Germany is currently ranked at number 5 on the FIFA rankings. The German national football team will be playing in it’s 17th FIFA World Cup this year in South Africa. Germany has won the FIFA World Cup 3 times, in 1954 (in Switzerland), in 1974 (in West Germany) and in 1990 (in Italy). Germany hosted the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Germany has also played in 2 FIFA Confederations Cup tournaments, in 1999 (in Mexico) and in 2005 (in Germany). They were knocked out in the first round of the tournament in 1999 and finished in 3rd place in the 2005 tournament.
Michael Ballack is the current German national football team captain. He’s been a member of the German national team since 1999. He’s played in 98 matches for his country and has scored 42 goals in the process. Since 2006 Ballack has been playing for the English football club Chelsea. Lothar Matthäus is the most capped German footballer in history. He represented his country in 150 matches between 1980 and 2000. He scored 23 goals for Germany in his international career. Joachim Löw is the current manager of the German national football team. He took over from Jürgen Klinsmann in 2006.
Germany played its first international football match in history in 1908 against Switzerland. Germany beat Russia by 16 goal to 0 in 1912, the biggest German win in footballing history. Germany suffered the worst loss in German footballing history in 1909, losing by 9 goals to 0 against a English amateur team. German football has come a long way since then though.
Germany is definately one of the nations that one can not underestimate in the FIFA World Cup. They will be trying their best to get a 4th FIFA World Cup title under their belt.
Germany will play in the following group matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa:
- 13 June 2010 – Germany vs Australia @ Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban – Kickoff at 20:30
- 18 June 2010 – Germany vs Serbia @ Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth – Kickoff at 13:30
- 23 June 2010 – Germany vs Ghana @ Soccer City, Johannesburg – Kickoff at 20:30