German national soccer team of women

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Logo of the DFB
Association German Football Association
confederacy UEFA
Technical sponsor adidas
Head coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg
Assistant coach Britta Carlson
Patrik Grolimund
Thomas Nörenberg (interim)
captain Alexandra Popp
Record scorer Birgit Prinz (128)
Record player Birgit Prinz (214)
Home stadium Changing stages
FIFA rank 2. (2090 points)
(as of August 14, 2020)
First jersey
Second jersey
Balance sheet
477 games
335 wins
63 draws
79 losses
First international match Germany 5-1 Switzerland ( Koblenz , Federal Republic of Germany ; November 10, 1982 )
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Biggest win Germany 17-0 Kazakhstan ( Wiesbaden , Germany; November 19, 2011 )
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Biggest loss USA 6-0 Germany ( Decatur , United States ; March 14, 1996 )
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Successes in tournaments
World Championship
Participation in the finals 8 ( first : 1991 )
Best results World Champion 2003 , 2007
European Championship
Participation in the finals 10 ( first : 1989 )
Best results European champion 1989 , 1991 , 1995 , 1997 , 2001 , 2005 , 2009 , 2013
Olympic games
bronze 2000
bronze 2004
bronze 2008
gold 2016
(As of March 7, 2020 )
The German team 2012

The German national soccer team for women is the selection of German soccer players supervised by the responsible national coach . It represents the German Football Association (DFB) on an international level, both in friendly matches against the national teams of other national associations and at the European championship of the European continental association UEFA , the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games.

The German national women's football team is the most successful in the world alongside the USA . The selection is two-time world champions , eight-time European champions and won the Olympic gold medal in 2016. Six European championships were won in a row between 1995 and 2013. Only Germany became world and European champions with both women and men. The record national player and goal scorer is Birgit Prinz, who was also the top scorer at the 2003 World Cup.

In 2003 and 2009 the national team was voted Germany's Team of the Year . Until March 2009, the team occupied second place in the FIFA world rankings , but fell to third place on March 27 for the first time in five and a half years. After winning the European Championship, they returned to second place. In the FIFA world rankings of December 19, 2014, Germany was again number 1, so for the first time both the men's and women's national teams from the same country were in first place at the same time. Currently (June 2018), the DFB selection is in the FIFA rankings back in second place after dropping to third in March 2018.

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg has been national coach since February 2019 .

The team was nominated for the Laureus World Sports Awards in 2004, 2008 and 2010 for their achievements at the 2003 and 2007 World Championships and the 2009 European Championships .


Note: The following two sections deal with the development of women's football in the old Federal Republic. See also: Women's football in the GDR


In 1955, the DFB decided on its association day to ban football games with women's teams. In the explanation at the time it was stated that “this martial art is essentially alien to the nature of women”, that “in the struggle for the ball the feminine grace disappears and body and soul inevitably suffer damage”, and that the “display of the body is propriety and Decency hurts ". Despite the ban, over 70 unofficial international matches were played in the 1950s and 1960s. On September 23, 1956, the first international match of a German national soccer team took place. It took place in the private stadium of the Mathias Stinnes colliery in Essen in front of 17,000 spectators. The opponent was the Dutch national soccer team for women . The German team won the game 2-1.

The women's football ban was not lifted until the Association Day in Travemünde on October 31, 1970. At that time there were estimates of 40-60,000 female players who played more or less subversively in DFB clubs. The DFB feared that the women could found their own association.

While other associations had already founded official national teams in the 1970s, nothing happened at the DFB for a long time. In 1980, the association official Horst R. Schmidt was staying with the male B-youth from Eintracht Frankfurt in Taiwan when he received an invitation for the unofficial women's soccer world championship for the DFB. Schmidt accepted the invitation, but kept silent about the fact that there was currently no women's national team in Germany. In order not to embarrass themselves completely, the DFB simply sent the reigning champion SSG 09 Bergisch Gladbach to the Far East, who emerged from the tournament with 25 goals and unbeaten as (unofficial) world champion. Now the DFB noticed the need for action and founded the national team in 1982. The then DFB President Hermann Neuberger commissioned Gero Bisanz , then a coach instructor at the Sports University in Cologne , to build the team. Bisanz was skeptical at first, but then accepted the coaching position. Since UEFA had introduced the European Championship and the first qualifying matches were scheduled for 1983, time was of the essence.

