This section contains the top dozen all-time goalscorers for the Nationalmannschaft, including their records in major international tournaments. The list only includes those players who scored goals in the Schwarz und Weiß, and does not include records for those who played for the East German national team until 1989.

Although the East German team was representative of the East German Deutscher Fußball-Verband der DDR (DFV) rather than the DFB, they are included in the current records published by the DFB.

PicNameMatchesGoals (Pens)Strike RateFirst GoalOpponent, VenueLast GoalOpponent, VenueTournament FinalsTitles/Awards Won
Miroslav KloseKLOSE, Miroslav137710.522001.03.24Albania, Leverkusen (debut)2014.07.08Brazil, Belo HorizonteWC 2002 (5), EC 2004 (0), WC 2006 (5), EC 2008 (2), WC 2010 (4), EC 2012 (1), WC 2014 (2)WC Top Scorer 2006, WC Winner 2014, WC All-Time Top Scorer
Gerd MüllerMÜLLER, Gerhard "Gerd"6268 (4)1.101967.04.08Albania, Dortmund1974.07.07Netherlands, München (final match)WC 1970 (10), EC 1972 (4), WC 1974 (4)EC Winner 1972, WC Winner 1974, WC Top Scorer 1970, EC Top Scorer 1972
Lukas PodolskiPODOLSKI, Lukas13049 (3)0.382004.12.21Thailand, Bangkok2017.03.22England, Dortmund (final match)Record: EC 2004 (0), WC 2006 (3), EC 2008 (3), WC 2010 (2), EC 2012 (1), WC 2014 (0), EC 2016 (0)WC Winner 2014
Rudi VöllerVÖLLER, Rudolf "Rudi"9047 (1)0.621983.03.30Albania, Tiranë1994.07.02Belgium, ChicagoEC 1984 (2), WC 1986 (3), EC 1988 (2), WC 1990 (3), EC 1992 (0), WC 1994 (2)WC Winner 1990
Jürgen KlinsmannKLINSMANN, Jürgen10847 (3)0.431988.04.27Switzerland, Kaiserslautern1998.06.29Mexico, MontpellierEC 1988 (1), WC 1990 (3), EC 1992 (1), WC 1994 (5), EC 1996 (3), WC 1998 (3)WC Winner 1990, EC Winner 1996
Karl-Heinz RummeniggeRUMMENIGGE, Karl-Heinz9545 (3)0.471977.10.08Italy, Berlin1986.06.29Argentina, Mexico City (final match)Record: WC 1978 (3), EC 1980 (1), WC 1982 (5), EC 1984 (0), WC 1986 (1)EC Winner 1980
Uwe SeelerSEELER, Uwe7243 (1)0.601958.06.08Argentina, Malmö1970.06.14England, LeónWC 1958 (2), WC 1962 (2), WC 1966 (2), WC 1970 (3)-
Michael BallackBALLACK, Michael9842 (10)0.432001.03.28Greece, Athens (pen)2009.09.09Azerbaijan, Hannover (pen)EC 2000 (0), WC 2002 (3), EC 2004 (1), WC 2006 (0), EC 2008 (2)-
Oliver BierhoffBIERHOFF, Oliver7037 (2)0.531996.03.07Denmark, München2002.06.01Saudi Arabia, SapporoEC 1996 (2), WC 1998 (3), EC 2000 (0), WC 2002 (1)EC Winner 1996
Thomas MüllerMÜLLER, Thomas*8537 (2)0.432010.06.13Australia, Durban2017.03.26Azerbaijan, BakuWC 2010 (5), EC 2012 (0), WC 2014 (5), EC 2016 (0)WC Top Scorer 2010, WC Winner 2014
Fritz WalterWALTER, Friedrich "Fritz"6133 (2)0.541940.07.14Romania, Frankfurt (debut)1956.05.26England, BerlinWC 1954 (3), WC 1958 (0)WC Winner 1954
FISCHER, Klaus45320.711977.04.27Northern Ireland, Köln (debut)1982.07.08France, SevillaWC 1978 (0), WC 1982 (2)-

* Current Players

NB. Joachim Streich scored 55 goals in 102 for the East German national side between 1969 and 1974; these goals are counted by the DFB statisticians, meaning that Streich lies in third place on their list. Likewise, Ulf Kirsten appears in the top ten on the DFB list on account of his scoring 34 goals – he does not appear in the above list however as fourteen of these goals were scored in the Weiß und Blau of the DDR/DFV.

Following his goal in the friendly international against Armenia in Mainz on 6th June 2014, Miroslav Klose moved onto sixty-nine international goals – finally overtaking the forty year old record held by Gerd Müller. Just over a month later in the World Cup semi-final against Brazil in Belo Horizonte, Klose also became the leading goalscorer in the history of the tournament – scoring his sixteenth goal to take him ahead of Brazilian Ronaldo.

Following his retirement from international football after the World Cup Final, Klose’s record stood at seventy-one goals – a considerable distance ahead of the next best active players, Thomas Müller (37) and Mario Gómez (30). In August 2016 Lukas Podolski, third-highest scorer with 48 goals from 129 matches, also announced his retirement from the Nationalmannschaft. In what was a special final appearance against England, Podolski scored his 49th goal in the Nationaltrikot.

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