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Germany national football team

Germany national football team
National Football Team
NameGermany
NicknameDie Mannschaft (The Team), used by non-German-speaking media
Die DFB-Elf (The DFB-Eleven)
Die Nationalelf
AssociationGerman Football Association
(Deutscher Fußball-Bund DFB)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachJoachim Löw
CaptainPhilipp Lahm
Most capsLothar Matthäus (150)
Top scorerGerd Müller (68)
FIFA codeGER
FIFA ranking3
Highest FIFA ranking1 (June 1994)
Lowest FIFA ranking22 (March 2006)
Elo ranking3
Highest Elo ranking1 (1990 92, 1993 94, 1996 97)
Lowest Elo ranking28 (1923)
World Cup Statistics
First internationalSwitzerland 5 3 Germany Flag of the German Empire.svg
(Basel, Switzerland; 5 April 1908)
Biggest winFlag of the German Empire.svg Germany 16 0 Russia
(Stockholm, Sweden; 1 July 1912)
Biggest defeatFlag of England.svg England Amateurs 9 0 Germany Flag of the German Empire.svg
(Oxford, England; 13 March 1909)
Appearances17
First World Cup1934
Best resultChampions, 1954, 1974, 1990
Regional cup statistics
European Championship
Appearances10
First apps.1972
Best resultChampions, 1972, 1980, 1996
Confederations Cup Statistics
Appearances2
First apps.1999
Best result3rd Place, 2005

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The Germany national football team ( ) is the football team that has represented Germany in international competition since 1908. It is governed by the German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball-Bund), which was founded in 1900.

From 1950 to 1990, it was more or less the team of West Germany as the DFB is based in Frankfurt, located in the former West Germany. Under Allied occupation and division, two other separate national teams were also recognized by FIFA: the Saarland team (1950 1956) and the East German team (1952 1990). Both have been absorbed along with their records (caps and goal scorers) by the current national team. The official name and code "Germany FR (FRG)" was shortened to "Germany (GER)" in 1990.

Germany is historically one of the three most successful national teams at international competitions, having won a total of three World Cups and three European Championships. They have also been runners-up three times in the European Championships, four times in the World Cup, and further won four 3rd places. East Germany won Olympic Gold in 1976. Germany is the only nation to have won both the men's and women's World Cups. Germany's rivals include England, The Netherlands, and Argentina.

The current coaching staff of the national team include head coach Joachim Löw, assistant coach Hans-Dieter Flick, goalkeeper coach Andreas Köpke, athletic coach Shad Forsythe, athletic coach Oliver Bartlett, scout Urs Siegenthaler, technical director Matthias Sammer, and team manager Oliver Bierhoff.


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