The German national football team (Die deutsche Nationalmannschaft) represents the German Football Association (Deutscher Fussball-Bund) in international football competitions since 1908. After 1949, during the Cold War, East Germany fielded its own team, while the DFB team represented West Germany. Since the former East German states joined West Germany in the German reunification of 1990, the team has been reunited as Germany.
“Football is a simple game – twenty-two men chase a ball for ninety minutes and, at the end, the Germans win.” – Gary Lineker
Germany has been one of the most successful national teams at international competitions, having won a total of 3 World Cups and 3 European Championships. The 1954 team won the World Cup in Switzerland as rank outsiders, in what became known as the Miracle of Berne. Franz Beckenbauer lifted the trophy on home soil in 1974, and Lothar Matthaus followed suit at Italy 1990.
The current coaching staff of the national team include head coach Joachim Löw, team manager Oliver Bierhoff and goalkeeper coach Andreas Kopke.
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