The 10 best German soccer players have a lot to live up to considering that Germany has won the World Cup no less then three times. The current crop reached the semi final in 2010 and while that was a good showing, it increased pressure on the players in the team and means that others will likely get a chance to shine. Here are the best ten German soccer players.
- Michael Ballack (Bayer Leverkusen) Ballack missed the World Cup due to injury and in the process, lost his Captain's armband. He intends to win it back and his midfield displays are going to keep him in contention for a spot in the national side.
- Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich) Lahm had the temerity to take Ballack's job as Captain and publicly suggest he should keep the job on a full time basis. Ballack was not very happy to hear that. Lahm, though, is one of the best German soccer players and has the ability to get forward as well as hold the back line.
- Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich) When Bastian broke into the Munich team, pundits called him the German Beckham. The two have little in common in terms of style of play but both are supremely talented. Bastian has been one of the best soccer players in the German league in recent years and is likely to be a star at the European Championships.
- Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich) Muller was the young player of the 2010 World Cup and very nearly the Golden Boot winner. The young midfielder is one of the best soccer players in Europe and has only just broken onto the scene.
- Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid) Hard to please Madrid Manager, Jose Mourinho, spent a fortune to sign Ozil in 2010 so he clearly is one of the best German players in the game today. He has a flair not usually seen among his compatriots and a knack for scoring important goals.
- Lukas Podolski (FC Koln) Lukas is mediocre for his club and saves his best for his country, which is odd considering he was actually born and raised in Poland. He opted for Germany later in life and the Germans were more than happy to have him thanks to his goal scoring exploits.
- Miroslav Klose (Bayern Munich) The Polish born striker (sound familiar?) chose to represent Germany in international football and has been one of the most prolific German soccer strikers of all time. He dazzled at every major tournament he played in and shows no signs of slowing down.
- Per Mertesacker (Werder Bremen) Mertesacker plays for unfashionable Werder Bremen but his defensive strengths have already caught the eye of scouts all over Europe. Per is the pick of a bunch of young German soccer stars and will likely end up at a big club in the near future.
- Jerome Boateng (Man City) Boateng's brother plays for Ghana, but Jerome decided to play for his adopted home of Germany. A tall, tough, tackling defender or midfielder, he plays for Man City in the English league. Whether he is truly Ghanaian or German, he is one of the best young soccer players in Europe.
- Cacau (VFB Stuttgart) Many people mistake Cacau for a Brazilian, which is funny because he was Brazilian until he decided to take German citizenship and forced his way into the national side. He sometimes seems uncomfortable in the strict German tactical plan but his skills make him one of the ten best German soccer players.
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