The Germany national football team (German: deutsche Fußballnationalmannschaft or Die Mannschaft) is the men's football team that has represented Germany in international competition since 1908. It is governed by the German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball-Bund), founded in 1900. 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 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 four World Cups (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014), three European Championships (1972, 1980, 1996), and one Confederations Cup (2017). They have also been runners-up three times in the European Championships, four times in the World Cup, and a further four third-place finishes at World Cups. East Germany won Olympic Gold in 1976.
At the end of the 2014 World Cup, Germany earned the highest Elo rating of any national football team in history, with a record 2205 points. Germany is also the only European nation that has won a FIFA World Cup in the Americas. The manager of the national team is Joachim Löw.
|Nickname(s)||Nationalelf (national eleven) |
DFB-Elf (DFB Eleven)
Die Mannschaft (The Team)[a]
|Association||Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB)|
|Head coach||Joachim Löw|
|Most caps||Lothar Matthäus (150)|
|Top scorer||Miroslav Klose (71)|
|Current||13 3 (4 April 2019)|
|Highest||1 (December 1992 – August 1993, December 1993 – March 1994, June 1994, July 2014 – June 2015, July 2017, September 2017 – June 2018)|
|Lowest||22 (March 2006)|
|Current||6 4 (27 March 2019)|
|Highest||1 (1990–92, 1993–94, 1996–97, July 2014 – May 2016, October 2017 – November 2017)|
|Lowest||24 (September 1924 – October 1925)|
| Switzerland 5–3 Germany |
(Basel, Switzerland; 5 April 1908)
| Germany 16–0 Russian Empire |
(Stockholm, Sweden; 1 July 1912)
| England Amateurs 9–0 Germany |
(Oxford, England; 13 March 1909)
|Appearances||19 (first in 1934)|
|Best result||Champions (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)|
|Appearances||12 (first in 1972)|
|Best result||Champions (1972, 1980, 1996)|
|Appearances||3 (first in 1999)|
|Best result||Champions (2017)|
Between 1899 and 1901, prior to the formation of a national team, there were five unofficial international matches between 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 was played on 5 April 1908, against Switzerland in Basel, with the Swiss winning 5–3.
Gottfried Fuchs scored a world record 10 goals for Germany in a 16–0 win against Russia at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm on 1 July, becoming the top scorer of the tournament; his international record was not surpassed until 2001 when Australia's Archie Thompson scored 13 goals in a 31–0 defeat of American Samoa. He was Jewish, and the German Football Association erased all references to him from their records between 1933 and 1945. As of 2016, he was still the top German scorer for one match.
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 in 1954.
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. 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).
After Austria became part of Germany in the Anschluss of March 1938, that country's national team – one of Europe's best sides at the time due to professionalism – was disbanded despite having already qualified for the 1938 World Cup. Nazi politicians ordered five or six ex-Austrian players, from the clubs Rapid Vienna, Austria Vienna, and First Vienna FC, to join the all-German team on short notice in a staged show of unity 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 World Cup result, and one of just two occasions the team failed to progress the group stage (the next would not occur until the 2018 tournament).
During World War II, the team played over 30 international games between September 1939 and November 1942. National team games were then 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.
After World War II, Germany was banned from competition in most sports until 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. West Germany qualified for the 1954 World Cup.
The Saarland, under French control between 1947 and 1956, did not join French organisations, and was barred from participating in pan-German ones. It 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.
West Germany, captained by Fritz Walter, met in the 1954 World Cup against Turkey, Yugoslavia and Austria. When playing favourites Hungary in the group stage, Germany lost 3–8. West Germany met the Hungarian "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. The success is called "The Miracle of Bern" (Das Wunder von Bern).
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.
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. West Germany claimed third by beating Uruguay 1–0. Gerd Müller finished as the tournament's top scorer with 10 goals.
As hosts of the 1974 World Cup, they won their second World Cup, defeating the Netherlands 2–1 in the final in Munich. 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. 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.
