Bayern Munich’s 10 Best Footballers of All Time

?Bayern Munich: without a shadow of a doubt, the most successful club in the history of German football. 

The Bavarian giants have had many of football’s greatest represent them over the years. Here’s 90min‘s definitive list of the ten greatest players to wear Bayern’s colours.


Gerd Müller

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?Regarded as one of football’s finest strikers in the history of the game, Müller was the greatest marksman of his era. Der Bomber, as he was nicknamed, netted an incredible 365 goals for Bayern – in just 427 ?Bundesliga matches. 

It was during the 1960s and 70s that Müller began to mark his legacy. In 1970, he was named European footballer of the year, and he quickly began to shatter scoring records.

His record of 40 goals in a ?Bundesliga season remains intact, and his goalscoring talents mean he averaged a goal per game or better in seven of his 14 seasons. 

Crikey, what a player. 


Franz Beckenbauer


?Nicknamed Der Kaiser (The Emperor) because of his dominant displays on the pitch for his club, Beckenbauer is one of the game’s greatest ever defenders.

The German international was twice named European Footballer of the Year, and is credited with redefining the sweeper role in the heart of both Bayern and Germany’s defence.

He won three Bundesliga titles in a row between 1972 and 1974, as well as guiding ?Bayern to a hat-trick of European Cup wins in the preceding years. 


Philipp Lahm

Philipp Lahm

Lahm is one of the most decorated defenders of recent times, and Europe lost one of the greatest modern-defenders when he ?retired in 2017. He won the Bundesliga a staggering eight times, as well as the DFB-Pokal on six occasions.

Lahm, named captain in 2010, guided his side to the historic treble in the 2012-13 season, winning the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and ?Champions League. 

Pep Guardiola labelled him “the most intelligent player I have ever trained in my career.” Quite a statement, but you couldn’t argue with his former coach. What a player. 


Sepp Maier


?We’ve got another nickname for you. Maier was commonly named ‘Die Katze von Anzing’ (the cat from Anzing). Why? Because he had reactions like a cat, consistently dazzling between the sticks with his lightning-fast reflexes. 

Maier spent his entire professional career at Bayern, and was a member of the legendary side that won four league titles, three domestic cups, and three consecutive European trophies. The goalkeeper was also German Footballer of the Year on three occasions. 


Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Rummenigge is currently chairman of the Bayern Munich board, but he had quite the playing career too. He was the Bundesliga’s top-scorer on three occasions, and won the European Cup twice.

During his ten years in Bavaria, he scored 162 times in 310 appearances. He landed German Football of the Year in 1980, as well as European Footballer of the Year in 1981. 


Arjen Robben

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Robben is one the most iconic wingers in recent European history. Everyone knew how he played, and absolutely no one knew how to stop him. After spells at ?Chelsea and ?Real Madrid, the Dutchman made 201 appearances for Bayern, scoring 99 times. 

Perhaps most notable was Robben scoring the winner in Bayern’s Champions League final over German rivals ?Borussia Dortmund. This was his crowning moment during his time in Bavaria, where he won 20 honours – including eight Bundesliga titles, and five DFB Pokals. 

We all miss watching him toying with his left-back, then cutting in from the right-hand side and bending one past the keeper into the far left corner. 


Paul Breitner


The midfielder-defender general. He won seven league titles with Bayern, as well as the Champions Cup and German Cup on two occasions. 

Breitner formed a formidable partnership with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – together, they were known as the Breitnigge. He also was named footballer of the Year in Germany in 1981.


Franck Ribéry

Franck Ribery

The Frenchman enjoyed an illustrious career with the Bavarian giants. He has won a record nine Bundesliga title, six DFB-Pokals, as well as the 2012/13 Champions League. 

In an era with ?Lionel Messi and ?Cristiano Ronaldo in their prime, Ribery was named UEFA’s Best Player in Europe Award in 2013. He was the first player to hold both the French, and German player of the year in 2008. 


Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger


Schweinsteiger was regarded as one of the finest central-midfielders in the world in his pomp. A fan-favourite at the Allianz, he was nicknamed FuBballgott (football god), and in 2013, he was crowned German Player of the Year. 

One of Bayern’s greatest midfielders in their recent illustrious history, he remained a fan-favourite even after his career came to an end at the Allianz Arena. 


Stefan Effenberg

Stefan Effenberg

Effenberg was the midfield destroyer. He was shown a yellow card a record 109 times, a then record. However, his Bayern legacy is far greater.

