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Best Bundesliga foreign players ever

Thu 09 December 2021 | 8:30

Bundesliga is without a doubt one of the best football leagues in the world. Have you ever thought who are the best Bundesliga foreign players ever? Stay with us and keep reading the article

As you already know, Germany is one of the most successful countries in football. You can understand it by having a look at the Germany national team, which has won the World Cup title 4 times. There is no doubt that there are many great clubs in

Bundesliga

, which compete in the highest level of football in Europe and the world.

German teams have up-to-date tactics, are so powerful and decorated, and compete in one of the most professional and most viewed leagues in the world. This reason along with the good quality of life in Germany are the reasons for the footballers to join the German clubs to play in Bundesliga.

Here we have provided a list of the

best Bundesliga foreign players in history

. Stay with us to know about these footballers.

Greatest Bundesliga foreign players of all time

In the following article on

SportMob

, we are going over the best Bundesliga foreign players of all time. Stay tuned and keep reading.

Jean-Marie Pfaff

  • Birthday: 4 December 1954

  • Birthplace: Lebbeke, Belgium

The first name on our list for the best Bundesliga foreign players ever is one of the world’s best goalkeepers in the 1980s, Jean-Marie Pfaff. He was so effective that Pele included him among the 125 best living footballers in 2004.

This Belgian goalie started playing football at SK Beveren in 1973. During 9 years of playing for this club, Pfaff won 1 Belgian Cup and 1 League title. He kicked the ball for this Belgian team until 1982, making 276 appearances.

After leaving SK Beveren, Pfaff joined moved to Germany to sign with

FC Bayern Munich

. He played there for 6 years, making 156 appearances. Jean-Marie Pfaff, who is one of the Greatest Bundesliga foreign players ever, won 3 Bundesliga titles, 2 DFB Pokal, and 2 DFL Super Cup titles with the Bavarians. The Reds of Munich also became the finalists of the European Champion Clubs’ Cup in 1987.

In 1988, this brilliant goalie returned to his country to play for Lierse SK. After showing up in 23 matches during 1 season, he left and went on to kick the ball for Trabzonspor, where he finished his career as a footballer. Pfaff’s most important individual achievements are:

  •  Belgium’s Footballer of the Year in 1978

  •  World Goalkeeper of the Year in 1987

  •  Golden Foot Legends Award in 2014

David Alaba

  •  Birthday: 24 June 1992

  •  Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

The next name amongst the

best Bundesliga foreign players ever

is Bayern’s former player,

David Alaba

, who currently plays for

Real Madrid

. He plays as a defender and central midfield.

Alaba took his first steps in football at SV Aspern in 2001. This Austrian player kicked the ball for SV Aspern, FK Austria Vienna, and Bayern Munich at the youth level. In 2007, his senior career started. He played for FK Austria Vienna for 2 years and in 2009, his story with the Reds of Munich started.

Despite playing for

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

under a loan in 2011, Alaba’s performance for the Bavarians lasted until 2021 and he enjoyed making eye-catching memories in Munich for the FC Bayern fans and for himself. Since 2021, this brilliant footballer has been playing for the Whites.

David Alaba has won many titles with Bayern Munich, including 10 Bundesliga titles, 6 DFB Pokal, 5 DFL Super Cup, 2 UEFA Super Cup, 2 UEFA Champions League, and 2 FIFA Club World Cup titles, all of which with the Bavarians. He is without a doubt one of the

greatest Bundesliga foreign players of all time

.

The most outstanding individual awards of this Austrian football player are:

  •  Austria’s Sportsman of the Year in 2013 and 2014

  •   Austria’s Footballer of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2020

  •   UEFA Team of the Year in 2013, 2014, and 2015

Stephane Chapuisat

  •   Birthday: 28 June 1969

  •   Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland

The next name on our list for the best Bundesliga foreign players ever is a Swiss retired football player whose name is Stephane Chapuisat. This brilliant striker started playing football at Red Star Zurich in 1978. After 2 tears he joined FC Lausanne Sports, where he played until 1985. Then, Chapuisat moved to ES FC Malley LS.

