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Nickname(s) Nationalelf (national eleven)
DFB-Elf (DFB Eleven)
Die Mannschaft (The Team)
Association Deutscher Fußball-Bund (DFB)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Joachim Löw
Captain Manuel Neuer
Most caps Lothar Matthäus (150)
Top scorer Gerd Müller (71)
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 16 Steady (7 February 2019)
Highest 1 (December 1992 – August 1993, December 1993 – March 1994, June 1994, July 2014 – June 2015, July 2017, September 2017 – June 2018)
Lowest 22 (March 2006)
Elo ranking
Current 9 Decrease 7 (3 March 2019)
Highest 1 (1990–92, 1993–94, 1996–97, July 2014 – May 2016, October 2017 – November 2017)
Lowest 24 (September 1924 – October 1925)
First international
  Switzerland 5–3 Germany 
(Basel, Switzerland; 5 April 1908)
Biggest win
 Germany 16–0 Russian Empire
(Stockholm, Sweden; 1 July 1912)
Biggest defeat
England England Amateurs 9–0 Germany 
(Oxford, England; 13 March 1909)
World Cup
Appearances 19 (first in 1934)
Best result Champions (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)
European Championship
Appearances 12 (first in 1972)
Best result Champions (1972, 1980, 1996)
Confederations Cup
Appearances 3 (first in 1999)
Best result Champions (2017)

The Germany national football team is the national football team in Germany. The team has won the 1954 FIFA World Cup, 1974 FIFA World Cup, 1990 FIFA World Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup. The team came as second in the 1966 FIFA World Cup, 1982 FIFA World Cup, 1986 FIFA World Cup and in 2002 FIFA World Cup. In the 1934 FIFA World Cup, 1970 FIFA World Cup, 2006 FIFA World Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup, the team got third place. The teams current coach is Joachim Löw, who took over from Jürgen Klinsmann.

From 1950 to 1990, the team was mainly West Germany. Other teams were around that are now part of Germany. These include the East German team (1952-1990) and the Saarland team (1950-1956).

Germany has always been one of the best teams in the world. Germany is the only team to have won men's and women's world cup titles. Also, Germany's main rivals are England, the Netherlands and Argentina.

The teams recent performance in a tournament was a victory over Argentina to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the semi-final against Brazil, Germany thrashed them with a 7–1 win, making it the largest win in FIFA World Cup semi-final history. Miroslav Klose, one of the greatest German players of all time, also scored a record breaking goal that made him the top scorer in FIFA World Cup history.

Recent history

Oliver Kahn and Michael Ballack era

After another World Cup exit in 1998, Germany's status as one of the best teams in the world was beginning to go away. In the UEFA Euro 2000, Germany failed to advance to the next round, after losing two matches and one draw in the group stage. The manager at the time then resigned and was replaced by Rudi Völler.

Going into the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the expectations for Germany was low because of the mediocre performance in the qualifiers. However, they performed very well in the World Cup, eventually making it to the finals but losing to Brazil 0–2. Miroslav Klose of Germany won the Silver Boot and Oliver Kahn won the Golden Ball.

Germany again failed to advance to the next round in the UEFA Euro 2004 after they tied two matches and lost one. The manager Rudi Völler resigned shortly afterwards. Jürgen Klinsmann then replaced him, although having no experience. Joachim Löw was also assigned to assist him. Klinsmann made Michael Ballack captain after the Euro 2004. Klinsmann main goal was to help Germany perform well in the next world cup.

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German fans watching their team in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Before the tournament, not many people expected Germany to do well because of their performance in the last tournaments. However, Germany won the first match of the tournament against Costa Rica. They continued to build confidence, and they eventually advanced to next stage with three wins in the group stage. Germany then beat Sweden 2–0 in the Round of 16.

Germany then faced favourites Argentina in the quarter-finals. Argentina took the lead first in the match with a goal by Roberto Ayala in the 49th minute. Miroslav Klose then equalized with a goal at the 80th minute. The game later went to a penalty shootout, with Germany winning 4–2 and their goalkeeper Jens Lehmann making two saves.

