Monday, October 31, 2016

VfB Stuttgart Greatest All-Time Team

The 2006-2007 Bundesliga Champion
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

VfB Stuttgart has won the national championship five times, most recently in 2006–07; the DFB-Pokal three times; and the UEFA Intertoto Cup a record three times.

GK: Eike Immel (Germany)
Impel started with Borussia Dortmund.  He made a two million Deutsche Mark transfer to VfB Stuttgart in 1986, the biggest fee ever paid for a goalkeeper in the history German football at that time. He served nine years as Stuttgart's regular goalkeeper, winning the Bundesliga title in 1992 and the UEFA Cup runner-up medal in 1989 with them. Afterwards he left for Manchester City, where he retired at the end of the 1995–96 season. Capped 19 times due to his decision to retire from the West German team following EURO'88. Immel had been the starting goalkeeper since Harald Schumacher's ban from the team in 1987. 
Eike Immel
GK: Timo Hildebrand (Germany)
Hildebrand was as part of what became known as "Stuttgart's young wild ones" team under coach Felix Magath in the early 2000's. Hildebrand also played a significant role in Stuttgart's victorious 2006–07 Bundesliga campaign, figuring as a backbone for the next generation of "wild ones" helping Stuttgart provide the third-best defence of the season. In 2007, he joined Valencia, but he never found the same successes after his stint with Stuttgart.  Earned 7 caps.

GK: Günter Sawitzki  (Germany)
Sawitzki played with tiny Sodingen, who had finished third in Germany in 1955, to join VfB Stuttgart in 1956. He stayed with VfB Stuttgart for the rest of his career.  For the national team, He was Toni Turek's successor in the West German goal. He went to the 1958 and 1962 FIFA World Cup, although he remained reserve on both occasions.

RB: Andreas Hinkel (Germany)
He started his career with VfB Stuttgart in 2000, before moving to La Liga club Sevilla in 2006.  he also played for Celtic and Freiburg.  Hinkel played 21 matches for Germany between 2003 and 2009, and was in their squad for Euro 2004.

CB/RB: Thomas Berthold (Germany)
He began his career in 1982 with Eintracht Frankfurt and played for them until 1987. From 1987 until 1991 he played in Italy: for Hellas Verona (1987–1989) and AS Roma (1989–1991). He then returned to Germany, signing for FC Bayern Munich (1991–1993) and VfB Stuttgart (1993–2000). Berthold's last season as an active player was with the Turkish league club Adanaspor for whom he played until 15 January 2001.Between 1985 and 1994 Berthold made 62 international appearances, for the West German and German national teams, participating in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and 1988 European Championships in West Germany. He was a member of the West German team which won the 1990 World Cup,

CB: Karl-Heinz Forster (Germany)
With West Germany, Forster earned 81 caps. He won the European Championship in 1980, and came 2nd at the WC in both 1982 and 1986.  He was regarded one of the best defenders in the 1980's.  He played with VFB Stuttgart and Marseille.  With Stuttgart, he won a Bundesliga in the 1983–84 season.  He won two league titles in France.
Karl-Heinz Forster

CB/LB: Günther Schäfer (Germany)
In his sixteen years playing for VfB Stuttgart, the defender gained the status of being one of the most popular players ever to play for that Swabian Bundesliga side and one of the few players to earn two German championship titles with them. The most spectacular and well-known play of Schäfer's career was to clear a ball from the goal line by a bicycle kick, risking injury, in the final match of the 1991-92 season against Bayer Leverkusen, which Stuttgart went on to win 2-1, thus gaining the German championship title that season.

CB: Bernd Förster (Germany)
Förster started playing professionally at SV Waldhof Mannheim, in the second division. In 1975, he switched to FC Bayern Munich, but his stay there was highly unsuccessful. After establishing himself in the top flight with 1. FC Saarbrücken, Förster switched to VfB Stuttgart. He became an essential defensive member in the following seasons, partnering sibling Karlheinz in the back-four. Capped 33 times, he was a key player at the WC finals in 1982, where he partnered his brother Karl-Heinz.

CB:  Marcelo Bordon  (Brazil)
Between 2004 and July 2010 he played for Bundesliga side Schalke 04.[ He joined the club for a €2.6 million transfer fee from VfB Stuttgart. There, he formed a formidable central defence alongside Mladen Krstajić that earned him the role as team captain from the 2006–07 season until the summer of 2010. Although not a regular for the Brazilian national side, he was part of the team that won the 2004 Copa América.

