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best Bundesliga goalkeepers of all time

Tue 03 November 2020 | 12:30

Goalkeepers are one of the most important individuals of the game not just in football, but in all the sports contain that position. In this article, we want to talk about the best Bundesliga goalkeepers of all time.

 

Bundesliga

is Germany's primary football competition and one of the largest and most entertaining national football leagues in the world. Bundesliga has the most average attendance among other leagues and, it's broadcast on television in over 200 countries.

 Bundesliga was founded in 1962 and, its first season took place in 1963. The first Bundesliga winner was 1. FC Köln. Since then, there have been 57 seasons.Amongst all 18 teams that compete in the Bundesliga,

Bayern Munich

has won the most titles with 29 ones.

Other clubs that won more than two titles are:

  • Borussia Dortmund (5 titles)

  • Borussia Mönchengladbach (5 titles)

  • Werder Bremen (4 titles)

  • Hamburger SV (3 titles)

  • VfB Stuttgart (3 titles)

It's worth mentioning that every year the winner of the Bundesliga receives Meisterschale (Champions' Plate.)

Also, Bundesliga clubs have won some international league titles as well. Including eight Champions League/European Cup eight times, and the Europa League/UEFA Cup six times.

Obviously, a huge part of Bundesliga and the German clubs' success is due to the players. From the goal-scoring strikers to capable defenders and of course, the guarding goalkeepers.Unfortunately, the goalkeepers are remembered for their mistakes and not their saves but, no one can deny that in some situations the whole game depends on a team's goalkeepers.Here we want to review some individuals that are believed to be the best goalkeepers in bundesliga history.

What should a goalkeeper posess to be on this list? well, agility, pace, coordination, bravery, strength, and leadership are some of the requirements but generally, it depends on many things. 

Who are the best Bundesliga goalkeepers of all time?

Here is the list of

all-time greatest bundesliga goalkeepers

. Tune in and enjoy.This list has no particular order.

Jens Lehmann 

Jens Lehmann is the first individual in the list of

best Bundesliga goalkeepers of all time.

In the 1996–97 and 2005–06 seasons, he was voted the  Club Goalkeeper of the Year, He holds the UEFA Champions League record for the most consecutive clean sheets, not conceding a single goal in 10 consecutive matches, and also he won different titles with different clubs.

He played in varieties of leagues such as Serie A, Premier League, and of course, Bundesliga. He played for 

A.C.Milan

, Arsenal, Schalke, VfB Stuttgart, and

Dortmund

. We can say he didn't spend all of his careers in Bundesliga but he managed to keep 131 clean sheets in  394 Bundesliga matches and that is just one of the many statements that put him among the best Bundesliga goalkeepers of all time.

He began his career with  Schalke 04 and played there for almost a decade. At first, he was not really good but he managed to train himself and gotbetter. After Schalke he joined Milan, Dortmund, Arsenal, and after that played for A.C.Milan, Arsenal, Schalke, VfB Stuttgart, and finally returned to Arsenal for his second spell but retired soon after.

In total, Lehmann was a capable and talented keeper with great agility, strength, reflexes, and his acrobatic shot-stopping abilities are praised. Definitely he is one of the greatest goalkeepers in bundesliga history.

Andreas Köpke

Andreas "Andy" Köpke is a former German goalkeeper who was Germany's first-choice goalkeeper in 1990,1994, and 1998 FIFA World Cups and won one world cup with them in 1990.Not only he was beneficial internationally, but he was also a very useful goalkeeper in Bundesliga as well and became one of the best Bundesliga goalkeepers of all time through the years.He was announced as 1996 IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper. Kopke won other individual honors as well.

Born on 12 March 1962  in Kiel, West Germany, Köpke began his professional club career at Holstein Kiel in the summer of 1979.He then moved to SC Charlottenburg in 1983, after playing for 4 years at Holstein Kiel. After 38 games with Charlottenburg, he was transferred to Hertha BSC in 1984.

After that, he moved to 1. FC Nürnberg, where he stayed the longest among any other clubs he played at. He actually had two different spells with them. After making 235 appearances for Nürnberg he ended his first spell with them and moved to Eintracht Frankfurt where he stayed for 2 years. Soon after his period with Frankfurt, he joined the Ligue 1 club Marseille, played 64 games with them, and then returned to FC Nürnberg for his second spell, won the 2. Bundesliga in 2000 and retired in 2001.                       

In general, his achievement with Germany was more but he is with no doubt one of the best Bundesliga goalkeepers of all time.In total, this amazing footballer whose name is among the

best ever bundesliga goalkeepers

had made 346 appearances in Bundesliga and kept 89 clean sheets during those periods.

Uli Stein

Ulrich "Uli" Stein is a former German footballer that is believed to be one of the best Bundesliga goalkeepers of all time. He played as a goalkeeper between 1978 and 1997.Stein played with several clubs such as Arminia Bielefeld, Hamburger SV, Eintracht Frankfurt,VfL 1945 Pinneberg,Kickers Emden,and VfB Fichte Bielefeld.He retired in 2003 and, throughout his career, he made 512 appearances and kept 146 clean sheets.

Born on 23 October 1954 in Hamburg, West Germany, he began his career in 1978 with

Arminia Bielefeld

.After two years and 124 games, he moved to Hamburger SV and played there from 1980 to 1987. With Hamburger, He won  European Cup in 1983, the DFB-Pokal in 1987, and two German Bundesliga League titles in 1982 and 1983. 

