Midfielders play a notable role in both the defensive and offensive part of the match. They have one of the most important jobs on the pitch. In this article, we want to take a look at the Best Bayern Munich Midfielders of all time.
Bayern Munich, Bayern, Der FCB, Die Bayern (The Bavarians), Die Roten (The Reds), Stern des Südens (Star of the South), you can change what you call the club but, you can't change the fact that the club is one of the most successful clubs in Europe or generally, in the world. Their latest big victory was in August 2020 against Barcelona when they beat them 8-2.
Bayern was founded on 27 February 1900 by 11 football players but, they get the promotion to play in the Bundesliga in 1965.Since then, the club has achieved different domestic and international titles over the years.Nowadays, Bayern Munich is known as the most decorated club in Germany which makes them the most successful one.
Bayern Munich titles and accomplishments are including:
It's also worth mentioning that Bayern is the only European team to have completed all available Trebles.
A huge part of Die Roten's success is for the footballers, capable strikers, skillful defenders, and of course, talented midfielders. Here, we want to review the Best Bayern Munich Midfielders ever.
What should a footballer have to be on this list? Well, it depends on many things such as the ability to recover the ball, pass, score goals, and so on. Commonly, the most important thing as a midfielder is linking attack and defense.
Now let's see the list of Greatest Bayern Munich Midfielders of all time. Tune in and enjoy. We must mention that this list has no particular order.
At the beginning of the list, we have the Bosnian former footballer, Hasan Salihamidzic. Currently, he is the sporting director of the club since 2017. But he was a player at Die Roten as well. He played for the club from 1998 till 2007 as a right midfielder and sometimes, a full back.
Salihamidzic was born on 1 January 1977 in Jablanica, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina. His childhood nickname was "Braco" which means little brother because he had an older sister. His nickname changed to Brazzo by Which fans call him.
After spending his youth career with Turbina Jablanica, Velež Mostar, and Hamburger SV, he remained in Hamburger and began his professional career with them. Then, in the summer of 1998 h joined Bayern and instantly inserted into the club's starting line-up.
Known as an energetic and quick player, Salihamidzic was beneficial in Bayern 10 domestic title wins.He established himself as one of the fan favorites and many praise him as one of the Best Bayern Munich Midfielders of all time. He left the club and joined Juventus after more than 230 appearances and scoring 31 goals.He also earned 42 caps and scored six goals for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team and is viewed as one of the most successful individuals on the national team.
The retired Michael Ballack is the second person on the list. Pelé named him as one of FIFA's 100 Greatest Living Players, and as the UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year in 2002. He only stayed at Die Roten for four years, but he was there at the right time. During his spell in Bayern, they won three Bundesliga titles and three DFB-Pokal titles.
Having a height of 1.89m, he was a tall force with physical strength who had a very powerful shot. Because of his tall shape, he was considered a goal-scoring individual who can defend as well. His versatility is another reason that justifies him as an excellent midfielder. He played in different midfield positions within his career. Also, his ability to use both feet gave him an advantage.
Born on 26 September 1976 in Görlitz, East Germany, Ballack has played for different clubs like Chemnitzer FC, 1. FC Kaiserslautern , and Bayer Leverkusen.Then in 2002 he joined Bayern for €12.9 million. He gained early success with the club when they win the Bundesliga in 2002. He became a key factor in scoring goals, scoring 58 goals for Die Roten throughout his period. Ballack also made more than 100 appearances for the club.
He then left and signed to Chelsea on a free transfer.
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Mehmet Tobias Scholl was an attacking midfielder who played for Bayern Munich in the early '90s till the late '00s. With more than 300 appearances and 87 goals, he is regarded as one of the Greatest Bayern Munich Midfielders of all time.
Born on 16 October 1970 in Karlsruhe, West Germany, he joined Bayern in 1992 but before that, he had spells in SV Nordwest Karlsruhe (from 1976 to 1982) and Karlsruher SC (from 1982 to 1992.)After coming to Die, Roten, he never left the club and retired as a Munich player.With eight Bundesliga titles, he is one of the league's most successful players. His all-time achievements with Bayern are:
Scholl has been considered as a great midfielder for his technical ability dribbling skills, creative mind, and he was one of Bayern's playmakers during his spell. His free-kicks have been praised as well. He retired in 2007 after 15 consecutive seasons with Die Roten.
He also played for his national team. Scholl played 36 matches for the German national team between 1995 and 2002 and scored eight goals throughout that period.
Pay attention that from now on the list becomes more exciting with more well-known footballers.The statements about each player might increase but don’t worry because it’ll worth it.
The Frenchman Franck Ribéry is currently playing for the Serie A club, Fiorentina. However, the winger spent more than ten years with Bayern, won nine Bundesliga titles, six DFB-Pokal, one UEFA Champions League, and one FIFA Club World Cup with them, and became one of the Best Bayern Munich Midfielders of all time.
