Manuel Neuer[ˈmaːnu̯ɛl ˈnɔʏ.ɐ]; born 27 March 1986 in Gelsenkirchen) is a German footballer and the current goalkeeper of Schalke 04. Neuer's hero and idol as a child was fellow German and former Schalke goalkeeper Jens Lehmann.
Tim Wiese (German pronunciation: [ˈtɪm ˈviːzə]; born 17 December 1981 in Bergisch Gladbach) is a German goalkeeper who currently plays for Werder Bremen and the German national team. He joined them in 2005 from Kaiserslautern.
Hans-Jörg Butt (German pronunciation: [ˈhants ˈjœʁk ˈbʊt]; born 28 May 1974 in Oldenburg) is a German footballer who currently plays for FC Bayern Munich in the German League, as a goalkeeper.
Known for taking penalty kicks (he has netted nearly 30 goals in Germany's top flight) Butt has played for Hamburger SV, Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich in his country, having arrived at Munich already aged 34.
During his career, Butt has scored three times from the penalty spot against Juventus, once with each club.
Marcell Jansen (born 4 November 1985 in Mönchengladbach) is a German footballer who plays for Hamburger SV and the German national team. He is well known for his accurate crossing and pace, despite his tall stature. Jansen has represented his country on 30 occasions so far, showing up as left-back. On club level he has also played on the left of midfield and left wingback, back in his youth years, also featured as left winger and even striker, a term declaring his versatility. He appeared in injury time during UEFA Euro 2008 as striker.
Arne Friedrich (German pronunciation: [ˈaɐ̯nə ˈfʁiːdʁɪç], born 29 May 1979 in Bad Oeynhausen) is a German football defender, who currently plays for VfL Wolfsburg and the German national football team.
As of July 2010, Friedrich has represented his country on 77 occasions, his debut coming in the 2–2 draw against Bulgaria in Sofia on 21 August 2002.
He was included in the 23-man squad for the 2006 World Cup, where Germany finished third. Friedrich started almost every game and was very instrumental in getting Germany to the Third Place match. He is a very versatile player, playing full back, center back, and occasionally a more midfield position. He was also called up to Germany's Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 squads.
Dennis Aogo (born 14 January 1987 in Karlsruhe) is a German footballer of partly Nigerian descent who plays for Hamburger SV.
Serdar Tasci (Turkish: Serdar Taşçı, pronounced [ˈserdær ˈtæʃtʃɯ]) (born 24 April 1987) is a German football player of Turkish descent, who currently plays as a defender for Stuttgart and the German national team. Tasci usually plays as a centre back or right back.
Holger Badstuber ([ˈhɔlɡɐ ˈbaːtˌʃtuːbɐ], born 13 March 1989 in Memmingen) is a German footballer who is currently playing as a defender for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and internationally for Germany.
Per Mertesacker (born 29 September 1984 in Hannover) is a German footballer who plays as a defender for Werder Bremen and the Germany national football team. Despite his intimidating height, his game is unusually clean for a defender, evident by his relatively few bookings. He is known for having a penchant for scoring headers from set-pieces and corners due to his height advantage.
Philipp Lahm (born 11 November 1983 in Munich, Germanyis a German professional footballer who plays as a defender for Bayern Munich and is the interim captain of the German national team, following the absence of Michael Ballack who withdrew because of an injury.
Jérôme Boateng (born 3 September 1988 in Berlin-Wilmersdorf) is a German footballer who plays as primarily a central defender, although able to play as a full back on either side. He has agreed a five-year deal to join E
Sami Khedira (Ar:سامي خضيرة) - (born 4 April 1987 in Stuttgart) is a German footballer player of partial Tunisian descent, who plays for VfB Stuttgart. Khedira has been at the club since 1995 and won the Bundesliga title in the 2006–07 season.
Bastian Schweinsteiger (pronounced [ˈbasti̯an ˈʃvaɪnʃtaɪɡɐ] born 1 August 1984 in Kolbermoor, Germany) is a German footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Bayern Munich and the German national team. A right-footed player, he occupied a central role during the 2009–10 season. During the 2010 Champions League Final he played centre-midfield: the position he occupied for most of the season. He is one of the longest-serving players at Bayern, having been at the club since he was a teenager.
Mesut Özil (German pronunciation: [ˈmeːzʊt ˈœzɪl], Turkish: [ˈmesut ˈøzil]; born 15 October 1988 in Gelsenkirchen) is a German professional footballer of Turkish origin who plays for Werder Bremen and the German national football team.
