Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Bayern Munich All-time Greatest Team for German players

D.Hoeness, Rummenigge, Breitner and Augenthaler 
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.
Bayern Munich All-Time Team
Bayern Munich All-Time Team for Foreign Players
Germany All-Time Team Without Bayern Munich Players

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for Bayern Munich's German Players only. The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

Bayern Munich is the most successful, German clubs.  They won more European Cups and Bundesliga than any other German teams.  However, they were not a big club until the 1960's when Bundesliga became a professional league.  Their successes began around the time Franz Beckenbauer joined them in 1965.  They won three, straight European Cup from 1974 to 1976.  After twenty-five years of successes in the domestic competitions and near misses at the European Cup, they won the European Cup (Champions' league) again in 2001 and in 2013.  They won the title 5 times, making them one of the most successful clubs in Europe.
Gerd Muller, Maier and Beckenbauer
GK: Sepp Maier 
Nicknamed "The cat from Anzing", Maier was considered one of the greatest goalkeeper ever in the 1970's. He had 95 caps for West Germany, winning the European Championship in 1972 and the World Cup at home in 1974. For club football, he played his entire career with Bayern Munich. He also won three straight European Cups for Bayern Munich.  He was German Footballer of the Year: 1975, 1977, 1978.

GK: Oliver Kahn
Oliver Kahn is one of the most successful German players in recent history.  For Bayern Munich, he won eight Bundesliga titles, six DFB-Pokals, the UEFA Cup in 1996, the UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup, both achieved in 2001. For Germany, his heroic performance helped Germany to finish 2nd at the 2002 World Cup Finals in Korea/Japan.  He was the Gold Ball winner in that World Cup Finals.  He played 86 times for Germany from 1995 to 2006.

GK: Manuel Neuer
Neuer established as Germany's number 1 before the World Cup Finals in 2010.  Since then, he has been considered one of the best keeper in the world. He helped Germany winning their 4th World Cup in 2014. In 2014, Neuer finished third in the voting, behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award.  He started with Schalke 04, but moved to rival Bayern Munich in 2010. He is the second most expensive keeper of all-time.

RB/LB/DM: Philipp Lahm 
Philipp Lahm was the captain of the 2014 World Cup winning team. He had 113 caps for Germany from 2004 to 2014.  He was included in the World Cup team of the tournament in 2006 and 2010.  For club football, he played his entire career with Bayern Munich, except for a two year loan spell with VfB Stuttgart. He also won the treble in 2013 when Bayern Munich won the Champions' League, the German Cup and the Bundesliga on the same year.  He is a member of Bayern Munich's Hall of Fame.
Philipp Lahm 
RB/CM/CB: Herbert Erhardt 
Erhardt is considered one of the greatest Bayern players. . The DFB German Football Association (German FA) list him in the top 20 best German defenders of all time. He earned 50 caps for the West-German national football team, and was a member of the German team which won the 1954 FIFA World Cup. He also participated in two other World Cups, in 1958 and 1962. He played for SpVgg Greuther Fürth for mots of his career.  He also played for Bayern Munich.

CB: Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck
Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck was the center-back for both West Germany and Bayern Munich during the 1970's.  Between 1971 and 1978, he played 44 times for West Germany.  He won the European Championship in 1972 and the World Cup in 1974.  He was a one club man for Bayern Munich, where he won three straight European Cup.

DM/CB: Ludwig Goldbrunner 
Ludwig Goldbrunner played 39 times for Germany.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 1938 and the Summer Olympics in 1936 for them.  He became known in 1937 as one of the "Breslau-Elf" (Breslau Eleven) players, after Germany thrashed Denmark with an 8:0 score.  He spent his entire career with Bayern Munich, winning the German title in 1932.  He was considered to be one of Bayern's greatest players. 
Ludwig Goldbrunner 
SW: Klaus Augenthaler 
Klaus Augenthaler played his entire club career with with FC Bayern Munich from 1983 to 1990. He won seven Bundesliga titles.   He was voted as one of greatest players in Bayern Munich's history.  With 27 caps, he was the starting sweeper for West Germany at World Cup in 1990, where West Germany won their 3rd title.  He also went to the 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico.

CB: Jérôme Boateng 
Jérôme Boateng started his career with Hertha Berlin and SV Hamburger.  He played a single season with Manchester City before joining Bayern Munich.  Since the World Cuo  Finals of 2010, he is a major player for the national team.  In 2010, they became the first siblings to play against each other in a World Cup match.  He is the half-brother of Kevin-Prince Boateng who played for Ghana.

