Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Northern Germany All-Time team

This blogger Artur Yanturin of Russia copied many of my blog teams.  This blog was one of them.  It was my Russia All-Time Team here.  His team was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.   His Spartak Moscow All-Time team entry of was published in October 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2017.  His entry of the Dutch-German rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.  He also copied many many of my blog entries.

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Andreas Köpke and Dieter Eilts

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

In 2015, I created all-time teams for North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria respectively.   At the time, I did not know enough about German football to create other all-time teams for the rest of Germany. In 2018, did an All-Time Team for East Germany (GDR/DDR).  Finally, in late, 2020, I decided to look into the regions again and I came up with the following projects.  This is my selection of a 23 member all-time team for the German states in Northern Germany. 

Northern Germany/Norddeutschland generally refers to the Sprachraum area north of the Uerdingen and Benrath line isoglosses, where Low German dialects are spoken. However, I am only looked at Federal states as a guideline.  Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lower Saxony and the two city-states Hamburg and Bremen are usually considered in this region.  I am including players from  Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.  The players from the state are also included on my Eastern German regional (not only GDR) all-time team. 

Hamburg SVWerder BremenVfL Wolfsburg, Hanover 96 and FC St. Pauli are some of the bigger clubs in the region.  Hamburg SV was known for winning the European Cup in 1983 while Werder Bremen won the 1992 European Cup Winners' Cup.  
Per Mertesacker and Toni Kroos 

GK: Bert Trautmann (Bremen)
Trautmann was a former POW who decided to remain in England after the war.  He signed for Manchester City in 1949, where he replaced the popular Frank Swift.  He turned from the most hated player in England to a fan favourite.  He was the hero of 1956 FA Cup winning team. In his prime, he was known as one of the best keeper in the world.  He was credited for healing the German-British relations after the War.
Bert Trautmann
GK: Andreas Köpke (Schleswig-Holstein)
Köpke began his club career at Holstein Kiel in 1979, he retired  at 1. FC Nürnberg at the end of the 2000–01 2. Bundesliga season. He also played at Eintracht Frankfurt, Hertha Berlin, Charlottenburg and Olympique Marseille.  He earned 59 caps for Germany, winning the Euro 1996 as the starting keeper.  He also went to both 1990 and 1994 World Cup Finals. He was German Player of the Year in 1993.

GK: Uli Stein (Hamburg)
Stein began his career in 1978 with Arminia Bielefeld. After two years, he moved to Hamburger SV where he played from 1980 to 1987. He also played for Eintracht Frankfurt. The highlight of his career was winning the European Cup (UEFA Champions League) in 1983, with Hamburger SV. He also went on to win the DFB-Pokal with Eintracht Frankfurt in 1988. He represented the West German national team 6 times between 1983 and 1986. He went Mexico 1986.

RB: Gerd Kische (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
Kische played for FC Hansa Rostock from 1970 to 1981. On the national level, he played for the East German national team (59 and 63 matches respectively). He won his first cap in 1971 against Mexico. He was a participant at the 1974 FIFA World Cup, where he played every matches. He also played every single at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal as East Germany won the Gold Medal.

DM/RB: Wolfgang Dremmler (Lower Saxony)
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.
Wolfgang Dremmler
CB: Per Mertesacker (Lower Saxony)
At 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in), Mertesacker is known for his height. From 2003 to 2006, he played for Hanover 96. From 2006 to 2011, he played for Werder Bremen. Then, he played from 2011 to 2018 for Arsenal. Mertesacker established himself as Germany's first choice centre-back for ten years, participating in European Championship in 2008 and 2012, as well as the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups, winning the latter. He earned 104 caps.

SW: Willi Giesemann (Lower Saxony) 
In his club career, Giesemann played with VfL Wolfsburg before playing for Bayern Munich between 1959 and 1963, and for Hamburg SV between 1963 and 1968.  He also played for HSV Barmbek-Uhlenhorst.  He played 14 times with Germany.  His career was affected by an injury suffered during a match against Brazil, involving Pele.  He played in the 1962 WC Finals.

