Famous German Sportspersons

Germany is a sports-crazy nation. And if you don’t believe us, check this. In 2006, about 27.5 million people were members of the more than 91,000 sport clubs in Germany. And the numbers are growing ever since then. Having said that, it is only natural to understand that the country is home to greatest sporting legends, who have been masters of their game! Football, basketball, handball, ice hockey, motor sports, tennis, cycling, chess, boxing - name any and you would have a German in its list of world-class players from across the globe. German sportsperson have made their country stand tall on the world sporting forum with their glorious victories and triumphs. Be it footballer Miroslav Klose and his 71 goals record or Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel’s Formula One Championship trophies, Steffi Graf’s tennis titles or Margit Schumann’s Winter Olympics medals, Emanuel Chasker’s chess champion record or Bernard Langer and Martin Kaymer’s golfing glories, German sports people have dominated every game and made their country proud. They are blessed with mental strength, strong determination and undying passion which help them become masters of any format. With this segment, find out in details about the life and career of famous German sports personalities.

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 1 Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher.
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: January 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hürth, Germany

With seven Formula One championship under his belt, Michael Schumacher is the most successful racer of Formula 1 and one of the greatest motor sports driver in the world. The retired German racer was the face of Ferrari for a decade and with his tremendous on track success also became one of best paid athletes in the sport’s history.

 2 Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel.
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Famous As: Racing Driver
Birthdate: July 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Heppenheim, Germany

Widely considered one of the greatest drivers in Formula One history, Sebastian Vettel holds a number of records, including most podium finishes and most consecutive race wins. Sebastian has a unique habit of naming his cars as he feels it is important to share a close relationship with the cars that he drives.

 3 Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: June 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Würzburg, West Germany
The 7-foot-tall former Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki led his team to 15 NBA play-offs, including their only NBA championship, in 2011. He is the only player to continue with a single NBA team for 21 seasons and first European-born to be the NBA Finals MVP.

 4 Steffi Graf

Steffi Graf.
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: June 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Known for her footwork and forehand drive, former world number one tennis star Steffi Graf has won 22 Grand Slam titles, the third all-time record. She became the first player to win four Grand Slams and the Olympic gold in a year. She is married to fellow player Andre Agassi.

 5 Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg.
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Famous As: Formula One Racing Driver
Birthdate: June 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Germany

The son of former Formula One world champion Keke Rosberg, Nico Rosberg followed in his father's footsteps to win the 2016 Formula One world championship. After announcing his retirement as a racing driver, Nico Rosberg became an eco-entrepreneur, helping with the construction of self-autonomous and electric vehicles. Rosberg has also worked with charities like Viva con Agua de Sankt Pauli.

 6 Boris Becker

Boris Becker.
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Famous As: Former World No. 1 Tennis Star
Birthdate: November 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leimen, West Germany

Boris Becker is a German former tennis player who has three Wimbledons, one US Open, and two Australian Open titles under his belt. He also won an Olympic gold medal in men's doubles in 1992. Becker, who had a successful start to his career, struggled to cope with his early fame and success; he retired at the age of 31.

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 7 Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: April 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

Alexander Zverev is a German tennis player. He won the 2018 ATP Finals, becoming the youngest champion at the year-end championship in 10 years. Zverev won the gold medal in the singles event at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Alexander Zverev's backhand play is often regarded as one of the best in the game.

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 8 Thomas Müller

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.

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 9 Jürgen Klinsmann

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.

 10 Franz Beckenbauer

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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 11 Lothar Matthäus

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

 12 Toni Kroos

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.

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 13 Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger
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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.

 14 Manuel Neuer

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.

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 15 Mesut Ozil

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.

 16 Gerd Müller

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.
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 17 Timo Werner

Timo Werner.
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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.

 18 Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber.
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: January 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bremen, Germany

Winning her first Grand Slam at 28, Angelique Kerber is an example of a talented later bloomer in tennis. The former World No. 1 German player is known for her defensive tactics, speed, and footwork. She blamed a 2-week COVID-related quarantine for her loss at the 2021 Australian Open.

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 19 Marco Reus

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.

 20 Mario Götze

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.
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 21 Serge Gnabry

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.

 22 Oliver Kahn

Oliver Kahn
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Karlsruhe, Germany
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 23 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.

 24 Michael Ballack

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

 25 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.

 26 Sami Khedira

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

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

 28 Marc-André ter Stegen

Marc-André ter Stegen
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: April 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mönchengladbach, Germany
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 29 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.

 30 Max Schmeling

Max Schmeling
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: September 28, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Klein Luckow
Died: February 2, 2005
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 31 Philipp Lahm

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

 32 Lukas Podolski

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.

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 33 Mats Hummels

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

 34 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.

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 35 Loris Karius

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

 36 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

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

 37 Sabine Schmitz

Sabine Schmitz
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Famous As: Racecar driver
Birthdate: May 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Adenau, Germany

 38 İlkay Gündoğan

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

 39 Honus Wagner

Honus Wagner
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Famous As: Baseballer
Birthdate: February 24, 1874
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chartiers, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: December 6, 1955

 40 Nico Hülkenberg

Nico Hülkenberg
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: August 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Emmerich, Germany

 41 Leon Goretzka

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

 42 Joël Matip

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

 43 Shawn Bradley

Shawn Bradley
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Landstuhl, West Germany

 44 Jan Ullrich

Jan Ullrich
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Famous As: Bicycler
Birthdate: December 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rostock, Germany

 45 Niko Kovač

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

 46 Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: December 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Celle, Germany

Dustin Brown is a German tennis player best known for defeating Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal in the second round of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. Renowned for his speed, technique, and entertaining playing style, Dustin Brown is also famous for his dreadlocked hairstyle, which has earned him the nickname Dreddy.

 47 Bernd Leno

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

 48 Monika Dannemann

Monika Dannemann.
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Famous As: Girlfriend of Jimi Hendrix
Birthdate: June 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany
Died: April 5, 1996

Monika Dannemann was a German painter and figure skater whose professional achievements were overshadowed by her relationship with legendary guitar player Jimi Hendrix; she is often referred to as the last girlfriend of Jimi Hendrix. A year before her death, Monika Dannemann published a book titled The Inner World of Jimi Hendrix.   

 49 Detlef Schrempf

Detlef Schrempf.
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: January 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Leverkusen, Germany

Detlef Schrempf is a German-American former basketball player who played for popular NBA teams like the Dallas Mavericks, Seattle SuperSonics, and Portland Trail Blazers. A three-time NBA All-Star, Schrempf helped the SuperSonics reach the NBA Finals in 1996. Also known for his charitable work, Schrempf formed the Detlef Schrempf Foundation to help local charities.

 50 Robert Huth

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