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Germany team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 9.00CET
A powerhouse of European football, Germany (previously West Germany) have only once failed to qualify for the finals of either the UEFA European Championship or FIFA World Cup.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 9.00CET

Germany team profile

A powerhouse of European football, Germany (previously West Germany) have only once failed to qualify for the finals of either the UEFA European Championship or FIFA World Cup.

Best result: winners 1972, 1980 (as West Germany), 1996
Coach: Joachim Löw
Leading scorers: all-time – Miroslav Klose (71); current – Lukas Podolski (48)
Most appearances: all-time – Lothar Matthäus (150); current – Lukas Podolski (126)
Association formed: 1900
Nickname: DFB-Elf (DFB eleven)
Where they play: Various, including Olympiastadion, Berlin; Fußball Arena München, Munich

A powerhouse of European football, Germany (West Germany from 1945 to 1990) have only once (1968) failed to qualify for the finals of either the UEFA European Championship or a FIFA World Cup that they have entered. They have won the World Cup four times, claiming the global prize in 1954, 1974 and 1990 and 2014, and became champions of Europe in 1972, 1980 and 1996. They have also been runners-up in three European Championships and four World Cups. Although it is almost two decades since their last EURO triumph, they have reached at least the semi-finals of the last two tournaments.

EURO pedigree
Matches played

Overall:
P141 W92 D30 L19 F302 A106
Final tournament:
P43 W23 D10 L10 F65 A45
Qualifying:
P98 W69 D20 L9 F237 A61

Three-time winners and runners-up in 1976, 1992 and 2008, Germany have won 23 of their 43 finals matches – all are records, though Spain also have three European titles to their name. UEFA EURO 2012 was Germany's 11th successive final tournament – also a UEFA European Championship record. Though in ominously good form in Poland and Ukraine – having won all ten of their qualifiers, scoring an average of 3.4 goals per game – they lost 2-1 to Italy in the semi-finals.

Germany have advanced to the knockout stages in every one of their World Cup appearances but in the UEFA European Championship they have suffered group stage exits three times, finishing third in their section in 1984 and 2004, and bottom in 2000.

Memorable EURO matches
26/06/1996: England 1-1 Germany (5-6 pens), EURO '96 semi-finals

Andreas Möller converted the decisive spot kick as Berti Vogts' team eliminated the hosts.

22/06/1980: West Germany 2-1 Belgium, 1980 UEFA European Championship final
Horst Hrubesch's second goal, two minutes from time, earned West Germany a second title.

29/04/1972: England 1-3 West Germany, 1972 UEFA European Championship quarter-finals
This first leg is considered the birth of Germany's strongest side, the so called Wembley XI.

Did you know?
Despite their excellent UEFA European Championship record, Germany failed to win a finals match between the Wembley triumph in 1996 and their victory over Poland in Klagenfurt in 2008. Between those years, they recorded three draws and three defeats, scoring three goals and conceding eight.

*Last updated on 18/11/15

Last updated: 19/11/15 13.59CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 15/09/2016 16:49 CET
7 September 2014 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Germany2-1Scotland
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) Stadium: BVB Stadion Dortmund, Dortmund (GER)
06/02/2016 09:02:39
11 October 2014 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Poland2-0Germany
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR) Stadium: Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw (POL)
06/06/2016 11:15:12
14 October 2014 14 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Germany1-1Republic of Ireland
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) Stadium: Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen (GER)
06/02/2016 09:20:28
14 November 2014 14 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Germany4-0Gibraltar
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU) Stadium: Grundig Stadion, Nuremberg (GER)
01/08/2016 08:06:37
29 March 2015 29 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Georgia0-2Germany
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA) Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
05/31/2016 18:06:02
13 June 2015 13 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Gibraltar0-7Germany
Referee: Clayton Pisani (MLT) Stadium: Estádio Algarve, Faro-Loule (POR)
01/08/2016 08:06:35
4 September 2015 04 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Germany3-1Poland
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) Stadium: Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt am Main (GER)
01/08/2016 08:06:33
7 September 2015 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Scotland2-3Germany
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) Stadium: Hampden Park, Glasgow (SCO)
03/22/2016 11:58:28
8 October 2015 08 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Republic of Ireland1-0Germany
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) Stadium: Dublin Stadium, Dublin (IRL)
08/11/2016 10:41:57
11 October 2015 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Germany2-1Georgia
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) Stadium: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig (GER)
01/08/2016 08:06:24
Germany2-0Ukraine
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Villeneuve d'Ascq (FRA)
08/03/2016 17:21:15
Germany0-0Poland
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
06/18/2016 10:08:44
Northern Ireland0-1Germany
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA) Stadium: Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
06/23/2016 10:08:44
26 June 2016 26 Jun - UEFA EURO, Round of 16
Germany3-0Slovakia
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) Stadium: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Villeneuve d'Ascq (FRA)
08/03/2016 17:21:16
2 July 2016 02 Jul - UEFA EURO, Quarter-finals
Germany1-1Italy
Germany win 6-5 on penalties (6-5p)
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) Stadium: Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (FRA)
07/06/2016 09:45:25
7 July 2016 07 Jul - UEFA EURO, Semi-finals
Germany0-2France
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) Stadium: Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (FRA)
07/09/2016 10:07:34
31 August 2016 31 Aug - Friendlies 2016-18
Germany2-0Finland
Referee: not available Stadium: Borussia-Park, Monchengladbach (GER)
09/15/2016 15:49:45
4 September 2016 04 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Norway0-3Germany
Referee: William Collum (SCO) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
09/05/2016 11:35:01
8 October 2016 08 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
GermanyCzech Republic
Referee: TBD Stadium: Hamburg Arena, Hamburg (GER)
09/22/2016 18:40:06
11 October 2016 11 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
GermanyNorthern Ireland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Hannover Arena, Hanover (GER)
09/22/2016 18:17:55
11 November 2016 11 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
San MarinoGermany
Referee: TBD Stadium: San Marino Stadium, Serravalle (SMR)
09/30/2016 09:44:18
15 November 2016 15 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
Italy - Germany
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 18:17:32
26 March 2017 26 Mar - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
AzerbaijanGermany
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:14
10 June 2017 10 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
GermanySan Marino
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:16
1 September 2017 01 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
Czech RepublicGermany
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:31
4 September 2017 04 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
GermanyNorway
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:33
5 October 2017 05 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
Northern IrelandGermany
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:42
8 October 2017 08 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group C)
GermanyAzerbaijan
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:07:59

General info

  • Founded : 1900
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    06/09/2006, San Marino 0-13 Germany, Serravalle
  • Biggest defeat:
    17/10/2007, Germany 0-3 Czech Republic, Munich
    20/06/2000, Portugal 3-0 Germany, Rotterdam
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 13
  • Player with most appearances: 37
    Lukas Podolski (GER)
  • Top scorers: 19
    Miroslav Klose (GER)