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To talk about the oldest and most prosperous football in Europe, Germany cannot be ignored. From a few decades ago to the present time, this country’s football team has always been known as an extremely “scary tank” of destruction. Their achievements in all international football arenas are difficult for any other country to keep up with. In the history of world football, the German football team is considered the most successful team not only in terms of achievements but also in terms of skills, the level of each player, and also the class tactics of coaches through the ages. Referring to German football is referring to a direct, powerful, and ambitious attacking style, not only that, the defensive ability of the German team is also likened to a solid wall, by generations of defenders. The players and defenders of this team are all world-famous faces and are the aspiration of famous clubs. In this article, let’s learn about the German national football team, their history, victories, their journey through the seasons as well as their journey to this year’s World Cup.
General information about the Germany national football team
The German national football team is under the management of the European Football Federation. Since 1908, when many countries in the world only had access to football and organized a number of domestic tournaments, the German team began to compete in all international arenas from small to large scale. That’s why, in terms of experience and real combat ability, the current teams are hard to compare with the German team, because they have more than 100 years of playing and self-improvement. The official management level of this team is the German Football Association, this association was only established 8 years before the German team officially registered its ranking. During the period from 1950-1990, Germany encountered problems of wars and conflicts within the country, that is why sports were also affected, in which football was no exception. At this time, there was a precedent for the FIFA World Federation to recognize two German national teams, the Saarland team and the East German team. However, until 1990, when the two regions reunified, Germany was officially recognized as sovereign and independent, the two teams above were merged into an official national team, and at the same time included. their sporting achievements. Since then, the German national football team officially appeared. Here are some basic facts about this team:
- Name: Germany national football team
- Nicknames: Tanks, DFB-Elf, Eagles, Nationalelf
- Association: German Football Association (DFB)
- Confederation: European Football Federation (UEFA)
- Head Coach: Hans-Dieter Flick
- Captain: Manuel Neuer
- Most Played Player: Lothar Matthaus
- Top scorer: Miroslav Klose
- Stadium: Olympic Stadium
- FIFA Code: GER
The journey of the German team through the World Cups
It can be said that the journey of the German team at the World Cups in the past few decades has left memorable imprints in the hearts of world football fans. They have been four times to the throne of the biggest football tournament on the planet, bringing pride to the whole of Germany. Moreover, with the mentality of being a championship candidate for every season, although sometimes the German team cannot enter the finals, they are always an opponent that the football teams of many other countries have to fear. Let’s take a look at some memorable journeys of the German team through the World Cups.
- World Cup 1954
At this time, Germany is still having problems of internal division, the people’s material and spiritual lives are not satisfied, but football teams still participate in international arenas without any problems in an extremely powerful way and achieved many very good achievements. Specifically, the West German team at this time represented the whole of Germany participating in the 1954 World Cup. The West German team at that time was not evaluated as a strong team, they were even defeated by the team. Hungary with a scoreless score of 3-8. But this is also one of the most memorable tournaments of Germany, when in the final round meeting the strong opponent Hungary, Germany did not fear and falter, they defeated Hungary in the 84th minute thanks to Helmut Rahn’s goal. This goal put an end to the efforts of the Hungarian team and brought the German team to the World Cup for the first time. Now, Helmut Rahn is still mentioned as a football legend in Germany and people keep praising the former player’s great goals.
- World Cup 1958, World Cup 1962 World Cup 1966
The 1958 World Cup was an unsuccessful World Cup for the German team when they could not defend their throne and only appeared in the fourth round of the strongest opponent. Four years later, at the 1962 World Cup, the same thing happened again. This was also a period of significant change in German football when the authorities at the German Football Association decided that they needed a more disciplined and professional way of playing. That is also when the Bundesliga was born to recruit the strongest players in Germany. Until the World Cup in 1966, thanks to the complete reorganization of the team as well as technical, professional, and infrastructure problems, the German team officially entered the final to face the national team. Older brother. Here, the most controversial goal in the history of World Cup finals appeared, when former England player Geoff Hurst scored the goal that sealed the overall victory for England, but in fact, it received a lot of mixed opinions because the German side did not recognize it and thought it could not be considered a true goal.