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. Since that loss, Germany has not lost a penalty shootout in major international tournaments.
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. 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, 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. In the final, they were defeated by Italy 1–3.
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; this was then further broken by Miroslav Klose in 2014 with 16 goals).
After West Germany were eliminated in the first round of Euro 1984, Franz Beckenbauer returned to the national team to replace Derwall as coach. At the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, 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. 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.
At the 1990 World Cup in Italy, West Germany won their third World Cup title, in its unprecedented third consecutive final appearance. 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, played in the Italian capital of Rome. West Germany won 1–0, with the only goal being a penalty scored in the 85th minute by Andreas Brehme. 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.
|2016 Rio de Janeiro||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 first medal coming in the 1988 Olympics, when they won the bronze medal. It took Germany 28 years to participate at the Olympics again in 2016, this time reaching the final and winning a silver medal. 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).
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 Sweden on 10 October.
Reunified Germany won its first major international title at Euro 1996, becoming European champions for the third time. They defeated hosts England in the semifinals, and the Czech Republic 2–1 in the final on a golden goal in extra time.
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. Vogts stepped down afterwards and was replaced by Erich Ribbeck.
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). Ribbeck resigned, and was replaced by Rudi Völler.
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, the United States, and co-hosts South Korea. Oliver Neuville scored two minutes from time against Paraguay and Michael Ballack scored both goals in the USA and South Korea games, although he picked up a second yellow card against South Korea for a tactical foul and was suspended for the subsequent match. This set up a final against Brazil, the first World Cup meeting between the two. Germany lost 0–2 thanks to two Ronaldo goals. Nevertheless, German captain and goalkeeper Oliver Kahn won the Golden Ball, the first time in the World Cup that a goalkeeper was named the best player of the tournament.
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). Völler resigned afterwards, and Jürgen Klinsmann was appointed head coach.
Klinsmann's main task was to lead the national team to a good showing at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Klinsmann 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. Expectations for the team were low, which was not helped by veteran defender Christian Wörns being dropped (after Wörns criticised 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.
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. Germany faced Argentina in the quarter-finals. The match ended 1–1, and Germany won the penalty shootout 4–2. In the semi-final against Italy, the match was scoreless until near the end of extra time when Germany conceded two goals. In the third place match, Germany defeated Portugal 3–1. Miroslav Klose was awarded the Golden Boot for his tournament-leading five goals.
Germany's entry into the Euro 2008 qualifying round was marked by the promotion of Joachim Löw to head coach, since Klinsmann resigned. At UEFA Euro 2008, Germany won two out of three matches in group play to advance to the knockout round. They defeated Portugal 3–2 in the quarterfinal, and won their semifinal against Turkey. Germany lost the final against Spain 0–1, finishing as the runners-up.
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. The game controversially had a valid goal by Frank Lampard disallowed. In the quarterfinals, Germany defeated Argentina 4–0, and Miroslav Klose tied German Gerd Müller's record of 14 World Cup goals. In the semi-final, Germany lost 1–0 to Spain. Germany defeated Uruguay 3–2 to take third place (their second third place after 2006). German Thomas Müller won the Golden Boot and the Best Young Player Award.
In 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. In the semi-finals, Germany lost to Italy, 1–2.
Germany finished first in their qualification group for the 2014 World Cup. The draw for the 2014 World Cup finals placed Germany in Group G, 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 Portuguese 4–0 thanks to a hat-trick by Thomas Müller. 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.
The round of sixteen knockout match against Algeria remained goalless after regulation time, resulting in extra time. In the 92nd minute, André Schürrle scored a goal from a Thomas Müller pass. Mesut Özil scored Germany's second goal in the 120th minute. Algeria managed to score one goal in injury time and the match ended 2–1. Germany secured a place in the quarter-final, where they would face France.
The semi-final win (7–1) against Brazil was a major accomplishment. Germany scored four goals in just less than seven minutes and were 5–0 up against Brazil by the 30th minute with goals from Thomas Müller, Miroslav Klose, Sami Khedira and two from Toni Kroos. Klose's goal in the 23rd minute, his 16th World Cup goal, gave him sole possession of the record for most goals scored during World Cup Finals, dethroning former Brazilian national Ronaldo.