After a rather uninspiring first spell in Bavaria, his return in 1998 saw him win three Bundesliga titles in a row. He also led Bayern to victory in the Champions League final in 2000/01, in which year he was crowned UEFA Club Footballer of the Year. 

After his departure, Bayern fans voted him as a member of their prestigious all-time XI. Some feat, but well-deserved. 


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Who’s on the Plane? Germany Euro 2020 Squad Power Rankings – February

?We’re another month close to having a football-filled summer, with Euro 2020 set to kick off in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico on June 12.

A lot of eyes will be on Joachim Löw’s Germany side after they crashed and burned in their defence of the World Cup in 2018, but Die Mannschaft will have a very different look about them this time around.

Germany’s manager has already kicked out Mats Hummels, Jérôme Boateng and Thomas Müller from the national team, so there will be plenty of new faces for international audiences to see at Euro 2020.

Löw doesn’t have to pick his final 23-man squad just yet, but here’s who a look at would make 90min’s Germany team based off their form in February.


23. Kevin Trapp (New Entry)

Picking a final 23-man squad is a cutthroat business so as far as Germany’s third-choice goalkeeper is concerned, we’ve had to leave Bernd Leno and Alexander Nübel behind.

Trapp’s had his problems with injuries but he’s helped to turn a pretty dismal season for Eintracht Frankfurt on its head and they’re back on their way up the table.

22. Florian Neuhaus (New Entry)

Florian Neuhaus

A senior national team call-up has been well overdue for Florian Neuhaus but with all the competition that’s going to be on offer, he might be the best player who goes to Euro 2020 without actually playing any football.

Maybe next time.

21. Robin Gosens (New Entry)

‘But why’s Gosens going ahead of Nico Schulz?’

Watch Borussia Dortmund. That’s why.

20. Leroy Sané (-)

Even without any ligaments left in his knee, Sané’s still going to be one of Germany’s most important player this summer.

Leroy Sane

It’s also going to be a great chance for him to put himself on the transfer market as he looks to leave Manchester City, even though we know where he’ll be going already – don’t we, Herbert Hainer…

19. Robin Koch (-)

Even Jogi Löw knows the comedic gold that will come with Clive Tyldesley shouting ‘Koch block’ on terrestrial television so he’s going to be on the plane for sure.

18. Jonathan Tah (Down 2)

Tah’s been a Germany international for quite some time but has only picked up nine appearances for the national team, although without Hummels and Boateng he’ll be starting most games at Euro 2020.

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17. Marco Reus (Down 8)

Please don’t get injured. 

Please don’t get injured. 

Please don’t get injured.

16. Marcel Halstenberg (Up 1)

He’ll be Germany’s first-choice left back at Euro 2020, even though he’s played as a centre-back at RB Leipzig over the last couple of weeks.

 

15. Suat Serdar (-)

Serdar’s been a big loss for Schalke over the last couple of weeks following an ankle injury.

But he’s still been one of the most impressive midfielders in the Bundesliga this season.

 

14. Antonio Rüdiger (-)

Antonio Rüdiger

There’s every chance that Rüdiger will be Germany’s most senior centre-back at Euro 2020 as on top of Hummels and Boateng being ommited, Niklas Süle might not recover from a long-term injury he picked up in October.

13. Emre Can (Up 5)

Can swapped Juventus for Borussia Dortmund to get himself back in contention for a place in the national team.

It should work too. Jogi Löw doesn’t have too many defensive midfielders with Can’s stature, let alone anyone who can pick out the top corner of the opposition’s net from 40 yards.

12. Leon Goretzka (Up 1)

At the worst of times, Goretzka’s always been quite a useful player to have in and around the national team, but he’s been involved in five goals in the Rückrunde alone 

11. Julian Brandt (Up 1)

It’s not all gone Brandt’s way sine joining Borussia Dortmund but he’ll have a big part to play for Germany at Euro 2020.

If nothing else, it’s still just a chance for fans to see Brandt re-kindle his relationship with Kai Havertz with Die Mannschaft.

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 10. Marc-André ter Stegen (Up 1)

Ter Stegen would be starting for all-but-one national side who will be at Euro 2020.

Unfortunately for him, the one that he won’t be starting for is Germany.

9. Lukas Klostermann (Down 1)

Germany have the best right back in world football playing for them.

The only problem is the best right back in world football will be playing as a defensive midfielder at Euro 2020, but Lukas Klostermann will be a welcomed addition to Jogi Löw’s starting lineup.