CB: Peter Nogly (Schleswig-Holstein)
Peter Nogly earned four caps for the West Germany national football team all in 1977. He was included in the West German team for the UEFA Euro 1976, but did not play. In Germany, he played mainly for Hamburger SV.  In 1980, he moved to play in NASL, where he played for Edmonton Drillers and Tampa Bay Rowdies.

CB: Karl Miller (Hamburg)
From 1930 to 1950, Miller played for FC St Pauli.  During the War, he also played as a guest player for  Dresdner SC and LSV Hamburg.  He played 12 times for the German national football team between 1941 and 1942. He made his debut against Hungary on April 6, 1941 in Cologne.   His national career was cut short because of the war.

LB: Andreas Brehme (Hamburg)
Andreas Brehme 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
DM: Dieter Elits (Lower Saxony)
Dieter Elits played 390 matches for SV Werder Bremen, his only club during his entire professional career, and scored seven goals. Eilts is regarded as one of the finest discoveries of legendary coach Otto Rehhagel. He won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1992.  Elits also had 31 caps betweem 1993 and 1997.  At the European Championship of 1996, he was a key player as Die Mannschaft won it. He formed the backbone of the defence with Matthias Sammer and Thomas Helmer.

CM: Wolfgang Rolff ((Lower Saxony)
Wolfgang Rolff played for Hamburger SV, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Bayer 05 Uerdingen, Karlsruher SC, 1. FC Köln, OSC Bremerhaven, SC Fortuna Köln and Strasbourg. In his years with his clubs he won the German Bundesliga title with Hamburg in 1983 and was part of the Hamburg side that clinched the European Cup.  He also won the UEFA Cup with Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 1988. 

CM: Stefan Effenberg (Hamburg)
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.
Stefan Effenberg 
CM: Toni Kroos (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
Toni Kroos became a member of Bayern Munich's first team at the age of 17, Kroos won back-to-back Bundesliga titles and the 2012–13 Champions League. After winning the World Cup in 2014, he joined Real Madrid . In Madrid, he won the three UEFA Champions League titles. He was a key player for Germany since 2010.  He played over 90 times for Germany.  He won the World Cup in 2014 as one of Germany's star players.
Toni Kroos
RW/ST: Bernd Dörfel (Hamburg) 
Bernd Dörfel is the brother of Gert Dörfel.  He played a total of 139 league games in the Bundesliga from 1964 to 1970 for the clubs Hamburger SV and Eintracht Braunschweig. From 1970 to 1973, he played for Servette Geneva in Switzerland.  He played 15 times for West Germany.  He helped West Germany to qualify for the 1970 World Cup Finals, but he was not selected to the final squad. 

LM/CM: Max Lorenz (Bremen)
From 1960 to 1969, Max Lorenz played for his hometown club Werder Bremen.  Later, he joined Eintracht Braunschweig, where he played between 1969 and 1972.  At the international level, Lorenz was capped 19 times between 1965 and 1970. He went the World Cup Finals in both 1966 and 1970, but only appeared once in the Mexico.  However, he played in West Germany's historical victories over both England and Brazil in 1968.

LW: Marco Bode (Lower Saxony)
Between 1989 and 2002 he was active in 379 games for Werder, in which he scored 101 goals, making him the record Bremen goal-scorer. Despite some offers by major European clubs such as Bayern Munich, he remained loyal to Werder Bremen, retiring somewhat early after the 2002 World Cup. Bode also won renown because he was a particularly fair and decent player who only was booked ten times in his entire Bundesliga career and never got sent off. 
Marco Bode
LW: Gert Dörfel  (Hamburg)
Gert Dörfel spent nine seasons in the Bundesliga with Hamburger SV.  He also played in South Africa and Canada. He represented Germany 11 times, including at the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Northern Ireland (scoring two goals) and Greece (scoring one goal), the 1966 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Sweden, and eight friendlies.

