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Germany
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Nationalelf (national eleven)
DFB-Elf (DFB Eleven)
Die Adler (The Eagles)
(Die) Mannschaft (The Team)[1]
Association German Football Association
(Deutscher Fußball-Bund – DFB)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Joachim Löw
Asst coach Thomas Schneider
Captain Bastian Schweinsteiger
Most caps Lothar Matthäus (150)
Top scorer Miroslav Klose (71)
FIFA code GER
FIFA ranking 1 Steady (18 December 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 1[2] (December 1992, August 1993, December 1993, February 1994 – March 1994, June 1994, July 2014 –)
Lowest FIFA ranking 22[2] (March 2006)
Elo ranking 1 (20 November 2014)
Highest Elo ranking 1 (1990–92, 1993–94, 1996–97, July 2014 – present)
Lowest Elo ranking 17 (1923)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Switzerland 5–3 Germany
(Basel, Switzerland; 5 April 1908)[3]
Biggest win
Germany 16–0 Russian Empire
(Stockholm, Sweden; 1 July 1912)[4]
Biggest defeat
England Amateurs 9–0 Germany
(Oxford, England; 13 March 1909)[5][6]
World Cup
Appearances 18 (First in 1934)
Best result Champions, 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014
European Championship
Appearances 11 (First in 1972)
Best result Champions, 1972, 1980, 1996
Confederations Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 1999)
Best result Third place, 2005

The Germany national football team (German: Die deutsche Fußballnationalmannschaft) is the football team that has represented Germany in international competition since 1908.[3] It is governed by the German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball-Bund), founded in 1900.[7][8] Ever since the DFB was reinaugurated in 1949 the team has represented the Federal Republic of Germany. Under Allied occupation and division, two other separate national teams were also recognised by FIFA: the Saarland team representing the Saarland (1950–1956) and the East German team representing the German Democratic Republic (1952–1990). Both have been absorbed along with their records[9][10] by the current national team. The official name and code "Germany FR (FRG)" was shortened to "Germany (GER)" following the reunification in 1990.

Germany is one of the most successful national teams in international competitions, having won a total of four World Cups (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014) and three European Championships (1972, 1980, 1996).[7] They have also been runners-up three times in the European Championships, four times in the World Cup, and have won a further four third places.[7] East Germany won Olympic Gold in 1976.[11] Germany is the only nation to have won both the men's and women's World Cups. At the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Germany earned the highest Elo rating of any national football team in history, with a record 2200 points.[12] Germany is also the only European nation that has won the FIFA World Cup in South America. The current head coach of the national team is Joachim Löw.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Between 1899 and 1901, prior to the formation of a national team, there were five unofficial international matches between different German and English selection teams, which all ended as large defeats for the German teams. Eight years after the establishment of the German Football Association (DFB), the first official match of the Germany national football team[13] was played on 5 April 1908, against Switzerland in Basel, with the Swiss winning 5–3.[3] Coincidentally, the first match after World War I in 1920, the first match after World War II in 1950 when Germany was still banned from most international competitions, and the first match in 1990 with former East German players were all against Switzerland as well. Germany's first championship title was even won in Switzerland.

At that time the players were selected by the DFB, as there was no dedicated coach. The first manager of the Germany national team was Otto Nerz, a school teacher from Mannheim, who served in the role from 1926 to 1936.[14] The German FA could not afford travel to Uruguay for the first World Cup staged in 1930 during the Great Depression, but finished third in the 1934 World Cup in their first appearance in the competition. After a poor showing at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Sepp Herberger became coach. In 1937 he put together a squad which was soon nicknamed the Breslau Elf (the Breslau Eleven) in recognition of their 8–0 win over Denmark in the then German city of Breslau, Lower Silesia (now Wrocław, Poland).[15][16]

After Austria became part of Germany in the Anschluss of March 1938, that country's national team – one of Europe's better sides at the time due to professionalism – was disbanded despite having already qualified for the 1938 World Cup. As required by Nazi politicians, five or six ex-Austrian players, from the clubs Rapid Vienna, Austria Vienna, First Vienna FC, were ordered to join the all-German team on short notice in a staged show of unity orchestrated for political reasons. In the 1938 World Cup that began on 4 June, this "united" German team managed only a 1–1 draw against Switzerland, and then lost the replay 2–4 in front of a hostile crowd in Paris, France. That early exit stands as Germany's worst ever World Cup result (excluding the 1930 and 1950 tournaments in which they did not compete).

During World War II, the team played over 30 international games between September 1939 and November 1942, when national team games were suspended, as most players had to join the armed forces. Many of the national team players were gathered together under coach Herberger as Rote Jäger through the efforts of a sympathetic air force officer trying to protect the footballers from the most dangerous wartime service.