LB: Ludovic Magnin (Switzerland)
In 1999, he made his professional debut for Yverdon Sports. In the summer of 2000, he transferred to Ticino side AC Lugano. In 2002, Magnin joined Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, where he won the double (German Championship and German Cup). In 2005, he transferred to VfB Stuttgart. There Ludo, as he is being called by Stuttgart fans, became a first-team regular within the first season and was a key player for his team in the following 2006–07 season.  Earned 63 caps and was at one point, the Swiss captain.

LB: Philipp Lahm (Germany)
The captain of the 2014 WC winning team.  He also won the treble in 2013 when Bayern Munich won the Champions' League, the German Cup and the Bundesliga.  He earned 113 caps for germany at the end of the WC Finals in 2014 where he retired from the national team. 

CB/CM: Guido Buchwald (Germany)
The best game of Buchwald's career was probably the final of the 1990 FIFA World Cup where he effectively marked the skilled footballer Diego Maradona, earning him the nickname "Diego". He was also part of Germany's disappointing 1994 FIFA World Cup squad and collected in his career 76 caps.
Guido Buchwald

CM: Hermann Ohlicher (Germany)
He spent ten seasons in the Bundesliga with VfB Stuttgart, playing 318 matches in the West German top-flight between 1973 and 1985. He won the league title in 1984.

CM: Karl Allgöwer (Germany)
He started with 2. Bundesliga team Stuttgarter Kickers from 1977 to 1980 as striker.  He moved to local rival VfB Stuttgart in 1980.   In 1989 the powerful free-kick specialist was part of the Stuttgart XI with Guido Buchwald and Jürgen Klinsmann that got defeated by Diego Maradona's SSC Napoli in the UEFA Cup final. 

CM: Bo Larsson (Sweden)
Bo Larsson was Sweden Player of the Year in 1965 and 1973.  He was the first player to win the award twice. He spent most of his career with Malmo.  He spent three seasons as a top player with Vfb Stuttgart.   He was awarded "Athlete of the Year" in 1969 by the city of Stuttgart.  In total he got 70 caps, scoring 17 times, and played at the 1970 FIFA World Cup, 1974 FIFA World Cup and 1978 FIFA World Cup.
Bo Larrson
CM/DM: Sami Khedira (Germany)
He began his career at VfB Stuttgart, winning the Bundesliga in 2007, before moving to Real Madrid in 2010. In his five seasons in Spain, he won seven domestic and international trophies, including the UEFA Champions League in 2014. In 2015, he moved to Italian side Juventus on a free transfer, and immediately won the Serie A title in his first season with the club.  Earned over 70 caps.  He was a key player for Germany since 2009, winning the WC in 2014.

CM: Asgeir Sigurvinsson (Iceland) 
He is conisdered to be Iceland's greatest players.  He spent his foreign career with Standard Liege, Bayern Munich and VfB Stuttgart.  He won the Bundelsliga in 1983-1984 with Stuttgart.

AM/CF/RW: Robert Schlienz (Germany)
Schlienz joined VfB permanently in the summer of 1945 after the War. But on 14 August 1948, he lost his left forearm (it had to be amputated) in a car accident.  Schlienz made his comeback on 5 December 1948, against Bayern Munich. Despite being handicapped, he was now captain and playmaker at VfB Stuttgart, leading the team to win the German Championship twice in 1950 and 1952 (runner-up in 1953) and the German Cup twice in 1954 and 1958. Earned three caps for (West) Germany under the famous coach Sepp Herberger.
Robert Schlienz

CM: Hansi Müller (Germany)
Playing for his hometown side VfB Stuttgart, he took part in UEFA Euro 1980 with West Germany, aged 22, after a brief taste of action at the 1978 FIFA World Cup, where he started all four games. The tournament would prove to be Müller's international peak as they emerged victorious. He had a disappointing 1982 World Cup, and despite returning to Italy to play for F.C. Internazionale Milano, he made his 42nd and last appearance for Die Mannschaft the following year.

AM: Karl Barufka (Germany)
He was a midfielder for Schalke 04, SpVgg Wilhelmshaven, VfB Stuttgart and 1. FC Pforzheim in the 1940's.