FW: Adolf Jäger (Hamburg)  
Jäger began his career with SC Union 03 Altona and played with Altona 93 from 1907 until 1927, where he would have scored over 2,000 goals in over 700 amateur matches. However, like many others there is no proof or evidence of this claim. He was a member of the German Olympic squad and played one match in the main tournament, scoring the only goal for Germany in the main tournament. He died during World War II, while working for bomb sweep in Hamburg, and is buried in Altona Main Cemetery.
Adolf Jäger 
ST: Joachim Streich (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
Joachim Streich played as a striker for Aufbau Wismar from 1957 to 1963, TSG Wismar from 1963 to 1967), Hansa Rostock from 1967 to 1975, and 1. FC Magdeburg from 1975 to 1985. Between 1969 and 1984, he was capped 102 times for East Germany, scoring 55 goals. He was their cap record holder and all-time leading scorer.

ST: Otto Harder (Lower Saxony)
In his club career, Harder played r Eintracht Braunschweig, Hamburger SV, and Victoria Hamburg.  Between 1914 and 1926, he played 15 times for Germany, scoring 14 goals.  His status with Hamburger SV supposed on par with Uwe Seeler.  Howeber, his involvement with the SS during the war affected his standing in Germany.  He was a convicted war criminal.

ST: Klaus Stürmer (Schleswig-Holstein)
Klaus Stürmer represented Germany on two occasions, including a 1962 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland. On his debut on 16 October 1954 against France he became the youngest player of the post-war era to score for Germany at age 19 years 68 days, a record that was equalled in 2011 by Mario Götze. He spent most of his career with Hamburger SV.

ST: Uwe Seeler (Hamburg)
Uwe Seeler was captain of both his club team and the national team for many years. He played in 4 World Cup Finals(1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970), but sandwiched between Germany's two World Cup winning years(1954 and 1974).  West Germany came second in 1966 and reached the semifinal in 1970 while playing next to Gerd Muller. However, he is still regarded one of Die Mannschaft s greatest players.  He spent his entire career with SV Hamburger and considered its greatest player.
Uwe Seeler 

Honorable Mention
Hans-Jörg Butt, Dieter Burdenski, Walter Junghans, Adolf Werner, Fabian Ernst, Julian Brandt, Caspar Memering, Christian Rahn, Franz Merkhoffer, Carsten Jancker, Otto Harder, Rudolf Noack, Norbert Meier, Günter Hermann, René Schneider, Dieter Zembski, Klaus Stürmer.