SW/CM: Franz Beckenbauer 
Franz Beckenbauer was one of the best ever player in history.  Known as Der Kaiser, he was credited with revolutionizing the sweeper position.  He was twice selected European Footballer of the Year. Beckenbauer appeared 103 times for West Germany and played in three FIFA World Cups, winning the World Cup in 1974 and the European Championship in 1972.  At the club level, he won three straight European Cup with Bayern Munich in 1974, 1975 and 1976. He also played for Hamburger and NY Cosmos.
Franz Beckenbauer 
LB: Konrad Heidkamp 
With Bayern Muinch, Heidkamp captained the 1932 German championship-winning team, Bayern's first title. He also played for He was credited for saving Bayern's trophies during the Second World War by hiding them from the Nazi Party.  He also played for Fortuna Düsseldorf. Between 1927 and 1930, he won 9 caps with the German national football team, scoring 1 goal. He is a member of Bayern Munich Hall of Fame.

LB/CM: Paul Breitner 
Breitner was the first player to score a goal at two different WC Final match.  He had 48 caps for West Germany. He won the Euro 1972 and then, the World Cup in 1974. He spent most of his career with Bayern Muinch and then, went to play for Real Madrid in Spain.  During his club career, Breitner won seven National Championships with Bayern Munich (1972, 1973, 1974, 1980, 1981) and Real Madrid (1975, 1976), the Champions' Cup (1974) as well as the German (1971, 1982) and Spanish Cups (1975). 

DM/RB: Wolfgang Dremmler
At the club leve,  Wolfgang Dremmler started with Eintracht Braunschweig. From 1979 to 1986, he played for Bayern Munich, where he won three Bundesliga titles.  From 1981 to 1984, he was capped 27 times. Dremmler was part of the West Germany team that reached the 1982 World Cup final against Italy.   That season, he also played in the losing side at the 1982 European Cup Final.

DM: Franz Roth
Franz Roth was nicknamed the "Bull". He was known for scoring important goals for Bayern Munich.  He scored three times in three different club Finals in Europe for Bayern Munich, namely the 1967 Cup Winners' Cup, and both 1975 and 1976 European Cup Final. He spent nearly his entire career with the club.  He was the part of the team that won three straight European Cup.

CM: Michael Ballack 
Born in East Germany, Michael 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 the 2002 World Cup Finals in Japan/Korea.  He moved to Bayern Munich after the World Cup Finals.  He also played for Chelsea before his retirement.
Michael Ballack 
CM: Bastian Schweinsteiger 
Bastian Schweinsteiger was an important player for both club and country.  He was capped 121 times. He went to three European Championships and as many World Cups, including their victory at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. At the club level, Schweinsteiger is a youth product of Bayern Munich.  He won the 2013 Champions' league title with Bayern Munich. Late in his career, he played for Manchester United and Chicago Fire.

CM: Stefan Effenberg 
Stefan Effenberg started his career with Borussia Moncehngladbach before moving to Bayern Munich in 1990 and then, in Fiorentina in 1992.  His most successful club career came during his second stint with Bayern Munich. He helped the club to reach the Final of the Champions' League twice, winning in 2001.  For Germany, he was only capped 35 times.  His international career was cut short after the "giving a finger" incident during the World Cup Finals in 1994.

CM: Lothar Matthaus 
Matthaus captained the West German team in winning the World Cup in 1990.  He was the European Player of the Year and the first ever World Player of the year in 1990. He played in five  World Cups, a record for an outfield player, and holds the record for the most World Cup matches played by a single player (25 games). He played in 4 European Championships,winning the 1980 edition. At the club lebel, he played for Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Lothar Matthaus 
AM: Mehmet Scholl
Mehmet Scholl was born in Germany of Turkish hertiage.  He started with Karlsruher, but spent almost hs entire career with Bayern Munich.  He won the Bundesliga title 8 times and the Champions' league n 2001.  Injuries has limited his career with the national team.  He played at Euro 2000, but he never played in any of the World Cup Finals.

FW: Uli Hoeness 
Hoeness was a part of the generation that won the 1974 World Cup, the 1972 European Championship and three straight European cup with Bayern Munich. He was remembered as the star player at the 1974 European Cup Final against Atletico Madrid, scoring a double in that game. After retirement, he worked for Bayern Munich.

