National Team Football
Titles, triumphs and tears. The German national team stands for major success and huge emotions, for sporting excellence and excellent integration. And for millions of fans, it stands for unforgettable moments.
The association has a variety of duties to fulfil, in social and in socio-political areas, in grass-roots sport and in recreational sport. But above all, the German Football Association is measured by its sporting standards. As a result, the association heads acknowledge being amongst the sporting elite as their highest priority, especially considering that major success at the top makes their quests in other areas easier to accomplish.
At the top of the list is the national team. No other institution resonates with the public as much or enjoys a similar level of acceptance amongst sponsors. Sold out stadiums for home games are the norm, excited fans creating a see of black, red and gold flags are a familiar sight. Even at home or at public viewings, the amount of support is huge. No other spectacle brings the masses together in front of a TV screen than a match involving a selection of Germany’s best footballers.
The national team has managed to exude excellence and reliability for decades and continues to produce big personalities as role models. The national team’s success speaks for itself: World Cup winners on four occasions, runners-up four times, four third-place finishes, three-time European Championship winners and also runners-up in that competition on three occasions. Germany have taken part at every World Cup since 1954 and at every European Championship since 1972 and have reached 13 finals at these major tournaments. With a record like that, the German national team are amongst the international elite – it’s the basis for the great reputation that German football enjoys around the globe. Those statistics are complemented by the Olympic win in 1976 in Montreal for East Germany’s Football Association, as well as bronze medals at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games and the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. That gold medal came under coach Georg Buschner, who also led the East Germany national team to their only participation at the finals of a World Cup in 1974, where they secured a memorable 1-0 win over the Federal Republic of Germany in Hamburg.