Three German teams[edit]

After the Second World War, Germany was banned from competition in most sports until about 1950. The DFB was not a full member of FIFA, and none of the three new German states — West Germany, East Germany, and Saarland — entered the 1950 World Cup qualifiers.

The Federal Republic of Germany, which was referred to as West Germany, continued the DFB. With recognition by FIFA and UEFA, the DFB maintained and continued the record of the pre-war team. Switzerland was once again the first team that played West Germany in 1950.[17] West Germany qualified for the 1954 World Cup.

Saarland, which under French control between 1947 and 1956, did not join French organisations, and was barred from participating in pan-German ones. Saarland sent their own team to the 1952 Summer Olympics and to the 1954 World Cup qualifiers. In 1957, Saarland acceded to the Federal Republic of Germany.

In 1949, the communist German Democratic Republic (East Germany) was founded. In 1952 the Deutscher Fußball-Verband der DDR (DFV) was established and the East Germany national football team took to the field. They were the only team to beat the 1974 FIFA World Cup winning West Germans in the only meeting of the two sides of the divided nation. East Germany won the gold medal at the 1976 Olympics. After German reunification in 1990, the eastern football competition was reintegrated into the DFB.

1954 World Cup victory[edit]

Helmut Rahn scored the winning goal in the 1954 FIFA World Cup final

West Germany, captained by Fritz Walter, met in the 1954 World Cup Turkey, Yugoslavia and Austria. When playing favourites Hungary in the group stage, Germany lost 3–8. West Germany met the Hungary Mighty Magyars again in the final. Hungary had gone unbeaten for 32 consecutive matches. In an upset, West Germany won 3–2, with Helmut Rahn scoring the winning goal.[18] The success is called "The Miracle of Bern" (Das Wunder von Bern).[19]

Memorable losses: Wembley goal and game of the century[edit]

After finishing fourth in the 1958 World Cup and reaching only the quarter-finals in the 1962 World Cup, the DFB made changes. Professionalism was introduced, and the best clubs from the various Regionalligas were assembled into the new Bundesliga. In 1964, Helmut Schön took over as coach, replacing Herberger who had been in office for 28 years.

In the 1966 World Cup, West Germany reached the final after beating the USSR in the semifinal, facing hosts England. In extra time, the first goal by Geoff Hurst was one of the most contentious goals in the history of the World Cup: the linesman signalled the ball had crossed the line for a goal, after bouncing down from the crossbar, when replays showed it did not appear to have fully crossed the line. Hurst then scored another goal giving England a 4–2 win.[20][21]

West Germany in the 1970 World Cup knocked England out in the quarter-finals 3–2, before they suffered a 4–3 extra time loss in the semi-final against Italy. This match with five goals in extra time is one of the most dramatic in World Cup history, and is called the "Game of the Century" in both Italy and Germany.[22][23] West Germany claimed third by beating Uruguay 1–0. Gerd Müller finished as the tournament's top scorer with 10 goals.

1974 World Cup title on home soil[edit]

Main article: 1974 FIFA World Cup

In 1971, Franz Beckenbauer became captain of the national team, and he led West Germany to victory at the European Championship at Euro 1972, defeating the Soviet Union 3–0 in the final.[24][25]

As hosts of the 1974 World Cup, they won their second World Cup, defeating the Netherlands 2–1 in the final in Munich.[26] Two matches in the 1974 World Cup stood out for West Germany. The first group stage saw a politically charged match as West Germany played a game against East Germany. The East Germans won 1–0.[27] The West Germans advanced to the final against the Johan Cruijff-led Dutch team and their brand of "Total Football". The Dutch took the lead from a penalty. However, West Germany tied the match on a penalty by Paul Breitner, and won it with Gerd Müller's fine finish soon after.[28][29]

Late 1970s and early 1980s[edit]

Gerd Müller in 2006

West Germany failed to defend their titles in the next two major international tournaments. They lost to Czechoslovakia in the final of Euro 1976 in a penalty shootout 5–3.[30] Since that loss, Germany has not lost a penalty shootout in major international tournaments.[citation needed]

In the 1978 World Cup, Germany was eliminated in the second group stage after losing 2–3 to Austria. Schön retired as coach afterward, and the post was taken over by his assistant, Jupp Derwall.

West Germany's first tournament under Derwall was successful, as they earned their second European title at Euro 1980 after defeating Belgium 2–1 in the final.[31] West Germany reached the final of the 1982 World Cup, though not without difficulties. They were upset 1–2 by Algeria in their first match,[32] but advanced to the second round with a controversial 1–0 win over Austria. In the semifinal against France, they tied the match 3–3 and won the penalty shootout 5–4.[33][34] In the final, they were defeated by Italy 1–3.[35]

During this period, West Germany's Gerd Müller racked up fourteen goals in two World Cups (1970 and 1974). His ten goals in 1970 are the third-most ever in a tournament. (Müller's all-time World Cup record of 14 goals was broken by Ronaldo in 2006 which has been further broken by Miroslav Klose in 2014 with 16 goals[36]).