Squad Explanation
-- Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was a part of East Germany (GDR).  However, this blog team is about the geography of Germany.  It is historically considered a part of Northern Germany.  Low German or Low Saxon is a dialect spoken in this part of Germany.  So culturally they are related to Northern Germany.  So I am including them over here.  
-- I actually do not know if Mecklenburg-Vorpommern belongs to the traditional definition of Eastern Germany.  However, politics is also an issue for everything in life.  In my research, the Eastern part of Germany is always about the former German Democratic Republic since the Cold War.  So Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is also included on my Eastern German regional (not only GDR) blog team for political consideration if not for geographical and cultural reasons.  
-- Uwe Seeler, Andrea Brehme, Andreas Köpke, Bert Trautmann, Toni Kroos and Stefan Effenberg are automatic selection.  Brehme, Seeler and Kroos are on my Germany All-Time Team.
-- Uli Stein, Klaus Stürmer, Uwe Seeler, Wolfgang Rolff, Gert Dörfel and Peter Nogly are on my all-time Hamburg SV team.  Dieter Elits, Marco Bode and Max Lorenz are on my all-time Werder Bremen team.
-- Gerd Kische and Joachim Streich are the only two former GDR player on the team although Toni Kroos was born when Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was a part of German Democratic Republic.
-- Two players are on the 2014 World Cup winning team, Per Mertesacker and Toni Kroos.  Andreas Brehme is the only other World Cup winner. Uwe Seeler's four World Cup  appearances were sandwiched between West Germany's victories in 1954 and 1974.
-- Four players had interesting stories during the War.  Otto Harder was a convicted war criminal.  Bert Trautmann began his career as a footballer because he started playing in a POW camp. Rudolf Noack (Hamburg) died as a POW in the Soviet Union.  Adolf Jäger died while doing mine sweeping in 1944.
-- Russian keeper Lev Yashin believed that Bert Trautmann was a good as himself.  He is the obvious choice.  Then, I took Andreas Köpke from the mid-1990's.  He won Euro 1996. Uli Stein is my third goalkeeper largely because of his association with Hamburg SV.  Other goalkeepers considered included Hans-Jörg Butt, Dieter Burdenski, Walter Junghans and Adolf Werner.
-- Wolfgang Dremmler could also operate as a rightback.  So I only selected a single rightback.  Dremmler was known for his career with Bayern Munich in the 1980' with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and  Paul Breitner.  Gerd Kische of GDR is my only rightback.
-- Willi Giesemann is remembered for his incident with Pele in 1965.  He was probably a good player, but his selection is due to the fact that he was famous.  Per Mertesacker earned 104 caps, winning the World Cup in the progress.  I rewarded Karl Miller with a spot for his career being a legend with a local club, St.Pauli.
-- Max Lorenz (Bremen) can operate as a left wingback, and Marco Bode was also used briefly in that position during the 2002 World Cup Finals.  Thus, I only selected one leftback.  Andreas Brehme is probably Germany's greatest leftback.  I left out Franz Merkhoffer who was a league legend in his time, and Christian Rahn, a St Pauli great.
-- I heard good things about FB/HB: Jürgen Werner (Hamburg), but I am not sure where he would fit into the team.
-- Stefan Effenberg and Toni Kroos were the best in their position during their prime. Dieter Eilts was a key figure in Germany winning the Euro 1996.  He is also an all-time great with Werder Bremen.  I took Wolfgang Rolff because he was a club hero.
-- Julian Brandt (Bremen) is too young to be considered at the time of writing.
-- The attack lacks a good right side winger so I selected Bernd Dörfel who was listed one of the best right wingers in Bundesliga durimng his time.   His brother Gert Dörfel  (Germany) played on the left.  I took him over Caspar Memering (Lower Saxony).
-- Klaus Stürmer, Bernd Dörfel, and Gert Dörfel did not have a supreme international reputation liked Joachim Streich and Uwe Seeler.  However, they were Bundesliga's legends in their own right.
-- Joachim Streich is East Germany (GDR)'s all-time appearance record and leading scorer.  His international performance was a major factor for his selection.
-- During my research, Otto Harder was often overlooked many times.  His history with the SS Schutzstaffel during the War might have affected how people remembered him.  His selection was controversial.  Despite of the fact that he was a war criminal, I selected him based on his football career.  
-- Carsten Jancker might be a useful player to have, but I do not have enough space.  

Stefan Effenberg will mainly operate as a box-to-box midfielders, and Toni Kroos as a deep lying midfielder.  I am not sure if Adolf Jäger can operate as a wing forward.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Eastern German regional(not only GDR) All-Time team

This blogger Artur Yanturin of Russia copied many of my blog teams.  This blog was one of them.  It was my Russia All-Time Team here.  His team was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.   His Spartak Moscow All-Time team entry of was published in October 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2017.  His entry of the Dutch-German rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014.  He also copied many many of my blog entries.

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Guido Buchwald and Matthais Sammer

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index

This is my selection of a 23 member all-time team for the German states in the Eastern parts of Germany. The area consisted of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and the city of Berlin.  With the exception of Berlin, all of the states were parts of  German Democratic Republic (GDR).  During the Cold War, Berlin was divided into West and East Berlin.

* Players from Mecklenburg Vorpommern are also included on my Northern Germany All-Time team.

