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TOP 20 BAYERN PLAYERS OF ALL TIME

Gerd Muller, Sepp Maier and Franz Beckenbauer are among the all-time Bayern  greats, but who else is among the best 20 players in the club’s history?

20. FRANCK RIBERY | 2007 – present | Rapidly became one of the best wingers of his generation while with Bayern.

19. ARJEN ROBBEN | 2009 – present | Robben was derided as the ‘man of glass’ by Real Madrid when he joined Bayern in 2009. Became a superstar and was a huge factor in FCB’s rise back to the top particularly in the aftermath of Dortmund’s title wins.

18. BIXENTE LIZARAZU | 1997 – 2004, 2005 – 2006 | The French left-back worked the wing tirelessly around the turn of the millennium. Between 1999 and 2006 he won six German championships.

17. GIOVANE ELBER | 1997 – 2003 | Sped quickly into the hearts of Bayern fans after arriving from Stuttgart. The Brazilian scored 139 times in 264 official matches for Munich. In his last season at Bayern in 2003, Elber registered 21 goals and was the Bundesliga’s joint top scorer.

16. MANUEL NEUER |  On 1 June 2011, Schalke and Bayern Munich confirmed that Neuer would move to Bayern in July 2011. Neuer signed a five-year contract.  Neuer broke the Bayern record for most competitive clean sheets in a row, having gone over 1,000 minutes without conceding. He improved the record formerly held by Oliver Kahn.

15. FRANZ ROTH | 1966 – 1978 | Born in Memmingen, Roth was part of the outstanding team of the 70s. The ‘Bull’ won the European Cup three times, scoring the winner in the 1-0 win over Saint-Etienne in 1976.

14. STEFAN EFFENBERG | 1990 – 1992, 1998 – 2002 | ‘The Tiger’ laced his boots for only six years in Munich, but was extremely successful. ‘Effe’ led the team to the lost Champions League final of 1999, but returned two years later to win the competition as club captain.

13. PAUL BREITNER | 1970 – 1974, 1978 – 1983 | Pulled the strings in midfield and was simultaneously a permanent supply of goals. Is currently an ambassador for the club.

12. HANS-GEORG SCHWARZENBECK | 1966 – 1980 | The defensive specialist was renowned primarily as a tireless worker. Never played for any other club.

11. KARL-HEINZ RUMMENIGGE | 1974 – 1984 | Currently in charge of the club, the former striker scored one every other game for a decade and was a virtual guarantee of success for his team.

10. LOTHAR MATTAUS | Germany’s most-capped player was an icon even at club level. Matthaus played in five World Cups, winning the competition in 1990. He also won the first Fifa World Player of the Year award.

9. ULI HOENESS | 1970 – 1978 | The right winger was a member of Bayern’s golden generation that won the European Cup in three straight seasons from 1974-76.

8. MEHMET SCHOLL | 1992 – 2007 | One of the greatest fans’ favourites at the German giants. Noted in particular for his free kicks.

7. SEPP MAIER | 1962 – 1980 | Played 473 Bundesliga games in 18 years for Bayern. The keeper claimed every major title and was named three times as German Footballer of the Year. He was voted as Germany’s Goalkeeper of the Century.

6. BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER | 2002 – 2015 | In Munich they call him the ‘Football God’. With eight championships won, Schweinsteiger is a record holder together with Scholl. Left for Manchester United in the summer of 2015.

5. PHILIPP LAHM | 2002 – 2003, 2005 to present | Debuted at left-back, played right-back for a long period and is now primarily a midfielder. The captain of Bayern currently holds seven league titles and five cup victories.

4. KLAUS AUGENTHALER | 1976 – 1991 | Spent 15 years as a defensive rock in the Bayern first team, winning seven league titles in the process.

3. OLIVER KAHN | 1994 – 2008 | The titanic goalkeeper won the Bundesliga title eight times and also claimed six DFB-Pokal titles plus the Champions League in 2001. A four-time winner of Uefa’s Best Goalkeeper award.

2. GERD MULLER | 1964 – 1979 | ‘Der Bomber’ was synonymous with goals. He was top scorer in the European Cup as many as four times and holds the record for goals in a league season with 40.

1. FRANZ BECKENBAUER | 1964 – 1977 | ‘Der Kaiser’ is a Munich institution. He won four championships with Bayern, four DFB Pokal, three European Cups and one Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup.

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