Naming the best Germany XI of all time is that impossible.
How can you blend players from different generations; how can you put together 11 players and how can you not be unfair?
I have only seen them win the trophy in 1990 and in 2014. I was not born in 1974. And yes, I have seen it all. I’ve seen Helmut Rahn shoot and Fritz Walter orchestrate, I have seen Gerd Muller score and Bernd Holzenbein fall in the 1974 final.
I grew up watching footage of Franz Beckenbauer and wanted to be just like him, and later I wanted to be a leader like Stefan Effenberg. I saw Klaus Fischer’s bicycle kick, and watched Kopfballungeheuer — the header monster — Horst Hrubesch in awe.
Most of them did not make my Germany XI; some of them, mainly the 1954 players, because it would be presumptuous to compare them to other players, having not seen them play a full 90 minutes. Others did not make the list because every team needs a guy like Guido Buchwald, one of the great underrated Germany players.
With that said, the best German XI of all time (4-3-3):