In 2018, I created East Germany (GDR/DDR) All-Tme teamThat team was about players from German Democratic Republic.  However, this Eastern Germany All-Time team is about all German players born in the Eastern part of Germany.  The players considered were active throughout the history of Germany, before or after the Cold War. Matthias Sammer, Toni Kroos, Pierce Littibarski, Thomas Hassler, Guido Buchwald, Michael Ballack, Hans-Jurgen Dorner and Jürgen Croy are some of the more famous players available from this area. 

At the time of writing (the 2020-2021 season), only three clubs from the Eastern part of Germany competes in the Bundesliga.  Hertha Berlin, a club from West Germany, plays regularly in the first tier of the German league. RB Leipzig is a club founded after the Cold War in 2009.  It rises dramatically through the German league since money poured in from Red Bulls.  The third club is Union Berlin, a former GDR club that normally played in the lower division.  FC Hansa Rostock and Dynamo Dresden also spent some time in the top flight.  FC Magdeburg won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1974, but they have been playing the lower tier in recent history.
Pierre Littbarski and Thomas Hassler
GK: Jürgen Croy (Saxony)
Jürgen Croy was probably one of the greatest keepers of his generations.  He spent his entire career with BSG Sachsenring Zwickau (today FSV Zwickau). He was one of East Germany's few international players not to play for a top club.  He was capped 86 caps.  He won the Gold medal in 1976 Olympic Games and went to the 1974 World Cup Finals in East Germany, the East German pulled an upset over West Germany.

GK: Horst Wolter  (Berlin)
Wolter played almost 250 West German top-flight matches for Braunschweig and Hertha BSC.  He won a Bundesliga title with Eintracht Braunschweig in 1967.   He only won 13 caps for the West German national team between 1967 and 1970, largely because of Sepp Maier. Wolter made his final match for Die Mannschaft in the third-place play-off win at the 1970 FIFA World Cup, replacing regular first choice Sepp Maier, against Uruguay.  
Horst Wolter
GK: René Adler (Saxony)
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.

 Klaus Urbanczyk (Saxony-Anhalt)
Urbanczyk played for Chemie Halle and later Hallescher FC Chemie – in the DDR-Oberliga.  He played for East Germany between 1961 and 1969. In 1964, he won a Bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics for the Unified German team(only East German players were used). In the same year, Urbanczyk won the East German Sportsperson of the Year award – the only time that a footballer won the award. He also won the East German Footballer of the Year award that year.

RB: Bernd Patzke (Berlin)
In 1962, Patzke started with Standard Liège in Belgium . After winning the Belgian championship, he joined TSV 1860 Munich in 1964. Between 1964 and 1972,  he played 202 games in the Bundesliga for 1860 Munich and Hertha BSC.  He was later banned because of the 1971 Bundesliga scandal.  He moved to play in South Africa.  He won 24 caps between 1965 and 1971. He was a member of the 1966 and 1970 World Cup team.
Bernd Patzke
SW: Hans-Jurgen Dorner (Saxony)
Hans-Jurgen Dorner joined Dynamo Dresden in 1968 where he won five first division DDR-Oberliga titles and five FDGB-Pokale (East German Cup). He captained Dynamo Dresden from 1977 to his retirement, and is the clubs most decorated captain and he was voted the teams greatest ever player in 1999.  He was capped 96 times for East Germany, winning a gold medal as vital part of that country's Olympic team at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

CB: Jérôme Boateng (Berlin)
Jérôme Boateng started his career with Hertha Berlin and SV Hamburger.  He played a single season with Manchester City before joining Bayern Munich.  He is the half-brother of Kevin-Prince Boateng who played for Ghana.  Since the World Cup 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.
Jerome Boateng 
SW: Konrad Weise (Thuringia)
Konrad Weise played his career at senior level for FC Carl Zeiss Jena between 1970 and 1986. He had over 80 caps between 1970 to 1981.  He ranked 4th in appearance record for the East German national team. He was a member of the 1974 World Cup team and won a Gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics. 