Beckenbauer's coaching success[edit]

Franz Beckenbauer

After West Germany were eliminated in the first round of Euro 1984, Franz Beckenbauer returned to the national team to replace Derwall as coach.[37] In the 1986 World Cup, West Germany finished as runners-up for the second consecutive tournament after beating France 2–0 in the semi-finals, but losing to the Diego Maradona-led Argentina in the final, 2–3.[38][39] In Euro 1988, West Germany's hopes of winning the tournament on home soil were spoiled by the Netherlands, as the Dutch beat them 2–1 in the semifinals.[40]

In the 1990 World Cup, West Germany won their third World Cup title, in its unprecedented third consecutive final appearance.[41] Captained by Lothar Matthäus, they defeated Yugoslavia (4–1), UAE (5–1), the Netherlands (2–1), Czechoslovakia (1–0), and England (1–1, 4–3 on penalty kicks) on the way to a final rematch against Argentina.[42][43] West Germany won 1–0, with the only goal being a penalty scored in the 85th minute by Andreas Brehme.[41] Beckenbauer, who won the World Cup as the national team's captain in 1974, thus became the first person to win the World Cup as both captain and coach.[37]

Olympic football[edit]

Olympic medal record
Olympic Games
Bronze 1988 Seoul Team

Prior to 1984, Olympic football was an amateur event, meaning that only non-professional players could participate. Due to this, West Germany was never able to achieve the same degree of success at the Olympics as at the World Cup, with the only medal coming in the 1988 Olympics, when they won the bronze medal. Since then, however, no German team has managed to qualify for the Olympics, even after the change of rules to include professionals, among them three athletes over 23 years old. West Germany also reached the second round in both 1972 and 1984. On the other hand, East Germany did far better, winning a gold, a silver and two bronze medals (one representing the United Team of Germany).

Berti Vogts years (1990–1998)[edit]

Berti Vogts

In February 1990, months after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the draw for the 1992 European Championship qualifying tournament saw East Germany and West Germany drawn together. After West Germany's 1990 World Cup win, assistant Berti Vogts took over as the national team coach from the retiring Beckenbauer. The members of the East German association Deutscher Fußball-Verband acceded to the DFB in November, while the 1990–91 seasons would continue, with the restructuring of leagues scheduled for 1991–92. The first game with a unified German team was against Switzerland on 19 December.

In Euro 1992, Germany reached the final, but lost 0–2 to Denmark.[44] In the 1994 World Cup, they were upset 1–2 in the quarterfinals by Bulgaria.[45][46]

Reunified Germany won its first major international title at Euro 1996, becoming European champions for the third time.[47] They defeated hosts England in the semifinals,[48] and the Czech Republic 2–1 in the final on a golden goal in extra time.[49]

However, in the 1998 World Cup, Germany were eliminated in the quarterfinals in a 0–3 defeat to Croatia, all goals being scored after defender Christian Wörns received a straight red card.[50] Vogts stepped down afterwards and was replaced by Erich Ribbeck.[51]

2000–2006: Oliver Kahn/Michael Ballack era[edit]

In Euro 2000, the team went out in the first round, drawing with Romania, then suffering a 1–0 defeat to England and were routed 3–0 by Portugal (which fielded their backup players, having already advanced).[52] Ribbeck resigned, and was replaced by Rudi Völler.[53]

Coming into the 2002 World Cup, expectations of the German team were low due to poor results in the qualifiers and not directly qualifying for the finals for the first time. The team advanced through group play, and in the knockout stages they produced three consecutive 1–0 wins against Paraguay,[54] the United States,[55] and co-hosts South Korea, all three goals being scored by Michael Ballack, although he picked up a second yellow card against Korea for a tactical foul and was suspended for the subsequent match.[56] This setup a final against Brazil, the first World Cup meeting between the two. Germany lost 0–2 thanks to two Ronaldo goals.[57] Nevertheless, German captain and goalkeeper Oliver Kahn won the Golden Ball,[58] the first time in the World Cup that a goalkeeper was named the best player of the tournament.[59]

People watching the 2006 Germany v. Argentina match at the Donau Arena in Regensburg

Germany again exited in the first round of Euro 2004, drawing their first two matches and losing the third to the Czech Republic (who had fielded a second-string team).[60] Völler resigned afterwards, and Jürgen Klinsmann was appointed head coach.[61][62]

