Some huge German stars have worn the Real Madrid shirt in the past couple of years...
Guenter Netzer (1973-1976)
Legendary attacking midfielder Guenter Netzer was voted Footballer of the Year in Germany in 1972 and 1973, thus attracting the interest of Real Madrid. The Blancos were looking for an answer to Barcelona's Johan Cruyff and considered Netzer to be the perfect man.
The former German international struggled to settle in at his new club in his first season, but Netzer never gave up and eventually developed into an important first team player at Madrid. He helped the Merengues to the league title in 1975 before guiding Madrid to the double one year later.
Paul Breitner (1974-1977)
After impressing at Bayern Munich from 1970 to 1974, the highly rated defender opted to move abroad and joined Real Madrid to join up with his compatriot Netzer for a reputed fee of three million Mark.
Serbian Madrid coach Miljan Miljanic regarded Breitner as a useful addition to his midfield and turned the defender into an energetic midfielder. The Kolbermoor-born 1974 world champion won two league titles and one Copa del Rey with Madrid before leaving the club for Eintracht Braunschweig in 1977.
Uli Stielike (1977-1985)
Stielike had developed into one of the most sought after players in Europe with his outstanding performances for Borussia Moenchengladbach and Real Madrid were determined to bring the versatile defender-cum-midfielder to the Primera Division.
The German star made a brilliant start to his career at the Santiago Bernabeu and scooped up consecutive league titles in his first three seasons in Madrid. Additionally, he won Copa del Rey titles in 1980 and 1982 before ending his successful spell in Madrid by winning the UEFA Cup trophy in 1985.
Bernd Schuster (1988-1990)
Schuster started his professional career with Koeln, but made the move to Spain after only two years with the Geissbocke. However, the midfielder didn't join Real Madrid right away. Schuster wore the jersey of Barcelona for eight seasons before leaving the Catalans for arch rivals Madrid in 1988.
His spell in Madrid became a huge success for Schuster. He won the double in his first season at the Santiago Bernabeu and scooped another league title in 1990 before leaving the Blancos for city rivals Atletico Madrid.
Schuster returned to Real Madrid in July 2007 to coach the Merengues and he again won the Liga title before leaving in December 2008.
Bodo Illgner (1996-2001)
Illgner was another product of the Koeln youth academy who eventually ended up at Madrid. The shot stopper left the Bundesliga side for a foreign adventure in 1996 and Illgner made a good start to life at his new club.
The highly rated glovesman immediately became an important first team member and won the Primera Division title in his first season. From there on, Illgner struggled to get regular first team action though. He still managed to win another La Liga title with Madrid and also lifted two Champions League trophies during his spell at the Bernabeu.
Christoph Metzelder (2007-2010)
Metzelder started his professional career with Preussen Munster, but he really rose to prominence at Borussia Dortmund. The centre-back guided BVB to the Bundesliga title in 2002 and played well over 120 league matches for Dortmund before leaving the club for Real Madrid on a free transfer in 2007.
However, the Germany international never really managed to live up to the expectations in Spain. Metzelder mainly warmed the bench during his spell at Madrid and was frustrated by injury more than once. He still won one league title and one Spanish Super Cup with the Blancos though.
Sami Khedira (2010-)
After an outstanding 2010 World Cup where he formed a brilliant centre midfield partnership alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger, new Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho was persuaded to splash the cash on the 23-year-old Stuttgart star this summer.
Khedira will now be joined by his international team-mate following Oezil's move to the Santiago Bernabeu today.
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