Germany is known to be a country that has produced some of the greatest footballers in the history of the sport. In Germany, football is nothing short of religion and this is the country that has given us legends like Franz Beckebauer and Thomas Muller. Germany has won way more major tournaments than any other country in Europe.
Soccer in Europe is akin to what baseball or basketball is in the United States of America. If you’ve ever been to any sporting event in LA, you’d know what a sport-crazy audience is. Now imagine the same thing multiplied by a 100. That pretty much defines the football craze in Europe. And although countries like Germany are still much more behaved in terms of reaction there have been many instances in countries like England where crowds have gone berserk and demolished stadiums. Nevertheless, if you are interested in German football then here is a list of some of the greatest German footballers to get you started.
Franz Beckenbauer is considered to be one of the greatest German footballers known to have mastered the sweeper position. He has had his hands wrapped around the World Cup trophy both in 1974 as well as in 1990. Franz was known for his tactical approach to the game which made him one of the greatest defenders ever. He represented Bayern Munich and led the club to many victories during his stint.
Germany is known for its legendary goalkeepers and one of them is Sepp Maier. KNown popularly as The Cat, he was part of the World Cup winning team of 1974. In the 1970s, Maier was known to be the greatest goalkeeper in the world and it was virtually impossible to get a ball through him. Maier played with Bayern Munich throughout his football years and played close to 600 matches.
There’s no doubt that Gerd Muller was one of the greatest football players ever. Muller holds the record of scoring 68 goals in 62 matches. He also represented Bayern Munich and scored 566 goals for his club. Like Cristiano Ronaldo, even Muller was known for his superhuman ability to jump and score headers. His incredible abilities won him the 1974 Ballon d’Or.
Miroslav Klose shot to stardom after he broke Gerd Muller’s record of goal scores. Klose even overtook Ronaldo’s record of most number of goals scored at the World Cup. Klose was part of the 2014 World Cup winning team and has also won two championships for his club Bayern Munich. Miroslave retired in 2014 but not before establishing himself as one of the greatest to have ever played the sport.
There are many other German footballers who would be up on this list. Names like Lothar Matthaus, Fritz Walter and Bastian Schweinsteiger are all players who have broken various records and led the team to some nail biting victories. The glorious history of German football is incomplete without mentioning these names.