FW: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge 
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was one of the best players in the world during the 1980's.  He was the European Player of the Year in 1980 and 1981.  He won the European Championship in 1980 and was part of the squad that finished runner-up at the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain and at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. He was a young star in Argentina 1978.  He spent the best parts of his club career with Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

FW: Thomas Muller
Thomas Muller made his professional debut the season before ]the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa with Bayern Munich.   In South Africa, he won the Golden Boot as the top scorer with 5 goals.  Between the two World Cup Finals, Bayern Munich won one Champions' league in 2013 and went to the Final two other times.  At 2014 World Cup Finals in Brazil, he won Silver Boot by scoring 5 goals after helping Germany to win their first World Cup since 1990.

ST: Dieter Hoeness
Dieter Honess played with TSG Ulm 1846 and VfR Aalen, before he moved to the professionals in 1975 with VfB Stuttgart.  In 1979, he joined Bayern Munich where his brother Uli starred and just retired. From 1979 to 1987, he played for Bayern Munich. From 1979 to 1986, he earned 6 caps for West Germany, but he did not received a callup from 1979 until the World Cup Finals in 1986.  

ST: Jurgen Klinsmann
Klinsmann won the World Cup 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.

ST: Gerd Muller 
"Der Bomber" was widely considered to be the greatest striker in history. He scored 68 goals in 62 matches for Die Mannschaft.   He scored 365 goals in 427 Bundesliga appearance, mostly with Bayern Muinch.   He won three straight European Cup with Bayern Munich in 1974, 1975 and 1976. At the international level, he played over 60 times for West Germany.  He won the World Cup in 1974 and the European Championship in 1972. He was the European Player of the Year in 1970. 
Gerd Muller 
Honorable Mention
Hans Pfluegler, Roland Wohlfarth, Christian Ziege, Adolf Kunstwadl, Thomas Helmer, Werner Olk, Bernd Dürnberger, Mario Basler, Mats Hummels, Rainer Ohlhauser, Raimond Aumann, Jens Jeremies, Markus Babbel, Dietmar Hamann.

Squad Explanation
-- Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge are the undisputed selections on this team.
-- Eighteen players from my Bayern Munich All-Time Team are Germans.  Basically, I need to replace the seven foreigners on the team.  
-- Jerome Boateng, Herbert Erhardt, Conrad Heidkamp, Jürgen Klinsmann, Wolfgang Dremmler, Thomas Muller and Dieter Hoeness are seven Germans added to this team.
-- In 2005, the Bayern fans voted for their Best XI.  The results: Sepp Maier, Klaus Augenthaler, Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck, Franz Beckenbauer, Paul Breitner, Steffan Effenberg, Mehmet Scholl, Lothar Matthaus, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Gerd Muller and Giovane Élber.  Except Giovane Élber, they were all Germans.
-- Conrad Heidkamp is listed on different position by different websites.  The official Bayern Munich website said that he was a leftback. He was the only Bayern Munich Hall of Famer not on my Bayern Munich All-Time Team.
-- Jurgen Klinsmann only spent two seasons with Bayern Munich, but was highly successful. He scored 31 goals in 65 appearances
--  Mario Basler was considered because the team lacked a good winger after the departure of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery. In the end, I preferred player who had a better career with Bayern Munich.  Basler is only on honorable mention.
-- Jérôme Boateng edged out Hans Pfluegler for the last centerback position.  Mats Hummels has only been here since 2016.  He needs to build his career with Bayern Munich.
-- Herbert Erhard started out as a full back before being used as a half back by the mid-1950s. He then settled in the center half position by the end of the 1950s. Transfermarkt listed him as a rightback.
-- Dieter Hoeness overshadowed by his brother as well as more famous German strikers of his generation.  I have seen his name mentioned many places among the greatest Bayern players.  Mario Gomez actually scored over 70 goals for the club. By contrast, Miroslav Klose's output was much lower than the two strikers.  Roland Wohlfarth was also considered, but I felt Dieter Hoeness might have better name recognition.  I had a better impression of him probably due to the 1986 World Cup Finals and his surname.
-- Thomas Muller had scored plenty of goals for the club.  He is the 3rd all-time leading scorer.

My team lacked a true left side wide player.

1 comment:

  1. Mate, you should swap Bastian Schweinsteiger place with Effenberg, Bastian played early on his Bayern yeats as a attacking midfielder
    on the left