The most successful team in the history of the European Championship will try to reclaim their title in 2022, when Germany will participate in their eleventh Euro.
Germany have been a team in transition for five years, following a rare spell without a trophy for Europe’s most decorated national team. The Maanschaft can boast of having an exciting core of young players who have settled comfortably into the senior team despite their young age and, this summer, everything could finally fall into place.
Here’s everything you need to know about Germany ahead of Euro 2022.
Germany finished top of their qualifying group ahead of Ukraine, Republic of Ireland, Greece and Montenegro, and qualified for Euro 2022 in spectacular fashion. The Maanschaft won eight out of eight, conceded only once and scored 46 goals, an average of 5.75 goals per game.
Germany are the most successful team in the history of the European Championship, having won the competition eight times, with a last title dating back to 2013. They were surprised by Denmark in the quarter-finals of Euro 2017, ending his run of six successive European titles.
Euro 1984 : Non qualified
Euro 1987 : Non qualified
Euro 1989 : Champions
Euro 1991 : Champions
Euro 1993 : Fourth place
Euro 1995 : Champions
Euro 1997 : Champions
Euro 2001 : Champions
Euro 2005 : Champions
Euro 2009 : Champions
Euro 2013 : Champions
Euro 2017 : Quarter-finals
Germany has also enjoyed substantial success on the world stage – though not quite to the same extent as in Europe. The Germans have won the World Cup twice and were knocked out by Sweden in the quarter-finals in 2019.
1991 World Cup : Fourth place
1995 World Cup : Vice-world champions
1999 World Cup : Quarter-finals
2003 World Cup : Champions
2007 World Cup : Champions
2011 World Cup : Quarter-finals
2015 World Cup : Fourth place
World Cup 2019 : Quarter-finals
Lea Schüller has enjoyed impressive consistency over the past three seasons, scoring 48 goals in 64 Bundesliga appearances for SG Essen and Bayern Munich – she finished as the latter’s top scorer in the 2020/21 campaign, as her club snatched the Bundesliga title in the clutches of Wolfsburg for the first time in four years.
The 24-year-old striker has scored 11 times in just seven World Cup qualifying appearances for Germany this year, and will be a strong contender for the Golden Boot at Euro 2022.
Endowed with abilities far superior to those of her age, Lena Oberdorf is one of Germany’s most promising young talents, and could explode onto the international scene this summer. Full of vivacity and intelligence, the young 20-year-old midfielder will be essential for his team, especially in the absence of Melanie Leupolz.
Germany are managed by Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, who has been in the hot seat since 2019. Euro 2022 will be her second major tournament in charge of the team, after Germany’s quarter-finals at the World Cup 2019.
Voss-Tecklenburg is no stranger to European Championship success, having won the competition four times during her distinguished 21-year career. The 54-year-old, who has worn the colors of Germany 125 times, is in her second position as coach, after leading Switzerland for six years.
Euro 2022 is the first in a century that Germany does not approach a European championship as defending champions. You have to go back to 1995 to find the last time Germany were not titleholders before the Euros – naturally, order was restored and they won everything that year.
Germany – Denmark
Date : Friday, July 8, 9 p.m.
Venue : MK Stadium (Milton Keynes)
How to watch on TV : Canal+ Sport and TMC
Germany vs Spain
Date : Tuesday, July 12, 9 p.m.
Venue : Brentford Community Stadium (London)
How to watch on TV : Canal+ Sport and TMC
Finland vs Germany
Date : Saturday July 16, 9 p.m.
Venue : Stadium MK (Milton Keynes)
How to watch on TV : Canal+ Sports
Germany find themselves in the Euro 2022 group of death, and will likely be competing with Spain for the top spot. However, 2017 runners-up Denmark are more than capable of upsetting, as they did against Germany five years earlier.
If they finish top of the group, Germany will face the runners-up in Group A, which will likely be either England or Norway. The runners-up in Group C or the winner of Group D will then be their likely semi-final opponents, probably the Netherlands, Sweden or France.
If Germany finish in second place in the group, the winners of Group A will be waiting for them in the quarter-finals – again, probably England or Norway. The winner of Group C will stand between them and the final. Again, this will probably be Sweden or the Netherlands. Even the France team, who knows?
Goalkeepers : Merle Frohms (Eintracht Frankfurt), Almuth Schult (Wolfsburg), Ann-Katrin Berger (Chelsea).
Defenders : Sophia Kleinherne (Eintracht Frankfurt), Kathrin Hendrich (Wolfsburg), Marina Hegering (Bayern Munich), Giulia Gwinn (Bayern Munich), Felicitas Rauch (Wolfsburg), Sara Doorsoun (Eintracht Frankfurt).
Midfielders : Lena Lattwein (Wolfsburg), Lena Oberdorf (Wolfsburg), Sydney Lohmann (Bayern Munich), Svenja Huth (Wolfsburg), Sara Dabritz (Paris Saint-Germain), Linda Dallmann (Bayern Munich), Lina Magull (Bayern Munich).
Forwards : Jule Brand (Hoffenheim), Lea Schuller (Bayern Munich), Laura Freigang (Eintracht Frankfurt), Alexandra Popp (Wolfsburg), Nicole Anyomi (Eintracht Frankfurt), Tabea Wassmuth (Wolfsburg), Klara Buhl (Bayern Munich).
Predicted result: Vice-champions of Europe
Most of the German youngsters already have experience of the 2019 World Cup and if they manage to pass the group of death mark, they will be in a good position for the final stages. Potentially, a first experience of a silver medal at the European Championship this summer for Germany.
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