Klinsmann's main task was to lead the national team to a good showing at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Klinsman relieved goalkeeper Kahn of the captaincy and announced that Kahn and longtime backup Jens Lehmann would be competing for the position of starting goaltender, a decision that angered Kahn and Lehmann eventually won that contest.[63] Expectations for the team were low, which was not helped by veteran defender Christian Wörns being dropped (after Wörns criticized Klinsmann for designating him only as a backup player on the squad), a choice roundly panned in Germany. Italy routed Germany 4–1 in a March exhibition game, and Klinsmann bore the brunt of the criticism as the team was ranked only 22nd in the world entering the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[64]

As World Cup hosts, Germany won all three group-stage matches to finish top of their group. The team defeated Sweden 2–0 in the round of 16.[65] Germany faced Argentina in the quarter-finals. The match ended 1–1, and Germany won the penalty shootout 4–2.[66] In the semi-final against Italy, the match was scoreless until near the end of extra time when Germany conceded two goals.[67] In the third place match, Germany defeated Portugal 3–1.[68] Miroslav Klose was awarded the Golden Boot for his tournament-leading five goals.[69]

2010 FIFA World Cup cycle[edit]

Main article: 2010 FIFA World Cup

Germany's entry into the Euro 2008 qualifying round was marked by the promotion of Joachim Löw to head coach, since Klinsmann retired.[70] At the UEFA Euro 2008, Germany won two out of three matches in group play to advance to the knockout round.[71] They defeated Portugal 3–2 in the quarterfinal,[72] and won their semifinal against Turkey.[73] Germany lost the final against Spain 0–1, finishing as the runners-up.[74]

In the 2010 World Cup, Germany won the group and advanced to the knockout stage. In the round of 16, Germany defeated England 4–1.[75] The game controversially had a valid goal by Frank Lampard disallowed.[76][77][78] In the quarterfinals, Germany defeated Argentina 4–0,[79] and Miroslav Klose tied German Gerd Müller's record of 14 World Cup goals.[80] In the semi-final, Germany lost 1–0 to Spain.[81] Germany defeated Uruguay 3–2 to take third place.[82] German Thomas Müller won the Golden Boot and the Best Young Player Award.[83][84]

2014 FIFA World Cup cycle – Fourth title[edit]

German national team during Euro 2012 qualifiers
Main article: 2014 FIFA World Cup

In the Euro 2012, Germany was placed in group B along with Portugal, Netherlands, and Denmark. Germany won all three group matches. Germany defeated Greece in the quarter-final and set a record of 15 consecutive wins in all competitive matches.[85] In the semi-finals, Germany lost to Italy by 1–2.

Germany lifts the trophy

Germany finished first in their qualification group for the 2014 World Cup. The draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals placed Germany in Group G,[86] with Portugal, Ghana, and United States. They first faced Portugal in a match billed by some as the "team of all the talents against the team of The Talent (Cristiano Ronaldo)", routing the Portuguess 4–0 thanks to a hat-trick by Thomas Müller.[87][88] In their match with Ghana, they led the game with Götze's second half goal, but then conceded two consecutive goals, then at the 71st minute Klose scored a goal to help Germany to draw 2–2 with Ghana. With that goal, Klose also nudged home his 15th World Cup goal to join former Brazil striker Ronaldo at the pinnacle of World Cup Finals scorers. They then went on to defeat the United States team 1–0, securing them a spot in the round of sixteen against Algeria.

In the round of sixteen knockout match against Algeria, the match remained goalless after regulation time and resulted in extra time being played. In the 92nd minute, André Schürrle scored a goal from a pass from Thomas Müller, while Mesut Özil scored the second goal in the 120th minute. Although Algeria managed to score one goal in injury time it wasn't enough for them and the match ended 2–1 securing Germany a place in the quarter final, setting them up to play France.

In the quarter-final match against France, Mats Hummels scored in the 13th minute as Germany won the game 1–0 to advance to a record fourth consecutive semi-finals[89]

The semi-final win (7–1) against Brazil was a major accomplishment. Germany became the first team in history to score five goals in 18 minutes during the first half. They scored four goals in just 400 seconds and were 5–0 against Brazil by the end of the first half with goals from Thomas Müller, Miroslav Klose, Sami Khedira and two from Toni Kroos. Miroslav Klose also netted his 16th World Cup goal in the 23rd minute to secure his place in history with the most goals scored during World Cup Finals, dethroning former Brazilian National, Ronaldo.

