The greatest Bayern Munich lineup of all-time

Bayern Munich is an incredibly historic club and they have been the home to many legendary players. But, what is the greatest Bayern Munich lineup of all-time?
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Bayern Munich is an incredibly historic club and they have been the home to many legendary players throughout their time. However, what is the greatest Bayern Munich lineup of all-time?

The greatest Bayern Munich lineup of all-time

GK - Oliver Kahn

Making 429 Bundesliga appearances for Bayer Munich, it would be a hard sell not to include Oliver Kahn in this list. The legendary shot-stopper who was no stranger to making himself big, both in terms of goalkeeping presence and his general outspoken personality, leads the all-time appearance list for Bayern Munich goalkeepers.

RB - Phillip Lahm

Phillip Lahm completely revolutionised what it means to be a full-back. As one of the most versatile players of all-time, Lahm excelled at full-back and when he inverted as a midfielder. Nowadays, the ability to play as a full-back and midfielder is common, with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Oleksandr Zinchenko and even Joshua Kimmich doing it, but Lahm certainly paved that way.

CB - Franz Beckenbauer

Nobody will deny this one. Franz Beckenbauer is one of the greatest defenders of all-time and without a doubt, the best to ever play for Bayern Munich. Oozing class on the pitch, Beckenbauer revolutionised the centre back role, acting as a sweeper defender and showing class even further up the pitch. Bayern Munich is certainly the club for innovation.

CB - Klaus Augenthaler

The former Bayern Munich captain and an exceptional example of a one-club player, Klaus Augenthaler simply had to make the list. He represented ONLY Bayern Munich across three different decades between 1976–1991.

LB - David Alaba

David Alaba made 281 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern Munich, cementing his legacy as a club legend after coming through the youth academy. Alaba also spent his final stage as a centre-back, showing that he was just as versatile as Phillip Lahm.

RW - Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben spent an impressive 10 years in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich, after signing from Real Madrid. The winger is one of the best to ever play in his position and he was renowned for cutting inside and pulling off his immense curling shot.

CM - Bastian Schweinsteiger

Not many players are remembered fondly by every club they've ever played at but Bayern Munich youth academy graduate Bastian Schweinsteiger is one of those. Boasting an exceptional career with his boyhood club Bayern Munich, before spending the latter stages of his career at Manchester United and Chicago Fire, Schweinsteiger is regarded as an all-time midfield great.

CM - Lothar Mätthaus

Playing for Bayern Munich on two separate occasions, Lothar Mätthaus simply has to make the midfield. His energetic presence in the midfield and energy to adopt both a deep-lying and probing attacking presence would be enough to improve any midfield.

LW - Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Two-time Bundesliga winner Karl-Heinz Rummenigge simply had to make this all-time Bayern Munich lineup. Having played 310 Bundesliga games in Bavaria, it is safe to say that no position is out of his skill range, hence why he is squeezed in on the wing. In other words, he was simply too good to be excluded.

CF - Gerd Müller

There are not many in the world who boast the impressive goal-scoring tally which Gerd Müller boasts. No player has ever scored more goals in Bundesliga history and standing at 365 goals, it will take some doing. Robert Lewandowski missed out, having joined FC Barcelona after reaching 312 goals.

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CF - Robert Lewandowski

Speaking of the Poland international, it would be unjust to not include the second highest goal-scorer in Bundesliga history, Robert Lewandowski. As a striker who guaranteed goals, and a plethora of them coming from different angles and lengths, Lewy really could do it all.