Germany’s national FIFA team came from humble beginnings. The team was originally created in 1908, with the German football association playing its first game in Basel, Switzerland. The game was played on April 5, 1908 and the German team lost 5 to 3. The team continued to play in the years leading up until world war one, through the war, and afterwards. In its early years, the DFB had no official manager in charge of players and simply drafted new players by voting. The first official manager came in 1926 when Otto Nerz, a school teacher from the city of Mannheim took over the role. The German team was actually so poor during the first few decades of its existence that it was unable to pay for the players plane flights to Uruguay in 1930. During the 1930s, the politics of Germany came to be dominated by the Nazis and soon footballers from Austria were forcibly made to join the German team as a show of political solidarity to the Nazi Party.
With the advent of world war two, many players were forced to leave football in order to join the military and fight against the allies. Efforts were made by the manager, Sepp Herberger, in order to save the players from the worst parts of the war and keep them away from dangerous jobs. After the Second World War ended, Germany was banned from playing in the world cup until 1950 due to the political fragmentation of Germany into different regions such as West Germany, East Germany, and the Saarland. It was a logistical nightmare to try and organize a national team out of each of the different regions and few were up for the task. Eventually, a team was created after the Soviet Union absorbed East Germany, and West Germany became a distinct entity. FIFA came to only recognize the West German team as being the national German team and it was not until the reunification of 1990 that East German players were allowed into the West German team.
In the decades after world war two, the German national team grew in popularity and prowess, scoring big wins against the Soviet Union and other soccer giants such as Uruguay. However, the golden decade for the German national team was the 1970s. During the 1970s, Franz Breckenbauer became the coach of the national team and set them up for a cascade of victories. In 1972, the DFB beat the Soviet Union three to zero in the final game, embarrassing the world super power. In 1974, the team won their second world cup against the Netherlands at two to one in Munich.
The German national football team is a force to be reckoned with in the competitive world of professional athletics. It has a colorful and unique history, and the DFB has struck fear into the hearts of many lesser soccer teams around the world. The team now dominates both men and women’s football tournaments and was recently ranked as the “most entertaining team” in the 2010 World cup.
Germany’s World Cup Odds
Germany is the favorite to win this tournament’s “Group of Death”. They’re in Group G against Portugal, the USA and Ghana, who are all good teams. If by far the toughest group in the World Cup. It won’t be easy for Germany to win, but they should be able to do it.