8. Kai Havertz (Up 2)


Form is temporary, class is permanent…we hope.

Havertz hasn’t been at his devastating best for Bayer Leverkusen this season but, at this stage, he’s unlikely to be left out of a national team squad until he retires from international duty.

7. ?lkay Gündo?an (-)

Well, this is going to be Gündo?an’s last taste of European football for quite a while isn’t it…?

6. Matthias Ginter (Down 1)

Borussia Mönchengladbach have the joint best defensive record in the Bundesliga this season and a lot of that comes down to Ginter.

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He didn’t even make their squad back in 2016 and Ginter was only ever on the bench when Germany won the World Cup in 2014, but he should be one of the first names on the teamsheet this summer.

5. Timo Werner (Down 1)

At this point, no one would be surprised if Jogi Löw decided to call up a 107-year-old Mario Gómez, but it should be a fairly safe bet that Werner will be leading the line for Germany.

He’s the highest-scoring Germany player across all competitions and even though he’s slowed down a fair bit since the turn of the year, he’s still been involved in 35 goals in 31 appearances this season.

4. Serge Gnabry (Up 2)

Well, Löw’s hardly going to send Karim Bellarabi to Euro 2020 is he?


Germany need to wrap Gnabry in cotton wool and bubble wrap to make sure he’s at full strength this summer.

3. Joshua Kimmich (-)

Germany’s manager has been pushing to use Kimmich in midfield for a number of years and with Klostermann finally ready to step up as a right back, he’ll get the chance to play centrally at a major tournament.

He’s had plenty of experience in midfield at Bayern Munich this season too.

2. Toni Kroos (-)

Going into Euro 2020, Kroos will be the highest scoring Germany international.

Yep, with 17 goals for Die Mannschaft, Kroos has scored more times for his country than any other active German player.

Toni Kroos

Lukas Podolski, Mesut Özil and André Schürrle have all scored more goals, but it’s safe to say neither of them will be breaking into the national team over the next few months.

1. Manuel Neuer (-)

Jogi Löw has the choice between starting a goalkeeper who is currently being out-performed by Thibaut Courtois, or someone who’s won the last seven domestic league titles.

He’s going to be picking the latter.


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90min’s Definitive European Player Power Rankings: Week 22 – Curb Your Enthusiasm Special

Another week, another steamin’ hot batch of excitement for us to rank. 

You know how this works. We take 15 in-form players from across Europe and we rank them, but only with the help of a great TV show. This week, it’s a Curb Your Enthusiasm special!

Does that sounds good? Does that sound pretty, pretty, pretty good?


15. Steven Berghuis (New Entry)

Steven Berghuis

“You know what? Never mind, alright? I’ll take my liver out! I’ll walk around with a dialysis machine hanging out of me for the rest of my life, no problem!”

Berghuis is the kind of guy who’d give you a liver if you asked for it. The Feyenoord man is just dishing out assists for fun these days, racking up four in his last four games.

He even added two goals last time out against PEC Zwolle, so life’s pretty good for him right now.


14. Thomas Müller (New Entry)

Thomas Mueller

“I’m not a person who embraces challenges. I run from challenges. I break world records running from challenges.”

Some people run from challenges. ?Müller does not.

It’s not that long ago that his Bayern Munich career was supposed to be over, but now he’s got nine goals and a whopping 17 assists in all competitions this season.

Two assists in a 4-1 win over Köln? Yes please.


13. Josip Ili?i? (Down 2)

Josip Ilicic

“?Okay Larry, you don’t want the tour? Get the f*** out of my house.”

Ili?i? only played his way into the power rankings a few weeks ago, but ever since then, he’s failed to boost his stats. He’s playing well for Atalanta, but come on man. We want goals.


12. Son Heung-min (Re-Entry)

Son Heung-Min

?“It’s people like you that are the problem.”

“No, I’m the solution! I’m the solution to the problem!”

?Son is the solution to every one of ?Tottenham’s problems. He bagged a late, late winner against ?Aston Villa, and even played through what could be a season-ending arm fracture. What a man.

Unfortunately, it might be the last time we see him in these rankings this year. 

Cheers, Son’s crying. Nice one.


11. Timo Werner (Down 2)

Timo Werner

?“Smile.” 

“Hey, Mind Your Own Business. How About That?”

Can we go back to 2019? Back to a happier time when Werner was actually scoring goals?

