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
Nationality: German

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
Nationality: German

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

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: September 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German

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 Timo Werner

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

 5 Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: June 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
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.

 6 Serge Gnabry

Serge Gnabry
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: July 14, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
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 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German
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 8 Steffi Graf

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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: June 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
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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 9 Stefanie Graf

Stefanie Graf
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: June 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German

 10 Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: March 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Swiss, German

 11 Manuel Neuer

Manuel Neuer
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: March 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German

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.

 12 Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: January 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German, Polish

 13 Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German

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 Mario Götze

Mario Götze
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: June 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
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.

 15 Kevin-Prince Boateng

Kevin-Prince Boateng
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: March 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German, Ghanaian
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.

 16 Marco Reus

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: May 31, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German

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.

 17 Loris Karius

Loris Karius
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Famous As: association football player
Birthdate: June 22, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German

 18 Julian Draxler

Julian Draxler
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 20, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German

 19 Boris Becker

Boris Becker
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Famous As: Former World No. 1 Tennis Star
Birthdate: November 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German

 20 Lukas Podolski

Lukas Podolski
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German, Polish

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.

 21 Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: August 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German

 22 Jérôme Boateng

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

 23 Mario Gómez

Mario Gómez
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German, Spanish

 24 Till Lindemann

Till Lindemann
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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Poet, Swimmer, Writer, Carpenter, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German

 25 Shkodran Mustafi

Shkodran Mustafi
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: April 17, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German

 26 Mike Vrabel

Mike Vrabel
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Famous As: American football coach
Birthdate: August 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German, American

 27 Marc-André ter Stegen

Marc-André ter Stegen
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: April 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German

 28 Jürgen Klinsmann

Jürgen Klinsmann
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: July 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German

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.

 29 Antonio Rüdiger

Antonio Rüdiger
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German

 30 Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: April 20, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German

 31 Sami Khedira

Sami Khedira
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 4, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German, Tunisian

 32 Mats Hummels

Mats Hummels
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German

 33 İlkay Gündoğan

İlkay Gündoğan
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German

 34 Nico Hülkenberg

Nico Hülkenberg
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: August 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German

 35 Philipp Lahm

Philipp Lahm
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Famous As: Association football player, Autobiographer
Birthdate: November 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German

 36 Franz Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer
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Famous As: Former German Footballer
Birthdate: September 11, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
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.

 37 Michael Ballack

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

 38 Andre Schurrle

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

 39 Gerd Müller

Gerd Müller
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Famous As: Former German Footballer
Birthdate: November 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German
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.

 40 Lothar Matthäus

Lothar Matthäus
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Famous As: Former German Footballer
Birthdate: March 21, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
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

 41 Joël Matip

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

 42 Mick Schumacher

Mick Schumacher
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: March 22, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German

 43 Oliver Kahn

Oliver Kahn
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German

 44 Jupp Heynckes

Jupp Heynckes
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Famous As: Football Player, Coach
Birthdate: May 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German

 45 Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown
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Famous As: tennis player
Birthdate: December 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German

 46 Leon Goretzka

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

 47 Shawn Bradley

Shawn Bradley
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German, American

 48 Niko Kovač

Niko Kovač
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German

 49 Robert Huth

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

 50 Tom Schwarz

Tom Schwarz
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: May 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German