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    Top 5 German Premier League Players

    Leroy Sane put the cherry on the cake last night for Manchester City as they came from behind to beat Ligue 1 leaders Monaco at the Etihad 5-3. The up and coming young German is just one in a long line that have turned out for a Premier League club. In fact, Sane is the 50th German to make an appearance in the Premier League. Though who have been the best?

    5. Jérôme Boateng

    Now, one might expect that a World Cup winner and 4 time Bundesliga Champion be placed higher up on the list of top Germans yet there are more that have made an impact in the Premier League than Jérôme Boateng. His one and only campaign in the 2010-2011 season was a short one. Boateng made just 16 appearances for the citizens and although he has to his name an FA Cup medal, he wasn’t even in the squad. His time with Hamburg would be more memorable to the Berliner, by helping them reach consecutive Europa League semi-finals. They could sure use Boateng now, as could City, who themselves have a leaky defence. Boateng is still in his prime and looks certain to guide Bayern Munich to another title. Boateng really is the real deal and one of the world’s best central defenders. It’s a shame City didn’t see that at the time.

    4. Dietmar Hamann

    Didi Hamann will of course be forever loved by Liverpool fans after spending 7 years at the club. He played nearly 200 games for the red men and was known for his thunderous shots, playing in the centre of the park in arguably Liverpool’s best Premier League team. Though when he started his career trying to break into the Bayern Munich squad he was playing as a Winger. He won the Bundesliga title in his first season in Munich though could find little playing time thanks to the likes of Lothar Mattaus in the squad. He was shifted to the centre a couple of years after the title victory but the Premier League called in the form of Newcastle United, managed at the time by Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish. In his one season with the Tyneside club he helped guide them to an FA Cup final, which they lost 2-0 to Manchester United. With Liverpool though he helped them to their infamous cup treble in 2001. He got his revenge over Manchester United by beating them in the 2003 League Cup final. He also rallied the reds, inspiring them in their night in Istanbul by playing the second half of the match with a broken toe. He then played with Manchester City before ending his career with MK Dons. He played 59 caps for Germany. Plus, he’s even managed Stockport County. What a legend.

    3. Jens Lehmann

    The only Goalkeeper to make the list (sorry Karius and Tremmel) and probably one of the best Goalkeepers of the modern era. The 6 foot 3 German spent 23 years in between the sticks for various clubs but made the most impact when playing for Arsenal. Replacing David Seaman in his first season the German went on to help Arsenal to an unbeaten Premier League campaign, a Premier League first and only the second time in English Football League history. In his next season he won the Gunners the 2005 FA Cup, by saving Paul Scholes penalty, winning man of the match. Despite Lehmann starting his career with Schalke, spending 10 years with the club and scoring 2 goals, he has also played for their rivals Dortmund. He won a Uefa Cup with the Royal Blues and the Bundesliga with Dortmund. In between which he spent a season in Milan playing 5 games. Though playing just 5 games, they were important as Milan won the title. He retired in 2010 after a spell with Stuttgart, though came out of retirement to again by for Arsenal when they were suffering a Goalkeeping crisis.

    2.  Mesut Özil

    Although Mesut Özil currently plays for Arsenal he deserves his place on the list of all-time greats and has made an impact wherever he has been. However, his time with Schalke should be forgotten, when after two years he demanded a move when he thought the money he was earning wasn’t good enough. He lit up his next club Werder Bremen, firing them to the DFB Pokal in his first season as well as helping them reach the last ever Uefa Cup final which they lost to Shakhtar Donetsk. In the next season Bremen again reached the final though this time lost 4-0. It was in this season that Özil guided Bremen to 3rd place. Their highest position since his departure to Real Madrid. His time at Madrid was successful as in his second season they won the La Liga title, being the first La Liga club to reach 100 points. His assist record for Madrid was what made Arsenal fan’s mouth water when the Gunners snatched up the German in what is still one of the biggest coups in Premier League history. So far in his career he has scored 20 goals for the Gunners and finished the 2015-16 season with the most assists. Also notably bringing trophies to the Emirates, winning consecutive FA Cups and a community shield. He has a World Cup winners medal too despite missing two penalties when he was called upon to do so, though he was the driving force when it came to qualifying, scoring 8 goals. He has also won German player of the year 5 times between 2011 and 2016. Losing out to a perfect six by World Cup Golden Glove winner Manuel Neuer in 2014.

    1.       Michael Ballack

    Number one has to be Michael Ballack. A Premier League legend. After starting out with Chemnitzer Ballack moved to Kaiserslautern. It took him almost a whole season to make a Bundesliga appearance coming on against Bayer Leverkusen. He helped the Bundesliga newcomers to a first ever title win. A season later he moved to Leverkusen, though he will want to forget his first campaign with the club as an own goal from Ballack saw Leverkusen’s title challenge crumble in the final game of the season. A season later things got worse, Leverkusen again slipped up when it came to the league and lost in the Champions League as well as the DFB Pokal final. After an impressive World Cup Ballack won his first of three German Player of the Year awards. Signing with Bayern Munich Ballack seemed to end his trophy drought, winning the Bundesliga and Pokal Double in each of his three seasons. Though due to his Champions League performances he was forced to look for another club. His first season with Chelsea was a success winning the league cup and FA Cup though his second season was a nightmare. Injury proved a major upset to Ballack’s season and Chelsea finished runners up in the League, FA Cup and League Cup. His efforts saw this didn’t happen again as Chelsea won the FA Cup the next season, and again the year after that. It was also his final season with the Blues in 2010 where he found Premier League success. He then went back to Leverkusen for two seasons though was only a small part of the squad that finished as Bundesliga runners up in his penultimate season.

    So, that’s the lot. If you guys have any suggestions on who should and shouldn’t be on this list comment below..
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