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Ultimate Germany dream team - Muller & Beckenbauer in, Neuer out

6:00 pm AEDT 23/11/22
Ultimate Germany dream team
Some absolute superstars have played for Germany, but only the best can make our all-time XI!

Germany are one of the most feared national teams in the world. Period. No discussion.

They have won four World Cups, three European Championships and one Confederations Cup.

Not only that, they have also finished runners-up at three European Championships, four times at the World Cup and picked up the bronze medal at four more World Cups.

Some of the all-time greats have featured for the Mannschaft, so it's not easy to make an ultimate Germany dream team.

We have decided to give it a go after all, though!

  • Oliver Kahn campeón de la Eurocopa de Naciones con Alemania en 1996

    GK: Oliver Kahn

    A true Germany legend, Kahn is regarded as one of the greatest and most successful goalkeepers of all time.

    He became the first goalkeeper in World Cup history to win the Golden Ball, a feat he achieved at the 2002 World Cup as he helped Germany reach the final, which they lost 2-0 to Brazil.

    The former Bayern Munich star sees off competition from the likes of Manuel Neuer and Sepp Maier for the No.1 jersey in this XI, which says a lot about just how good Kahn was throughout his career.

  • Philipp Lahm Germany Argentina Fifa World Cup Brazil Final 13072014

    RB: Philipp Lahm

    One of the greatest right-backs of all time, Lahm was included in the 'Team of the Tournament' at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups as well as the UEFA Team of the Tournament at the Euro 2008 and 2012.

    Lahm captained the Germany side that won the 2014 World Cup at the expense of Argentina, with Mario Gotze netting a dramatic extra-time winner.

    At the age of 30, he announced his retirement from international football.

  • Franz Beckenbauer Germany Netherlands World Cup 07071974

    CB: Franz Beckenbauer

    One of three footballers in history to have won the World Cup both as player and as manager, Beckenbauer is one of the greatest centre-backs of all time.

    The two time Ballon d'Or winner made over 100 appearances for the national team between 1965 and 1977, winning the 1972 European Championship followed by 1974 World Cup glory in his home country.

    At that time, West Germany held the honour of being the first European nation to hold both the European Championship and World Cup titles simultaneously. This feat was later matched by France (2000) and Spain (2010).

  • ONLY GERMANY Guido Buchwald Diego Maradona 1990

    CB: Guido Buchwald

    Buchwald made his first appearance for the national team in 1983, but was overlooked by coach Franz Beckenbauer in his final squad for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

    However, he made a smashing return back to World Cup football when Germany won the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

    It was at that World Cup that Buchwald played the best match of his career against Argentina, where he marked Diego Maradona for almost the entire match to keep him quiet.

  • Andreas Brehme Germany 1990

    LB: Andreas Brehme

    The greatest left-back in Germany's history, Brehme took part in Euro 1984, 1986 World Cup, Euro 1988, 1990 World Cup, Euro 1992 and 1994 World Cup.

    He is best known for scoring the winning goal for Germany in the 1990 World Cup final against Argentina.

    A versatile attacking full-back with tremendous goal scoring ability, Brehme excelled at playing anywhere on either flank and was known for his impeccable crossing ability, technique on both feet and his accuracy from free-kicks and penalties.

  • Lothar Matthaus

    CM: Lothar Matthaus

    Captain of the Germany national team at the 1990 World Cup where he lifted the trophy, Matthaus was also awarded the Ballon d'Or for his incredible performances at club and international level that year.

    Matthaus played five World Cups, more than any other outfield player in men's football, until the 2018 World Cup when Mexico's Rafael Marquez equalled this feat.

    The sweeper midfielder with futuristic passing abilities also won Euro 1980 with Germany and played in the 1984, 1988 and 2000 European Championships.

    He is the most-capped German player of all time with 150 appearances (including 83 for West Germany).

    Diego Maradona once said "Matthaus is the best rival I've ever had. I guess that's enough to define him."

  • Bastian Schweinsteiger Germany World Cup 2014

    RM: Bastian Schweinsteiger

    Another member of the Germany team that won the World Cup in 2014, Schweinsteiger was a revelation when he burst on to the international football scene.

    It was Schweinsteiger who essentially man-marked Lionel Messi in the 2014 final, leading his team to victory.

    After Lahm retired in 2014, the midfield maestro was made the national team captain and went on to make a total of 121 appearances for Germany before retiring in 2016.

  • Wolfgang Overath Germany 1970

    LM: Wolfgang Overath

    A true one-club man, Overath spent the entirety of his playing career at Koln.

    At international level, the midfielder represented Germany at three World Cups and won the tournament in 1974.

    Interestingly, Overath is one of just seven players to have won World Cup medals for first, second and third place.

    The other six include Germany greats Franz Beckenbauer, Jurgen Grabowski, Horst-Dieter Hottges, Sepp Maier, Miroslav Klose and Italy legend Franco Baresi.

  • Fritz Walter 1954

    FW: Fritz Walter

    After making his debut for West Germany in 1940 when he scored a hat-trick against Romania, Walter captained his country to their first-ever World Cup win in 1954, beating Hungary.

    It was in this game that he and his brother Ottmar Walter became the first brothers to play in a World Cup winning team.

    His last appearance for Germany came in the 1958 World Cup semi-final against Sweden in which he suffered an injury that ended his international career.

    Walter retired from the game in 1959.

  • Miroslav Klose Germany 2014

    FW: Miroslav Klose

    Surely Germany's greatest modern day striker, Klose holds the record for the most goals scored at FIFA World Cup tournaments.

    He scored five goals in his debut World Cup in 2002 and won the Golden Boot at the 2006 World Cup by again scoring five times.

    Klose was a different player altogether at World Cups, going on to score four at the 2010 World Cup and twice at the 2014 World Cup.

    In 2014, he overtook Brazil legend Ronaldo's record of 15 goals in World Cups.

    After winning the 2014 World Cup with Germany, Klose retired from international football.

  • Gerd Muller

    FW: Gerd Muller

    Who else other than Gerd Muller?

    One of the greatest footballers of all time, Der Bomber is regarded as one of the best goalscorers in the history of the game.

    The striker averaged more than a goal per game for West Germany, scoring 68 goals in just 62 appearances between 1966 and 1974.

    Muller won the 1974 World Cup in his home stadium in Munich, scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 win against Johan Cruyff's Netherlands in the final.

    He was the highest goalscorer in World Cup history with 14 goals until Brazilian striker Ronaldo matched his tally.