In 1986, Stephane’s youth career ended and he began playing at the senior level. He kicked the ball for ES FC Malley LS until 1987 and moved to FC Lausanne Sports, where he played until 1990. Chapuisat then joined Bayer 05 Uerdingen in 1991, although after a short time, he went on to play for the Bundesliga club,

Borussia Dortmund

After 8 years of playing for the Blackyellows, Chapuisat moved back to Switzerland to play for Grasshopper Club Zurich, where he kicked the ball until 2002. This retired striker then joined

BSC Young Boys

and then he moved to FC Lausanne Sports in 2005, where he finished his career after the 2005/06 season.

Stephane Chapuisat, who is among the best Bundesliga foreign players in history, won 1 Champions League title, 1 Club World Cup, 2 DFL Super Cup, and 2 Bundesliga titles with Dortmund, and 1 Swiss Super League title and 1 Watch Cup with Grasshopper Club Zurich during his career. This Swiss striker’s most outstanding individual achievements are:

  •   Swiss Top Scorer in 2001 and 2004

  •   Swiss Footballer of the Year in 1992, 1993, 1994, and 2001

Ailtona

  •   Birthday: 19 July 1973

  •   Birthplace: Mogeiro, Brazil

Ailton Goncalves da Silva is also one of the best Bundesliga foreign players ever. It is interesting to know that this Brazilian forward is the first non-German to be named as the Footballer of the Year in Germany.

Ailton played for many teams during his career that started in 1993 and lasted until 2013. He started playing football at the Brazilian club Ypiranga FC and after one season moved to Internacional Porto Alegre. This brilliant forward also played for Mogi Mirim EC under a loan for a short time. Then he joined Santa Cruz FC, but his career didn’t last long and in 1996, Ailton signed with Guarani FC.

After only one season, this Brazilian retired footballer left the club to play for the Mexican club UANL Tigres. It is funny because it seems that Ailton couldn’t stay at one club for longer than one season. His time in Mexico also didn’t surpass one season and he moved to the Bundesliga club

Werder Bremen

.

Ailton, who is one of the

best Bundesliga foreign players ever

, played for Bremen for 6 years, despite playing at most 1 season for the previous clubs. In 2004, this forward moved to Schalke 04 and kicked the ball for the Royal Blues until 2005. Ailton played for many other teams, including

Besiktas

,

Hamburger SV

, Red Star Belgrade, and MSV Duisburg. He finished his career in 2013 at Hassia Bingen in Germany.

The only club that this Brazilian footballer played for more than 1 season is Werder Bremen. During his career, Ailton won 2 Bundesliga titles, 2 DFB Pokal, 1 Turkish Football Cup, and 1 Super League Srbije title. His name is among the best Bundesliga foreign players of all time.

The most important individual achievements of this Brazilian striker include:

  •  Germany’s Footballer of the Year in 2004

  •  Bundesliga Top Scorer in 2004

  •  DFB Pokal Top Scorer in 2004

Kevin Keegan

  •   Birthday: 14 February 1951

  •   Birthplace: Armthorpe, Doncaster, England

The next footballer among the best Bundesliga foreign players ever is Kevin Keegan. This retired footballer used to play as a striker. His first team was Scunthorpe United, where he played from 1968 until 1971. Keegan then joined

Liverpool

and kicked the ball for them until 1977.

After playing for the Reds, this English striker moved to Hamburger SV. In 1980, he returned to England to play for Southampton FC. Keegan played there for 2 years and then joined

Newcastle United

. in 1984, this forward went to Malaysia to kick the ball for Tigers Kuala Lumpur. The next year, he finally finished his career at Black Town City FC  in Australia.

Kevin Keegan, who is among the

greatest Bundesliga foreign players ever

, won 1 European Champion Clubs’ Cup title, 1 UEFA Cup, 1 FA Cup, 2 Football Community Shield, 1 Bundesliga, and 2 Premier League titles during his career. His most eye-catching individual awards are:

  •  European Footballer of the Year in 1978 and 1979

  •  England’s Footballer of the Year in 1976 and 1982

Krasimir Balakov

  •   Birthday: 29 March 1966

  •   Birthplace: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Krasimir Balakov is also one of the best Bundesliga foreign players ever who reached 4th place in the 1994 World Cup with Bulgaria National team. This retired midfielder began playing football at the Bulgarian club FK Etar Veliko Tarnovo in 1982. After 8 years he went on to play out of his country.

In 1991, Balakov joined Sporting Lisbon, where he won the Portuguese Cup in 1995. This Bulgarian midfielder moved to

Stuttgart

after 4 years at Sporting. He spent 8 years at the club, winning 2 UEFA Intertoto Cup titles and 1 DFB Pokal. He ended his career as a footballer in 2005 at VFC Plauen.