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, 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.
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). 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 and the second European team to win the title outside Europe.
After several players retired from the team following the 2014 World Cup win, including Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker and Miroslav Klose, the team had a disappointing start in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers. They defeated Scotland 2–1 at home, then suffered a 2–0 loss at 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.
Troubles during qualifying for the 2016 European Championship continued, drawing at home, as well as losing away, to Ireland; the team also only narrowly defeated Scotland on two occasions, but handily won the return against Poland and both games against Gibraltar (who competed for the first time). Eventually, however, topping their group and qualifying for the tournament through a 2–1 victory against Georgia on 11 October 2015 (having won the first match against them).
On 13 November 2015, the team was playing a friendly match against France in Paris when a series of terrorist attacks took place in the city, some in the direct vicinity of the Stade de France, where the game was held. For security reasons, the team needed to spend the night inside the stadium, accompanied by the French squad who stayed behind in an act of comradery. Four days later, on 17 November 2015, the German team was scheduled to face the Netherlands at Hanover's HDI-Arena, also in a friendly. After initial security reservations, the DFB decided to play the match on 15 November. However, after reports about a concrete threat to the stadium, the match was cancelled ninety minutes before kickoff.
Germany began their preparations for Euro 2016 in March with friendlies against England and Italy. They gave up a 2–0 lead to England, and ended up losing 2–3. They bounced back in their match with Italy, however, winning by a score of 4–1. It was their first win against the Italians in 21 years.
Germany began their campaign for a fourth European title with a 2–0 win against Ukraine on 12 June. Against Poland, Germany was held to a 0–0 draw but concluded Group C with a 1–0 win against Northern Ireland. In the Round of 16, Germany faced Slovakia and earned a comfortable 3–0 win. Germany then faced off against rivals Italy in the quarter-finals. Mesut Özil opened the scoring in the 65th minute for Germany, before Leonardo Bonucci drew even after converting a penalty in the 78th minute. The score remained 1–1 after extra time and Germany beat Italy 6–5 in a penalty shootout. It was the first time Germany had overcome Italy in a major tournament. In the semi-finals Germany played the host nation France. Germany's hopes of securing a fourth European championship were put on hold however as France ended Germany's run by eliminating them by a score of 0–2. It was France's first competitive win against Germany in 58 years.
On 2 July 2017, Germany won the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup after a 1–0 win against Chile in the final at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, it was their first FIFA Confederations Cup title.
Despite winning all their qualifying matches and the Confederations Cup the previous year, Germany started their 2018 World Cup campaign with a defeat to Mexico. This was their first loss in an opening match since the 1982 World Cup. Germany defeated Sweden 2–1 in their second game via an injury-time winner from Toni Kroos, but was subsequently eliminated following a 2–0 loss to South Korea, their first exit in the first round since 1938 and first ever in group stage since the format had been introduced.
Following the World Cup, Germany's struggles continued into the UEFA Nations League. After a 0–0 draw at home against France, they lost 3–0 against the Netherlands and 1–2 in the rematch against France three days later; the latter result being their fourth loss in six competitive matches. These results mean that Germany cannot advance to the 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals and faced the prospect of possible relegation to League B in the next Nations League.
After the Netherlands' win against France, the relegation to League B was confirmed.
The national team's home kit has always been a white shirt, black shorts, and white socks. 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 reversion to the pure black-and-white scheme). 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. The away shirt colour has changed several times. 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. Other colours such as red, grey and black have also been used.
A change from black to red came in 2005 on the request of Jürgen Klinsmann, 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.