AM: Krassimir Balakov 
Krassimir Balakov was one of the star player from the Golden Generation of the 1990's. He made 92 appearances for Bulgaria, between 1988 and 2003.  He was best remembered for forming a successful attacking partnership with strikers Fredi Bobic and Giovane Élber at Stuttgart, where he won two UEFA Intertoto Cups (2000 and 2002) and a DFB-Pokal (1997).  Before Stuttgart, He also had a successful spell with Sporting CP, playing with Luis Figo.
Krassimir Balakov 

ST: Mário Gómez (Germany)
Gomez started with Stuttgart before moving to Bayern Munich in 2009.  Later, he played for Fiorentina and Besiktas.  At the time of writing, he is with Wolfsburg.  He now has 68 caps.  

ST: Giovane Elber (Brazil)
Discovered by AC Milan at the age of 18.  He went unnoticed there before he moved to Switzerland with Grasshopper Club Zürich.  At Stuttgart he formed the so-called magic triangle (German: Magisches Dreieck) with Krassimir Balakov and Fredi Bobic. The following summer, he moved to fellow league team FC Bayern Munich where, save for one year, he was always crowned the club's top scorer.  Due to stiff competition, Élber could not translate his club form to the Brazilian national team. In his first year of international play, 1998, he scored six goals in as many games, but would only collect nine more caps in the following three years.

ST: Fredi Bobic (Germany)
Born in Maribor, SFR Yugoslavia, a few months after his birth his parents emigrated with him to German.  He first made a name with Stuttgart.  In 1996, he was the Bundesliga's top scorer with 17 goals. At Stuttgart, he formed part of a successful attacking line-up, along with strike partner Giovane Élber and attacking midfielder Krasimir Balakov, known as the "magic triangle".  He would also play for Borussia Dortmund, Hertha Berlin, etc.  Capped 37 times.  He helped Germany to win the Euro 1996 in England.

ST: Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany)
Klinsmann won the WC in 1990 and then, captained the 1996 European Championship winning team.  He played in all major international tournaments from 1988 until his retirement in 1998.  He had successful club spells with Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspurs. He was a popular player while in England, despite a lot of negative press at the time of his signing.  He won both the FWA Footballer of the Year and PFA Player of the Year in 1995.  
Jurgen Klinsmann

Honorable Mention
Alexander Hleb, Dieter Hoeneß, Ricardo Osorio

Squad Explanation
-- This is not a balanced team.  I am out of my depth with my knowledge of this club.  I selected too many midfielders and strikers.
-- Hinkel was very good when he played for Stuttgart.  


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Bayer Leverkusen Greatest All-Time Team

UEFA Cup winner in 1988
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

Bayer Leverkusen was founded in 1904 by employees of the German pharmaceutical company Bayer, whose headquarters are in Leverkusen and from which the club draws its name. It was formerly the best-known department of TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen, a sports club whose members also participate in athletics, gymnastics, basketball and other sports including the RTHC Bayer Leverkusen (rowing, tennis and hockey). In 1999 the football department was separated from the sports club and is now a separate entity formally called Bayer 04 Leverkusen GmbH.
Bayer Leverkusen have won one DFB-Pokal and one UEFA Cup. Their local rivals are 1. FC Köln.

GK: Hans Jörg Butt  (Germany)
Known for taking penalty kicks, he scored 26 goals in the Bundesliga. He played for Hamburger SV, Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich in his country.  During his career, Butt scored three times from the penalty spot against Juventus with three clubs.[3] He represented Germany in two World Cups and Euro 2000.
Hans Jörg Butt
GK: Rüdiger Vollborn  (Germany)
During a 17-year professional career he played solely for Bayer Leverkusen, appearing in a total of 401 Bundesliga games.  He won the UEFA Cup with them in 1988.

GK: René Adler (Germany)
Adler started at age six playing for VfB Leipzig's youth side. After nine years for Leipzig, Adler joined the youth system of Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 2000. He signed a five-year contract at Bundesliga rivals Hamburger SV in 2012.  He made his debut for Germany on 11 October 2008 in a World Cup qualifier against Russia. Despite having been confirmed as Germany's main team goalkeeper for the World Cup, a serious rib injury prevented him from travelling to South Africa. 