Krasimir Balakov is surely among the best Bundesliga foreign players in history whose most outstanding individual achievement is:

  •    Footballer of the Year in Bulgaria in 1995 and 1997

Allan Simonsen

  •   Birthday: 15 December 1952

  •   Birthplace: Vejle, Denmark

The next name among the best Bundesliga foreign players ever is Allan Simonsen. This Danish forward started his career at Vejle BK in his hometown, although after only one season he left to sign with the Bundesliga club

Borussia Monchengladbach

.

Simonsen played for this German team for 7 years and then he moved to Barcelona. He kicked the ball for the Catalans until 1982. After that, this retired footballer moved to Charlton Athletic, however, he left there after only one season. In 1983, Simonsen returned to Vejle BK and finished his career where he had started it in 1989.

Allan Simonsen, who is one of the greatest Bundesliga foreign players of all time, won 3 Danish Superliga titles and 1 Danish Cup with Vejle BK, 3 Bundesliga titles, 1 DFB Pokal, 1 DFL Super Cup, and 2 UEFA Cup with Monchengladbach and 1 Copa del Rey and 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup title with Barcelona during his career as a player.

The most eye-catching individual awards that Simonsen has won include:

  •    Ballon d’Or in 1977

  •    European Cup Top Scorer in 1977/78

  •    UEFA Cup Top Scorer in 1978/79

Giovane Elber

  •   Birthday: 23 July 1972

  •   Birthplace: Londrina, Brazil

The next footballer on our list for the best Bundesliga foreign players ever is the Bayern Munich former player Giovane Elber. This former striker began playing football at the Brazilian club Londrina in 1989. In the next year, he moved to

AC Milan

and his senior career started.

 Elber was loaned to the Swiss club Grasshopper, where he won a Swiss Cup title and played there until 1994. In the same year, his contract with the Red and Blacks ended and this brilliant striker signed with VfB Stuttgart.

Elber won a DFB Pokal title with Stuttgart. After 3 years of kicking for this club, this Brazilian retired footballer joined Bayern Munich, where he won 4 Bundesliga titles, 3 DFB Pokal, 1 UEFA Champions League, and 1 Intercontinental Cup. He played for the Bavarians until 2003 and then moved to Lyon.

 Elber played at this club for 2 years and won 1 Ligue 1 title and 1 Trophee des Champions. In 2005, he went on to join Borussia Monchengladbach, although after one season he left to go back to Brazil. This brilliant striker moved to Cruzeiro in 2006, where he ended his career.

Giovane Elber is certainly one of the

best Bundesliga foreign players of all time

. His most important individual achievements are:

  •   Bundesliga Top Scorer in 2002/03

  •   Swiss League Top Scorer in 1993/94

  •   Swiss League Best Foreign Player in 1993/94

  •   The Goal of the Year in Germany in 1999

Claudio Pizzaro

  •    Birthday: 3 October 1978

  •    Birthplace: Callao, Peru

Claudi Pizzaro, who played for the Peru National Team for a long time, is also on our list for the greatest Bundesliga foreign players ever. This former striker took his first steps in football at Academia Deportiva Cantolao when he was 12 years old.

In 1996, the professional career of this Peruvian forward started as she igned with Deportivo Pesquero. After only one season, Pizzaro joined Alianza Lima and in 1999, he moved to Germany to play for Werder Bremen.

This retired footballer spent 2 years at the club and then joined FC Bayern, where he kicked the ball until 2007. After that, he signed with

Chelsea

, although after only one season he was loaned to Bremen. In 2009, Pizzaro signed another deal with this German club and 3 years later, he moved back to Bayern Munich.

This brilliant striker played for the Bavarians until 2015 and returned to Werder Bremen once again. After 2 years, he signed with FC Koln, where he spent the 2017/18 season. Pizzaro then joined Werder Bremen for the last time and in 2020, he ended his career as a footballer.

