Germany is one of the most successful international teams, having won four World Cups (1954, 1974, 1990, and 2014), three European Championships (1972, 1980, and 1996), and one Confederations Cup (2017). They are also the team with the most losses, having been defeated by Uruguay 8-1 in the first match of the 1954 World Cup.
They are one of only two countries to have won the tournament before becoming an official member of FIFA (the other being Argentina), and they are the only country to have done so while being a guest at the World Cup. In addition, Germany is the only country to have won the World Cup after they became a federal republic in 1990.
Overall, Germany is one of the most successful nations in football history, having earned their place among the world's top teams.
Germany and Spain have won the event three times apiece, making them the most successful teams in the competition's history. ... Finals of the UEFA European Championships
|Number of teams||55 (qualification) 24 (final tournament)|
|Current champions||Italy (2nd title)|
|Most successful team(s)||Germany Spain (3 titles each)|
In addition, the German teams won three European Championships, in 1972, 1980, and 1996. East Germany won Olympic gold in 1976, adding another key success to the German national teams' strong record. Brazil is number one (5 FIFA World Cup appearances) while Germany is second (4 victories).
Germany has been dominated by Bayern Munich for many years, but recently other clubs have begun to compete more evenly with them. Borussia Dortmund is one of these clubs and has recently enjoyed great success. In 2014 they won the Bundesliga (the top division in German football) for the first time ever. They also reached the UEFA Champions League final that year but were defeated by Barcelona. Dortmund's home ground is Westfalenstadion, which holds 55,000 fans. The club was founded in 1945 and their name comes from a town about 10 miles away from where they now play their games.
Dortmund's recent rise to fame is partly due to manager Jürgen Klopp who has turned them into one of Europe's most exciting teams. He took over at Dortmund in 2008 and has not looked back since. Under his management they have won two Bundesliga titles and the DFB-Pokal (German Cup), the season before he moved to Liverpool.
Another factor in Dortmund's rise has been their excellent youth system which produces talented players all the time.
Germany, on the other hand, has participated in two more World Cup finals than Italy and has finished second four times. Germany has gone to the World Cup more times than any other country, with a total of eight appearances. They are also the reigning World Cup winners, having won the tournament in 2014. Germany's last final loss was in 1934 when they were beaten by Hungary's legendary forward Ferenc Puskás.
The tournament is contested every four years, and Germany is the current winner following their remarkable performance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The only eight nations that have won the World Cup, which has been held 20 times, are Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Italy, Spain, France, England, and Germany.
Brazil is the only country to have competed in every tournament. Brazil is often regarded as the finest footballing nation, and for good reason: they have won this coveted competition five times.
Teams from Spain have won the competition the most times, with seven victories. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is the most successful confederation in the tournament, with seven of its teams winning thirteen titles. ... Finals of the FIFA Club World Cup
|Most successful club(s)||Real Madrid (4 titles)|
Bayern Munich is the most successful club in German football history, having won a record 31 national titles, including nine in a row since 2013, as well as 20 national cups and several European trophies. In 1900, 11 football players headed by Franz John created FC Bayern Munich. The team started out in the second division but after just one season they were promoted back to the top flight.
In the first decade of its existence, Bayern never finished lower than third place, winning the championship four times and finishing as runners-up on five other occasions. In 1910, Ernst Oerlikon becomes the first player born outside Germany to be featured on a Bundesliga matchday squad when he replaces Karl Rappan at left back for the game against St Pauli. Oerlikon would go on to play three more seasons for Bayern before moving to Switzerland where he continued to play until his death in 1935.
In 1913, the German Football Association was founded and became responsible for organizing football competitions within Germany. The following year, it adopted a set of guidelines developed by the German Olympic Sports Committee which included recommendations for team sizes, skill requirements, and methods of selection. These rules were the basis for all future revisions of German football law.
In 1919, FC Bayern Munich wins its first DFB-Pokal trophy after defeating VfB Leipzig 4-1 in the final.