Lothar Matthaeus, Wolfgang Overath, Guenter Netzer, Mehmet Scholl, Michael Ballack... these are just some of the great German midfielders to grace the Bundesliga. The league has in its history also attracted top talents in the middle area of the park, especially attack-minded players like Kevin Keegan, Krasimir Balakov and Franck Ribery.
The list of elite Bundesliga midfielders could go on and on, making a top 20 compilation a daunting task, but one certainly worth creating. Read on for analysis of which players qualify as the top 20 midfielders in Bundesliga history.
Criteria considered include goals scored and titles won with club and country, with special importance given to goals that were of critical importance to title success.