As one of the most successful European teams with 3 titles, the German national team has a long and interesting history.
It's quite interesting that Germany is the only country in the world that had 3 different teams during the post World War 2 period (West Germany, East Germany and Saarland who played under French occupation between 1950-1956).
Germany took part in the second tournament in Italy 1934 finishing in 3rd after losing to Czechoslovakia in the Semi Final.
After getting banned from the Brazil 1950 tournament, the Germans shook the world by taking the first prize during the 1954 tournament in Switzerland. After getting trounced by Hungary (The Magical Magyars) 3:8 in the group stage, West Germany faced them again in the final with no actual chance of winning one of the best team in the world those days. The sensational 3-2 victory which gave the Germans their first ever title mark the start of an unforgettable achievements in the history of the team until these days.
In 1970, the Germans took part in another breathtaking moment while facing Italy in the Semi Final. The match which is also called "The Game of the Century" ended with a German lost 3-4 (5 goals scored during extra time). The leading players in the German side were Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Müller.
After the devastating defeat in Mexico the German came home and won it all despite losing to their arch rivals from East Germany during the group stages. They went on to beat the Netherlands with their "Total Football" team.
The Germans hold the record (With Brazil) of appearing in 7 finals with a record of 3:4.
Lothar Matthäus is the most capped player with 150 appearances, Gerd Müller and Miroslav Klose scored 68 goals each, sharing the top goal scoring title. Klose will go to the top soon as he is still an active player.
Of course, it's worth mentioning Jürgen Klinsmann, Oliver Bierhoff, Berti Vogts and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge who has their share of the past glory.
With an impressive squad including Philipp Lahm, Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger, there is only one phrase that can express what Germany is all about:
"Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win" (Gary Lineker)
Did you know:
Helmut Rahn, who scored the winning goal in the 1954 Final, is allegedly the great grandfather of Kevin-Prince Boateng.
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