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 2022. In the 70s, Germany wore Erima kits (a German brand, formerly a subsidiary of Adidas).
|Adidas||1954–present||In 1970s, Germany wore Erima kits|
(German brand, formerly a subsidiary of Adidas).
|Adidas||1954–present||2019–2022 (4 years)||Total €250 million / Total $283.5 million
(€50 million per year / $56.7 million per year)
|2023–2026 (4 years)||Undisclosed|
Germany plays its 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 (46 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 (34 matches), Stuttgart (32), Hanover (28) 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.
Germany's qualifying and friendly matches are televised by privately owned RTL; Nations League 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.
Germany has won the World Cup four times, behind only Brazil (five titles). It has finished as runners-up four times. In terms of semi-final appearances, Germany leads with 13, two more than Brazil's 11, which had participated in two more tournaments. From 1954 to 2014 (16 tournament editions), Germany always reached at least the stage of the last eight teams, before being eliminated in the group stage in 2018. 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 has the distinction of having an Elo football rating of 2196 following their victory in the 2014 World Cup, which was higher than any previous champion.
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. The Germans have qualified for every European Championship tournament except for the very first European Championship they entered in 1968. 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. The team finished out of top eight only in two occasions, the tournaments of 2000 and 2004. In the other ten editions Germany participated in they reached nine times at least the semi-finals, an unparalleled record in Europe.
Champions Runners-up Third place Fourth place
|FIFA World Cup finals record||Qualifications record|
|1930||Did not enter||Did not enter||—|
|1950||Banned from entering||1950|
|1958||Fourth place||4th||6||2||2||2||12||14||Squad||Qualified as defending champions||1958|
|1974||Champions||1st||7||6||0||1||13||4||Squad||Qualified as hosts||1974|
|1978||Second group stage||6th||6||1||4||1||10||5||Squad||Qualified as defending champions||1978|
|1994||Quarter-finals||5th||5||3||1||1||9||7||Squad||Qualified as defending champions||1994|
|2006||Third place||3rd||7||5||1||1||14||6||Squad||Qualified as hosts||2006|
|2022||To be decided||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||2022|
|2026||To be decided||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||2026|
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1992||Did not enter|
|1995||Did not qualify|
|1997||Did not enter|
|2001||Did not qualify|
|2003||Did not enter|
|2009||Did not qualify|
|UEFA European Championship record||Qualification record|
|1960||Did not enter||—||Did not enter||—|
|1968||Did not qualify||—||4||2||1||1||9||2||1968|
|1988||Semi-finals||3rd||4||2||1||1||6||3||Squad||Qualified as hosts|
|2020||To be determined||1||1||0||0||3||2||2020|
|2024||Qualified as hosts||Qualified as hosts|
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2020–21||B||To be determined|
|FIFA World Cup||4||4||4||12|
|UEFA European Championship||3||3||3||9|
|FIFA Confederations Cup||1||0||1||2|
|Head coach||Joachim Löw|
|Assistant coach||Marcus Sorg|
|Fitness coach||Yann-Benjamin Kugel|
|Goalkeeping coach||Andreas Köpke|
|Team doctor||Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt|
|Business manager||Oliver Bierhoff|
|Sporting director||Hans-Dieter Flick|
The following players were selected for the friendly game against Serbia and the Euro 2020 qualifiying game against the Netherlands on 20 and 24 March 2019.
