Germany National Football Team

Germany National Football Team

2018 FIFA World Cup

First Game:1921
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Germany national football team goes to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia as the current World Cup Champion and the Confederations Cup Winner. The Joachim Low`s team surely overcame qualification, having won nine victories in the first nine matches with fantastic indicators of their effectiveness – over 4 goals for a game.

Team history

Less than a year ago, Germany already achieved success on pitches in Russia where won the first in its history victory in the Confederations Cup. The Head Coach of the team Joachim Low called the youth composition to the tournament, having explained that he must see the closest reserve of the national team in practice. It seemed that Germany was not be able to show serious results in the Confederations Cup, but the German youth coped with the task greatly. At first, Bundesteam won in the group, edging the Chile, Cameroon and Australia national football teams. Then in the tournament semi-final they crushed Mexico, and in the final with the minimum score they beat the Chile national team.

The Germany national team has achieved considerable success at the World Cups and European Championships. The Germany national team became the World Cup Champion four times (upon this indicator the Germans concede to the Brazilians only), won silver medals three times and became the bronze medalist of the World Cups four times. In the European Championship the Germans won three times, reached the final three times and other three times conceded to their opponents at the semi-final stage.

For the first time the Germany national team won at the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland. It was the first World Cup after the World War II where the Germany national team was allowed. The Hungary national team (that time Olympic Champion) was considered as unconditional favorite of that tournament. At the group stage the Germany national team was beaten by the Hungarians by an indecent score of 8:3. However, two victories over the Turks allowed the German team to be qualified for the play-off. In the quarter-final the Black-Whites beat the Yugoslavia national team, and in the semi-final destroyed the Austrian national team — 6:1. In the final of the tournament Germany had to meet with the Hungary team which was considered invincible. By the final match the winning streak of the Hungarian team made already 32 (!) matches. But all streaks end sooner or later. The Hungarian one interrupted in the most important point: at the World Cup final. The German national team conceded two balls in the course of the match, but as a result they managed to win by a score of 3:2. The legendary forward of the German football Helmut Rahn became the hero of the tournament.

Helmut Rahn, the author of two goals in the 1954 FIFA World Cup final
Helmut Rahn, the author of two goals in the 1954 FIFA World Cup final

The following outstanding success came to the Germans twenty years later at the home World Cup 1974. Gerd Muller who scored the major deciders in the match of the second group round with the Poland national team (actually in the tournament semi-final) and in the final against the Netherlands team became the hero of the home FIFA World Cup.

Gerd Muller
Gerd Muller

For the third time Germany celebrated its success at the 1990 World Cup. By the tournament in Italy the Germans already had two lost finals in a row (in 1982 Germany conceded to the Italian national team in the World Cup final, and four years later to the Argentina national team). Nevertheless, on the third try the Germany national team got the victory, and Franz Beckenbauer's players held the tournament in the same breath, and were head and shoulders above all their opponents. Only two matches were really difficult for the Germans: in the semi-final the Bundesteam met with the England team and beat it in a penalty shootout only. In the final Germany again, as well as four years ago, had the meeting with the Argentina national team. That time the Germans were stronger and scored to the opponents the only goal in penalty shoot-out five minutes before the end of normal time.

At the World Cups the Germans got the last victory in 2014 in the tournament in Brazil. The Bundesteam by right was considered as the tournament favorite, however, many experts expected one of the South American national teams to win the tournament. Nevertheless, the Black-Whites consistently beat all the main opponents at struggle for the title, without any doubts which national team at that moment was the strongest in the world. You be the judge. At the group stage Germany beat the future European Championship Winner, the Portugal team, by a score of 4:0. In the quarter-final the Germans won over the French team who very surely and productively played at the group stage. The semi-final match will become history as a black page of the Brazilian football. “The German machine” literally destroyed the Brazilians, the tournament hosts and the main contenders for gold. The match ended by a score of 7:1 in favor of the German national team, and the Germans scored five goals already for the first thirty minutes of the game. In the final Joachim Low's players into injury time won over the Argentina team led by Leo Messi. Mario Gotze put down the only ball on his account.

Germany is the 2014 FIFA World Cup winner
Germany is the 2014 FIFA World Cup winner

In such a way, Germany goes to Russia to the Confederations Cup as most titled team of the tournament.

Germany is so rich in football talents that it is capable to expose three or four national teams which would battle for the victory in any tournament. The team of Germany plays the attacking, quick and “vertical” football. It is pleasant to watch the play of the team therefore the Germans attract capacity crowds practically worldwide where they hold their matches.

Manuel Neuer is one of the best goalkeepers of the world
Manuel Neuer is one of the best goalkeepers of the world

It is difficult to mark out one or two football players in the squad — all footballers in the German national team are world class players. Especially that 30-40 people go through the Germany national team for a year. Positions of one of the best goalkeepers of the world Manuel Neuer look firm in the goalkeeper line. Mats Hummels reliably cements the back, Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller shine in half-back. Perhaps, the weakest line of Germany is attack. But the team playing style allows to achieve excellent effectiveness through participation of the whole team in the attacking actions.

Undoubtedly, the Germany national team will be one of the main contenders for the win in the tournament.

See Also

Results

France Croatia
France 4 : 2 Croatia
Belgium England
Belgium 2 : 0 England
Croatia England
Croatia 2 : 1 England
France Belgium
France 1 : 0 Belgium
Russia Croatia
Russia 2 : 2 Croatia
(penalty 3 : 4)
2018 FIFA World Cup