CB/CM: Guido Buchwald (Berlin)
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. He spent most of his career with Stuttgart, winning two league titles.  At the end of his career, he played in Japan.

LW: Christian Ziege (Berlin)
Christian Ziege started his playing career at Bayern Munich in 1990, where he won two Bundesliga titles and a UEFA Cup before moving to AC Milan in 1997. He later played for Middlesbrough, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspurs and Borussia Mönchengladbach. He played 72 times for Germany between 1993 and 2004., He attended all major tournaments during this period, winning the European Championship in 1996. 
Christian Ziege 
LB/LM: Jörg Heinrich (Brandenburg)
Heinrich joined amateur side Kickers Emden in 1990. In 1994, he left Kickers Emden for Bundesliga side SC Freiburg. In 1997, he also won the Champions League with Borussia Dortmund, playing all 90 minutes in their 3–1 victory over Juventus in the Final. In 1998, Heinrich moved to ACF Fiorentina before returning to Borussia Dortmund in 2000.  He was capped 37 times.  He started at the WC Finals in France.

CM: Toni Kroos (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
Toni Kroos was a member of Bayern Munich's first team at the age of 17. He won back-to-back Bundesliga titles and the 2012–13 Champions League. After winning the World Cup in 2014, he joined Real Madrid. In Madrid, he won two Champions League titles. He is a key player for Die Mannschaft since 2010.  He has earned over a century of caps.  He won the World Cup in 2014 as one of Germany's star players.
Toni Kroos 
CM/SW: Matthias Sammer (Saxony)
With Borussia Dortmund as a player, Sammer won the Bundesliga and DFL-Supercup in 1995, the Bundesliga, DFL-Supercup, and European Footballer of the Year in 1996, and the UEFA Champions League and Intercontinental Cup in 1997. He also played for Inter Milan and Dynamo Dresden. With Die Mannschaft as a player, Sammer won the UEFA Euro 1996, where he was named the tournament's best player, and was subsequently awarded the Ballon d'Or later that year. Sammer retired with 74 total caps, 23 for East Germany and 51 for the unified side.  

RM/CM: Bernd Schneider (Thuringia)
Nicknamed Schnix by fans and teammates, Schneider started out at his hometown club Carl Zeiss Jena 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.  He was a key player at the WC Finals in 2006.

AM/CM: Michael Ballack (Saxony)
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 Japan/Korea 2002.  He moved to Bayern Munich after the WC Finals.  he also played for Chelsea before his retirement.
Michael Ballack
AM: Thomas Hassler (Berlin)
Hassler was a star player in the 1990's.  He played for Koln, Juventus, Roma, Karlsruher, 1860 Munich and SV Salzburg. He appeared over 100 times for the German national team. He was a member of the teams which won the 1990 FIFA World Cup (as West Germany) and UEFA Euro 1996. He also appeared at the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups, the 1992 and 2000 UEFA European Championships, and the 1988 Olympic Games.

RW/AM: Pierre Littbarski (Berlin)
Littibarski was a major star in the 1980's.  He had over 70 caps and played in three WC Finals with Germany reaching the Final all 3 times, winning his final World Cup in 1990. He spent most of his career with Koln. Littbarski spent most of his playing career at 1. FC Köln, winning the DFB-Pokal once, in 1983, and was three times runner up in the Bundesliga (1982, 1989 and 1990).  He also played in France and Japan.

LW: Eberhard Vogel (Saxony)
Vogel was one of the greatest East German footballers. Vogel played for FC Karl-Marx-Stadt (1961–1970) and FC Carl Zeiss Jena (1970–1982). His 440 appearances for both clubs combined was the record for East German top-flight football. For the national team, he played for the East German national team 74 times, and was a participant at the 1974 FIFA World Cup. In 1969, he won the award for the GDR Footballer of the Year.
Eberhard Vogel
FW: Jürgen Sparwasser (Saxony-Anhalt)
Sparwasser started his playing career with BSG Lokomotive Halberstadt in 1956. In 1965, he moved to 1. FC Magdeburg.  He was part of the team that won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1974. Between 1969 and 1977, he played in 49 times for East Germany. He also made six appearances for East Germany at the 1974 World Cup finals, where he scored the winning goal in a politically prestigious match against West Germany.