Although many then expected Germany to reach the final, they lost in the Semi-finals to Italy after Italy scored two goals in extra time. However, the German team went on to thrash Portugal 3–1 in the third place match. After the World Cup, Miroslav Klose won the Golden Boot and Lukas Podolski won the Best Young Player award.Also, four of Germany's players were put in the All-Star squad. When the German team arrived back in Berlin, they were greeted by 500,000 fans who were all honoring the German team.

Joachim Löw takes the throne

Klinsmann left the German team after the World Cup, with Joachim Löw taking the throne. Löw was known for often putting young players in the team. The German team then easily qualified for the UEFA Euro 2008. In the final tournament, Germany advanced to the next round after they finished the group stage with two wins and one loss to Croatia. Germany then played Portugal in the quarter-finals and beat them 3–2 with goals from Bastian Schweinsteiger, Miroslav Klose and Michael Ballack. They then went to the Semi-finals against Turkey and barely defeated them 3–2 after Philipp Lahm scored on the 90th minute. In the final of the Euro 2008, Spain were the favourites but Germany was believed to have a chance. Spain took control of the game and with Fernando Torres's goal, Spain won the tournament.

2010 FIFA World Cup

Germany easily qualified in their qualifying group against Azerbaijan, Finland, Liechtenstein, Russia and Wales. In the tournament, Germany advanced through the group stage after winning two games and loosing one against Serbia. Germany then went on to dominate the Round of 16 and Quarter-finals after defeating England 4–1 and thrashing Argentina 4–0. In the semi-finals, Germany lost to Spain 1–0. Germany then beat Uruguay 3–2 to become the third place medal winners. Thomas Müller won the Golden Boot and the Best Young Player award. Germany also scored the most than any other team in the tournament, with 16 goals.

Euro 2012

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German national football team training in Gdańsk.
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German national football team during Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Germany won all ten of their qualifying matches for the UEFA Euro 2012. They later were placed in Group B along with Portugal, the Netherlands and Denmark. The team went on to win all their matches in the group stage and broke a record of 15 consecutive wins in all matches. They then beat Greece 4–2 in the quarter-finals with goals from Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira, Miroslav Klose and Marco Reus. However, they lost to Italy 1–2 in the semi-finals.

Group Stage

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 3 3 0 0 5 2 +3 9
 Portugal 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1 6
 Denmark 3 1 0 2 4 5 –1 3
 Netherlands 3 0 0 3 2 5 –3 0
9 June 2012
Germany  1 – 0  Portugal
13 June 2012
Netherlands  1 – 2  Germany
17 June 2012
Denmark  1 – 2  Germany


22 June 2012
Germany  4 – 2  Greece


28 June 2012
Germany  1 – 2  Italy

2014 FIFA World Cup

Germany almost had ten straight wins in the qualifying round for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, in a game against Sweden, the team conceded 4 goals when they were up 4–0 up. The team performed well in the international friendlies before the World Cup with an unbeaten streak. Their most notable win was against Armenia, where they won 6–1. Germany was put in Group G with Portugal, Ghana and the United States.

Philipp Lahm lifts the 2014 FIFA World Cup
Philipp Lahm with Germany after the 2014 FIFA World Cup final.

The first match against Portugal ended with Germany defeating them 4–0; with the help of Thomas Müller's hat-trick. Their second game against Ghana ended with a 2–2 draw after Miroslav Klose equalized the score. Their final game ended with a win against the United States after Thomas Müller scored at the 55th minute. In the quarter-finals, Mats Hummels scored the winning goal at the 13th minute, meaning that Germany advanced to their fourth consecutive semi-final in the FIFA World Cup. In the semi-final against Brazil, Germany thrashed them with a 7–1 win, making it the largest win in FIFA World Cup semi-final history. Miroslav Klose also scored a record breaking goal that made him the top scorer in FIFA World Cup history. The win began to be known as the Miracle of Belo Horizonte. Germany then went on to their 8th World Cup final in history. In the final, Mario Götze scored at the 113th minute to help Germany defeat Argentina 1–0.