- World Cup 1974
At this time, Germany became the host country of the world’s largest football tournament, the World Cup, and also in its own country, the German team won the championship trophy in the presence of millions of fans. At this time, West German football had become too strong and no other team could match it, so they easily defeated the Netherlands in the final and became the team that won the World Cup twice in the history of the most prestigious football tournament in the world.
- World Cup in 1978 and World Cup in 1982
These are considered two sad World Cups for the German team and show that the champion’s performance is somewhat unstable and has many problems in the organization of the squad. At the 1978 World Cup, Germany was eliminated in the group stage, even though this team did not have the opportunity to participate in the semi-finals or the quarterfinals. This surprised the fans, not only that, but the veteran coaches also had to say goodbye to the team in turn before the pressure of achievement that they could not cope with. Followed by the 1982 World Cup, at this World Cup, the German team also has sad memories. Although they were also included in the final, in the previous rounds, the German team did not give fans peace of mind about their performance and chances of winning, they struggled through other teams and ended up finishing second behind Italy.
- World Cup 1990
The time when Germany unified and officially created a strong team from two divided regions was also the time when the German team showed their fearsome strength. In this World Cup, the German team won the prestigious championship trophy for the third time. They have proven that the class of champions is forever.
- World Cup in 1994 and 1998
At this time, it is not that the German team has weakened and German football has reached the threshold of development, but in parallel with their development, the teams of other countries have begun to rise and show they are also good candidates for the championship. At the two World Cups in 1994 and 1998, Germany had to stop when entering the round of 4 strongest teams. This creates huge regrets for fans.
- World Cup 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014
Germany continued to lose in the qualifying round in 2002 and after four years, although they reached the semi-finals, they still could not qualify for the final. In 2010, Germany continued to have a charm with the semi-finals and only waited until 4 years later, in 2014, they officially faced the Argentina team in the final round and officially became the national Europe team was the first to receive the World Cup trophy in the Americas.
- World Cup 2018
This is the World Cup in which the German team received the most criticism when they were eliminated in the group stage against a much-underrated team, South Korea. However, 90 minutes on the field is 90 minutes that makes Germany fans want to forget, the candidate for the championship is constantly being pressed by the team of an Asian country and creating a lot of pressure. Not only that, Manuel Neuer, the best goalkeeper, made an unnecessary mistake to help Korea officially defeat the German team. Germany also had to say goodbye to the World Cup very early.
- World Cup 2022
Determined to prove itself as an irreplaceable champion, to prepare for the World Cup in Qatar, Germany was the first excellent team to win a ticket to the biggest football festival on the planet. Overcoming many other types of teams with different scores, Germany shows how well they are prepared to be able to come to this year’s World Cup. With 7 wins and 1 loss, this result helps them to go directly to Qatar and is also the first European team to officially be present at the World Cup in 2022. Not only that, the German squad under coaching Flick members had extremely unexpected changes. The new coach loves fast play and always wants to rejuvenate the squad, so he chose young players to play and promised there will be explosive factors at this year’s World Cup. With the famous defeats in Russia 4 years ago, this year the German team is certainly looking forward to regaining what was lost and participating in the race to regain the throne that belongs to them.