Germany posing with Champions banner after 2014 FIFA World Cup Final

In the second half of the game, substitute André Schürrle scored twice for Germany to lead 7–0, the highest score against Brazil in a single game. Germany did, however, concede a late goal to Brazil's Oscar. It was Brazil's worst ever World Cup defeat.[90] whilst Germany broke multiple World Cup records with the win, including the record broken by Klose, the first team to reach four consecutive World Cup semi finals, the first team to score seven goals in a World Cup Finals knockout phase game, the fastest five consecutive goals in World Cup history (four of which in just 400 seconds), the first team to score five goals in the first half in a World Cup semi final as well as being the topic of the most tweets ever on Twitter about a certain subject when the previous social media record was smashed after Germany scored their fourth goal. Also, Germany's seven goals took their total tally in World Cup history to 223, surpassing Brazil's 221 goals to first place overall.[91]

The World Cup Final was held at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro on 13 July, and billed as the world's best player (Lionel Messi) versus the world's best team (Germany).[92][93] Mario Götze's 113th minute goal helped Germany beat Argentina 1–0, becoming the first ever European team to win a FIFA World Cup in the Americas.[94][95]

2016 UEFA European championship qualifiers (2014–2015)[edit]

After several players retired from the team following the 2014 World Cup win, including Lahm and Klose, the team had a disappointing start in the qualifiers. They defeated in home Scotland 2–1, then suffered an away 2–0 loss against Poland (the first in their history), a 1–1 draw against the Republic of Ireland, and a 4–0 win over Gibraltar. The year ended with an away 0–1 friendly win against Spain, the reigning European champions of 2008 and 2012.

Results and fixtures[edit]

2014[edit]

2015[edit]


Stadiums[edit]

Olympic Stadium (Berlin)

Germany plays it's home matches among various stadiums, in rotation, around the country. They have played home matches in 43 different cities so far, including venues that were German at the time of the match, such as Vienna, Austria, which staged three games between 1938 and 1942.

National team matches have been held most often (44 times) in the stadiums of Berlin, which was the venue of Germany's first home match (in 1908 against England). Other common host cities include Hamburg (33 matches), Stuttgart (31), Hanover (26) and Dortmund. Another notable location is Munich, which has hosted numerous notable matches throughout the history of German football, including the 1974 FIFA World Cup Final, which Germany won against the Netherlands.

Kit[edit]

The 2006 World Cup saw a widespread public display of the German national flag.

Adidas AG is the longstanding kit provider to the national team, a sponsorship that began in 1954 and is contracted to continue until at least 2018. In the 70s, Germany wore Erima kits (a German brand, formerly a subsidiary of Adidas).[96][97]

The national team's home kit has always been a white shirt and black shorts. The colours are derived from the 19th century flag of the north German State of Prussia. Since 1988, many of the home kit's designs incorporate details patterned after the modern German flag (with the noted exception of the 2002 World Cup kit, which was a reversal to the pure black-and-white scheme). The away shirt colour has changed several times. For the 2014 World Cup, the German team used white shorts rather than the traditional black due to FIFA's kit clashing rule for the tournament.[98] Historically, green shirt with white shorts is the most often used alternative colour combination, derived from the DFB colours – though it is often erroneously reported that the choice is in recognition of the fact that Ireland, whose home shirts are green, were the first nation to play Germany in a friendly game after World War II. However, the first team to play Germany after WWII, as stated above, was actually Switzerland.[99] Other colours such as grey and black have also been used.

A change from black to red came in 2005 on the request of Jürgen Klinsmann,[100] but Germany played every game at the 2006 World Cup in its home white colours. In 2010, the away colours then changed back to a black shirt and white shorts, but at the tournament the team dressed up in the black shorts from the home kit. The German team next resumed the use of a green shirt on its away kit, but then changed again to red-and-black striped shirts with white stripes and letters, and black shorts.

Kit evolution[edit]

Home[101]

1908
World Cup
1934
World Cup
1938 [102]
World Cup
1954
World Cup
1970
World Cup
1974
World Cup
1978
Euro 1980 and World Cup 1982
Euro
1984
World Cup
1986
Euro 1988 and World Cup 1990
Euro
1992
World Cup
1994
Euro
1996
World Cup
1998
Euro
2000
World Cup
2002
Euro
2004
World Cup
2006
Euro
2008
World Cup
2010
Euro
2012
World Cup
2014

Away[101]

World Cup
1954 – 1958
World Cup
1966 – 1970
World Cup
1974 – 1978
Euro 1980 – World Cup 1982
Euro 1984 – World Cup 1986
Euro 1988 – World Cup 1990
Euro
1992
World Cup
1994
Euro
1996
World Cup
1998
Euro
2000
World Cup
2002
Euro
2004
ConFed Cup
2005
World Cup
2006
Euro
2008
World Cup
2010
Euro
2012
World Cup
2014

Media coverage[edit]

Germany's qualifying matches are currently televised by privately owned RTL; friendlies by public broadcasters ARD and ZDF. World Cup & European Championships matches featuring the German national team are among the most-watched events in the history of television in Germany.