Caps and goals correct as of: 24 March 2019, after the match against the Netherlands.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Manuel Neuer (captain)||27 March 1986||86||0||Bayern Munich|
|12||GK||Kevin Trapp||8 July 1990||3||0||Eintracht Frankfurt|
|22||GK||Marc-André ter Stegen||30 April 1992||22||0||Barcelona|
|2||DF||Thilo Kehrer||21 September 1996||6||0||Paris Saint-Germain|
|3||DF||Marcel Halstenberg||27 September 1991||2||0||RB Leipzig|
|4||DF||Matthias Ginter||19 January 1994||24||0||Borussia Mönchengladbach|
|5||DF||Jonathan Tah||11 February 1996||5||0||Bayer Leverkusen|
|6||DF||Joshua Kimmich||8 February 1995||40||3||Bayern Munich|
|15||DF||Niklas Süle||3 September 1995||18||1||Bayern Munich|
|16||DF||Antonio Rüdiger||3 March 1993||30||1||Chelsea|
|17||DF||Niklas Stark||14 April 1995||0||0||Hertha BSC|
|7||MF||Maximilian Eggestein||8 December 1996||0||0||Werder Bremen|
|8||MF||Toni Kroos (vice-captain)||4 January 1990||92||14||Real Madrid|
|10||MF||Julian Brandt||2 May 1996||24||2||Bayer Leverkusen|
|11||MF||Marco Reus||31 May 1989||39||10||Borussia Dortmund|
|14||MF||Nico Schulz||1 April 1993||6||2||1899 Hoffenheim|
|18||MF||Leon Goretzka||6 February 1995||21||7||Bayern Munich|
|19||MF||Leroy Sané||11 January 1996||19||3||Manchester City|
|20||MF||Serge Gnabry||14 July 1995||6||5||Bayern Munich|
|21||MF||İlkay Gündoğan||24 October 1990||31||4||Manchester City|
|23||MF||Kai Havertz||11 June 1999||3||0||Bayer Leverkusen|
|9||FW||Timo Werner||6 March 1996||24||9||RB Leipzig|
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||Bernd Leno||4 March 1992||6||0||Arsenal||v. Netherlands, 19 November 2018|
|DF||Lukas Klostermann||3 June 1996||1||0||RB Leipzig||v. Serbia, 20 March 2019|
|DF||Jonas Hector||27 May 1990||42||3||1. FC Köln||v. Netherlands, 19 November 2018|
|DF||Marvin Plattenhardt||26 January 1992||7||0||Hertha BSC||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|MF||Sebastian Rudy||28 February 1990||27||1||Schalke 04||v. Netherlands, 19 November 2018|
|MF||Julian Draxler||20 September 1993||49||6||Paris Saint-Germain||v. Russia, 15 November 2018|
|MF||Emre Can||12 January 1994||21||1||Juventus||v. France, 16 October 2018|
|MF||Sami Khedira||4 April 1987||77||7||Juventus||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|FW||Mark Uth||24 August 1991||1||0||Schalke 04||v. Russia, 15 November 2018|
|Fritz Walter||1951–1956||First official captain of the West Germany national football team|
World Cup winning captain (1954)
|Hans Schäfer||1952–1962||First West German player to play in three World Cup tournaments|
(1954, 1958, (1962)
|Franz Beckenbauer||1972–1977||European Championship winning captain (1972)|
World Cup winning captain (1974)
|Bernard Dietz||1979–1981||European Championship winning captain (1980)|
|Lothar Matthäus||1988–1994||World Cup winning captain (1990)|
First captain of the unified Germany national football team
|Jürgen Klinsmann||1994–1998||European Championship winning captain (1996)|
|Philipp Lahm||2010–2014||World Cup winning captain (2014)|
|Julian Draxler||2017||Confederations Cup winning captain (2017)|
Below is a list of the 10 players with the most caps for Germany, as of 22 March 2017. (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.
Below is a list of the top 10 goalscorers for Germany, as of 27 June 2018. (bold denotes players still available for selection). Former East Germany player Joachim Streich, who scored 55 goals, is not included in this Wikipedia list, though he is included in DFB records.
|1||Miroslav Klose (list)||2001–2014||71||137||0.52|
|2||Gerd Müller (list)||1966–1974||68||62||1.10|
The 1974 FIFA World Cup Final was the final match of the 1974 FIFA World Cup, the 10th FIFA World Cup, a competition to determine the world champion among national men's football sides. The match was contested by the Netherlands and West Germany, with the West Germans winning 2–1. The Netherlands opened the scoring via a Johan Neeskens penalty in the second minute, only for Paul Breitner to equalise with another penalty in the 25th minute before Gerd Müller scored the winning goal in the 43rd minute, claiming West Germany's second FIFA World Cup.Five German players (Sepp Maier, Franz Beckenbauer, Wolfgang Overath, Jürgen Grabowski, Horst-Dieter Höttges) became the first men in history who have won gold, silver and bronze medals at the FIFA World Cup.1986 FIFA World Cup Final
The 1986 FIFA World Cup Final was the final and deciding game of the 1986 FIFA World Cup, held in Mexico. The match was held at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on 29 June 1986 and had an attendance of 114,600. It was contested by Argentina and West Germany. Argentina won the match 3–2 in normal time.East Germany Olympic football team
The East Germany Olympic football team, recognized as Germany DR by FIFA, was from 1952 to 1990 the football team of East Germany, playing as one of three post-war German teams, along with Saarland and West Germany.
