Germany’s EURO record: top scorers, most titles, star players

Sure to compete at an unprecedented 14th EURO in 2024, Germany are giants of the UEFA European Championship. Discover why.

Germany’s Jürgen Klinsmann lifts the trophy at EURO ‘96
Germany’s Jürgen Klinsmann lifts the trophy at EURO ‘96 Hulton Archive

Germany will play their 50th finals match against France in Munich on Tuesday 16 June; UEFA.com dissects their mighty EURO record.

Die Mannschaft have qualified for every tournament since their first finals appearance in 1972 (featuring in a record 12 final tournaments in total, not including EURO 2020) and will compete in their 14th finals as hosts at EURO 2024.

The three-time winners (1972, 1980, 1996) – joint record holders with Spain – hoisted the cup aloft most recently in 1996 under the command of Berti Vogts, the only man to have won the UEFA European Championship as both player (West Germany, 1972) and coach.

West Germany celebrate victory in 1980
West Germany celebrate victory in 1980Getty Images

Tellingly, they have reached the final in half of their 12 finals campaigns to date, although they did not win the competition the one previous time they staged it (as West Germany in 1988). There have been low points – Germany failed to get through the group stage in both 2000 and 2004 – but Joachim Löw’s side should be a force to be reckoned with this summer. Read these stats and tremble.

How have Germany got on at previous EUROs?

3: winners (1972, 1980, 1996)
3: runners-up (1976, 1992, 2008)
3: semi-finals (1988, 2012, 2016)
3: group stage (1984, 2000, 2004)
1: did not qualify (1968)
2: did not enter (1960, 1964 – East Germany entered every edition of the EURO from 1960–1988 but never made it to the finals; they entered the qualifying draw for EURO ‘92, only to be withdrawn following reunification in 1990.)

Who has played the most EURO games for Germany?

Former Bayern München and Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is second only to Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the all-time finals appearances rankings.

 Bastian Schweinsteiger at his fourth EURO in 2016
Bastian Schweinsteiger at his fourth EURO in 2016Getty Images

18: Bastian Schweinsteiger (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
14: Philipp Lahm (2004, 2008, 2012)
13: Mario Gomez (2008, 2012, 2016)
13: Thomas Hässler (1992, 1996)
13: Jürgen Klinsmann (1992, 1996)
13: Miroslav Klose (2004, 2008, 2012)

Who are Germany’s all-time EURO finals top scorers?

Mario Gomez celebrates scoring at EURO 2012
Mario Gomez celebrates scoring at EURO 2012AFP via Getty Images

5: Mario Gomez
5: Jürgen Klinsmann
5: Gerd Müller
4: Lukas Podolski
4: Rudi Völler
4: Dieter Müller

Who are Germany’s top EURO finals scorers by tournament?

Gerd Müller at EURO 1972
Gerd Müller at EURO 1972Hulton Archive

Gerd Müller (1972), Dieter Müller (1976), Klaus Allofs (1980) and Karl-Heinz Riedle (1992) were top scorers at the finals.

1972: Gerd Müller (4)
1976: Dieter Müller (4)
1980: Klaus Allofs (3)
1984: Rudi Völler (2)
1988: Rudi Völler (2)
1992: Karl-Heinz Riedle (3)
1996: Jürgen Klinsmann (3)
2000: Mehmet Scholl (1)
2004: Michael Ballack, Torsten Frings (1)
2008: Lukas Podolski (3)
2012: Mario Gomez (3)
2016: Mario Gomez (2)

Which German players have scored the most goals in a single EURO finals game?

Two of the eight hat-tricks that have been scored at EURO final tournaments have been registered by (West) Germany players.

3: Dieter Müller (West Germany 4-2 Yugoslavia, semi-finals 17/06/76)
3: Klaus Allofs (West Germany 3-2 Netherlands, group stage 14/06/80)

Which German players have featured at the most EUROs?

No one has played at more than four EUROs, although Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo could be the first to reach five at UEFA EURO 2020.

Lothar Matthaus at EURO 1988: with 150 appearances, he is Germany’s most-capped player
Lothar Matthaus at EURO 1988: with 150 appearances, he is Germany’s most-capped player Icon Sport via Getty Images

4: Lothar Matthäus (West Germany/Germany 1980, 1984, 1988, 2000)
4: Lukas Podolski (Germany 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
4: Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)

Who has coached West Germany/Germany at the EURO finals?

Helmut Schön (Belgium, 1972), Jupp Derwall (Italy, 1980) and Berti Vogts (England, 1996) led their teams to glory. Joachim Löw has coached Germany at more EUROs than any other coach.

EURO 2020 will be Joachim Löw’s fourth European Championship
EURO 2020 will be Joachim Löw’s fourth European Championship©Getty Images

1972: Helmut Schön
1976: Helmut Schön
1980: Jupp Derwall
1984: Jupp Derwall
1988: Franz Beckenbauer
1992: Berti Vogts
1996: Berti Vogts
2000: Erich Ribbeck
2004: Jürgen Klinsmann
2008: Joachim Löw
2012: Joachim Löw
2016: Joachim Löw

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