Competition records[edit]

Germany has won the World Cup four times, behind only Brazil (five titles).[103] It has finished as runners-up four times.[103] In terms of semifinal appearances, Germany leads with 13, two more than Brazil's 11, which had participated in two more tournaments.[103] In the last 16 World Cup tournaments, Germany has always reached at least the stage of the last eight teams.[103] Germany has also qualified for every one of the 18 World Cups for which it has entered – it did not enter the inaugural competition in Uruguay of 1930 for economic reasons, and could not qualify for or compete in the post-war 1950 World Cup as the DFB was reinstated as a FIFA member only two months after this tournament. Germany also have the distinction of having the highest Elo football rating of all time (2200) following their victory in the 2014 World Cup.

Germany has also won the European Championship three times (Spain and France are the only other multiple-time winners with three and two titles respectively), and finished as runners-up three times as well.[104] The Germans have qualified for every European Championship tournament except for the very first European Championship they entered in 1968.[104] For that tournament, Germany was in the only group of three teams and thus only played four qualifying games. The deciding game was a scoreless draw in Albania which gave Yugoslavia the edge, having won in their neighbour country.

See also East Germany and Saarland for the results of these separate German teams, and Austria for the team that was merged into the German team from 1938 to 1945.

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter
Italy 1934 Third Place 3rd 4 3 0 1 11 8 1 1 0 0 9 1
France 1938 First Round 10th 2 0 1 1 3 5 3 3 0 0 11 1
Brazil 1950 Banned
Switzerland 1954 Champions 1st 6 5 0 1 25 14 4 3 1 0 12 3
Sweden 1958 Fourth Place 4th 6 2 2 2 12 14 Qualified as Defending Champions
Chile 1962 Quarter-Final 7th 4 2 1 1 4 2 4 4 0 0 11 5
England 1966 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 15 6 4 3 1 0 14 2
Mexico 1970 Third Place 3rd 6 5 0 1 17 10 6 5 1 0 20 3
West Germany 1974 Champions 1st 7 6 0 1 13 4 Qualified as Hosts
Argentina 1978 Second Group Stage 6th 6 1 4 1 10 5 Qualified as Defending Champions
Spain 1982 Runners-up 2nd 7 3 2 2 12 10 8 8 0 0 33 3
Mexico 1986 Runners-up 2nd 7 3 2 2 8 7 8 5 2 1 22 9
Italy 1990 Champions 1st 7 5 2 0 15 5 6 3 3 0 13 3
United States 1994 Quarter-Final 5th 5 3 1 1 9 7 Qualified as Defending Champions
France 1998 Quarter-Final 7th 5 3 1 1 8 6 10 6 4 0 23 9
South Korea Japan 2002 Runners-up 2nd 7 5 1 1 14 3 10 6 3 1 19 12
Germany 2006 Third Place 3rd 7 5 1 1 14 6 Qualified as Hosts
South Africa 2010 Third Place 3rd 7 5 0 2 16 5 10 8 2 0 26 5
Brazil 2014 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 18 4 10 9 1 0 36 10
Russia 2018 To Be Determined
Qatar 2022
Total 4 Titles 18/20 108 66 20* 20 224 121 84 64 18 2 249 66
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

UEFA European Championship record[edit]

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Did Not Enter Did Not Enter
Spain 1964
Italy 1968 Did Not Qualify 4 2 1 1 9 2
Belgium 1972 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 5 1 8 5 3 0 13 3
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 Runners-up 2nd 2 1 1 0 6 4 8 4 4 0 17 5
Italy 1980 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 6 3 6 4 2 0 17 1
France 1984 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 2 2 8 5 1 2 15 5
West Germany 1988 Semi Final 3rd 4 2 1 1 6 3 Qualified as Hosts
Sweden 1992 Runners-up 2nd 5 2 1 2 7 8 6 5 0 1 13 4
England 1996 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 10 3 10 8 1 1 27 10
Belgium Netherlands 2000 Group Stage 14th 3 0 1 2 1 5 8 6 1 1 20 4
Portugal 2004 Group Stage 12th 3 0 2 1 2 3 8 5 3 0 13 4
Austria Switzerland 2008 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 0 2 10 7 12 8 3 1 35 7
Poland Ukraine 2012 Semi Final 3rd 5 4 0 1 10 6 10 10 0 0 34 7
France 2016 To Be Determined 4 2 1 1 7 4
Europe 2020
Total 3 titles 11/14 43 23 10* 10 65 45 92 64 20 8 220 56
*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

FIFA Confederations Cup record[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did Not Enter [105]
Saudi Arabia 1995 Did Not Qualify
Saudi Arabia 1997 Did Not Enter [106]
Mexico 1999 Group Stage 5th 3 1 0 2 2 6 Squad
South Korea Japan 2001 Did Not Qualify
France 2003 Did Not Enter [107]
Germany 2005 Third Place 3rd 5 3 1 1 15 11 Squad
South Africa 2009 Did Not Qualify
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017 Qualified
Qatar 2021 To Be Determined
Total Third Place 2/8 8 4 1 3 17 17 -
*Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Note All tournaments from 1950 to 1990 inclusively were competed as West Germany.