After German reunification in 1990, the Deutscher Fußball-Verband der DDR (DFV), and with it the East German team, joined the Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB).East Germany national football team
The East Germany national football team, recognized as Germany DR by FIFA, was from 1952 to 1990 the football team of East Germany, playing as one of three post-war German teams, along with Saarland and West Germany.
After German reunification in 1990, the Deutscher Fußball Verband der DDR (DFV), and with it the East German team, joined the Deutscher Fußball Bund (DFB) and the West German national football team that had just won the World Cup.East Germany national under-21 football team
The East Germany national football team was the national football team of the German Democratic Republic. Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, East Germany's Under-21 team was formed. The team played until 1990, until East Germany ceased to be a separate country after the reunification of Germany.
The team competed in the UEFA U-21 Championship. Since the under-21 competition rules state that players must be 21 or under at the start of a two-year competition, technically it is an U-23 competition. East Germany's record for the preceding U-23 competitions is also shown.
Before the 1990 merge, the East-German U-21 team was a little more successful than its Western counterpart, finishing second on three occasions. The West German under-21s were runners-up once and quarter-finalists twice. 'East' failed to qualify seven times, whilst 'West' failed four times and didn't enter on three occasions.
The trainer of the under team was Walter Fritzsch, from 1978 until 1991.Erich Ribbeck
Erich Ribbeck (born 13 June 1937) is a former German footballer and manager, best known for coaching in the German Bundesliga.Fritz-Walter-Stadion
Fritz-Walter-Stadion (German pronunciation: [ˌfʁɪtsˈvaltɐˌʃtaːdi̯ɔn]) is the home to the 3. Bundesliga club 1. FC Kaiserslautern and is located in the city of Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It was one of the stadia used in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. It is named after Fritz Walter, who played for the Kaiserslautern club throughout his career and was captain of the Germany national football team that won the 1954 FIFA World Cup in the "Miracle of Bern". The Stadium was built on the Betzenberg hill, hence its nickname "Betze", and was opened in 1920.Germany national cerebral palsy football team
Germany national cerebral palsy football team is the national cerebral football team for Germany that represents the team in international competitions. The team has never participated at the Paralympic Games but has participated at several international tournaments.Germany national football B team
Germany B (or Germany A2) is a secondary team of the Germany national football team, used to try out and develop players for potential inclusion in the first team. The team - which has not been active since 2006 - can play against other nations' B-teams, or against full national teams, but its matches are not considered full internationals. In its last incarnation the team was named Team 2006, as a development team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which was to be hosted in Germany.Germany national football team all-time record
The list shown below shows the Germany national football team all-time international record against opposing nations. The stats are composed of FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Football Championship, FIFA Confederations Cup, and Summer Olympics matches, as well as numerous international friendly tournaments and matches.Germany national football team manager
The Germany national football team manager (German: Bundestrainer, literally 'Federal Coach' or 'Association Coach') is a position created in 1926 and first held by Otto Nerz. The German team began playing matches in 1908, but for 18 years it had no manager. Instead a selection committee chose the team.Ten different men have occupied the post since its inception, all of whom are German. Seven of the ten have previously played for the national team, the exceptions being Nerz, Erich Ribbeck, and current incumbent Joachim Löw. Many of the managers previously served as assistant to their predecessor; each of the three managers after Nerz had worked under the previous incumbent, and the current manager, Löw, was assistant to Jürgen Klinsmann from 2004 to 2006. More recently, though, the trend has been towards former players with little in the way of coaching experience.
