ghanaian footballer Kevin-Prince Boateng, nicknamed “Prince,” plays for Serie B club Monza, as a midfielder and forward. He has earlier won the La Liga with Barcelona and the Serie A with Milan. While he played for the Bundesliga club Schalke 04, he also represented Ghana in two World Cups.

 34 Sead Kolašinac

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 20, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Karlsruhe, Germany

 35 Robert Huth

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Biesdorf

 36 Jürgen Klopp

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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: June 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stuttgart

Jürgen Klopp is a German football manager and former player. He is the manager of the Liverpool football club and is considered as one of the best managers in the world. He has also been the manager of Borussia Dortmund. Liverpool won their first FIFA Club World Cup and first Premier League title under him. He is famous for his enthusiastic celebrations.

 37 Shkodran Mustafi

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: April 17, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bad Hersfeld, Hesse, Germany

 38 Uwe Seeler

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hamburg

 39 Cédric Soares

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 31, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Singen (Hohentwiel), Germany

 40 Hans-Dieter Flick

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany

 41 Paul Breitner

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Famous As: Former German Footballer
Birthdate: September 5, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kolbermoor

Paul Breitner is a German former professional footballer. Considered one of the best players of his era, he played as a midfielder and left-back. As a player, he was known for his partnerships with Franz Beckenbauer and Berti Vogts in the national team. Following his retirement, he has been working as a commentator, pundit, and columnist. 

 42 Jupp Heynckes

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Famous As: Football Player, Coach
Birthdate: May 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mönchengladbach

Retired Borussia footballer and manager Jupp Heynckes is known as the man who turned Bayern Munich’s fortunes around, with his combination of discipline and tactics, winning four Bundesliga titles with them as a coach. He has also won two UEFA Champion Leagues, one with Bayern and another with Real Madrid.

 43 Jens Lehmann

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: November 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Essen, Germany

 44 Marko Marin

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gradiška

 45 Kevin Trapp

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: July 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Merzig, Germany

 46 Per Mertesacker

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hanover

 47 Bernd Leno

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany

 48 Sepp Maier

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Metten, Germany

 49 Max Meyer

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Famous As: association football player
Birthdate: September 18, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oberhausen

 50 Gedion Zelalem

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 26, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Berlin