Piotr Trochowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈpjɔtr trɔˈxɔfski]; born 22 March 1984) is a Polish-born German footballer who currently plays as an attacking midfielder for Hamburger SV and the German national team. He is known for his powerful shots and skillful dribbling.
Toni KroosToni Kroos (born 4 January 1990 in Greifswald) is a German international footballer who plays for Bayern Munich as an attacking midfielder. He is the older brother of Werder Bremen forward Felix Kroos.
Marko Marin (Serbian Cyrillic: Марко Марин) (born 13 March 1989 in Gradiška, now Bosnia and Herzegovina) is a German footballer of Bosnian Serb origin playing for Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga as a winger.
Stefan Kießling (German pronunciation: [ˈʃtɛfan ˈkiːslɪŋ]; born 25 January 1984 in Lichtenfels) is a German footballer who currently plays as a striker for Bayer Leverkusen. Since he arrived in 2006, he has played 130 games for the club, scoring 50 goals. He has also represented Germany five times.
Lukas Podolski (German pronunciation: [ˈluːkas poˈdɔlski]); born Łukasz Podolski IPA: [wu'kaʃ poˈdɔlski]) on 4 June 1985 in Gliwice, Poland) is a German footballer who plays as a striker for Köln and for the German national team. He joined 1. FC Köln in 1995 where he broke into the first team in 2003 and made 81 appearances for the club before moving to Bayern Munich. After three years in Munich with mixed success, Podolski returned to Köln. He was first capped in 2004 and has been part of the squad in all major tournaments since then. Although he was eligible to play for Germany and Poland, Podolski chose to play for Germany.
Miroslav Klose (German pronunciation: [ˈmɪʁoslaf ˈkloːzə] ; born Mirosław Marian Kloze IPA: [miˈrɔswaf ˈklɔzɛ] on 9 June 1978 in Opole, Poland) is a German footballer who plays as a striker for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Since bursting onto the international stage at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, he has become well-known for his knack of scoring headers and his front-flip goal celebration routine.
Klose plays internationally for the German national team. Although Polish by birth, Klose holds German nationality. He was the top scorer and thus the Golden Boot winner at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, with five goals. Klose also scored five goals in his debut World Cup, the 2002 World Cup hosted jointly by the Korea Republic and Japan. He scored in his first game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, opened the scoring against England in the first round of the knock out stages, and scored twice on his 100th cap against Argentina in the quarter-finals, giving him a total of 14 goals in World Cup finals. This puts him joint second along with Gerd Müller on the list of FIFA World Cup goalscorers.
He is the first German player since German reunification to finish as the World Cup's top scorer, and the only player to have scored five or more goals in consecutive World Cups. Natural with the head, he was first team roster before injuries took him out of the team for a while, and during his rest Ivica Olić took over, impressing, and replaced Klose as Louis van Gaal's first team striker.
Thomas Müller (footballer)
Thomas Müller (German pronunciation: [ˈtoːmas ˈmʏlɐ]) (born 13 September 1989 in Weilheim) is a German international footballer who plays for Bayern Munich.
Müller plays as a midfielder or forward, and has been deployed in a variety of attacking roles – as an attacking midfielder, second striker, or on either wing.He has been praised for his pace, technique and composure, and has shown consistency in both scoring and creating goals.A product of Bayern's youth system,he made his first-team breakthrough under new Bayern manager Louis van Gaal during the 2009–10 season, playing almost every game as the club won the league and cup double, and reached the Champions League final.This earned him an international call-up, and at the end of the season he was named in Germany's squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where he scored two goals in the round of 16 match against England to take Germany through to the quarter finals, making him the youngest player since Pele to sc
Claudemir Jerônimo Barretto (born 27 March 1981 in Mogi das Cruzes), commonly known as Cacau, is a Brazilian-born German football striker who is currently playing for VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga. Cacau received German citizenship in February 2009, he made his international debut in May that year in a friendly match against China PR. He is part of the German national team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[ore multiple goals in a knockout round, and the youngest German since Franz Beckenbauer to do so in any game.
Mario Gómez García (born 10 July 1985 in Riedlingen) is a German footballer who plays as a striker for Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga. Gómez joined Bayern after six years in Stuttgart. The fee was a record for a player transferred in the Bundesliga, estimated to be €30–35 million. When Stuttgart became champions in 2006–07 and Gómez contributed 14 goals he was elected German footballer of the year. In the following seasons Gómez has improved on his record each time, scoring 35 goals over the course of the 2008–09 season.