If Bastian Schweinsteiger (98 caps) appears in the forthcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Ireland and Sweden, then the FC Bayern München schemer would become the twelfth German to have played 100 times for his country.
Former Bayer 04 Leverkusen attacker Ulf Kirsten was the first player in history to reach a total of 100 caps with different national teams. He made 49 appearances for the
Kirsten's international career started as a famous East German's finished: Hans-Jürgen "Dixie" Dörner made 100 appearances between
Philipp Lahm (2nd r. with Michael Ballack, who was capped 98 times), one of Schweinsteiger's team-mates at Bayern, achieved the milestone of 100 caps recently. The Germany skipper's international career has seen him reach one UEFA European Championship final and semi-final as well as twice the last four of the World Cup
Thomas Häßler (l.) not only won 101 caps with Germany, but also the World Cup in 1990 and the European Championship in 1996.
Pipping Häßler to the post by one cap: Joachim Streich, who made 102 appearances for East Germany and comes seventh in the
Jürgen Kohler was the defensive figurehead of Germany from 1986-1998, winning the World Cup under Beckenbauer in 1990.
A man synonymous with German success is Jürgen Klinsmann. He scored 47 times in 108 matches for
One of his charges in the young 2006 side was to go on and overtake his huge haul of caps: Lukas Podolski (c.). The Polish-born
Podolski's attacking partner-in-crime during Germany's recent runs to the latter stages of major tournaments has been
Lothar Matthäus made 150 appearances between 1980 and 2000 in the heart of the Germany midfield. He played in five World Cups