The Germany national football team represents Germany in international football competitions and is one of the most successful teams in history winning a total of 4 World Cups ( 3 men and 1 women ), and one Olympic title as the former East Germany. It is controlled by the German Football Association (DFB), the governing body of football in Germany.  The current coaching staff of the national team include head coach Jürgen Klinsmann, assistant coach Joachim Löw, team manager Oliver Bierhoff and goalkeeper coach Andreas Köpke.


Germany is one of the most successful national football teams in the world. They have won the World Cup three times, behind only Brazil (five titles) and tied with Italy, and finished as runners-up four times. The Germans have also qualified for every World Cup they have entered (they did not enter the inaugural competition in 1930 and were barred from entering the 1950 tournament). Germany has also won the European Championship three times (France are the only other multiple-time winners with two titles), and finished as runners-up twice. The Germans failed to qualify for the first European Championship they entered in 1968 but have qualified for every subsequent tournament.





Die Nationalelf
(The National Eleven)


German Football Association
(Deutscher Fußball-Bund)


Jürgen Klinsmann, 2004-

Most caps

Lothar Matthäus (150)

Top scorer

Gerd Müller (68)

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Home colours

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First international
Switzerland 5 - 3 Germany
(Basel, Switzerland; 5 April 1908)

Largest win
Germany 16 - 0 Russia
(Stockholm, Sweden; 1 July 1912)

Worst defeat
England 9 - 0 Germany
(Oxford, England; 16 March 1909)

World Cup


16 (First in 1934)

Best result

Winners, 1954, 1974, 1990

European Championship


9 (First in 1972)

Best result

Winners, 1972, 1980, 1996





Into the 21st century

Entering the 21st century, Germany's standing as one of the best national sides in the world and a team that almost always reach the later rounds of major tournaments are starting to be threatened by disappointing results. In Euro 2000, they went out in the first round after failing to win any of their three matches, including an embarrassing 3-0 loss to a second-string Portugal side. Rudi Völler replaced Ribbeck as coach, initially on a temporary basis, and later permanently after planned successor Christoph Daum was involved in a drug scandal.


Coming into the 2002 World Cup, expectations of the German team were low, due to poor results in the qualifiers, including a 5-1 home defeat against England. However, they started out strong by thrashing Saudi Arabia 8-0 in their first match. At the knockout stages, they produced three consecutive 1-0 wins, against Paraguay, the United States, and co-hosts South Korea, setting up a final against Brazil, the first World Cup meeting between the two most successful teams in World Cup history (if one counts West German victories towards those of Germany). However, with the pivotal Michael Ballack suspended due to accumulated yellow cards, Germany lost 2-0. German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn was voted the best player of the tournament, the first time in the World Cup's history a goalkeeper became the best player of the tournament. Simultaneously, he won the Yashin-Award as the best goalkeeper.


Unfortunately, Germany failed to build on their success in 2002, and again exited in the first round of Euro 2004 without winning a match. Völler resigned afterwards, and the national team had to find their third new coach in six years, after having only six coaches in the previous 75 years. After prospective candidates including Ottmar Hitzfeld and Otto Rehhagel turned down the job, former national team player Jürgen Klinsmann, who had never held any coaching jobs before, was appointed, with his main task being leading the national team to a good showing at the 2006 World Cup, which Germany is currently hosting and in the opening match Germany won 4-2.




World Cup record


Germany, pre-division


  • 1930 - Did not enter for economical reasons

  • 1934 - Third place

  • 1938 - Round 1


West Germany


  • 1950 - Did not enter as DFB were barred from being a FIFA-Member

  • 1954 - Champions

  • 1958 - Fourth place

  • 1962 - Quarterfinals

  • 1966 - Runners-up

  • 1970 - Third place

  • 1974 - Champions

  • 1978 - Round 2

  • 1982 - Runners-up

  • 1986 - Runners-up

  • 1990 - Champions


Germany, post-unification


  • 1994 - Quarterfinals

  • 1998 - Quarterfinals

  • 2002 - Runners-up

  • 2006 - Qualified (Host)
































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  1. During the World Cup, many of the stadiums will be officially known by different names, as FIFA prohibits sponsorship of stadium names unless the stadium sponsors are also official FIFA sponsors. For example, Allianz Arena will be known during the competition as "FIFA World Cup Stadium, Munich" (or in German: "FIFA WM-Stadion München"). These new names are reflected in the table. Of the twelve hosting stadia, all but one (Leipzig) are in the former West Germany.

  2. Draw seedings

  3. FIFA official tournament rules (PDF)

  4. Guardian article on 'Group of Death'

  5. FOX Sports article on 'Group of Death'

  6. Official 2006 FIFA World Cup rules

  7. FIFA report on official song

  8. World Cup ticket sales, Which?

  9. ESPN Star broadcasts in Asian countries such as Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.

  10. STAR TV description of ESPN

  11. ESPN Star corporate information

  12. For the first time ever, the state broadcaster RAI lost the bid for broadcasting. However, by law, it must broadcast all of the Italy national team games.

  13. HD will be available for free both in the terrestrial network and by Canal Digital satellite




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