 During his career, Claudi Pizzaro won 2 FIFA Club World Cup titles, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 6 Bundesliga, 5 DFB Pokal, and 1 DFL Super Cup title with Bayern Munich and 1 DFB Pokal with Werder Bremen. His most significant individual achievements are:

  •   UEFA Europa League Top Scorer in 2010

  •   DFB Pokal Top Scorer in 2005 and 2006

Arjen Robben

  •    Birthday: 23 January 1984

  •    Birthplace: Bedum, Netherlands

The next name on our list is the Dutch former footballer

Arjen Robben

. This winger began playing football in 1989 at VV Bedum and after 7 years he moved to FC Groningen. The senior career of this Dutch winger started in 2000. He played for FC Groningen until 2002 and then joined

PSV Eindhoven

, where he won 1 Eredivisie and 1 Johan Cruyff bowl.

In 2004, Robben moved to Chelsea and played for the Blues of London for 3 years, winning 2 Premier League titles, 1 FA Cup, and 1 FA Community Shield. Afterwards, he went on to play for Real Madrid. After winning 1 La Liga and 1 Supercopa de Espana, Robben left Madrid to join Bayern Munich. This Dutch winger spent his best years of football in Munich. He won 8 Bundesliga titles, 5 DFB Pokal, 5 DFL Super Cup, 1 Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, and 1 FIFA Club World Cup with the Reds of Munich.

Finally, Robben left FC Bayern in 2019 and returned to his country to play for FC Groningen, where he finished his career as a footballer. Here are the most outstanding individual awards of this Dutch retired player:

  •    Germany’s footballer of the year in 2010

  •    Dutch Sportsman of the Year in 2014

  •    Netherlands Footballer of the Year in 2003

Frank Ribery

  •    Birthday: 7 April 1983

  •    Birthplace: Boulogne-sur-Mer, France

The next footballer is the former Bayern Munich winger

Frank Ribery

, who is currently playing for US Salernitana. This brilliant player took his first steps in football at FC Conti Boulogne in 1990. During his youth career, he played for FC Conti Boulogne, ACO Aiglon, Lille OSC, and US Boulogne.

In 2000, Ribery started his senior career. He played for US Boulogne until 2002 and then moved to Olympique Ales, where he kicked the ball for only one season. This outstanding footballer then played for Stade Brest, FC Metz, and

Galatasaray

for the next 2 years.

In 2005, Frank Ribery joined

Olympique Marseille

and kicked the ball for this club until 2007. After that, his story with the Reds of Munich started. This French footballer spent 12 years at this club and then moved to

Fiorentina

in 2019. After 2 years, Ribery joined his current club, US Salernitana.

Frank Ribery has won 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, 9 Bundesliga titles, 6 DFB Pokal, 5 DFL Super Cup, 1 Turkish Football Cup. The most significant individual awards of this French footballer include:

  •    European Footballer of the Year in 2013

  •    France’s Footballer of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2013

  •    Germany’s footballer of the year in 2008

  •   Best player in Ligue 1 in 2006

  •   FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball in 2013

Robert Lewandowski

  •   Birthday: 21 August 1988

  •   Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland

The last name on our list for the best Bundesliga foreign players ever is the brilliant Polish star of the Bavarians

Robert Lewandowski

. He began playing football at Partyzant Leszno in 1996. This forward played for Partyzant Leszno and Partyzant Leszno during his junior career.

Lewa began his senior career in 2005 at Delta Warsaw, although after a short time he joined Legia Warsaw II and played there in the 2005/06 season. In 2006, Lewandowski went on to kick the ball for Znicz Pruszkow. He spent 2 years at this club and then moved to

Lech Poznan

, where he played for 2 years.

This outstanding forward moved to Germany to sign with Borussia Dortmund. After playing for the Blackyellows for 4 years, Lewa’s story with the Bavarians started. He joined Bayern Munich in 2014.

Robert Lewandowski is definitely one of the most outstanding players of Bundesliga. He has won 1 Ekstraklasa, 1 Polish Football Cup, and 1 Polish Super Cup title with Lech Poznan, 2 Bundesliga titles, 1 DFB Pokal, and 1 DFL Super Cup with Dortmund, 7 Bundesliga titles, 3 DFB Pokal, 5 DFL Super Cup, 1 Champions League, 1 UEFA Super Cup, and 1 FIFA Club World Cup title with FC Bayern.

The most outstanding individual awards of this Polish star are:

  •    Europe’s Footballer of the Year in 2020

  •    Germany’s Footballer of the Year in 2020 and 2021

  •    Bundesliga Top Scorer in 2013/14, 2015/16, 2017/18, 2018/19. 2019/20

  •    UEFA Champions League Top Scorer in 2019/20

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