He has scored in one of his six games this year, and that was the first game back after the winter break! Send help.


10. Alexander Sörloth (Up 2)

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“This project demands I get back to my base.”

I bet Crystal Palace bet they could bring Sörloth back to his base this year. 

While the Eagles are flailing in front of goal, the Norwegian took his tally for the year to 22 in all competitions with another goal this week.


9. Romelu Lukaku (Down 3)

Romelu Lukaku

“You know what? There’s a jet stream of bulls**t coming out of your mouth my friend, you are busted buddy!”

Being the self-proclaimed king hasn’t gone too well for ?Lukaku. After chatting a big game, he has fluffed his lines.

Defeats to both ?Napoli and Lazio have weakened ?Inter’s chances of domestic success this season. But hey, he’ll always have the Milan derby to remember.


8. Erling Haaland (Up 2)

Erling Braut Haaland

“Can I tell you something about apricots? One in 30 is a good one. It’s such a low percentage fruit.”

There’s a one in 30 chance that Haaland isn’t going to score.

After drawing a blank last week, the Borussia Dortmund man found his shooting boots once more against Frankfurt. Now just the eight goals from five appearances. Decent.


7. Carlos Vinícius (Down 3)

Carlos Vinicius

“Don’t put that pie down! Do not put that pie down!”

Vinícius doesn’t want pie, and he doesn’t want goals either apparently.

He drew a blank last time out against Braga, when Benfica fell to their second consecutive loss. Not ideal.


6. Robert Lewandowski (Up 2)

Robert Lewandowski

?“So, how’s your marriage?”

“What the hell? Why would you ask me that?”

“I’m trying to elevate small talk to medium talk.”

Like Larry David, Lewandowski elevated his level last time out by getting back where he belongs – on the score sheet.

Bayern are back to winning ways as they sit pretty at the top of the ?Bundesliga.


5. Ciro Immobile (Up 5)

Ciro Immobile

“When you’re not concerned with succeeding, you can work with complete freedom.”

Unlike the rest of his ?Serie A tile rivals, Ciro Immobile did not have to worry about the Coppa Italia semi-final. Instead, he was solely focused on beating Inter.

Of all his 29 goals this year, his penalty against Inter may be the most important so far. The title race is on.


4. Kylian Mbappé (Up 1)

Kylian Mbappe

“What’s the level of anger here? What am I dealing with?”

“Well, I’d have to say at least an 8.7.”

“8.7? That’s not that bad. I thought it would be at least a 9.”

“It was a 9. Then you broke that lamp, and the crazy woman screamed at you, and it got you some pity points.

“Pity points. That’s fabulous, I love pity points. But how can I get to a 7? I know a 6 is out of the question, but is there any way I can get to a 7?”

No, that’s not a conversation between ?Mbappé and divisive manager Thomas Tuchel, but it might as well be.

Away from the drama, Mbappé managed a goal and two assists in a cup victory over Dijon, but he was rested for the dramatic 4-4 draw with Amiens.


3. Lionel Messi (-)

Lionel Messi

“You don’t work. You’re unemployed.”

“Loving you is my job, Larry.”

?Messi might not be scoring, but that doesn’t mean he’s not hard at work.

His longest dry streak in the league in over six years has coincided with a run of six assists in his last three games, so it’s not all bad.


2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Down 1)

Cristiano Ronaldo

“Why didn’t you say ‘hello’ to him? You know him.”

“He wanted to do a ‘stop and chat,’ I didn’t want to do a ‘stop and chat’.”

It seems a bit harsh to drop ?Ronaldo down one place even after he scored in the Coppa Italia semi-final, but we wanted the Serie A record!

He was ‘rested’ for the 2-0 win over Brescia, so his run of scoring in consecutive games just stopped. Even if he does come back to score in his next game, his record is going to have an asterisk next to it forever. 


 1. Jadon Sancho (Up 1)

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“You god damn right I’m livin’ large! I just had a croissant filled with motherf*****g champagne!”

Life’s pretty good for Sancho these days.

His assist streak might have come to an end, but he chimed in with another goal instead. You’ve got to be happy with that.


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Euro 2020: Looking at Germany’s Group Stage Opponents

Perennial tournament favourites, Germany go into Euro 2020 quietly confident of adding to their trophy cabinet. 

?Germany successfully navigated a tricky Group C in qualifying, finishing top – ahead of Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Belarus and Estonia. 

In what was a steady qualifying campaign, Germany won seven of their eight fixtures and lost once. Their standout performances came against the Netherlands, with one win and one loss – both in spectacular fashion. 

