Germany has a rich history in the European Championship, this will be their 12th participation at a final tournament. Germany didn't miss a final tournament since 1968.
Brief History at the Euros
Germany didn't took part at the first three European Championship tournaments, either not entering because of political reasons of not qualifying.
Their first participation at a European Championship final tournament was in 1972. In the semi-final they won against Belgium 2-1 and in the final they faced the Soviet Union and they won comfortably 3-0, winning the trophy at their first participation.
In 1976, the Euros were held in Yugoslavia and Germany faced the home side in the semi-final, a game which was decided after extra time, Germany winning 4-2. In the final they played against Czechoslovakia after extra time the score was 2-2 and the winner was decided in a penalty shoot-out won by Czechoslovakia 5-3.
At the Euro 1980 held in Italy the competition format was changed, for the first time 8 teams participated and there was a group stage, the first placed teams would play the final. Germany finished first in their group ahead of Czechoslovakia, Netherlands and Greece. In the final they faced Belgium and they won their second European trophy, beating Belgium in the final 2-1.
Germany at Euro 1980 (Source: UEFA.com)
In 1984, Germany tried to defend their title but they left the competition early after the group stage, finishing only third in their group behind Spain and Portugal.
In 1988 Germany had the occasion to win the trophy on home soil. They finished first in their group, reaching the semi-final, but in the semi-final they lost to the eventual Euro champions Netherlands 2-1 after they led 1-0 until the 74th minute.
In 1992 the European Championship was held in Sweden, Germany qualified again from the group and they faced the home side Sweden in the semi-final. The game finished 3-2 for Germany after a spectacular game, but they lost the final to one of the Euros biggest surprise winners Denmark.
In 1996 the competition format changed again, instead of 8 teams, 16 teams participated. Germany finished first in their group ahead of Czech Republic, Italy and Russia. In the knock-out stage first they faced Croatia in the quarter final, the Germans won 2-1.
In the semi final they played against the home side England, and a penalty shoot-out was needed two decide who will play in the final, it finished 6-5 for Germany. In the final they face Czech Republic and Germany won their third European Championship trophy winning 2-1 after extra-time.
Germany at Euro 1996 (Source: UEFA.com)
At the next two final tourments(2000 and 2004) Germany exited the competition early after the group stage, without reaching the knock-out stage.
In 2008 they finished second in their group behind Croatia and they advanced to the knock-out stage. In the quarter-final they eliminated Portugal, winning 3-2. In the semi-final they won against Turkey with the same score 3-2, but they lost the final to Spain 1-0.
In 2012 Germany was considered one of the big favourites to win the trophy, they started well, winning all three games in the group stage. In the quarter final they eliminated 2004 champions Greece winning 4-2, but they lost to Italy in the semi-final 2-1.
Germany road to Euro 2016
Germany was part of group D along with Poland, Ireland, Scotland, Georgia and Gibraltar. They finished first place only one point ahead of second place Poland.
Thanks to their first-placed finishing they achieved automatic qualification. They finished with 22 points winning seven games, drawing one and losing two in their group.
The complete table:
The results obtained by Germany:
||2 - 1||Scotland
||2 - 0||Germany
||1 - 1||Ireland
||4 - 0||Gibraltar
||0 - 2||Germany
||0 - 7||Germany
||3 - 1||Poland
||2 - 3||Germany
||1 - 0||Germany
||2 - 0||Georgia
Germany Euro 2016 squad and group
(Confirmed 23-man squad)
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre ter-Stegen (Barcelona)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Emre Can (Liverpool), Jonas Hector (Koln), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Antonio Rudiger (Roma)
Midfielders: Sami Khedira (Juventus), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Andre Schurrle (Wolfsburg), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg), Leroy Sane (Schalke), Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
Forwards: Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mario Gomez (Besiktas), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray)
Germany is part of group C at the European Championship. They will face Northern Ireland, Poland and Ukraine.
Germany will play against Ukraine in the first round, the last times the two teams met were in the 2011 in an international friendly which finished 3-3. Germany never lost a game against Ukraine.
The second game will be against Poland. In the Euro qualifiers the teams were in the same group, Poland won in the first game 2-0 then lost in Germany 3-1. Poland only won one game against Germany in 20 matches.
Their third game will be with Northern Ireland. The last time the two teams met was in 2005 in an international friendly and it finished 4-1 for Germany.
Germany All Time Records
The top 5 players with the most appearances:
The top 5 players with the most goals: