Top Ten: The seasoned pros
1 Claudio Pizarro was playing in the Bundesliga last century! The Peruvian striker has played in 16 seasons for Werder Bremen and Bayern. The only gap in his record appears in 2007/08 when he spent a short period in the Premier League with Chelsea. © gettyimages
2 Roman Weidenfeller has also played in 16 seasons, making "just" 346 appearances (compared to Pizarro's 405). Most of them came for Dortmund, but he made his debut for 1. FC Kaiserslautern.
3 Hannover 96's Christian Schulz (l.) has made more appearances than Weidenfeller (354), but over the course of 14 seasons. He has been continuously active in the Bundesliga since 2002, playing for Bremen in the early part of his career. © gettyimages / Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts
4 Martin Stranzl has made 256 appearances over 14 seasons. An impressive figure, considering he spent 4 years in Russia. The Gladbach stalwart will finally hang up his boots in the summer.
5 Stefan Kießling has appeared in 13 Bundesliga seasons since 2002, having spent an intermezzo in Bundesliga 2 with Nürnberg. © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
6 Bayern captain Philipp Lahm (c.) has also played in 13 Bundesliga seasons, making 353 appearances, initially on loan atr VfB Stuttgart. © gettyimages / Alexander Hassenstein
7 Christian Gentner has made 314 appearances in 12 seasons, winning the title with Stuttgart and Wolfsburg.
8 Werder captain Clemens Fritz, who will retire in the summer, has played in 12 seasons since making his debut for Leverkusen in 2003. However, he missed the entire 2004/05 campaign through injury. © imago / Team2
9 Borussia Dortmund's Gonzalo Castro has also played in 12 seasons, but has made one fewer appearance than Fritz (304). But at just 28 years of age, he still has plenty of time to climb the list. © gettyimages
10 Last but not least: Frankfurt's Alex Meier has made 254 appearances in 12 seasons. He spent three years in Bundesliga 2 and not many know that he has also turned out for Hamburger SV and FC St. Pauli in the top-flight. © gettyimages / Matthias Hangst