German national soccer team
The German national football team for men is the selection team of the German Football Association (DFB), which presents football in Germany at international level at international matches against teams from other national associations. The national coach of the DFB nominates the squad. All football players with the nationality of the Federal Republic of Germany who (in the case of dual citizenship or before naturalization) have not yet played a competitive game for the senior national team of another football association are available to him for his selection.
The DFB selection team is one of the most successful national teams in the world. She was four times world champion (1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014), three times European champion (1972, 1980 and 1996) as well as one Confederation Cup winner (2017). There are also numerous semi-finals and finals at world and European championships. The national soccer team has been voted Germany's Team of the Year ten times and is the leader in these statistics.
In June 2015, a new logo was presented, with which the national team has given itself the name The Team. This logo has been successfully registered as a word and image mark with the German Patent and Trademark Office in various versions since 2017. Previously, the registration had failed for several years due to a lack of distinctive character. However, this designation does not meet with approval from all fans, because in their eyes it is in truth an art product of the DFB and has nothing to do with fan culture. In the German media, however, the German national soccer team is often referred to as the national team, DFB-Elf, DFB selection or DFB team.
From the beginnings to the First World War (1898–1914)
Between 1898 and 1901, several unofficial international matches were played against French and English national teams. They are not recognized by the DFB as internationals and are now referred to as original internationals. These games were all organized by Walther Bensemann, who is considered one of the most important pioneers of football in Germany.
As early as 1900, when the German Football Association was founded, the formation of a "permanent national team" was declared a goal. Attempts to organize an international match failed again and again, mainly due to the problems with financing a national team. But over time, football became more and more popular and so, after a team could not be sent to the Olympic Games in London in 1908, the goal was to build a team for the Olympic football tournament in 1912.
Eight years after the founding of the German Football Association, the first official international football match in the history of German football was played on April 5, 1908. The name for the international match between Germany and Switzerland was "friendly international match". At that time, the Swiss won 5-3 against the national selection of the German Empire in the Landhof Stadium in Basel. It was the third international match for Switzerland, the first two they had lost to France.
In the course of history, Switzerland has traditionally been the “first opponent” of the German national team, the first to play against Germany after both world wars and after the dissolution of the DFV of the GDR as a result of German reunification. The German team also achieved their first victory against Switzerland: On April 4, 1909, the Swiss were defeated 1-0 in Karlsruhe in front of 7,000 spectators. The anniversary game for the 100th anniversary of the DFB's first international match on March 26, 2008, which was also the 800th international match for a German team, was played against Switzerland and won 4-0 by Germany.
Even before the first international match there was a dispute between de