Group Stage

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 7
United States United States 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
Portugal Portugal 3 1 1 1 4 7 –3 4
Ghana Ghana 3 0 1 2 4 6 –2 1
16 June 2014
Germany  4 – 0  Portugal
21 June 2014
Germany  2 – 2  Ghana
26 June 2014
United States  0 – 1 Germany Germany

Round of 16

30 June 2014
Germany  2 – 1  Algeria


4 July 2014
France  0 – 1 Germany Germany


8 July 2014
Brazil  1 – 7 Germany Germany


13 July 2014
Germany  1 – 0 Argentina Argentina

Euro 2016

André Schürrle Algarve Stadium 13 June 2015 (cropped)
Some German players warming up before a qualifying match with Gibraltar.

Germany was put in a qualifying group with Poland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Georgia and Gibraltar. They qualified at the top of their group after 7 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. They are currently placed with Ukraine, Poland and Northern Ireland in the group stage.

Group Stage

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Germany 3 2 1 0 3 0 +3 7
2 Poland Poland 3 2 1 0 2 0 +2 7
3 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3
4 Ukraine Ukraine 3 0 0 3 0 5 −5 0
12 June 2016
Germany  2–0  Ukraine
16 June 2016
Germany  0–0  Poland
21 June 2016
Northern Ireland  0–1 Germany Germany

Round of 16

26 June 2016
Germany  3–0  Slovakia


2 July 2016
Germany  1–1  Italy


7 July 2016
Germany  0–2  France

Squads of the last tournaments

Most appearances

# Player Caps Goals
1 Lothar Matthäus 150 23
2 Miroslav Klose 137 68
3 Lukas Podolski 130 49
4 Bastian Schweinsteiger 121 24
5 Philipp Lahm 113 5
6 Jürgen Klinsmann 108 47
7 Jürgen Kohler 105 2
8 Per Mertesacker 104 4
9 Franz Beckenbauer 103 14
10 Thomas Häßler 101 11

     Players still play with Germany

Top scorers

# Player Goals Caps
1 Miroslav Klose 71 137
2 Gerd Müller 68 62
3 Lukas Podolski 49 130
4 Jürgen Klinsmann 47 108
Rudi Völler 47 90
6 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge 45 95
7 Uwe Seeler 43 72
8 Michael Ballack 42 98
9 Oliver Bierhoff 37 70
10 Thomas Müller 36 80

     Players still play with Germany


Joachim Löw and his assistant, Hans-Dieter Flick.

Recent Games

Type of Game Date Home Team Result Away Team
2018–19 UEFA Nations League 6 September 2018 Germany Germany 0–0  France
Friendly 9 September 2018 Germany Germany 2–1  Peru
2018–19 UEFA Nations League 13 October 2018 Netherlands Netherlands 3–0 Germany Germany
2018–19 UEFA Nations League 16 October 2018 France France 2–1 Germany Germany
Friendly 15 November 2018 Germany Germany 3–0  Russia
2018–19 UEFA Nations League 19 November 2018 Germany Germany 2–2  Netherlands
Friendly 20 March 2019 Germany Germany 1–1  Serbia
UEFA Euro 2020 Qual. 24 March 2019 Netherlands Netherlands 2–3 Germany Germany
UEFA Euro 2020 Qual. 8 June 2019 Belarus Belarus 0–2 Germany Germany
UEFA Euro 2020 Qual. 11 June 2019 Germany Germany 8–0  Estonia
UEFA Euro 2020 Qual. 6 September 2019 Germany Germany v.  Netherlands
UEFA Euro 2020 Qual. 9 September 2019 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland v. Germany Germany
  • Green means that the team won.
  • Yellow means the team had a draw.
  • Red means the team lost.


Mercedes-Benz-Arena Stuttgart
The Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart.

Germany doesn't have an official stadium, so they use many stadiums. The city of Berlin has been the host of the most German games (44 times). The Olympiastadion Berlin is the most commonly used stadium in Berlin, and it holds 74,500 seats. Other common cities to host games have been Hamburg (33 matches), Stuttgart (31), Hanover (26) and Dortmund. Another popular location is Munich, which hosted the 1974 FIFA World Cup Final, where Germany defeated the Netherlands.


World Cup 2006 German fans at Bochum
German fans during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Historical kits

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Current kit

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Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

UEFA European Championship

FIFA Confederations Cup

  • Champions : 1 (2017)
  • Third Place : 1 (2005)


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