FIFA Ranking history[edit]

Source: [108]

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
1 5 2 2 2 3 5 11 12 4 12 19 17 6 5 2 6 3 3 2 2 1

Honours[edit]

FIFA World Cup
UEFA European Championship
FIFA Confederations Cup
Competition 1st 2nd 3rd Total
World Cup 4 4 4 12
European Championship 3 3 2 8
Confederations Cup 0 0 1 1
Total 7 7 7 21

Personnel[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

Löw (left) and former assistant coach Flick in 2006
Position Name
Head coach Germany Joachim Löw
Assistant coach Germany Thomas Schneider
Goalkeeping coach Germany Andreas Köpke
Fitness coach Germany Yann-Benjamin Kugel
Mental coach Germany Dr Hans-Dieter Hermann
Business manager Germany Oliver Bierhoff
Sporting director Germany Hans-Dieter Flick

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly against Spain on 18 November 2014.[109]
Caps and goals as of 19 November 2014 after the game against Spain.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Ron-Robert Zieler (1989-02-12) 12 February 1989 (age 25) 4 0 Germany Hannover 96
22 1GK Roman Weidenfeller (1980-08-06) 6 August 1980 (age 34) 4 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund
2 2DF Shkodran Mustafi (1992-04-17) 17 April 1992 (age 22) 6 0 Spain Valencia
3 2DF Matthias Ginter (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 (age 20) 5 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund
4 2DF Benedikt Höwedes (1988-02-29) 29 February 1988 (age 26) 31 2 Germany Schalke 04
7 2DF Sebastian Rudy (1990-02-28) 28 February 1990 (age 24) 5 0 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim
14 2DF Jonas Hector (1990-05-27) 27 May 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Germany 1. FC Köln
15 2DF Erik Durm (1992-05-12) 12 May 1992 (age 22) 7 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund
16 2DF Antonio Rüdiger (1993-03-03) 3 March 1993 (age 21) 5 0 Germany VfB Stuttgart
20 2DF Robin Knoche (1992-05-22) 22 May 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
5 3MF Lars Bender (1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 25) 19 4 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
6 3MF Sami Khedira (1987-04-04) 4 April 1987 (age 27) 53 5 Spain Real Madrid
10 3MF Lukas Podolski (1985-06-04) 4 June 1985 (age 29) 121 47 England Arsenal
11 3MF Karim Bellarabi (1990-04-08) 8 April 1990 (age 24) 4 0 Germany Bayer Leverkusen
13 3MF Thomas Müller (1989-09-13) 13 September 1989 (age 25) 62 26 Germany Bayern Munich
18 3MF Toni Kroos (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 24) 57 9 Spain Real Madrid
8 4FW Kevin Volland (1992-07-30) 30 July 1992 (age 22) 3 0 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim
19 4FW Mario Götze (1992-06-03) 3 June 1992 (age 22) 41 13 Germany Bayern Munich
23 4FW Max Kruse (1988-03-19) 19 March 1988 (age 26) 10 1 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Germany squad within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Manuel Neuer (1986-03-27) 27 March 1986 (age 28) 57 0 Germany Bayern Munich v.  Spain, 18 November 2014
GK Marc-André ter Stegen (1992-04-30) 30 April 1992 (age 22) 4 0 Spain Barcelona v.  Poland, 13 May 2014
DF Jérôme Boateng (1988-09-03) 3 September 1988 (age 26) 50 0 Germany Bayern Munich v.  Gibraltar, 14 November 2014
DF Mats Hummels (1988-12-16) 16 December 1988 (age 26) 38 4 Germany Borussia Dortmund v.  Republic of Ireland, 14 October 2014
DF Kevin Großkreutz (1988-07-19) 19 July 1988 (age 26) 6 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund v.  Scotland, 7 September 2014
DF Marcel Schmelzer (1988-01-22) 22 January 1988 (age 26) 16 0 Germany Borussia Dortmund 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
DF Marcell Jansen (1985-11-04) 4 November 1985 (age 29) 45 3 Germany Hamburger SV 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
DF Christian Günter (1993-02-28) 28 February 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Germany SC Freiburg v.  Poland, 13 May 2014
DF Sebastian Jung (1990-06-03) 3 June 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Germany VfL Wolfsburg v.  Poland, 13 May 2014
DF Oliver Sorg (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Germany SC Freiburg v.  Poland, 13 May 2014
MF Marco Reus (1989-05-31) 31 May 1989 (age 25) 23 7 Germany Borussia Dortmund v.  Gibraltar, 14 November 2014
MF André Schürrle (1990-11-06) 6 November 1990 (age 24) 42 17 England Chelsea v.  Gibraltar, 14 November 2014
MF Christoph Kramer (1991-02-19) 19 February 1991 (age 23) 8 0 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach v.  Gibraltar, 14 November 2014
MF Mesut Özil (1988-10-15) 15 October 1988 (age 26) 62 18 England Arsenal v.  Poland, 11 October 2014
MF Julian Draxler (1993-09-20) 20 September 1993 (age 21) 15 1 Germany Schalke 04 v.  Republic of Ireland, 14 October 2014
MF Sidney Sam (1988-01-31) 31 January 1988 (age 26) 5 0 Germany Schalke 04 v.  Scotland, 7 September 2014
MF Bastian Schweinsteiger (Captain) (1984-08-01) 1 August 1984 (age 30) 108 23 Germany Bayern Munich 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Leon Goretzka (1995-02-06) 6 February 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Germany Schalke 04 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
MF Max Meyer (1995-09-18) 18 September 1995 (age 19) 1 0 Germany Schalke 04 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
MF Maximilian Arnold (1994-05-27) 27 May 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Germany VfL Wolfsburg v.  Poland, 13 May 2014
MF André Hahn (1990-08-13) 13 August 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach v.  Poland, 13 May 2014
FW Mario Gómez (1985-07-10) 10 July 1985 (age 29) 60 25 Italy Fiorentina v.  Scotland, 7 September 2014
FW Pierre-Michel Lasogga (1991-12-15) 15 December 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Germany Hamburger SV v.  Chile, 5 March 2014