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They beat the Oranje 3-2 in Amsterdam with a last-minute winner from Nico Schulz but lost the return fixture 4-2. 

Die Mannschaft have been drawn in the tournament’s ?group of death alongside France,  Portugal and play-off winner of Romania, Iceland, Hungary and Bulgaria. 

Here’s what they will be up against in Group F this June.


France

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?The current World Cup champions need no introduction. This side is brimming with quality all over the pitch and boasts the game’s next megastar, ?Kylian Mbappe. Les Bleus qualified from Group H at a canter, finishing top having won eight of their ten games. 

Turkey proved to be a bogey side for the French as Ay-Y?ld?zl?lar went unbeaten in two matches showing that Didier Deschamps’ side is fallible. The 2-0 loss in Turkey was particularly chastening as a full-strength French side went down with a whimper; goals coming from Dusseldorf’s Kaan Ayhan and Roma forward Cengiz Ünder. 

However, there’s an embarrassment of riches in this squad. Some of the players that will be left out of the French squad would comfortably make most starting XIs across Europe. The recovery from loss of form and/or injury for Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante, Manchester United’s (for now) Paul Pogba and Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann will be crucial this summer.

France’s standard formation and lineup:

(4-3-3) Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Lenglet, Hernández; Kante, Pogba, Matuidi; Mbappe, Giroud, Griezmann. 


Portugal 

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?When you have both the holders of the World Cup and the Euros, it’s fair to say that you’ve been drawn in a ‘group of death’.

Portugal will probably start as outsiders to win the whole tournament, and judging by their poor qualification form, it’s easy to see why. A Seleção finished second in a group that they should have topped which contained Ukraine, Serbia, Luxembourg and Lithuania. 

Ukraine proved to be a difficult opponent. Fernando Santos’ men couldn’t find a way through, drawing once and losing the other. A 2-1 loss in Kyiv ended their chances of finishing top as Ronaldo’s 700 career goal couldn’t overcome the two-goal deficit.

Don’t overlook this team as the last time they were underdogs, Eder’s extra-time winner in 2016 ensured Portugal won their first-ever major trophy in Paris. 

Portugal’s standard formation and lineup:

(4-3-3) Rui Patricio; Semedo, Pepe, Rúben Diaz, Guerreiro; Silva, João Moutinho, Fernandes; Guedes, Ronaldo, Joao Mario.


Play-Off Winner A

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The final spot has yet to be decided but it will be between Iceland, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania. Euro 2016’s surprise package Iceland will face Romania while Hungary will square off against Bulgaria.

What we do know – whoever makes it through will have an almighty task qualifying against this level of competition. 


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Ajax Bracing for Summer Exodus as 8 Players Could Follow Hakim Ziyech Through Exit Door

?Ajax are reported to be bracing themselves for a mass exodus this summer, with Hakim Ziyech’s move to Chelsea expected to trigger an avalanche of key players departing.

The Blues announced the summer signing of Ziyech earlier this month, as he became the third player from their historic 2018/19 campaign to formally depart, following in the footsteps of Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt during the summer. 

Erik ten Hag’s side have done a remarkably good job of keeping together the squad of players who delighted neutrals as they ran to the Champions League semi-finals last season, and they have been repaid for their loyalty with another strong campaign as they sit six points clear at the top of the Eredivisie and on course for a second straight league win. 

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They exited the ?Champions League in December this time around, however, and according to ?The Athletic, that will prompt a number of their key stars to call it a day. 

David Ornstein’s column leads with news that the quadrangle of Donny van de Beek, David Neres, André Onana and Nicolas Tagliafico are all expected to be off. Van de Beek has long been a target of both ?Manchester United and Real Madrid, while Onana has been linked with Chelsea and Ziyech’s move there may open that door further for the highly-rated keeper. 

Those are just half of the potential high-profile exits from Amsterdam, however. 

Right-backs Noussair Mazraoui and Sergino Dest could also go, with the latter ?’very likely’ to join Bayern Munich, while former Manchester United defender Daley Blind is being linked with a move back to England, with Arsenal monitoring his situation following his return after heart surgery. 

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Rounding out the octagon of potential departures is experienced defender Joel Veltman, after eight years of service to the senior side since coming through the youth ranks. 

Coming in may be Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, who ?Ten Hag confirmed the club are monitoring ahead of a potential return to the club when his Spurs contract expires. 


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