Germany at the FIFA World Cup

This is a record of Germany and West Germany's results at the FIFA World Cup. The FIFA World Cup, sometimes called the Football World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of FIFA, the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.

The tournament consists of two parts, the qualification phase and the final phase (officially called the World Cup Finals). The qualification phase, which currently takes place over the three years going to the Finals, is used to determine which teams qualify for the Finals. The current format of the Finals involves 32 teams competing for the title, at venues within the host nation (or nations) over a period of about a month. The World Cup Finals is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world, with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the 2006 tournament final.[1]

For Germany's World Cup history, FIFA considers only the teams managed by the Deutscher Fußball-Bund, comprising three different periods: Germany (during Nazi era), West Germany and Reunified Germany. The Germany national football team is one of the most successful national teams at the FIFA World Cup, winning four titles, earning second-place and third-place finishes four times each and one fourth-place finish. If you consider 3rd place or better for a winning campaign, Germany's 12 victories in 18 tournaments—a 66.6667 percent success rate—surpasses every other team. In addition, Germany are the only team which has stood on the podium (3rd place or better) every decade they entered the tournament—1930s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. Along with Argentina, Brazil and Spain, they are one of the four national teams to win outside their continental confederation, with the title of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in South America. The team was present in 18 out of the 20 tournaments, the second most frequent along with Italy, and only once did not reach the quarterfinals, in 1938. With this, Germany's 8th place or better (quarterfinals) in 17 out of 18 tournaments (94%) ranks highest in FIFA World Cup Finals history. It makes Germany the better team in the history of the tournament in terms of final positions, if points were awarded proportionally for a title, runner-up finish, third-place finish, semi-final and quarter-final appearances.


Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA Squad
Uruguay 1930Did not enter
Italy 1934Third place34301118Squad
France 1938First round10201135Squad
Brazil 1950Banned from entering
Switzerland 1954Champions165012514Squad
Sweden 1958Fourth place462221214Squad
Chile 1962Quarter-final7421142Squad
England 1966Runners-up26411156Squad
Mexico 1970Third place365011710Squad
West Germany 1974Champions17601134Squad
Argentina 1978Second group stage66141105Squad
Spain 1982Runners-up273221210Squad
Mexico 1986Runners-up2732287Squad
Italy 1990Champions17520155Squad
United States 1994Quarter-final5531197Squad
France 19987531186Squad
South KoreaJapan 2002Runners-up27511143Squad
Germany 2006Third place37511146Squad
South Africa 2010Third place37502165Squad
Brazil 2014Champions17610184Squad
Total18/204 titles1066620*20224121
*Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Winning World Cups

Year Manager Captain Winning Goal Scorer
1954 Sepp Herberger Fritz Walter Helmut Rahn
1974 Helmut Schön Franz Beckenbauer Gerd Müller
1990 Franz Beckenbauer Lothar Matthäus Andreas Brehme
2014 Joachim Löw Philipp Lahm Mario Götze

