Famous German Football Players

There is no denying the fact that Germany has some of the world’s best football players in the history of the game. Had it not been so, Germany wouldn’t have clutched the title of World Champions for the fourth time in 2014, non-consecutively in the 17 tournaments held. What’s more, it has three titles out of the ten European Championships held till date. Furthermore, it is the only nation to have won both men’s and women’s World Cups. Excepting for the titles, Germany has been first runner-up thrice in European Championships and four times in World Cups till date. The list itself concludes the exemplary performance by German footballing legends, who have time and again done their country proud, with their outstanding performance on field. German football players hold the distinction of having six World Cup medals, including Gold, silver and bronze. Such has been their strong performance and representation of the game that German players have become household names even to those who do not follow football. Names like Miroslav Klose, Gerd Muller, Paul Breitner, Lothar Matthaus, Franz Beckenbauer are legendary to the game of football and Germany. Know more about each of them and many more spectacular football players, their life and their game with this section.

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 1 Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil
22
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.

 2 Thomas Müller

Thomas Müller
28
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.

 3 Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger
9
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kolbermoor, Germany

Bastian Schweinsteiger is a German former football player. Considered one of the greatest midfielders ever, Schweinsteiger was renowned for his tackling ability. Schweinsteiger represented Germany in three World Cups, playing a major role in his team's victory in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. One of the greatest German footballers of all time, Schweinsteiger is the fourth most-capped player for Germany.

 4 Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos
5
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.

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 5 Manuel Neuer

Manuel Neuer
8
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.

 6 Timo Werner

Timo Werner
18
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: March 6, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

Timo Werner is a German football player who plays for the German national team and Chelsea Football Club. A prolific goalscorer, Werner was the second-highest goalscorer in the Bundesliga in the 2019–20 season. An intelligent player, Timo Werner is also known for his pace and determination. He represented his national team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

 7 Franz Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer
6
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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 8 Mario Götze

Mario Götze
4
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.

 9 Marco Reus

Marco Reus
7
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.

 10 Jürgen Klinsmann

Jürgen Klinsmann
7
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.

 11 Serge Gnabry

Serge Gnabry
18
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.

 12 Gerd Müller

Gerd Müller
7
Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: November 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nördlingen, Germany
Died: August 15, 2021
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.

 13 Lothar Matthäus

Lothar Matthäus
5
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

 14 Miroslav Klose

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.

 15 Oliver Kahn

Oliver Kahn
6
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Karlsruhe, Germany

 16 Kevin-Prince Boateng

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.

 17 Lukas Podolski

Lukas Podolski
4
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

Jérôme Boateng
8
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin

 19 Mario Gómez

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.

 20 Michael Ballack

Michael Ballack
4
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 26, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Görlitz, Germany

 21 Sami Khedira

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

 22 Antonio Rüdiger

Antonio Rüdiger
4
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 23 Mats Hummels

Mats Hummels
4
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bergisch Gladbach

 24 Philipp Lahm

Philipp Lahm
4
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: November 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

 25 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
3
Famous As: Association football player, Executive board
Birthdate: September 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lippstadt

 26 Andre Schurrle

Andre Schurrle
4
Famous As: German footballer
Birthdate: November 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ludwigshafen

 27 Marc-André ter Stegen

Marc-André ter Stegen
8
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: April 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mönchengladbach, Germany

 28 Leon Goretzka

Leon Goretzka
4
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bochum

 29 Joël Matip

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

 30 Niko Kovač

Niko Kovač
3
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: West Berlin

 31 Bernd Leno

Bernd Leno
3
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany

 32 Loris Karius

Loris Karius
4
Famous As: association football player
Birthdate: June 22, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Biberach an der Riss

 33 Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel
4
Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: August 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Krumbach

 34 Robert Huth

Robert Huth
3
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Biesdorf

 35 İlkay Gündoğan

İlkay Gündoğan
4
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gelsenkirchen

 36 Per Mertesacker

Per Mertesacker
3
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hanover

 37 Shkodran Mustafi

Shkodran Mustafi
4
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: April 17, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bad Hersfeld, Hesse, Germany

 38 Julian Draxler

Julian Draxler
8
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 20, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gladbeck, Germany

 39 Jürgen Klopp

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.

 40 Jens Lehmann

Jens Lehmann
3
Famous As: German Football player-Goalkeeper
Birthdate: November 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Essen, Germany

 41 Cédric Soares

Cédric Soares
4
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 31, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Singen (Hohentwiel), Germany

 42 Hans-Dieter Flick

Hans-Dieter Flick
10
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany

 43 Marko Marin

Marko Marin
3
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gradiška

 44 Jupp Heynckes

Jupp Heynckes
3
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.

 45 Uwe Seeler

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

 46 Kevin Trapp

Kevin Trapp
3
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: July 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Merzig, Germany

 47 Gedion Zelalem

Gedion Zelalem
5
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 26, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Berlin

 48 Paul Breitner

Paul Breitner
2
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. 

 49 Benedikt Höwedes

Benedikt Höwedes
3
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: February 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Haltern am See

 50 Robert Enke

Robert Enke
3
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jena
Died: November 10, 2009