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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: 23/11/2015 14:17 CET
3 September 2014 03 Sep - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available
10/16/2015 15:39:41
7 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) Stadium: BVB Stadion Dortmund, Dortmund (GER)
09/08/2015 23:13:32
11 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR) Stadium: Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw (POL)
09/08/2015 23:13:36
14 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Germany1-1Republic of Ireland
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) Stadium: Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen (GER)
09/08/2015 23:13:38
14 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU) Stadium: Grundig Stadion, Nuremberg (GER)
09/08/2015 23:13:42
18 November 2014 18 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available Stadium: Balaídos, Vigo (ESP)
10/17/2015 16:08:34
25 March 2015 25 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Germany - Australia
Match cancelled c
Referee: not available
11/19/2015 12:18:51
25 March 2015 25 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available
11/19/2015 12:37:42
29 March 2015 29 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA) Stadium: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO)
10/26/2015 12:11:20
10 June 2015 10 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED) Stadium: Müngersdorfer Stadion, Cologne (GER)
11/19/2015 12:12:51
Referee: Clayton Pisani (MLT) Stadium: Estádio Algarve, Faro-Loule (POR)
09/08/2015 23:13:44
4 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) Stadium: Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt am Main (GER)
10/06/2015 18:37:42
7 September 2015 07 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) Stadium: Hampden Park, Glasgow (SCO)
10/19/2015 13:39:50
8 October 2015 08 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Republic of Ireland1-0Germany
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) Stadium: Aviva Stadium, Dublin (IRL)
10/14/2015 15:48:33
11 October 2015 11 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group D)
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) Stadium: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig (GER)
11/23/2015 13:20:02
13 November 2015 13 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Referee: not available Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
11/19/2015 13:41:14
17 November 2015 17 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Germany - Netherlands
Match postponed p
Referee: TBD
11/18/2015 15:39:07
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:06:22
GermanyCzech Republic
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 15:33:47
GermanyNorthern Ireland
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 17:53:48
San MarinoGermany
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 17:53:48
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 17:53:48
GermanySan Marino
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 17:53:48
Czech RepublicGermany
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:40:33
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 23:20:04
Northern IrelandGermany
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:43:18
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:12:02

General info

  • Founded : 1900
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, Friendly matches 2014/2016, World Cup 2012/2014

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: 36
    Miroslav Klose (GER)
    Lukas Podolski (GER)
  • Top scorers: 19
    Miroslav Klose (GER)