By match

Year as Round Against Score Scorers
1934Round 1 Belgium5–2Kobierski, Siffing, Conen (3)
Quarter-Final Sweden2–1Hohmann (2)
Semi-Final Czechoslovakia1–3Noack
Bronze Final Austria3–2Lehner (2), Conen
1938Round 1  Switzerland1–1 (AET)Gauchel
Round 1 (replay)  Switzerland2–4Hahnemann, Lörtscher (o.g.)
1954Group 2 Turkey4–1Schäfer, Klodt, O. Walter, Morlock
Group 2 Hungary3–8Pfaff, Rahn, Herrmann
Play-off Turkey7–2O. Walter, Schäfer (2), Morlock (3), F. Walter
Quarter-Final Yugoslavia2–0Horvath (o.g.), Rahn
Semi-Final Austria6–1Schäfer, Morlock, F. Walter (2), O. Walter (2)
Final Hungary3–2Morlock, Rahn (2)
1958Group 1 Argentina3–1Rahn (2), Seeler
Group 1 Czechoslovakia2–2Schäfer, Rahn
Group 1 Northern Ireland2–2Rahn, Seeler
Quarter-Final Yugoslavia1–0Rahn
Semi-Final Sweden1–3Schäfer
Bronze Final France3–6Cieslarczyk, Rahn, Schäfer
1962Group 2 Italy0–0
Group 2  Switzerland2–1Brülls, Seeler
Group 2 Chile2–0Szymaniak, Seeler
Quarter-Final Yugoslavia0–1
1966Group 2  Switzerland5–0Held, Haller (2), Beckenbauer (2)
Group 2 Argentina0–0
Group 2 Spain2–1Emmerich, Seeler
Quarter-Final Uruguay4–0Haller (2), Beckenbauer, Seeler
Semi-Final Soviet Union2–1Haller, Beckenbauer
Final England2–4 (AET)Haller, Weber
1970Group 4 Morocco2–1Seeler, Müller
Group 4 Bulgaria5–2Libuda, Müller (3), Seeler
Group 4 Peru3–1Müller (3)
Quarter-Final England3–2 (AET)Beckenbauer, Seeler, Müller
Semi-Final Italy3–4 (AET)Schnellinger, Müller (2)
Bronze Final Uruguay1–0Overath
1974Group 1 Chile1–0Breitner
Group 1 Australia3–0Overath, Cullmann, Müller
Group 1 East Germany0–1
Group B Round 2 Yugoslavia2–0Breitner, Müller
Group B Round 2 Sweden4–2Overath, Bonhof, Grabowski, Hoeneß
Group B Round 2 Poland1–0Müller
Final Netherlands2–1Breitner, Müller
1978Group 2 Poland0–0
Group 2 Mexico6–0D. Müller, H. Müller, Rummenigge (2), Flohe (2)
Group 2 Tunisia0–0
Group A Round 2 Italy0–0
Group A Round 2 Netherlands2–2Abramczik, D. Müller
Group A Round 2 Austria2–3Rummenigge, Hölzenbein
1982Group 2 Algeria1–2Rummenigge
Group 2 Chile4–1Rummenigge (3), Reinders
Group 2 Austria1–0Hrubesch
Group B Round 2 England0–0
Group B Round 2 Spain2–1Littbarski, Fischer
Semi-Final France3–3 (AET), 5–4 (p)Littbarski, Rummenigge, Fischer
Final Italy1–3Breitner
1986Group E Uruguay1–1Allofs
Group E Scotland2–1Völler, Allofs
Group E Denmark0–2
Round of 16 Morocco1–0Matthäus
Quarter-Final Mexico0–0 (AET), 4–1 (p)
Semi-Final France2–0Brehme, Völler
Final Argentina2–3Rummenigge, Völler
1990Group D Yugoslavia4–1Matthäus (2), Klinsmann, Völler
Group D United Arab Emirates5–1Völler (2), Klinsmann, Matthäus, Bein
Group D Colombia1–1Littbarski
Round of 16 Netherlands2–1Klinsmann, Brehme
Quarter-Final Czechoslovakia1–0Matthäus
Semi-Final England1–1 (AET), 4–3 (p)Brehme
Final Argentina1–0Brehme
1994Group C Bolivia1–0Klinsmann
Group C Spain1–1Klinsmann
Group C South Korea3–2Klinsmann (2), Riedle
Round of 16 Belgium3–2Völler (2), Klinsmann
Quarter-Final Bulgaria1–2Matthäus
1998Group F United States2–0Möller, Klinsmann
Group F Yugoslavia2–2Mihajlović (o.g.), Bierhoff
Group F Iran2–0Bierhoff, Klinsmann
Round of 16 Mexico2–1Klinsmann, Bierhoff
Quarter-Final Croatia0–3
2002Group E Saudi Arabia8–0Klose (3), Ballack, Jancker, Linke, Bierhoff, Schneider
Group E Republic of Ireland1–1Klose
Group E Cameroon2–0Bode, Klose
Round of 16 Paraguay1–0Neuville
Quarter-Final United States1–0Ballack
Semi-Final South Korea1–0Ballack
Final Brazil0–2
2006Group A Costa Rica4–2Lahm, Klose (2), Frings
Group A Poland1–0Neuville
Group A Ecuador3–0Klose (2), Podolski
Round of 16 Sweden2–0Podolski (2)
Quarter-Final Argentina1–1 (AET), 4–2 (p)Klose
Semi-Final Italy0–2 (AET)
Bronze Final Portugal3–1Schweinsteiger (2), Petit (o.g.)
2010Group D Australia4–0Podolski, Klose, Müller, Cacau
Group D Serbia0–1
Group D Ghana1–0Özil
Round of 16 England4–1Klose, Podolski, Müller (2)
Quarter-Final Argentina4–0Müller, Klose (2), Friedrich
Semi-Final Spain0–1
Bronze Final Uruguay3–2Müller, Jansen, Khedira
2014Group G Portugal4–0Müller (3), Hummels
Group G Ghana2–2Götze, Klose
Group G United States1–0Müller
Round of 16 Algeria2–1 (AET)Schürrle, Özil
Quarter-Final France1–0Hummels
Semi-Final Brazil7–1Müller, Klose, Kroos (2), Khedira, Schürrle (2)
Final Argentina1–0 (AET)Götze


  1. 2006 FIFA World Cup TV Coverage (PDF), Retrieved on June 6, 2007.

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