´Titan´, ´Axe´ and ´Hammer´
There was always something super-human about him: The ‘Titan’ Oliver Kahn. Voted the world’s best goalkeeper in 1999, 2001 and 2002 Kahn’s
Was he playing the whole time? Really? It’s not for nothing that 1. FC Nuremberg legend Marek Mintal was nicknamed ‘The Phantom’. The striker was
Jupp Heynckes has always been an illuminating idol of German football and not just because of the many titles he won. The former Gladbach and Bayern
Getting stuck in! Uli Borowka (l.) didn’t just chop down Hamburg striker Karsten Bäron like he did here in the
The axe is never too far away from ‘Hitz, the Hammer’ in a tool shed. Former VfB Stuttgart captain Thomas
However, the hammer isn’t a nickname reserved only for Hitzlsperger. Bernd Nickel was also known as ‘Dr. Hammer’. He was also left-footed and capable
The third player with gunpowder in his left-foot was Jörg Albertz (front), or ‘Hammer-Ali’ as he was known at times. He had
Hans-Peter Briegel was known amongst the Kaiserslautern faithful as ‘die Walz aus der Pfalz’ (‘The Journeyman from the Palatinate’). A fitting name
Known for hovering above his competitors, it’s understandable why Karsten ‘Air’ Bäron (l.) received his nickname.
That name was bestowed on another legendary striker. Small of stature, but able to time his leaps to perfection. Karl-Heinz ‘Air’ Riedle's nickname
There were many of them throughout the 50 years of the Bundesliga, but the most prominent ‘Heading Monster’
However, Riedle, Bäron and Hrubesch weren’t the only players known for the levitating abilities. The ‘Blond Angel’ Bernd Schuster also
Faster than people gave him credit for, the ‘Ball of Lightning’ Ailton scored for Werder Bremen like it was second nature.
Less speed, more power! Uli Stielike was better known as the ‘Tank’, or even better known as the ‘German Tank’.
‘Tank’ didn’t just have Spanish origins though. Markus Schroth (l., against Mladen Kristajic) threw himself
Where there are tanks there’s bound to be a ‘Helicopter’ not far away. Vahid Hashemian, who played for Hannover 96,
Uwe Kliemann (r.) dwarfed many a player with his 1,95m frame. So no wonder he ended up being affectionately known as the ‘Radio Tower’.
Due to his powerful physique, Adolfo Valencia was nicknamed ‘El Tren’ (‘The Train’).
Franz Beckenbauer was definitely considered a ‘Leading Light’ in German football when