From 1936 to 1998, the team had just five managers, each of whom won a major trophy, with Helmut Schön (1964–1978) winning two. The last sixteen years has seen four different managers in the role.The title Bundestrainer has been in use since 1950 – prior to 1942 the role was titled Reichstrainer (Imperial Coach). Franz Beckenbauer and Rudi Völler could not be titled Bundestrainer, due to a lack of coaching qualifications, so were titled Teamchef (Team Leader). Their assistants, Horst Köppel/Holger Osieck and Michael Skibbe respectively, were the official Bundestrainer during this time.Germany national under-20 football team
Germany national under-20 football team, also known as Germany Under-20s or Germany U20(s), represents Germany in association football at an under-20 age level and is controlled by German Football Association, the governing body for football in Germany.
Because there is no under-20 competition at UEFA level, Germany's under-20 side has generally only played competitive matches when it has qualified for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which is held every 2 years.Germany national under-21 football team
The Germany national under-21 football team represents the under-21s of Germany in the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and is controlled by the German Football Association (DFB), the governing body of football in Germany.
Before the reunification of Germany, East Germany and West Germany played as separate entities — the two teams played separately until summer 1990. Following the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976, international under-21 football in Europe began. A West German team, however, did not compete in the U-21 European Championship until the qualifying round (beginning in 1980) of the 1982 competition.
West Germany competed in the first two under-23 competitions, which finished in 1972 and 1974. The first under-21 competition finals were in 1978, and since the under-21 competition rules state that players must be 21 or under at the start of a two-year competition, technically it is an under-23 competition.
The current Germany team can be legitimately considered as the current incarnation of the West German team, since the West Germany flag, uniform, and football association all became those of the unified Germany. In effect, the West German team absorbed the East German team to become 'the Germany national under-21 football team'.
For these reasons, the record of West Germany for the U-23 and U-21 competitions is shown below.Germany national youth football team
This article includes current squads of Germany U-19, U-18, U-17, U-16 and U-15 national football teams.Károly Sós
Károly Sós (5 April 1909 – 3 August 1991), was a Hungarian footballer and manager. After playing for various clubs he became a coach, most notably with Ferencvárosi TC, Bp. Honvéd SE, East Germany and Hungary with whom he won Olympic Gold 1968.UEFA Euro 1972 Final
The UEFA Euro 1972 Final was a football match played on 18 June 1972 to determine the winner of UEFA Euro 1972. The match was contested by West Germany and the Soviet Union, fighting for its second title in the tournament, at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels. The Germans won the match 3–0, with goals coming from Gerd Müller (twice) and Herbert Wimmer.UEFA Euro 1980 Final
The UEFA Euro 1980 Final was a football match played on 22 June 1980 at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy to determine the winner of UEFA Euro 1980. The match featured West Germany, runners-up in the previous edition of the competition, and Belgium.
Germany went on to win the match 2–1 after two goals by Horst Hrubesch, interposed by a Belgian penalty successfully converted by René Vandereycken.UEFA Euro 1992 Final
The UEFA Euro 1992 Final was played between Denmark and Germany on 26 June 1992 at Ullevi in Gothenburg, Sweden, to determine the winner of UEFA Euro 1992. This was Germany's first European Championship tournament since the nation's reunification.
Underdogs Denmark took the lead in the first half from a John Jensen right-footed shot into the top right-hand corner of the net from just inside the penalty box. Denmark sealed the victory with a second goal from Kim Vilfort with 12 minutes to go, Vilfort shooting low left footed in off the bottom-right corner of the post and past Bodo Illgner. With this result, Denmark captured their first-ever major championship at the expense of the defending World Champions.UEFA Euro 1996 Final
The UEFA Euro 1996 Final was a football match played on 30 June 1996 at Wembley Stadium in London, England, to determine the winner of UEFA Euro 1996. The match featured tournament favourites Germany, who knocked out hosts England in the previous round, and Czech Republic, playing in only their first European Championship since the break-up of Czechoslovakia. Both teams had qualified for the knockout stage from Group C of the tournament's group stage, with Germany winning 2–0 in the teams' earlier meeting.