Germany’s squad for the World Cup
Germany’s squad for the 2022 World Cup group stage under the guidance of coach Joachim Low and his successor, coach Hans-Dieter Flick, consists of 3 goalkeepers, 9 defenders, 8 midfielders, and 4 strikers, most of which are currently playing at the moment compete in Europe’s top leagues such as the English Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga…
The following is a detailed list of players in the Germany squad for the 2022 World Cup group stage:
- Manuel Neuer (1986, goalkeeper, Bayern Munich)
- Marc-Andre ter Stegen (1992, goalkeeper, Barcelona)
- Kevin Trapp (1990, goalkeeper, Eintracht Frankfurt)
- Antonio Rudiger (1993, defender, Real Madrid)
- Matthias Ginter (1994, defender, Freiburg)
- Niklas Sule (1995, defender, Borussia Dortmund)
- Thilo Kehrer (1996, defender, West Ham)
- Robin Gosens (1994, defender, Inter Milan)
- David Raum (1998, defender, RB Leipzig)
- Benjamin Henrichs (1997, defender, RB Leipzig)
- Nico Schlotterbeck (1999, defender, Borussia Dortmund)
- Armel Bella-Kotchap (2001, defender, Southampton)
- Benjamin Henrichs (1997, RB Leipzig midfielder)
- Joshua Kimmich (1995, midfielder, Bayern Munich)
- İlkay Gundogan (1990, midfielder, Manchester City)
- Leon Goretzka (1995, midfielder, Bayern Munich)
- Julian Brandt (1996, midfielder, Borussia Dortmund)
- Kai Havertz (1999, midfielder, Chelsea)
- Jamal Musiala (2003, midfielder, Bayern Munich)
- Jonas Hofmann (1992, midfielder, Monchengladbach)
- Thomas Muller (1989, striker, Bayern Munich)
- Timo Werner (1996, striker, RB Leipzig)
- Leroy Sane (1996, striker, Bayern Munich)
- Serge Gnabry (1995, striker, Bayern Munich)
- Lukas Nmecha (1998, striker, Wolfsburg)
Outstanding achievements of the German team have achieved
- World Cup Soccer World Cup:
Champion: 4 times (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)
Runner-up: 4 times (1966, 1982, 1986, 2002)
3rd place: 1934, 1970, 2006, 2010
- Confederation Cup
Champion: 1 time (2017)
3rd place: 1 time (2005)
- European Championship
Champion: 1972, 1980, 1996
Runner-up: 1976, 1992, 2008
- Olympic men’s football
Gold Medal 1976
Silver Medal 1980
Bronze medal in 1964, 1972, 1988
- S Cup
Champion in 1963
The prestigious awards of the German team
- FIFA World Cup Fair Play Trophy
- Winner: 1974
- FIFA Confederations Cup Fair Play Award
- Winner: 2017
- FIFA Team of the Year
- Winner (3): 1993, 2014, 2017
- Laureus World Sports Award for Team of the Year
- Winner: 2015
- World team of the year
- Winner (2): 1990, 2014
- Unofficial World Cup
- Owner: 31 times
- Germany Sports Team of the Year
Winner (10): 1966, 1970, 1974, 1980, 1990, 1996, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014
- Silbernes Lorbeerblatt
Winner (7): 1954, 1972, 1974, 1980, 1990, 1996, 2014
The participation of the German team in tournaments
FIFA Confederations Cup
UEFA European Championship
UEFA Nations League
Frequently asked questions about the Germany national football team
In fact, the German team only officially won the World Cup twice in 1990 and 2014, the reason is because since 1990, Germany has officially unified the two regions and ended internal conflicts. Therefore, the new German team was amalgamated from two small teams, East Germany and West Germany. However, FIFA still recognized Germany to win the World Cup twice more, in 1974 and 1990, although it was the West German team that won the title in these two years. After Germany reunified, the results were combined and up to now, the German team has officially won the championship 4 times.
Hansi Flick is the head coach of the German national team. He had a long time leading the strongest club in Germany, Bayern Munich, then when Germany lost at Euro 2020 and the former coach was sacked, Hansi Flick officially signed a contract with the German national team for 3 years, starting in 2021.
The total value of the German team up to now is 797 million euros, but this number will increase even more because the team is a collection of the most expensive signings today at famous clubs in the world.
The German team has many famous and legendary players in the football world. There are some outstanding players such as Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Joshua Kimmich,… Manuel Neuer was named the best goalkeeper of all time, he has the ability to catch the ball accurately and more importantly, Neuer is the only goalkeeper currently playing with his feet as good as the players in the crowd, even though his permanent position is goalkeeper. Thomas Muller is a seasoned player, he is a midfielder who has precise passes and coordinates the tempo of the game with great initiative. Toni Kroos is a midfielder possessing the perfect level and skill, he plays with top-notch tactical thinking without having to move too much on the pitch. Joshua Kimmich is also a versatile player as he can play flexibly both at defender and midfield, this player is both very flexible and effective in attack and defense.