Famous past players[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

Below is a list of the 10 players with the most caps for Germany, as of 23 November 2014.[9] (bold denotes players still available for selection). Players who had played for the separate East German Team (in the scope of this list: Streich 102) do not appear in this list.

Lothar Matthäus is Germany's most capped player with 150 caps.
# Player Period Caps Goals
1 Lothar Matthäus 1980–2000 150 23
2 Miroslav Klose 2001–2014 137 71
3 Lukas Podolski 2004–present 121 47
4 Philipp Lahm 2004–2014 113 5
5 Jürgen Klinsmann 1987–1998 108 47
Bastian Schweinsteiger 2004–present 108 23
7 Jürgen Kohler 1986–1998 105 2
8 Per Mertesacker 2004–2014 104 4
9 Franz Beckenbauer 1965–1977 103 14
10 Thomas Häßler 1988–2000 101 11

Top goalscorers[edit]

Below is a list of the top 10 goalscorers for Germany, as of 23 November 2014.[10] (bold denotes players still available for selection). Former East Germany players (in the scope of this list: Streich 55 and Kirsten 34: 14 East Germany and 20 Germany) are not included in this Wikipedia list, though they are included in DFB records.

Miroslav Klose is Germany's all-time top scorer with 71 goals.
# Player Period Goals Caps Average
1 Miroslav Klose 2001–2014 71 137 0.55
2 Gerd Müller 1966–1974 68 62 1.13
3 Lukas Podolski 2004–2014 47 121 0.43
Rudi Völler 1982–1994 47 90 0.52
Jürgen Klinsmann 1987–1998 47 108 0.45
6 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge 1976–1986 45 95 0.49
7 Uwe Seeler 1954–1970 43 72 0.66
8 Michael Ballack 1999–2010 42 98 0.44
9 Oliver Bierhoff 1996–2002 37 70 0.53
10 Fritz Walter 1940–1958 33 61 0.54

World Cup winning captains[edit]

Year Name Caps Goals
1954 Fritz Walter 61 33
1974 Franz Beckenbauer 103 14
1990 Lothar Matthäus 150 23
2014 Philipp Lahm 113 5

Titles[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
1950
 Uruguay
World Champions
1954 (First title)
Succeeded by
1958
 Brazil
Preceded by
1970
 Brazil
World Champions
1974 (Second title)
Succeeded by
1978
 Argentina
Preceded by
1986
 Argentina
World Champions
1990 (Third title)
Succeeded by
1994
 Brazil
Preceded by
2010
 Spain
World Champions
2014 (Fourth title)
Succeeded by
2018
TBD
Preceded by
1968
 Italy
European Champions
1972 (First title)
Succeeded by
1976
 Czechoslovakia
Preceded by
1976
 Czechoslovakia
European Champions
1980 (Second title)
Succeeded by
1984
 France
Preceded by
1992
 Denmark
European Champions
1996 (Third title)
Succeeded by
2000
 France

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