It's worth mentioning that his nine-time Bundesliga win broke the record for the player with the most Bundesliga titles. In the 2012–13 season, following of Bayern's Treble, he was nominated for the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo which many think he should have won.
Ribéry was born in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France on 7 April 1983. In 2000, he began his professional career with his hometown club, Boulogne making 29 appearances and six goals for the club within two seasons. Then he joined and played in other clubs such as Alès, Metz, Galatasaray, and Marseille till 2007 when he joined Die Roten.
Ribery made his competitive debut for Bayern on 21 July 2007 in a 4–1 victory against Werder Bremen, which he scored twice and also assisted on another.
Ribery was a skilled winger, a great dribbler, and generally an energetic individual who was known for his pace, fast movement, precise passing, and so on. He was also known for his partnership with fellow winger Arjen Robben who is also on the list of All-time Best Midfielders at Bayern Munich. The partnership was often called "Robbery."
But sadly, Ribéry struggled with injuries throughout his career, which made him miss several matches. Yet he managed to represent Die Roten in 12 seasons. On 5 May 2019, Bayern Munich announced the leaving of Ribery by the end of the season. The season ended, Ribery won another Bundesliga with Bayern, broke the record that we mentioned, made history, and left.
The next footballer on the list of Best Bayern Munich Midfielders of all time Arjan Robben. He was born in 1984 in Netherland. He started football at an early age. He was signed by regional club FC Groningen. He transferred to PSV and then joined Chelsea.
HE stayed there just for two seasons. Robben's final appearance for the Blues came against Manchester United in the 2007 FA Cup Final.then he was sold to Real Madrid. It’s believed he was sold due to Robben’s constant injuries. Robben retained his key role in the Real Madrid midfield during the 2008–09 season, playing 35 times and scoring 8 goals.
In 2009, Robben moved to Bayern Munich for a transfer fee of around €25 million. He stayed for ten years in Die Roten and became one of the All-time Best Bayern Munich Midfielders. The left-footed winger is considered one of the best footballers in that position.
His partnership with Frank Ribery and Philip Lahm was one of the reasons for Bayern's success during his spell. And also Robben's skill in ball control and his speed made him a valuable player.
He finished the 2018–19 season with six goals in 19 appearances. In 201 Bundesliga matches, he scored 99 goals. In July 2019, Robben announced his decision to retire from football. But On 27 June 2020, he announced his return to the game, signing with FC Groningen, the club he started his career with, in an effort to help the team recover from COVID-19 setbacks.
He scored his first goal for Groningen in a pre-season friendly against Arminia Bielefeld. On 13 September 2020, he made his league debut for Groningen against PSV, but he was substituted after only 28 minutes due to injury.
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In the continuation of the Best ever Bayern Munich Midfielders list, we have Bastian Schweinsteiger former Germany and Bayern Munich player who usually played as a central midfielder.He is the second most decorated German footballer, viewed as one of the greatest midfielders of his generation and in the opinion of the German coach Joachim Löw, one of the greatest players Germany has ever produced.
Born on 1 August 1984, Schweinsteiger joined the youth academy of Bayern in 1998. It may interest you that actually he was a skilled ski racer as well and he had to choose between football and skiing to pursue one professionally. Well, guess we all know which one he chose.
His first-team debut came on in a UEFA Champions League game against RC Lens in November 2002 as a substitute. He was 18 at that moment.Since then till 2007 he took apart in all competitions on Bayern Munich's side.
As it was mentioned earlier, he played in the center of midfield but versatile enough to be positioned on either wing. Throughout his career, he was used in every single position in the midfield. He was efficient in all of them.
As one of the Best ever Bayern Munich Midfielders, Schweinsteiger indefatigable force with tactical awareness, strong shot, positioning, passing, and crossing abilities, and also he was capable of reading the game and controlling it. He was a fan favorite whose nickname was Fußballgott (football god) as well.
Generally, Bastian Schweinsteiger was a key factor in many Bayern Munich victories and he managed to win eight Bundesliga titles, seven DFB-Pokal titles, a UEFA Champions League title, a FIFA Club World Cup title, and a UEFA Super Cup title with Die Roten.Eventually, he moved to Manchester United in 2015 after 17 seasons with Bayern.He announced his retirement on 8 October 2019.
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Former German footballer, Paul Breitner generally played nine years for Bayern throughout two different spells. He played as a full-back or box-to-box midfielder.Paul Breitner, whose name is in the list of Best Bayern Munich Midfielders of all time, was born on 5 September 1951 inKolbermoor, Bavaria, West Germany and actually started his professional career at Die Roten. But before that, he was a part of SV-DJK Kolbermoor and ESV Freilassing youth teams form 1957 till 1970.
Finally, in 1970, he signed Bayern Munich and stayed there four years in his first stint with the club. Some believe that four years truly defined him as a legendary player.He was an important individual in Bayern's games during that period and managed to win three Bundesliga titles, one DFB Pokal Cup, and the European Cup with the club.Capable of both defending and attacking, he was very versatile, creative, and skillful at linking the ball.
