Andreas Brehme picks his all-time Germany XI


The former left-back and 1990 World Cup winner picks his best XI from Germany line-ups down the years. Now you can do the same with our interactive tool

It is very hard to compare players of different generations, almost impossible. Tactics, equipment, rules – so many things have changed. Manuel Neuer and Oliver Kahn have shaped goalkeeping as well as Sepp Maier. Nevertheless, I think that Maier is the best of his guild in Germany and he’s my goalkeeper. He was a clown on and off the field. But in the game he was always fully focused and concentrated.

With all respect for players such as Pelé, Johan Cruyff, Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, for me Franz Beckenbauer continues to be the best player in the world of all time. He has united all attributes you must have to have success. And nobody is as complete as he was as a football player. Franz was perfect in everything he did. That’s why people worldwide still recall the name Beckenbaur when asked about football in Germany. Mats Hummels reminds me a lot of him.

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