The Premier League has gained something of a reputation due to the amount of foreign players currently plying their trade in the division. For whatever reason, above all other nations, the English tend to get battered by the press who suggest that there needs to be some more homegrown talent around the league.
Of course, because of their status as world champions, nobody ever says the same for the Germans.
That in itself is a bit of a joke because when you look down the line of top goalscorers within the Bundesliga you’ll soon realise that they aren’t all too prolific themselves within their homeland. That may be, in part, because they’re playing abroad – but it also exposes them as hypocrites in many ways.
Alexander Meier – 19 goals (2014/15)
You may not have heard of him, but you should’ve. Alexander Meier has been carrying Eintracht Frankfurt for years now, with his 19 goals in the 2014/15 campaign being enough to secure the golden boot. At the age of 34 he may not reach these lofty heights again, but with more than a decade under his belt at the club, he’s certainly earned his stripes.
Stefan Kiessling – 25 goals (2012/13)
Stefan Kiessling is one of those players that always seems to pop up with a goal against you on Fifa or Football Manager, even though you’d never even have entertained the idea of signing him. Oh, and he’s also managed to carry that form into the real world, smashing in 25 league goals for Bayer Leverkusen a few years back.
Mario Gomez – 28 goals (2010/11)
Forever the bridesmaid and never the bride, Mario Gomez is a painfully underrated centre-forward. He’s strong, confident on the ball and always seems to rack up a solid goals tally – as evidenced by his stunning season with Bayern Munich back in 2010/11. Will it take an untimely retirement in order for him to receive the credit he deserves?
Miroslav Klose – 25 goals (2005/06)
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The man who has scored more World Cup goals than anyone else in the history of the game was always bound to make this list, and it’s especially impressive when it’s with a notoriously inconsistent club like Werder Bremen. Klose’s legacy in this game deserves to be remembered and given some of his records, it almost certainly will be.
Martin Max – 18 goals (2001/02)
Aside from having a name that belongs in an action movie, few will have much to say about Martin Max. In reality, he’s actually a fairly unknown striker outside of Germany and that’s a shame given what he did for 1860 Munich. Oh, and he also won the Golden Boot at the age of 34 which is all but unheard of these days.
Michael Preetz – 23 goals (1998/99)
Preetz bounced around a lot throughout his career, but he seemed to finally find a place that he could call home with Hertha Berlin. In seven years with the club, he created some pretty special memories for the Hertha faithful, which includes this phenomenal season towards the back end of the 90s.
Ulf Kirsten – 22 goals (1997/98)
Some will say that Bayer Leverkusen are one of the great ‘underachieving’ clubs in European football, but that reputation certainly doesn’t extend to Ulf Kirsten. He was good for Dynamo Dresden, but with Leverkusen, he was a sensational striker and that quality hit its peak during this 22-goal season. We still can’t explain why his nickname was ‘The Black One’, though.
Whilst the list for the Premier League may be equally as embarrassing upon some research, that doesn’t take away from the fact that the Germans need to face the music. Sure, their international side is consistently spectacular, but what about domestically?
The quality across the Bundesliga is nowhere near the level of the other top European leagues, with the reputations surrounding Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund carrying the dead weight of the rest of the league.