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

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 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.

 4 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.

 5 Timo Werner

Timo Werner
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 6, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stuttgart

 6 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.
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 7 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.

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 8 Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kolbermoor
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 9 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.

 10 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.

 11 Angelique Kerber

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

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.

 12 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.

 13 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.

 14 Jérôme Boateng

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

 15 Alexander Zverev

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

 16 Julian Draxler

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

 17 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.

 18 Nico Hülkenberg

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

 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 Philipp Lahm

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

 21 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.

 22 Michael Ballack

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

 23 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

 24 Antonio Rüdiger

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

 25 Andre Schurrle

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

 26 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

 27 Oliver Kahn

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

 28 Dustin Brown

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

 29 Mick Schumacher

Mick Schumacher
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: March 22, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vufflens-le-Château, Switzerland

 30 Sabine Schmitz

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

 31 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.

 32 Katarina Witt

Katarina Witt
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Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: December 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Staaken, Berlin, Germany

 33 Tommy Haas

Tommy Haas
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: April 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

 34 Cenk Tosun

Cenk Tosun
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: June 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wetzlar, Germany

 35 Jan Ullrich

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

 36 Sabine Lisicki

Sabine Lisicki
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: September 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Troisdorf

 37 Julia Görges

Julia Görges
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Famous As: German tennis player
Birthdate: November 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bad Oldesloe

 38 Leon Draisaitl

Leon Draisaitl
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Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: October 27, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cologne

 39 Sophia Flörsch

Sophia Flörsch
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: December 1, 2000
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Grünwald, Germany

 40 Pascal Wehrlein

Pascal Wehrlein
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: October 18, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sigmaringen, Germany

 41 Markus Ruhl

Markus Ruhl
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Famous As: Bodybuilder
Birthdate: February 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Darmstadt, Germany

 42 Andrea Petkovic

Andrea Petkovic
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: September 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tuzla

 43 Heinz-Harald Frentzen

Heinz-Harald Frentzen
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: May 18, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mönchengladbach, Germany

 44 Karsten Braasch

Karsten Braasch
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Marl

 45 Gottfried von Cramm

Gottfried von Cramm
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 7, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Q1978697
Died: November 9, 1976

 46 Adolf Anderssen

Adolf Anderssen
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Famous As: Chess player, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: July 6, 1818
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bila Tserkva
Died: March 13, 1879

 47 Tabea Alt

Tabea Alt
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Famous As: Artistic gymnastics
Birthdate: March 18, 2000
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baden-Wurttemburg, Germany

 48 Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle

Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle
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Famous As: Skier
Birthdate: November 27, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Traunstein, Germany

 49 Josef Fischer

Josef Fischer
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Famous As: Sport cyclist
Birthdate: January 20, 1865
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cham (district) Cham, Germany
Died: March 3, 1953

 50 Toni Merkens

Toni Merkens
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Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: June 21, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: June 20, 1944