Germany won the final 2–1, with Oliver Bierhoff scoring the golden goal in the 95th minute.
Bierhoff had earlier equalised in the 73rd minute after Patrik Berger scored a penalty for Czech Republic on 59 minutes after Karel Poborský had been tripped.
|2 June 2018 Friendly||Austria||2–1||Germany||Klagenfurt, Austria|
|18:00 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Report (DFB)||Özil 11'||Stadium: Wörtherseestadion|
Referee: Pavel Královec (Czech Republic)
|8 June 2018 Friendly||Germany||2–1||Saudi Arabia||Leverkusen, Germany|
|19:30 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Report (DFB)||Al-Jassim 84'||Stadium: BayArena|
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
|17 June 2018 2018 FIFA World Cup||Germany||0–1||Mexico||Moscow, Russia|
|18:00 MSK (UTC+03:00)||Report||Lozano 35'||Stadium: Luzhniki Stadium|
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
|23 June 2018 2018 FIFA World Cup||Germany||2–1||Sweden||Sochi, Russia|
|21:00 MSK (UTC+03:00)||Report||Toivonen 32'||Stadium: Fisht Olympic Stadium|
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
|27 June 2018 2018 FIFA World Cup||South Korea||2–0||Germany||Kazan, Russia|
|17:00 MSK (UTC+03:00)||Report||Stadium: Kazan Arena|
Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
|6 September 2018 UEFA Nations League||Germany||0–0||France||Munich, Germany|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Report||Stadium: Allianz Arena|
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
|9 September 2018 Friendly||Germany||2–1||Peru||Sinsheim, Germany|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Report||
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (Austria)
|13 October 2018 UEFA Nations League||Netherlands||3–0||Germany||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Report||Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena|
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
|16 October 2018 UEFA Nations League||France||2–1||Germany||Saint-Denis, France|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Report||Stadium: Stade de France|
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
|15 November 2018 Friendly||Germany||3–0||Russia||Leipzig, Germany|
|20:00 CET (UTC+01:00)||Report||Stadium: Red Bull Arena|
Referee: Sandro Schärer (Switzerland)
|19 November 2018 UEFA Nations League||Germany||2–2||Netherlands||Gelsenkirchen, Germany|
|20:45 CET (UTC+01:00)||Report||Stadium: Veltins-Arena|
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (Romania)
|20 March 2019 Friendly||Germany||1–1||Serbia||Wolfsburg, Germany|
|20:45 CET (UTC+01:00)||
||Stadium: Volkswagen Arena|
Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland)
|24 March 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification||Netherlands||2–3||Germany||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|20:45 CET (UTC+01:00)||Report||Stadium: Johan Cruyff ArenA|
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
|8 June 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification||Belarus||v||Germany||Barysaw, Belarus|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Stadium: Borisov Arena|
|11 June 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification||Germany||v||Estonia||Mainz, Germany|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Stadium: Opel Arena|
|6 September 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification||Germany||v||Netherlands||Hamburg, Germany|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Stadium: Volksparkstadion|
|9 September 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification||Northern Ireland||v||Germany||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Stadium: Windsor Park|
|9 October 2019 Friendly||Germany||v||Argentina||Dortmund, Germany|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Report||Stadium: Westfalenstadion|
|13 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification||Estonia||v||Germany||Tallinn, Estonia|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena|
|16 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification||Germany||v||Belarus||Mönchengladbach, Germany|
|20:45 CET (UTC+01:00)||Stadium: Borussia-Park|
|19 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Qualification||Germany||v||Northern Ireland||Frankfurt, Germany|
|20:45 CET (UTC+01:00)||Stadium: Commerzbank-Arena|
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