England vs. Germany: How do the two sides compare in key tournaments?


England vs. Germany: How do the two sides compare in key tournaments?

In the last 16 of Euro 2020, England will face old nemesis Germany.

The PA news agency examines their track record in this article.


Despite England’s history of big tournament losses at the hands of their long-time opponents, the two teams have a fairly even head-to-head record.

Thirty-two previous meetings, including friendlies, have resulted in 13 wins apiece and six draws.

When the sample is limited to major competitions, Germany has four wins to three losses in World Cups, European Championships, and qualification for each event. The remaining four games were all drawn, including Germany’s penalty shootout victories in the 1990 World Cup semi-finals and current England coach Gareth Southgate’s Euro 96 miss.

The most recent competitive match took place at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, with Germany winning 4-1, with England fans claiming that Frank Lampard’s would-be equalizer at 2-1 was incorrectly chalked off despite crossing the line comfortably.

Record in the European Championships

The symmetry of Germany’s record in their past 12 European Championship participation is striking.

They have won the tournament three times, in 1972, 1980, and 1996, and have advanced to three more finals and semi-finals, as well as three group-stage eliminations.

England’s best results came in the 1968 World Cup semi-finals, where they lost to Yugoslavia before beating the Soviet Union in the third-placed play-off, and in the 1996 World Cup on home soil, where they reached the final.

In the only prior tournament under the present structure, they reached the quarterfinals in 2004 and 2012, as well as this same last-16 stage in 2016, with their other four finals trips terminating in the group stage.

Major honors

Aside from their three European Championships, Germany’s shirts include four stars above their emblem to commemorate their World Cup victories in 1954, 1974, 1990, and 2014, all as West Germany.

With four World Cup runner-up results and four third-place finishes, the 2017 Confederations Cup completes an incredible trophy sweep on the international stage.

Only the 1966 World Cup may be credited to England. (This is a brief piece.)


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