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.

1. Miroslav KLOSE

Games Played: 137
Goals Scored: 71
Strike Rate: 0.52 goals per game

First Goal: 24.03.2001 v Albania, Leverkusen (debut)
Last Goal: 08.07.2014 v Brazil, Belo Horizonte

Tournament Finals Record: WC 2002 (5), EC 2004 (0), WC 2006 (5), EC 2008 (2), WC 2010 (4), EC 2012 (1), WC 2014 (2)
Titles/Awards Won: WC Top Scorer 2006, WC Winner 2014, WC All-Time Top Scorer

2. Gerd MÜLLER

Games Played: 62
Goals Scored: 68 (inc. 4 penalties)
Strike Rate: 1.10 goals per game

First Goal: 08.04.1967 v Albania, Dortmund
Last Goal: 07.07.1974 v The Netherlands, München (final game)

Tournament Finals Record: WC 1970 (10), EC 1972 (4), WC 1974 (4)
Titles/Awards Won: EC Winner 1972, WC Winner 1974, WC Top Scorer 1970, EC Top Scorer 1972

3. Lukas PODOLSKI

Games Played: 129
Goals Scored: 48 (inc. 3 penalties)
Strike Rate: 0.372 goals per game

First Goal: 21.12.2004 v Thailand, Bangkok
Last Goal: 15.03.2015 v Australia, Kaiserslautern

Tournament Finals Record: EC 2004 (0), WC 2006 (3), EC 2008 (3), WC 2010 (2), EC 2012 (1), WC 2014 (0), EC 2016 (0)
Titles/Awards Won: WC Winner 2014

4=. Rudi VÖLLER

Games Played: 90
Goals Scored: 47 (inc. 1 penalty)
Strike Rate: 0.52 goals per game

First Goal: 30.03.1983 v Albania, Tiranë
Last Goal: 02.07.1994 v Belgium, Chicago

Tournament Finals Record: EC 1984 (2), WC 1986 (3), EC 1988 (2), WC 1990 (3), EC 1992 (0), WC 1994 (2)
Titles/Awards Won: WC Winner 1990

4=. Jürgen KLINSMANN

Games Played: 108
Goals Scored: 47 (inc. 3 penalties)
Strike Rate: 0.43 goals per game

First Goal: 27.04.1988 v Switzerland, Kaiserslautern
Last Goal: 29.06.1998 v Mexico, Montpellier

Tournament Finals Record: EC 1988 (1), WC 1990 (3), EC 1992 (1), WC 1994 (5), EC 1996 (3), WC 1998 (3)
Titles/Awards Won: WC Winner 1990, EC Winner 1996

6. Karl-Heinz RUMMENIGGE

Games Played: 95
Goals Scored: 45 (inc. 3 penalties)
Strike Rate: 0.47 goals per game

First Goal: 08.10.1977 v Italy, Berlin
Last Goal: 29.06.1986 v Argentina, Mexico City (final game)

Tournament Finals Record: WC 1978 (3), EC 1980 (1), WC 1982 (5), EC 1984 (0), WC 1986 (1)
Titles/Awards Won: EC Winner 1980

7. Uwe SEELER

Games Played: 72
Goals Scored: 43 (inc. 1 penalty)
Strike Rate: 0.60 goals per game

First Goal: 08.06.1958 v Argentina, Malmö
Last Goal: 14.06.1970 v England, León

Tournament Finals Record: WC 1958 (2), WC 1962 (2), WC 1966 (2), WC 1970 (3)
Titles/Awards Won: –

8. Michael BALLACK

Games Played: 98
Goals Scored: 42 (inc. 10 penalties)
Strike Rate: 0.43 goals per game

First Goal: 28.03.2001 v Greece, Athens (penalty)
Last Goal: 09.09.2009 v Azerbaijan, Hannover (penalty)

Tournament Finals Record: EC 2000 (0), WC 2002 (3), EC 2004 (1), WC 2006 (0), EC 2008 (2)
Titles/Awards Won: –

9. Oliver BIERHOFF

Games Played: 70
Goals Scored: 37 (inc. 2 penalties)
Strike Rate: 0.53 goals per game

First Goal: 27.03.96 v Denmark, München
Last Goal: 01.06.2002 v Saudi Arabia, Sapporo

Tournament Finals Record: EC 1996 (2), WC 1998 (3), EC 2000 (0), WC 2002 (1)
Titles/Awards Won: EC Winner 1996

10. Thomas MÜLLER*

Games Played: 83
Goals Scored: 36 (inc. 2 penalties)
Strike Rate: 0.43 goals per game

First Goal: 13.06.2010 v Australia, Durban
Last Goal: 08.10.2016 v Czech Republic, Hamburg

Tournament Finals Record: WC 2010 (5), EC 2012 (0), WC 2014 (5), EC 2016 (0)
Titles/Awards Won: WC Top Scorer 2010, WC Winner 2014

11. Fritz WALTER

Games Played: 61
Goals Scored: 33 (inc. 2 penalties)
Strike Rate: 0.54 goals per game

First Goal: 14.07.1940 v Romania, Frankfurt (debut)
Last Goal: 26.05.1956 v England, Berlin

Tournament Finals Record: WC 1954 (3), WC 1958 (0)
Titles/Awards Won: WC Winner 1954

12. Klaus FISCHER

Games Played: 45
Goals Scored: 32
Strike Rate: 0.71 goals per game

First Goal: 27.04.1977 v Northern Ireland, Köln (debut)
Last Goal: 08.07.1982 v France, Sevilla

Tournament Finals Record: WC 1978 (0), WC 1982 (2)
Titles/Awards Won: –

* 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 (36) and Mario Gómez (29). In August 2016 Lukas Podolski, third-highest scorer with 48 goals from 129 matches, also announced his retirement from the Nationalmannschaft.

On 8th October 2016, Thomas Müller scored two goals against the Czech Republic in Hamburg – his 35th and 36th. As a result he moved one goal behind Oliver Bierhoff in 9th place.

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