RB: Jorginho (Brazil)
Regarded as one of the best full-backs of his generation, Jorginho started playing professionally for local side América Football Club, moving after just one season to Clube de Regatas do Flamengo.  In 1989, he joined Bayer 04 Leverkusen.  He signed with league giants FC Bayern Munich in 1992–93. Capped 64 times for the Brazilian national team, scoring three goals. He played at both the 1990 and the 1994 FIFA World Cups.  In the latter edition, he was named in the All-Star squad.

RB: Boris Živkovic (Croatia)
Živković played for FK Sarajevo, NK Marsonia (from Slavonski Brod). and NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac (from Siget, Zagreb). He then played for Bayer Leverkusen, including the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final.  In the summer of 2003, Živković  joined Portsmouth F.C.  Later, he played for VfB Stuttgart and Hajduk Split.  Capped 39 times and was part of the squad at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

CB: Christian Worns (Germany)
He started his career with Waldhof Mannheim but played the majority of his career with Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund. He also had a short stint with Paris SG.  Capped 66 times.  He went to Euro 1992 and 2004, and the 1998 World Cup Finals.  He was bypassed by Jurgen Klinsmann for the 2006 WC Finals at home.
Christian Worns 

CB: Jens Nowotny (Germany)
Nowotny played in nearly 300 official games with Bayer Leverkusen in one full decade, helping them reach the 2002 Champions League final.  He went to Euro 2000 and 2004, but missed the W Finals in 2002.  In 2006, he was a part of the WC team.  Capped 48 times.

CB: Thomas Hörster (Germany)
After winning promotion to the Bundesliga in 1979, Hörster was an essential defensive unit for Bayer Leverkusen in the following 13 seasons.  He won the UEFA Cup in 1988.  Capped 4 times.

CB: Lucio (Brazil)
The star of the 2002 WC Team. He earned 105 caps for Brazil.  He reached the Champions' League final with Bayer Leverkusen in 2002.  In 2004, he moved to Bayern Munich, where he won one German Cup and three Bundesliga titles. He also helped Inter Milan win the 2010 Champions League against his former club Bayern Munich.
CB: Carsten Ramelow (Germany)
Known for his tough tackling and defensive positioning, he played professionally for Hertha BSC and Bayer Leverkusen, during 17 years. The recipient of nearly 50 caps with Germany, he represented the nation at one World Cup and one European Championship.

LB: Jan Heintze (Denmark)
He played with PSV Eindhoven, winning the European Cup in 1988. He also played for Bayer Leverkusen. played 86 matches for Denmark, but missed the 1992 European Chamouionship because of an injury.

DM: Lars Bender (Germany)
Bender started his career with 1860 Munich in 2006.  In 2009, he moved to Bayer Leverkusen, where he eventually became their captain.  He was part of the German under-19 side that won the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship. He and his twin Sven were named jointly as players of the tournament.  At the time of writing, he had 19 caps.
Lars Bender vs Atletico Madrid

DM: Simon Rolfes (Germany)
Rolfes started his career at Werder Bremen after progressing through their academy. In 2005, he moved to Bayer Leverkusen, where he became their captain, where he spent the next 10 seasons. Capped 28 times.

DM/CM: Ze Roberto (Germany)
Zé Roberto made his name with Portuguesa in Brazil. He then joined Real Madrid in 1997 for a brief spell, where he helped them win La Liga, before moving back to Brazil to play for Flamengo.  However, his peak years were spent in the Bundesliga. In 1998, he joined German side Bayer Leverkusen and went to Bayern Munich in 2002.  Capped 84 times.  He went to France 1998 and Germany 2006.
Ze Roberto

LW: Dieter Herzog (Germany)
Herzog played more than 350 Bundesliga matches (69 and probably more goals) for Fortuna Düsseldorf and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in his professional career.  Capped 5 times.  All were 
before the 1974 FIFA World Cup.  

LM: Knut Reinhardt (Germany)
Reinhardt started in 1985–86 with Bayer 04 Leverkusen.  He won the UEFA Cup in 1988. In the 1991 summer he moved to Borussia Dortmund, where he remained for the next eight years. Reinhardt contributed with 47 matches to Borussia's back-to-back national championship conquests of 1995 and 1996. Capped 7 times.

CM: Andrzej Buncol (Poland)
He played for clubs such as Ruch Chorzów, Legia Warszawa, FC Homburg (West Germany), Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) and Fortuna Düsseldorf (Germany). He played for the Polish national team.  He was a participant at the 1982 FIFA World Cup (where Poland won third place) and the 1986 FIFA World Cup. After the 1986 World Cup, he emigrated to West Germany.

