From Munich to Madrid: 45 years of German stars in La Liga

The first German footballer to move to Spain when La Liga opened its borders to foreign players again in 1973 was the virtually unknown Franz Hiller, a Munich 1880 midfielder who signed for little Elche.

Many of his compatriots who followed were of a much higher profile; indeed just a couple of weeks later Real Madrid proudly announced the arrival of international midfielder Günter Netzer from Mönchengladbach.

Whilst Barcelona have always been known for their dalliances with Dutchmen, it’s Real Madrid who have had a greater Germanic influence than any other Spanish club over the years – thus many of the players feature in this gallery of a best-ever La Liga German Eleven made their name at the Bernabéu.

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With such a high number of brilliant midfielders all jockeying for inclusion, our fantasy team would line up in a 3-5-1-1 formation.