Coach: Joachim “Jogi” Löw
Colours: White shirts, black shorts, black socks
v Ukraine (12 June, Lille)
v Poland (16 June, Saint-Denis)
v Northern Ireland (21 June, Paris)
Winners (1972, 1980, 1996)
Runners-up (1976, 1992, 2008)
Semi-finalists (1988, 2012)
Having reached a record six Euro finals – winning three of them – Germany sit just above current holders Spain on the all-time success list. The Mannschaft have qualified for every tournament since 1972, and have missed out on qualifying only once – way back in 1968 when they were pipped for a place in the final four by Yugoslavia. This is Germany’s twelfth appearance at the Euro finals – also a record.
Germany are always among the favourites, and this time is no different. The current world champions will be looking to add a fourth European crown to the title they won in Brazil, while also exorcising their disappointing semi-final defeat against Italy in Poland and Ukraine four years ago.
How They Got There
Drawn in a qualifying group alongside Poland, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland, Georgia and tournament debutatants Gibraltar, things looked easy enough on paper before the two-season series of matches began in the autumn of 2014. However, things were not so easy for a team clearly struggling to shake off their post-World Cup hangover.
With a record of seven victories, one draw and two defeats, Jogi Löw’s side had to wait until the final round of matches to make sure of automatic qualification for the finals. At no point in the campaign were the Germans ever really convincing, but they still managed to do enough to finish top of the group ahead the Poles and the Irish.
v Poland 3-1 (h), 0-2 (a)
v Republic of Ireland 1-1 (h), 0-1 (a)
v Scotland 2-1 (h), 3-2 (a)
v Georgia 2-1 (h), 2-0 (a)
v Gibraltar 4-0 (h), 7-0 (a)
A number of players stand out in what is a star-studded squad. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is arguably the best number one in the world, and free-scoring midfielder Thomas Müller has regularly turned out top displays for both club and country.
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Bernd Leno (Leverkusen)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Emre Can (Liverpool), Antonio Rudiger (Roma)
Midfielders: Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund), Leroy Sane (Schalke)
Forwards: Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mario Gomez (Besiktas), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Andre Schurrle (Wolfsburg)