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Germany team guide

Published: Sunday 1 June 2014, 17.37CET
Back in the finals for the first time since lifting the trophy in the Czech Republic in 2008, Germany proved their pedigree by ousting six-time winners Spain in the elite round.
Germany team guide
Germany celebrate during their elite round match against Lithuania ©DPI

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Published: Sunday 1 June 2014, 17.37CET

Germany team guide

Back in the finals for the first time since lifting the trophy in the Czech Republic in 2008, Germany proved their pedigree by ousting six-time winners Spain in the elite round.

A 3-1 win against Spain meant Germany finished elite round Group 5 with maximum points and prompted coach Marcus Sorg to credit his side for "an unbelievably strong performance". Overall they came out victorious in five of their six qualifying matches, with only Scotland managing a draw against them.

With players like Max Meyer – who will miss the finals – Julian Brandt and Niklas Stark all featuring regularly in the Bundesliga this past season, Germany can once more count on a fine generation – their intensive work at youth level paying dividends.

Winners in 2008, Germany have been conspicuous by their absence from the last five final tournaments, but will look to make up for lost time in Hungary. "We had some problems with injuries and call-ups but showed our class," noted Sorg. "If we take our best squad to the finals, we will be an incredibly strong side."

Qualifying round: Belarus 2-1, Latvia 5-0, Scotland 1-1 (Group 5 winners)

Elite round: Lithuania 2-0, Denmark 4-0, Spain 3-1 (Group 5 winners)

Key players: Pascal Itter (defender, FC Schalke 04), Julian Brandt (midfielder, Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Niklas Stark (midfielder, 1. FC Nürnberg), Davie Selke (forward, SV Werder Bremen)

Coach: Marcus Sorg
Date of birth: 24/12/1965

A graduate in industrial engineering who played in the lower leagues, Sorg coached SC Freiburg in the Bundesliga in 2011, but has since specialised in youth coaching. He joined the German Football Association (DFB) in 2013 after a year in charge of FC Bayern München's Under-17 squad.

Team records

Qualifying top scorers
Davie Selke: 5

UEFA European Under-19 Championship best
Winners: 2008

Honours in UEFA youth competitions
UEFA European Under-18 Championship
Winners: 1981 (West Germany), 1985 (East Germany)
Runners-up: 1994, 1998
UEFA European Under-17 Championship
Winners: 2009
Runners-up: 2011
UEFA European Under-16 Championship
Winners: 1984 (West Germany), 1992
Runners-up: 1982 (West Germany), 1989 (East Germany)
International Youth Tournament (U18)
Winners: 1965, 1970 (both East Germany)
Runners-up: 1954 (West Germany), 1969, 1973 (both East Germany)

Other honours:
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Winners: 1981 (West Germany)

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