ST: Joachim Streich (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
Joachim played as a striker for Aufbau Wismar from 1957 to 1963, TSG Wismar from 1963 to 1967), Hansa Rostock from 1967 to 1975, and 1. FC Magdeburg from 1975 to 1985. Between 1969 and 1984 he was capped 102 times for East Germany, scoring 55 goals. He was their cap record holder and all-time leading scorer.

ST: Ulf Kirsten (Saxony)
Ulf Kirsten 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: Hans-Jürgen Kreische (Saxony)
Kreische spent his entire career with his hometown club, Dynamo Dresden, scoring 127 goals in 234 DDR-Oberliga games between 1964 and 1978. He was East Germany's top scorer in 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1976, and was player of the year in 1973.  Kreische was an East German international, scoring 25 goals in 50 appearances. He was part of the 1974 World Cup squad, and was also in the 1972 Olympic bronze medal winning team. 

ST: Richard Hofmann (Saxony)
Hofman began his career with the Meerane 07 club in 1922. In 1927 he was signed by English coach Jimmy Hogan for Dresdner SC. , becoming known to fans as "König" ("King") Richard. He started his international career in 1927, scoring a hat-trick against Switzerland. In 1930, playing for the national team against England, he scored a hat-trick in a 3–3 draw.  In all, he played 25 times for the national team, scoring 24 goals. He captained the German team in four matches. , a
Richard Hofmann 
Honorable Mention
Hans-Ulrich Grapenthin, Lothar Kurbjuweit, Thomas Linke, Carsten Ramelow, Robert Huth, Marko Rehmer, Matthias Herget, Robert Enke, Erwin Helmchen, Camillo Ugi, Jürgen Nöldner, Thomas Doll, Andreas Thom, Erwin Helmchen, Helmut Schön, Matthias Herget, Marcel Schmelzer, Tim Borowski, Carsten Jancker, Georg Köhler, Uwe Kliemann, Clemens Fritz.