CM: Michael Ballack (Germany)
Born in East Germany, Ballack was the best German player of his generation. first made his name with Bayer Leverkusen, helping them to the Final of the Champions' League in 2002. On the same summer, he helped Germany reaching the Final of Japan/Korea 2002.  He moved to Bayern Munich after the WC Finals.  he also played for Chelsea before his retirement.
Ballack against Real Madrid at the Champions' League Final

AM/CM: Bernd Schneider
Nicknamed Schnix by fans and teammates, Schneider started out at his hometown club Carl Zeiss Jena in East Germany and made a name for himself during his decade-long stint at Bayer Leverkusen. He earned the nickname "The White Brazilian" for his dribbling and passing skills as well as his accurate free kicks and corners.  Capped 81 times for Die Mannschaft.  He was a key player at the WC Finals in 2006.

CM: Yıldıray Baştürk
Born in Germany of Turkish ancestry.  He is best remembered for his most successful years at Leverkusen. He was the playmaker of a great Leverkusen that finished second in the German league, the German Cup and the 2002 Champions League Final.  That same year, he led Turkey to the semi-final of the WC in Japan/Korea. He also played  Wattenscheid 09, VfL Bochum, Hertha BSC, VfB Stuttgart and English club Blackburn Rovers.

ST: Herbert Waas (Germany)
He spent most of his career with Bayer Leverkusen, with whom he won the UEFA Cup in 1988, and won 11 caps for West Germany, scoring once.

ST: Stefan Kießling (Germany)
He made his professional debut for Nürnberg as a 19-year-old in 2003 before being sold to Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2006. A German international since 2007, Kießling has earned six caps, failing to score a goal at the senior level. He represented Germany at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, featuring in two matches for the eventual third-place side.

ST: Dimitar Berbatov  (Bulgaria)
He is its all-time leading goalscorer for Bulgaria. He has also won the Bulgarian Footballer of the Year a record seven times, surpassing the number of wins by Hristo Stoichkov.  His best seasons were spent with Bayer Leverkusen and Manchester United.
Dimitar Berbatov

ST: Ulf Kirsten (Germany)
Started with Dynamo Dresden.  He was one of the first East German footballers to enter the Bundesliga after the German reunification. In the German Bundesliga he played 350 matches for Bayer Leverkusen and scored 182 goals.  Kirsten's 100 caps are almost evenly split: 49 for East Germany and 51 for the re-unified Germany. Kirsten played for his country at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups and Euro 2000.

ST:  Cha Bum Kun 차범근 (South Korea)
He was the greatest Asian player in the modern era.  He won two UEFA Cups, one each for Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen. He was widely considered one of the best forwards in the Bundesliga throughout his career. He became the third-highest-paid footballer in Germany. 
Cha Bum Kun

Honorable mention
Robert Kovac, Juan, Martin Kree, Franco Foda, Diego Placente, Lars Bender, Christian Schreier, André Schürrle, Paulo Sergio

Squad Explanation
-- Brazilan players such as Lucio, Ze Roberto and Jorginho started their European career with Bayer Leverkusen.  I  the 1990's, they were known for their scouting department in Brazil. 
-- I took one left back.  Instead, I brought an extra centerback, Carsten Ramelow.
-- Stefan Kießling held the appearance record for the club.  I selected him over many more famous players.
-- Rudi Voller and Bernd Schuster came at the end of their career.


Saturday, October 22, 2016

FC Kaiserslautern Greatest All-Time Team

1997-1998 Bundesliga title

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

On 2 June 1900, Germania 1896 and FG Kaiserslautern merged to create FC 1900. In 1909, the club went on to join FC Palatia (founded in 1901) and FC Bavaria (founded in 1902) to form FV 1900 Kaiserslautern. In 1929, they merged with SV Phönix to become FV Phönix-Kaiserslautern before finally taking on their current name three years later.

Kaiserslautern have won four German championships, two DFB-Pokals, and one DFL-Supercup. Since 1920, Kaiserslautern's stadium is the Fritz-Walter-Stadion.

GK: Ronnie Hellstrom (Germany)
Ronnie Hellstrom is considered one of the greatest keepers in the 1970's.  He started his career in Hammarby IF. He joined FC Kaiserslautern in 1974 and left in 1984. For the national team,  he played in the World Cup Finals in 1970, 1974 and 1978. In total, he received 77 caps. He won the Golden ball (Guldbollen) twice, in 1971 and 1978. 

