The most successful European nation in the gameís history, Germany have won 3 world cups, 3 European cups and been to an extraordinary 12 major finals. Despite producing some of the greats in every position, the names arenít perhaps as famous as they should be owing to a supremely effective but unflashy style which has since been altered somewhat with the current crop of aesthetically pleasing youngsters who are lighting up the national team but perhaps unfortunate to be around in the same era as one of the greatest national squads ever assembled.
Certainly the golden era for German football has to be in the 70ís which saw the national team win the 72 Euro and 74 World Cup and Bayern Munich prevail in the champions league with the threepeat from 74-76. The core element of that success owed a great deal to the devastating duo of Beckenbauer and Muller who helped to usher in this period of dominance much like Xavi and Iniesta have done in the past half decade for Barcelona and Spain.
But who is the greatest German footballer of all time and belongs in the next round with Charlton and Zidane? Apologies in any advance for any misspelt names.
*Poll to follow shortly*