As Germany goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER (1) of Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen surveys the situation, Spain defender SERGIO RAMOS of Real Madrid suddenly realizes that ESPANA still have a long, long way to go in terms of equaling the historical track record of DEUTSCHLAND in international football. (Matt Dunham/AP)
The international friendly against visiting ITALY in Dortmund will be the 843rd contest, all-time, for the national team of GERMANY.
Germany’s current record stands at 485 wins, 186 losses and 171 draws while the Germans have scored 1,877 goals and conceded 998 along the way.
Germany have won the FIFA World Cup on three occasions — 1954, 1974, 1990 — and have captured the UEFA European Championships title three times — 1972, 1980, 1996 — as well.
Deutschland have also been vizemeister (2nd) at the FIFA World Cup four times — 1966, 1982, 1986, 2002 — and have finished second at the UEFA European Championships in three more — 1976, 1992, 2008 — tournaments, too.
Germany have also ended in 3rd place at the FIFA World Cup no fewer than four times, including at this past summer’s tournament in South Africa.