East Germany at the FIFA World Cup

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East Germany appeared in the finals of the FIFA World Cup on one occasion in 1974. During the tournament they played West Germany for the first and only time at senior level, winning 1-0. East Germany was reunified with West Germany in 1990 and did not compete again after the 1990 World Cup.

World Cup record[edit]

East Germany at 1974 World Cup[edit]

First Round, Group 1[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 East Germany 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 5
 West Germany 3 2 0 1 4 1 +3 4
 Chile 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2
 Australia 3 0 1 2 0 5 −5 1
14 June 1974
19:30 CET
East Germany  2 – 0  Australia
Curran Goal 58' (o.g.)
Streich Goal 72'
Report
Volksparkstadion, Hamburg
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Youssou N'Diaye (Senegal)

18 June 1974
19:30 CET
Chile  1 – 1  East Germany
Ahumada Goal 69' Report Hoffmann Goal 55'
Olympiastadion, West Berlin
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Aurelio Angonese (Italy)

22 June 1974
19:30 CET
East Germany  1 – 0  West Germany
Sparwasser Goal 77' Report
Volksparkstadion, Hamburg
Attendance: 60,350
Referee: Ramón Barreto (Uruguay)

Second Round, Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 3 3 0 0 8 0 +8 6
 Brazil 3 2 0 1 3 3 0 4
 East Germany 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
 Argentina 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1
26 June 1974
19:30 CET
Brazil  1 – 0  East Germany
Rivelino Goal 60' Report
Niedersachsenstadion, Hanover
Attendance: 58,463
Referee: Clive Thomas (Wales)

30 June 1974
16:00 CET
East Germany  0 – 2  Netherlands
Report Neeskens Goal 13'
Rensenbrink Goal 59'
Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen
Attendance: 67,148
Referee: Rudolf Scheurer (Switzerland)

3 July 1974
19:30 CET
Argentina  1 – 1  East Germany
Houseman Goal 20' Report Streich Goal 14'
Parkstadion, Gelsenkirchen
Attendance: 53,054
Referee: Jack Taylor (England)