GK: Gerald Ehrmann (Germany)
He almost spent his entire career with FC Kaiserslautern.  He won two Bundesliga title and 4 German Cups.

GK: Tim Wiese (Germany)
Having progressed through the youth teams at DJK Dürscheid and Bayer Leverkusen, Wiese started his professional career at Fortuna Köln, and went on to play for 1. FC Kaiserslautern and Werder Bremen before signing for 1899 Hoffenheim in 2012.  Capped 6 times for Die Mannschaft.  He was a part of the World Cup team in 2010.

CB/RB: Axel Roos (Germany)
He started his professional career in 1984 when he first signed a contract for the German Bundesliga-Team 1. FC Kaiserslautern. He went on to win the Bundesliga in 1991 and 1998, the German DFB-Pokal in 1990 and 1996, as well as the Supercup in 1991. Roos was loyal to his team throughout his entire professional career.
Axel Roos

CB: Miroslav Kadlec   (Czech Republic)
During his career, Kadlec played for four Czech clubs, and also had an eight-year stint with Bundesliga's 1. FC Kaiserslautern, where he was crowned league champion in 1991 and 1998. Capped 64 times Czechoslovakia and later the Czech Republic. He took part in the 1990 FIFA World Cup and  the 1996 European Championship silver, where his team finished second.

CB: Jürgen Groh (Germany)
He spent 12 seasons in the Bundesliga with Hamburger SV and 1. FC Kaiserslautern. He represented Germany in two friendlies between 1979 and 1983.

CB: Werner Liebrich (Germany)
He is notable for his role in West Germany's triumph in the 1954 FIFA World Cup, and spending his entire playing career of almost twenty years with hometown club Kaiserslautern.

LB/CB/DM: Hans Peter Briegel (Germany)
Briegel's original sport was Decathlon.  From 1975 to 1984, he played with FC Kaiserslautern before he moved on to Hellas Verona in Italy, capturing the Serie A title in 1985. The same year Briegel was named German Footballer of the Year, being the first foreign-based winner.  With West Germany, he won the European Championship in 1980.  He played in the WC Finals of both 1982 and 1986.
Hans-Peter Briegel

CB/DM: Thomas Dooley (USA)
Dooley was the son of a US serviceman stationed in Germay.  He won the Bundesliga with Kaiserslautern in 1990-1991 and then the UEFA Cup with Schalke 04 in 1996-1997.  Capped 81 times.  He was a key player as the United States reached the 2nd round at the 1994 WC Finals and was the captain at the WC 1998.  He was the U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 1993.

LB: Werner Kohlmeyer (Germany)
Kohlmeyer won the German football championship with 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 1951 and 1953.  He was part of the West German team that won the 1954 FIFA World Cup. In total he earned 22 caps for West Germany.

LB: Andreas Brehme (Germany)
He is best remembered for his career with Kaiserslautern and Inter Milan.  He was the Serie A Foreign Player of the Year in 1989, in an era where the best players played in Italy.  He had 86 caps.  He was an important player for West Germany in the 1990 WC Finals, where he scored the winning goal in the Final. He also played in 1986 and 1994 World Cup Finals, and three European Championship.
Andreas Brehme

RM/RW: Horst Eckel (Germany)
In the 1954 FIFA World Cup qualifying, Eckel became the first substitute in the history of football. He was part of the West German team that won the 1954 FIFA World Cup. He also participated in the 1958 FIFA World Cup.  During his club career he played for 1. FC Kaiserslautern and SV Röchling Völklingen. Because of his rapid way of playing, he got the nickname Windhund (sighthound).

RM: Mario Basler (Germany)
Basler started his career with 1. FC Kaiserslautern, making only one league appearance. In 1993, he joined Bundesliga club SV Werder Bremen, after previously playing for Hertha BSC and Rot-Weiss Essen in the 2. Bundesliga. With Bremen, Basler won the DFB-Pokal in 1994. During the 1994–95 season, he was joint top-goalscorer in the Bundesliga with 20 goals. Basler joined FC Bayern Munich in 1996, where he won the Bundesliga title in 1997 and 1999.  Capped 30 times.

