Germany is known for its famous athletes in many different types of sports. In addition to that, the country is known to be as one of the leading countries for sports. In this article, we will give you the top ten most popular German athletes, that climbed their way to success.

Franz Beckenbauer

Till today, one of the most popular football players in the world. The German player commenced with his career in 1964 and together with his team played in three European Cups. Later in his career, he became the coach of the national team, Bayern Munich.

Oliver Kahn

Retired in 2008, Kahn was one of the most famous goalies in German football history. He started playing as a goal keeper in 1987 and at a later stage he also joined Bayern Munich. Along his career, Kahn won several awards and till today he is one of the most loved goal keepers.

Wolfgang Behrendt

Showing his boxing talent, Behrendt career’s highlights as a boxer were during the 1956. Even though the boxer left his mark in the summer Olympics, he had to retire at a relatively early stage due to an injury.

Max Baer

Another popular German boxer with devastating punching power. Baer started his prime during the year 1929 and the combination of power punches, technique and agility made him one of the most feared boxers at that time. During his career, unfortunately Baer fatally hurt an opponent, which left him deeply affected. Baer finished his successful career with the spectacular boxing record of 70 wins.

Katarina Witt

A figure skater that won ample awards and medals. In her prime, Witt was renowned for the way she combined beauty, skill and class in the rink. She was not only one of the best German figure skaters, but also globally known for her talents in the sport.

Boris Becker

Globally known for his impeccable tennis talents. When he still was 17 years old, Becker won Wimbledon’s first title, which made him the youngest winner of such title.  Until today, he is still one of the best tennis players.

Steffi Graf

The famous tennis player, second in line after Boris Becker, won several titles herself. During her career, she won over 20 Grand Slams. Graf started playing tennis when she was still 13 years old and now she is one of the greatest female athletes in Germany.

Jurgen Klinnsman

Renowned for the many wins with Bayern Munich and Internazionale Milan, Klinnsman, started his career when he was 17 years old. Ever since, he was one of the best soccer players in Germany and later, when he retired from football, he began managing the national team.

Dirk Nowitzi

In the NBA, he is the second German player and he plays as a forward center with the Mavericks. Nowitzi has had a very successful career in basketball and he is one of the most favorite basketball players in the sport.

Honus Wagner

Wagner had a career that lasted over two decades and in 1909, he won the World Series. Apart from that the famous baseball player was one of the first athletes to make it to the Baseball Hall of Fame.