In 1974 he joined Real Madrid, stayed there for three years and won La Liga plus Copa del ray, moved to Eintracht Braunschweig for a year, then returned to Bayern Munich for his second stint.
His second spell with Die Roten might not be as good as his first but, he was beneficial during that period as well. Forming a midfield combination with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge during which is well known.
He managed to achieve two more Bundesliga victory with Bayern but they failed to win another European Cup title when they were defeated by Aston Villa 1–0. He ended his football career in 1983 after almost 260 appearances for Bayern. He also was capped 48 times for West Germany and won the 1974 FIFA World Cup, which he scored in the final.
Thomas Müller is the only footballer in the list of All-time Best Bayern Munich Midfielders that is currently playing for Die Roten. Muller was named as one of the best footballers in the world by The Guardian in 2014.
Born on 13 September 1989 in Weilheim in Oberbayern, West Germany the German player has only played for Bayern Munich during his whole professional career.His senior career began with the club's reserve team in March 2008 in a Regionalliga match against SpVgg Unterhaching and, he scored a goal that game.
After a year he became a part of the first-team under the management of Jürgen Klinsmann. His full first-team debut came Bundesliga match against Hamburger SV, in which he came as a substitute.Since then, Muller has been playing for Die Roten for more than ten years, having a notable performance in many of Bayern's matches.
He is a very versatile player and played in various attacking positions such as winger, attacking midfielder, second striker, and center-forward but he mainly plays as an attacking midfielder for the club. However, in Germany's national team he usually is placed in the right-wing.
He is regarded as one of the Best Bayern Munich Midfielders of all time for many reasons. His teamwork, positioning, work-rate, and stamina but what has made him so great is his ability to both score and create goals.
In the 2012–13 season, when Bayern won a treble, he scored 23. Also he has a Bundesliga record for assists in a season by providing 21 assists. Speaking of records, Müller is the most decorated player in German history. His titles with Bayern are as followed:
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The former German central midfielder Stefan Effenberg had two stints with Die Roten, which totally was a six-year period. During six years, he managed to claim his place among the Best Bayern Munich Midfielders of all time. He also captained the club as well .within the UEFA Champions League title win in 2001, he was the captain.
He was born on 2 August 1968 in Niendorf, one of the quarters of Hamburg, Germany. During his youth career, he played in order for Bramfelder SV, Victoria Hamburg, and Borussia M'gladbach where he started his professional career. After three years he attracted Bayern and joined Die Roten in 1990.
He had a two-year spell at Munich, scoring 19 goals and attending in 65 games but after the re-signing of Lothar Matthaeus, he was forced to leave the club and joined Fiorentina in 1994. Another reason that made him leave the club was his difficult personality which made it hard to get on with the Bayern coach at the time.
After 6 years of playing for La Viola and Borussia M'gladbach, he returned to Bayern. He was declared as a captain of the club and not only won the champions league but also three Bundesligas. His leadership and presence were very effective for Die Roten. One of the notable moments for him was in the 2001 champions league final where he scored the equalizer against Valencia that Bayern would eventually go on to win.
His shooting, skills, physical strength, and passing range make him one of the Best Bayern Munich Midfielders ever.
However, as it was mentioned earlier he was a temperamental and aggressive individual on and off the pitch. Nicknamed "Der Tiger", Effenberg gathered 109 yellow cards only in Bundesliga. Nevertheless, he was a great and passionate midfielder.
The last person in the list of All-time Best Midfielders at Bayern Munich is Lothar Herbert Matthäus. He was the first-ever FIFA World Player of the Year in 1991 and became the only German to claim that honor.Matthaeus was born on 21 March 1961 in Erlangen, West Germany, and started playing in the 1.FC Herzogenaurach youth team. Later in 1979, he began his senior career with Borussia Mönchengladbach making 162 appearances within 5 years.
Then, he was transferred to Die Roten to stay there for 4 years. During that time with Bayern, he played as a box-to-box midfielder. His powerful shots, excellent passing, tactics, and well-timed movement were famous. He managed to win the Bundesliga three times and DFB-Pokal twice throughout those 4 years. They also reached the European Cup final in 1987 but lost to Porto.He then left the club to join the Serie A club Inter Milan in 1988 and stayed there till 1992. It should be stated that he won the UEFA Champions League with Nerazzurri.
After Inter, he returned to Munich to stay there for 8 years and win four Bundesliga titles, two DFB-Pokals, and another UEFA Cup. Although during his second time with Die Roten he mostly played as a sweeper, no one cant deny that Lothar Matthaeus is one of the Best Bayern Munich Midfielders of all time. Unfortunately in 2000, he joined MetroStars and left his old club with a total of 302 appearances and more than 70 goals. His longevity is another reason that put him on the list. He left bayern at the age of 40.
Matthaeus also played for West Germany and he lifted the World Cup trophy in the 1990 FIFA World Cup as the captain.
They were Best Bayern Munich Midfielders of all time.Hope you enjoyed it.