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A Real Madrid squad made in the Bundesliga

Nick Wilhelm

Updated: Oct 26, 2022 03:31

A Real Madrid XI, made in the Bundesliga

In their respective positions, Toni Kroos and David Alaba rank among the top players in the world of football. On their route to Real Madrid, both began their careers in the Bundesliga, but they aren't the only ones. An All-German Real XI is presented by


Real Madrid owe the Bundesliga a huge debt of gratitude for their success down the years. will give introduce the Real Madrid 11 made in the Bundesliga...


Bodo Ilgner

Between 1996 and 2001, Ilgner played 116 times for Madrid in competitive games. The 1990 FIFA World Cup champion, who had won the La Liga championship the previous year, started in goal when Real defeated Juventus in the 1997/98 UEFA Champions League final. Even though he was Iker Casillas' backup, he won both competitions again in 1990-2000 and 2000-2001, respectively. Prior to moving to Madrid, Ilgner won runners-up medals with Cologne in the 1990–91 DFB Cup and the 1985–86 UEFA Cup, losing to Real 5–3 on the scoreboard. The 54-time Germany international, who retired in 2001, finished second in the Bundesliga twice.


Dani Carvajal


Former Bayer Leverkusen right-back Dani Carvajal has become accustomed to winning the UEFA Champions League with Real.

Carvajal only spent one season in Germany, playing for Bayer Leverkusen, a team from the same region as Cologne, in 2012–2013. He appeared for Die Werkself 36 times before Real used their buy-back option. Since then, the Spanish defender has contributed to Madrid's five Champions League victories, including a hat-trick of triumphs from 2015 to 2018. He has already passed 330 competitive appearances for the club and has won an additional 14 national, European, and international club trophies. One of the most recent was the triumph over reigning UEFA Europa League champion Eintracht Frankfurt in the 2022 UEFA Super Cup.

Antonio Rüdiger

In the summer of 2022, Rüdiger transferred from Chelsea to Real and now sits next to Carvajal. The Germany center back developed his skills in the Borussia Dortmund development system and the Bundesliga with VfB Stuttgart before winning the Champions League during his time in the English Premier League. In 2012, the year he won the U19 Fritz Walter Medal, which honors the top young players in Germany, the native of Berlin made his first of 66 Bundesliga matches. He won the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup after spending two seasons at Roma, adding to his long list of achievements.

David Alaba

Alaba, even within the current Real ranks, is one of the most decorated players in the contemporary era. With Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim, the Austrian all-arounder won 10 Bundesliga titles, played in nearly 300 matches in the German top division, and won continental trebles in 2013 and 2020, the latter as part of an unprecedented sextuple under Hansi Flick. All told, Bayern's illustrious No. 27 played in Germany for 12 years before making his Madrid debut and winning his first La Liga and third Champions League trophy. Surprisingly, the midfielder-turned-star defensive player won't be 30 until June 2022.

Paul Breitner

Breitner began his career as a left-fullback, playing for Bayern Munich and won three Bundesliga championships, the 1972 European Cup, and the 1974 FIFA World Cup. At Madrid, he was shifted into the center of the field, where his natural flair and technical ability could flourish and assist the Spanish team win the league and cup in 1975. He had already established himself as one of the most dangerous midfielders in the league by the time he rejoined Eintracht Braunschweig in the Bundesliga in 1977. The record champions won their first championship since Breitner quit, in 1980, thanks to his later return to Bayern.


Uli Stielike

In the 1970s, Stielike was a member of the Borussia Mönchengladbach squad that engaged in one of the Bundesliga's most memorable rivalries with Breitner's Bayern. Prior to joining Real in 1977, the aggressive sweeper won three Bundesliga championships, the DFB Cup, and the UEFA Cup with the Foals. According to legend, Real president Santiago Bernabeu went to Germany to negotiate a trade for Gladbach's Herbert Wimmer, but after witnessing Stielike in action, he decided against it. Stielike contributed to Real winning three consecutive La Liga championships and was voted the league's Best Foreign Player for four straight seasons, thus it turned out to be a wise choice.

Sami Khedira

Khedira, who was only 19 years old and had only been a professional football player for six months, had already won the Bundesliga. He even scored the game-winning goal as his hometown team Stuttgart defeated Energie Cottbus 2-1 in 2006/07 to win their first Bundesliga championship in 15 years. He thrived on a Madrid squad that won one La Liga championship as well as their 10th, 11th, and 12th Champions League titles and later becoming a stalwart for Germany. After achieving domestic success at Juventus, the 2014 World Cup winner decided to call it quits after a brief stint at Hertha Berlin.

Toni Kroos

As Khedira's right-hand man at times, Kroos has made a name for himself as one of the best midfielders in the world since moving to Madrid, but the multiple Champions League and 2014 World Cup champion got his start in the Bundesliga. When Bayern snatched him up from Hansa Rostock's youth divisions in the summer of 2006, he was regarded as a Jahrhunderttalent, or "talent of the century." At the age of 17, he made his Bundesliga debut under Ottmar Hitzfeld less than a year later. Before taking a position on one of the most successful Bayern teams in history and capturing club gold in the colors of Real, Kroos endured a formative loan season at Leverkusen.


Bernd Schuster

Schuster played for Leverkusen as well, although his prime years coincided with a 13-year sojourn in Spain. Der Blonde Engel, who made his senior debut at Cologne at the age of 18, later played for Barcelona for eight years, Real Madrid for two, Atletico Madrid for three, and Leverkusen for the final two years of his playing career. Schuster was a member of the Germany team that won the 1980 European Championship as well as several La Liga, Copa del Rey, League, and Super Cup victories. He returned to Real as a coach, and in his lone full season in charge, he led them to the La Liga championship in 2007–2008.

Günter Netzer

Gladbach became the first German club to successfully defend its title in 1971 thanks in large part to Netzer, who led the team to their first championship in 1970. The 1972 German Footballer of the Year became the first German to play for Real, with whom he won the 1974 Spanish Cup, a league and cup double a year later, and the Spanish league title in his third and final year in Spain, before ending his career at Grasshoppers Zurich. This victory marked Germany's first ever victory at London's Wembley Stadium on the way to his country winning UEFA Euro 1972.

Mesut Özil

Another player that was raised in the Bundesliga is Mesut zil, who has pretty much achieved everything. The masterful midfielder contributed 10 goals to Schalke winning the German Junior Championship in 2005–2006. At barely 17 years old, he earned his Bundesliga debut. Before winning the 2009 U21 European Championship, his next victory, the 2008–09 DFB Cup, arrived with Werder Bremen. There, he also received his first senior Germany cap. Prior to joining Madrid in 2010, zil amassed 13 goals and 37 assists in 101 Bundesliga matches. Following were awards from the Spanish Liga and Copa del Rey as well as a 2014 World Cup champion's medal.


Jupp Heynckes

One of the best strikers Germany has ever produced, Heynckes has over 350 goals for club and country. While playing with Gladbach, he won four Bundesliga championships, the UEFA Cup, and was a World Cup and Euro winner with Germany. His playing prowess transferred into even more success as a coach, most notably the 2012–13 continental triple while in charge of Bayern for a third time. His first was followed by stints as manager of Frankfurt, Tenerife, and Real after it produced two Bundesliga championships. The club's 32-year wait for their seventh European Cup title was ended by "Don Jupp" in his one season patrolling the Santiago Bernabeu touchline.

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