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Euro 2022: Everything you need to know about Germany


Germany Euro 2022 group stage fixtures

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How they qualified

Major tournament record

European Championship

Best European Championship performance: Champions- 1989, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009 & 2013.

Most-recent European Championship performance:  Quarter-finals- 2017.

FIFA World Cup

Best World Cup performance: Champions- 2003 & 2007.

Most-recent World performance: Quarter-finals- 2019.

Olympic Games

Best Olympic performance: Gold Medal- 2016.

Most-recent Olympic performance: Gold Medal- 2016.

Germany at Euro 2022: Will the record-winners rule Europe once again?

Safe to say Germany have dominated this competition but, after a few barren tournaments, will they recapture glory this summer?

Between 1989 and 2013, die Nationalelf won the Euros eight times, only failing to lift the trophy in 1993 when they were beaten on penalties by Italy in the semis.

However, their streak of six-in-a-row finally came to an end five years ago when they fell in the quarter-finals against Denmark in Rotterdam.

Two years later, Germany's World Cup dreams were ended in the quarters too, beaten 2-1 by Sweden.

Thus, this summer, they're looking to win a tournament for the first time since claiming Olympic Gold in Brazil six years ago.

In qualifying for this competition, die Nationalelf won all eight matches, scoring 46 goals and conceding only one.

They then carried that form into World Cup qualification, winning their first seven before a shock defeat in Serbia back in April.

Nevertheless, in September, Germany only need to beat either Turkey or Bulgaria to ensure they'll be in Australia and New Zealand next summer.

But, what that surprise 3-2 reverse in Stara Pazova proves is that this German outfit are far from perfect.

Earlier this year, in a friendly tournament, the Arnold Clark Cup, they drew with Spain before back-to-back defeats against Canada and England.

In the one that truly counts, their underwhelming recent record against 'elite' nations will be immediately tested in the group stages.

Germany's first two matches are against fellow heavyweights Denmark and Spain, before wrapping up against rank-outsiders Finland.

So, if Martina Voss-Tecklenburg's team do get off to a slow start, they could find themselves in trouble in an admittedly very tough group.

Conversely, given their history, pedigree and quality, if it all comes together, Germany will be amongst the favourites to lift the trophy.

Key players: Sara Däbritz

The midfield engine of this Germany outfit is Sara Däbritz, who is hoping to add to her array of honours this summer.

Less than a month after her senior international debut, she was part of the Euro 2013 winning squad, playing 35 minutes during that tournament.

Three years later, Däbritz started five of six matches, including all three in the knockout phase, as Germany claimed Olympic Gold at the Maracanã.

In total, she now has 86 caps to her name, scoring 17 goals, last sitting out a die Nationalelf fixture way back in March 2017.

At club level, Däbritz has won league titles with Bayern Munich and PSG, scoring twice in last month's Coupe de France Final victory.

On June 8, it was announced that the 27 year old was leaving Paris to join French and European champions Olympique Lyonnais, set for more trophies.

All of this highlights that Däbritz is one of the best midfielders on the planet and is a key cog in this well-oiled German outfit.

Key players: Lea Schüller

Further forward, Lea Schüller will be looking to continue her frightening scoring record for her country.

To date, the 24 year old has already scored 25 goals for Germany, coming from just 39 caps.

This includes 11 goals in seven World Cup qualifying games, featuring hat-tricks against Bulgaria and Turkey and four when Serbia visited Chemnitz.

Also, the equaliser against Spain in February's Arnold Clark Cup highlights that Schüller isn't just a flat-track bully.

At club level, since moving to Bayern Munich in 2020, she's scored 47 times, winning the Frauen-Bundesliga title in 2021.

This season, Schüller was on target against Paris Saint-Germain in a Champions League quarter-final as her team bowed out.

If Germany do make a deep run at these Euros, chances are Schüller's goals will be a key reason behind their success.

Key players: Alexandra Popp

Last but by no means least is the captain, top-scorer and leading appearance maker in this squad: Alexandra Popp.

The 31 year old made her international debut 12 years ago, featuring at three World Cups and scoring at the 2016 Olympics as her side won gold.

However, having not been included in the Euro 2013 winning squad, Popp is looking to win this competition for the very first time.

At club level, she's won the Champions League three times, first doing so 13 years ago, also lifting five Bundesliga titles and six DFB-Pokals.

For current employers VfL Wolfsburg, Popp has scored a whopping 131 goals in just 271 appearances, although only two of these came this season.

Nevertheless, Martina Voss-Tecklenburg will be hoping her captain and star player is on top form in time for this competition.

Germany possible starting line-up for Euro 2022

Germany's full squad for Euro 2022

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Ben Gray

Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".



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