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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

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

Last updated: 19/11/15 13.59CET

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Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 29/03/2018 18:52 CET
31 August 2016 31 Aug - Friendlies 2016-18
Referee: not available Stadium: Borussia-Park, Monchengladbach (GER)
11/02/2017 16:57:22
4 September 2016 04 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: William Collum (SCO) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
11/02/2017 16:54:43
8 October 2016 08 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Germany3-0Czech Republic
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU) Stadium: Hamburg Arena, Hamburg (GER)
11/02/2017 16:54:48
11 October 2016 11 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Germany2-0Northern Ireland
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA) Stadium: HDI-Arena, Hanover (GER)
11/02/2017 16:54:52
11 November 2016 11 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
San Marino0-8Germany
Referee: Artyom Kuchin (KAZ) Stadium: San Marino Stadium, Serravalle (SMR)
04/09/2018 11:13:38
15 November 2016 15 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
Referee: not available Stadium: Stadio San Siro, Milan (ITA)
03/06/2018 14:50:11
22 March 2017 22 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
Referee: not available Stadium: BVB Stadion Dortmund, Dortmund (GER)
11/02/2017 16:57:30
26 March 2017 26 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA) Stadium: Tofig Bahramov Republican stadium, Baku (AZE)
03/26/2018 09:07:48
6 June 2017 06 Jun - Friendlies 2016-18
Referee: not available Stadium: Brøndby, Brondby (DEN)
11/02/2017 16:57:27
Germany7-0San Marino
Referee: Radu Petrescu (ROU) Stadium: Stadion Nurnberg, Nuremberg (GER)
11/02/2017 16:54:58
1 September 2017 01 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Czech Republic1-2Germany
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS) Stadium: Eden Arena, Prague (CZE)
11/02/2017 16:54:58
4 September 2017 04 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU) Stadium: Mercedes-Benz-Arena, Stuttgart (GER)
12/13/2017 12:47:55
5 October 2017 05 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Northern Ireland1-3Germany
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED) Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
03/06/2018 15:09:18
8 October 2017 08 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group C)
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA) Stadium: Fritz-Walter, Kaiserslautern (GER)
11/13/2017 13:32:55
10 November 2017 10 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
Referee: not available Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
11/13/2017 10:47:01
14 November 2017 14 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: Stadion Köln, Cologne (GER)
12/13/2017 12:47:55
23 March 2018 23 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
Referee: not available Stadium: Esprit Arena, Dusseldorf (GER)
03/29/2018 17:48:41
27 March 2018 27 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
Referee: not available Stadium: Olympiastadion, Berlin (GER)
03/28/2018 11:34:33
2 June 2018 02 Jun - Friendlies 2016-18
Referee: TBD Stadium: Wörthersee, Klagenfurt (AUT)
03/19/2018 14:46:09

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)