After Hamburger, From 1987 to 1994, he played for Eintracht Frankfurt and won the DFB-Pokal with them in 1988.In 1994, he returned to Hamburger SV but, one year later, he transferred to Arminia Bielefeld again. He retired during the 1996–97 season after playing very few games for different clubs.

Generally, Stein was a great goalkeeper and his name is definitely among the

greatest goalkeepers in bundesliga history

but, the downside to his career was his personality.He had a very difficult character that caused his firing from Hamburger in 1987 and Frankfurt in 1994. Like in 1987, he punched the Bayern Munich player, Jürgen Wegmann in a match, due to which he got fired from Hamburger.

He even ended his international career when he called West Germany's coach  West German coach, Franz Beckenbauer a laughing stock. Speaking of his international career, he managed to reach the finals with West Germany in the 1986 World Cup but got defeated by Argentina. 

Manuel Neuer

The current Bayern and Germany's captain is another goalkeeper whose name is among the best ever bundesliga goalkeepers.He received the UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year award five times and also was awarded the IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper four times.In 2014, he won the  Golden Glove award for being the best goalkeeper in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the same year, he ended up third in the voting, behind for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award.

Born on27 March 1986 in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany, Neuer started football in the youth team. Then, he began his senior career with  Schalke 04 reserve team in 2004. His Bundesliga debut came on matchday 2 of the 2006–07 season when he came as a substitute for  Frank Rost. In his first season, he made  27 league appearances.

He then played 3 more seasons with Schalke and finally moved to Die Roten on 1 June 2011 but neither Shalke nor Bayern fans were happy with that deal because the clubs were rivals and the supporters of both sides didn't like dealing with the rival team. Nevertheless, the signings were done and he proceeds to became one of the

best goalkeepers in bundesliga history

.

Since his debut for Bayern, he has won 23 titles with them and was a key factor in achieving them.As a 1.93 m man, he is a very tall and physically strong player, and that definitely helps his goalkeeping a lot. Besides that, his speed, stamina, mentality, and composure are well known.is sweeping_keeping style of playing is very unique and he is definitely best at it.

He also capped 94 times for Germany and was part of the squad that won the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Sepp Maier

The loyal German goalkeeper Sepp Maier spent his entire professional career with Bayern Munich. Nicknamed Die Katze von Anzing (the cat from Anzing,)his fast reflexes, flexibility, and agility are some of the many reasons that he is among the

best Bundesliga goalkeepers of all time

. This funny footballer was a fan favorite as well and his personality was very likable.

Born on 28 February 1944 in Metten, Germany, He joined and began playing for Bayern's youth sides in 1959 but, before that, he spent seven years with a club called TSV Haar.

As it was mentioned earlier, his fast reflexes, flexibility, speed, and consistency made him a key factor in Die Roten matches, and the presence of some well-known players like Gerd Müller and Franz Beckenbauer in the same team formed an unstoppable force that won three consecutive European Cups. 

But that is not all of Maeir's achievements with Bayern. His all-time honors with Bayern are included:

  • Bundesliga: 1968–69, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74

  • DFB-Pokal: 1965–66, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1970–71

  • Regionalliga Süd: 1964–65

  • European Cup: 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76

  • European Cup Winners' Cup: 1966–67

  • Intercontinental Cup: 1976

Also, Maier's shot-stopping ability is another reason that proves he is one of the best Bundesliga goalkeepers of all time. Throughout his 473 games with Bayern, he had 138 clean sheets. He is among the top 10 bundesliga goalkeepers with the most clean sheets.

He is capped 95 times for West Germany. He was selected in the West Germany squad for four consecutive World Cups. He actually won the FIFA World Cup in 1974 on his home soil, West Germany.He retired in 1980 but continued his career as Germany and then Bayern's Goalkeeping coach till 2008. He is 76 years old now.

Oliver Kahn

The last person in the list of the all-time greatest bundesliga goalkeepers is Oliver Kahn, the retired German goalkeeper who holds the record for the most clean sheets in Bundesliga.He spend most of his career with Bayern Munich, gathering eight Bundesliga titles, six DFB-Pokals, and one UEFA Cup, UEFA Champions League, and the Intercontinental Cup with Die Roten.

As one of the most successful German goalkeepers ever, he achieved some individual honors as well.His record four consecutive UEFA Best European Goalkeeper awards and three IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper awards are just some of the examples of his achievements.

Kahn even won the Golden Ball at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, which makes him the only goalkeeper to receive that award. In addition, he won two German Footballer of the Year trophies and was announced as the best Bundesliga Keeper in 7 different years.

He started playing football at the early age of six with Karlsruher SC, where his father had played before. Kahn eventually made his league debut against 1. FC Köln which ended up in a 4–0 defeat.He managed to reach the semi-finals in the 1993–94 UEFA Cup with

Karlsruher SC

but they lost to SV Austria Salzburg.

After spending seven years of his senior career with Karlsruhe, Kahn was transferred to Bayern for the fee of DM4.6 million in 1994.He established himself as the club's starting goalkeeper as soon as he moved to the club. In the 1996 season, he won his first German championship with Bayern Munich which was the German cup.

Generally, Kahn was a leading, disciplined, and agile individual who was blessed with stamina, reflexes, distribution, mental strength, and so on. He had an aggressive playing style and was nicknamed  Der Titan(the titan.)But that does not change the fact that he is one of the

best Bundesliga goalkeepers of all time

He retired in 2008 with 557 appearances and 204 clean sheets.

So that was the list of the greatest goalkeepers in bundesliga history.Hope you enjoyed it    

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