Squad Explanation
-- I found several good players from Berlin. The origin idea was to form an Berlin All-Time team.  Then, I also came upon several players of note from the Eastern states before the formation of the German Democratic Republic.  If I combined with the players from East German Players after 1990, and East Germany (GDR/DDR) All-Tme team with them, this blog team can be formidable.
-- Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is historically considered a part of Northern Germany.  Low German or Low Saxon is a dialect spoken in this part of Germany.  So culturally they are related to Northern Germany.  So I should not exclude the state from my Northern Germany just because of the political division of the Cold War.  However, politics is also an issue for everything in life.  In my research, the Eastern part of Germany is always about the former German Democratic Republic since the Cold War.  So Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is also included on this Eastern German regional blog team.
-- I quickly selected the following players: Matthias Sammer, Toni Kroos, Pierce Littibarski, Thomas Hassler, Guido Buchwald, Michael Ballack, Hans-Jurgen Dorner and Jürgen Croy.
-- Helmut Schön was born in Dresden under the German Empire. He was the manager of the West German national team in four consecutive World Cup tournaments, including winning the title in 1974, losing in the final in 1966, and coming in third in 1970. In addition, his teams won the European Championship in 1972 and lost in the final in 1976.
-- Richard Hofmann, Erwin Helmchen, Helmut Schön and Camillo Ugi represented Germany before the breaking apart of Germany after the Second World War.  Only Hofmann made this team.
-- In 1905, Camillo Ugi moved from Leipzig to play in Brazil.
-- I also selected 9 former GDR international players. Jürgen Croy, Eberhard Vogel and Hans-Jurgen Dorner from GDR were highly rated.  They probably would have earned caps with West Germany if they were born in the West.   The others are Hans-Jürgen Kreische, Konrad Weise, Jürgen Sparwasser and Klaus Urbanczyk.  Both Ulf Kirsten and Matthais Sammer later played for the unified German national team.
-- Niko Kovač (Croatia), Robert Kovač (Croatia), Hakan Balta (Turkey) and Kevin-Prince Boetang (Ghana) were also born in the region.  They are ineligible.
-- Eight footballers selected came from Saxony.  
-- Seven players were born in Berlin. Bernd Patzke and Horst Wolter were born in Berlin before the Cold War.   The rest were from West Berlin (Jerome Boateng was born before the Fall of the Berlin Wall).  The 1990 World Cup winning team consisted of three West Berliners: Guido Buchwald, Thomas Hassler and Pierre Littibarski.  
-- Jürgen Croy was widely considered one of the best in his generation. If he played for an unified Germany, he would be overshadowed by Sepp Maier, who was two years older.  Nevertheless, he would be ranked very high among all German goalkeepers.  Then, I selected Horst Wolter from the 1970 World Cup, followed by René Adler.  I also considered Robert Enke very high.
-- For centerbacks, I first took Matthias Sammer and Hans-Jurgen Dorner (both mainly as sweepers) who were among the greatest players from GDR.  It is hard to compare a GDR player against a West German player, but I took the highly-rated Konrad Weise from GDR.  Jerome Boetang was an important member of the 2014 World Cup team.  Thomas Linke, Carsten Ramelow, Marko Rehmer, Robert Huth and Lothar Kurbjuweit were overlooked.
-- Centerback Matthias Herget was born in East Germany (GDR), but he played for West Germany.  I do not know his childhood story.  He actually had a good reputation, but he never had the opportunity to showcase his talents in a big international tournament. Unfortunately, I could not find space for him.
-- I pushed Guido Buchwald to the midfield to give an extra place to a centerback.  I prefer an extra centerback over Georg Köhler, Steffen Freund, Jens Jeremies and Tim Borowski.
-- Dariusz Wosz was born in Poland.  He was eligible for  East German Players after 1990, and East Germany (GDR/DDR) All-Tme team because he was capped by GDR.  However, he is ineligible here because he was not born in Eastern Germany.
-- The last player was between Thomas Doll, Carsten Ramelow, Jürgen Nöldner and Bernd Schneider.  In the 1990's, Doll was a highly sought after player when he moved to play in Serie A.  Injuries kept him from reaching his potential.  Since I took Jürgen Nöldner over Thomas Doll on my East Germany (DDR)All-Time team, I cannot take him over Jürgen Nöldner.  I already have Sammer and Buchwald so I do not need Carsten Ramelow. Schneider is my logic choice. He played 81 times for Germany.
-- Jürgen Nöldner had a good reputation.  Perhaps, he might be a better player than Schneider, but it was hard to evaluate a GDR player against a modern player from the unified Germany.
-- It would be wonderful to take Carsten Jancker.  It is always nice to have a tall player on the bench, but he only makes honorable mention.
-- Andreas Thom was the first former GDR international to play for the unified Germany, but he only earned 10 caps in his career.  I do not have space for him.  Instead, I took Ulf Kirsten a combined 100 caps for East Germany and Germany.  He helped Germany to reach the 2002 World Cup Final.
-- Jürgen Sparwasser earned a historical role when he scored against West Germany in the 1974 World Cup Finals.  Furthermore, he helped FC Magdeburg to win the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1974.  I considered that a miles stone for football in the region.
-- Richard Hofmann was one of Germany's greatest footballers before the War.  He played under legendary coach Jimmy Hogan.

Both Thomas Hassler and Pierre Littbarski were similar, but Littbarski might a better player on the wide side.  Ballack started over Hassler in the middle.  I am not sure if I should start Eberhard Vogel.  I think it is difficult to judge players from GDR against the players from other eras of Germany.  Their exposures were limited.  I pushed Sammer to the midfield so that I can play Dorner.