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.

1996: Germany

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

P141 W92 D30 L19 F302 A106
Final tournament:
P43 W23 D10 L10 F65 A45
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