LM/DM: Martin Wagner (Germany)
As a professional footballer, he played in the Bundesliga for the first FC Nuremberg , the first FC Kaiserslautern and VfL Wolfsburg.  He won the Bundesliga and the German Cup with Kaiserslautern. Capped 6 times.  He went to USA 1994.  

CM: Hans Bongartz (Germany)
Bongartz began his footballing career at SG Wattenscheid 09 and became a central midfielder to be reckoned with even before moving to FC Schalke 04 in 1974. He participated in the Euro 76 in Yugoslavia. He moved to 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 1978 where he was to finish his career in 1984.

CM: Ciriaco Sforza (Switzerland)
He was one of the best Swiss players in the modern era. He went to the 1994 WC Finals and Euro 1996 for Swizterland.  In 1993, after winning the "Swiss footballer of the Year" award, he moved abroad to play in Germany. He was probably best remembered for his three separated stints with Kaiserslautern.  In his second stint, they won the Bundesliga in 1998, the season after they returned to the Bundesliga from the lower division.  In between his two stints, he played with Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.
Sforza with the 1997-1997 league title

CM: Michael Ballack (Germany)
Born in East Germany, Ballack was the best German player of his generation. first made his name with Bayer Leverkusen, helping them to the Final of the Champions' League in 2002. On the same summer, he helped Germany reaching the Final of Japan/Korea 2002.  He moved to Bayern Munich after the WC Finals.  he also played for Chelsea before his retirement.

CM/FW: Josef Pirrung (Germany)
Played 304 games for Kaiserslautern between 1969 and 1981, he earned two senior caps in 1974.

AM/FW: Fritz Walter (Germany)
The captain of the 1954 WC team.  He was selected as the UEFA Golden Player for Germany at the 50th anniversary of UEFA in 2004. He played with Kaiserslautern.

ST: Miroslav Klose (Germany)
Klose is best known for his performances with the German national team. He was part of the German squad that won the 2014 FIFA World Cup.  He is the top goalscorer in the history of the FIFA World Cup, having scored 16 goals. Klose is also the top scorer of all time for Germany. He spent most of his career playing in Germany, but played in Italy at the end of his career.
Miroslav Klose

ST: Ottmar Walter (Germany)
He played together with his brother, Fritz Walter, at the club 1. FC Kaiserslautern. They also played together for the Germany national football team in the 1954 FIFA World Cup. Walter scored four goals in the tournament as West Germany won their first ever World Cup title. In total, Walter earned 20 caps and scored 10 goals for Germany. For his club 1. FC Kaiserslautern he scored unequaled 336 goals in 321 league and cup matches.

ST: Olaf Marschall (Germany)
He was a star player in East Germany before the reunification.  He joined Austrian outfit SCN Admira/Wacker.  He joined Dynamo Dresden to help the East German outfit escape relegation from the German Bundesliga in 1993–94. In 1994, he joined 1. FC Kaiserslautern and established himself as one of the elite scorers in the Bundesliga. He won the DFB-Pokal in 1996 and in 1998 the Bundesliga title.  he earned caps for both East Germany and Germany.

ST: Stefan Kuntz (Germany)
Kuntz played for VfL Bochum, Bayer 05 Uerdingen, 1. FC Kaiserslautern and Arminia Bielefeld. Kuntz also played in Turkey for Beşiktaş J.K. In 1986 and 1994 Kuntz was the top scorer in the Bundesliga.  He was part of the winning German team of UEFA Euro 1996. Kuntz played a key role in the 1–1 draw with England in the semi-final, scoring the equalizer soon after England took the lead.

ST: Werner Baßler (Germany)
He started his career with Kaiserslautern in the 1930's.  His career was interrupted by the War.  He played with Felix Walter, winning the German league in 1951.

ST: Klaus Toppmöller (Germany)
Toppmöller scored 108 Bundesliga goals for 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 204 matches in the West German top flight.  He is widely considered the club's greatest player.  He earned 3 caps and scored 1 goal during his international career for West Germany.
Klaus Toppmoller

Honorable Mention
Karl Schmidt, Lincoln, Roland Sandberg,  Pavel Kuka, Harry Koch, Michael Dusek, Michael Schjønberg, Thomas Allofs, Andreas Buck.

Squad Explanation
--Yes, I do not know enough of the team  I based a lot of the players from the team that won the Bundesliga in the 1998.  I also selected Michael Ballack and Tim Wiese, who was only young players while at the club.