1982–1993: Difficult early years and first successes

Gero Bisanz organized two screening courses in September 1982, from which he filtered out a 16-person squad. The team formed in this way consisted largely of players from the then top club SSG 09 Bergisch Gladbach. Anne Trabant was appointed as the playing assistant coach . The first official international match took place on November 10, 1982. The opponent, following a tradition , was Switzerland, against which the men had also played their first international match. Doris Kresimon scored the first international goal in the 25th minute. In the second half, the then 18-year-old Silvia Neid came on as she contributed two goals to the 5-1 victory. Envy later became assistant coach in 1996 and national coach in 2005.

First national team
Marion Isbert (36th Claudia Reichler ) - Gaby Dlugi-Winterberg (52nd Christel Klinzmann ); Petra Landers ; Monika Degwitz ; Brigitte Klinz - Rike Koekkoek (41st Silvia Neid ); Anne Trabant-Haarbach ; Bettina Krug (47th Birgit Offermann ) - Birgit Bormann ; Doris Kresimon ; Ingrid Gebauer (47th Petra Bartelmann )
Goals: Envy (2), Bormann, Gebauer, Kresimon

In the meantime, Anne Trabant gave up her position as assistant trainer in 1983 after a year due to the high workload. In 1986 she was succeeded by Tina Theune , who Bisanz knew from the Cologne Sports University. The first European Championship took place without the German team, as they failed in qualification . Five draws and one defeat against Denmark meant only third place in the qualifying group. Bisanz's primary goal was initially to make up for the gap compared to the Scandinavian countries and Italy - at that time the strongest nations in Europe - with increased basic and youth work. From 1985 Bisanz continuously rejuvenated the team, which initially meant the failure to qualify for the 1987 European Championship . At that time, Tina Theune was developing an improved screening system to incorporate new talented players into the team.

In qualifying for the European Championship in 1989 , the German team remained undefeated and without conceding a goal. The first double-digit victory was achieved on September 17th with a 10-0 win over Switzerland. Subsequently, in two quarter-finals against Czechoslovakia (1: 1 and 2: 0), the first participation in the final round of the last four teams was made perfect. The 1989 tournament took place in their own country. In the semi-finals, they met Italy in Siegen . It was the first international match for the German women's national team to be broadcast live on television . The ARD recorded more viewers than the competition with a tennis match broadcast by Steffi Graf at the same time . An exciting game developed. In the penalty shootout , the German goalkeeper Marion Isbert became a heroine when she first parried three penalties and then converted the decisive penalty herself. On July 2, 1989, the German team met the favored Norwegians in the final . 23,000 spectators saw the game in Osnabrück , a record valid until April 22, 2009 for a home game for the German national team. The DFB-Elf played superior football and won 4-1 goals in the end. This victory marked the breakthrough for German women's football. Silvia Neid directed midfield, Doris Fitschen's star rose in defense and Heidi Mohr was one of the world's best strikers of her time.

Two years later, the German team was able to successfully defend its title. In the qualification, the DFB-Elf remained undefeated (five wins, one draw), before England was eliminated 4-1 and 2-0 in the quarter-finals. The finals , again held as a mini-tournament with four teams , took place in Denmark in 1991. In the semifinals it was again against Italy. This time the German team won 3-0. Heidi Mohr (2) and Sissy Raith took care of the German goals. On July 14, 1991, the German team faced the Norwegian team again in the final in Aalborg, Denmark . Norway took the lead through Hegstad. Heidi Mohr was able to equalize, so that the game went into overtime. In the first half of extra time, Heidi Mohr and Silvia Neid made it 3-1. The successful team also included Bettina Wiegmann , today DFB trainer and, alongside Birgit Prinz, the only honorary captain of the national team.

The first international match after the European Championship triumph also went down in history. With Gertrud Regus from Hallstadt , a referee led a women's international match for the first time. In November 1991, the German team drove to the People's Republic of China for the first ever World Cup . After victories over Nigeria , Taiwan and Italy, the team advanced to the quarter-finals without conceding a goal. Silvia Neid scored the first German World Cup goal on November 17, 1991 against Nigeria. The quarter-finals against Denmark were only won 2-1 after extra time. In the semifinals, the USA turned out to be too strong. It was 5: 2 in the end for the eventual world champion. After a 4-0 defeat against Sweden in the small final, Germany finished fourth.

The European Championship in 1993 was a disappointment. The qualification was achieved with a single game (3-0 against Yugoslavia, the second leg was no longer played because of the civil war) and Russia was no hurdle with 7-0 and 0-0 in the quarter-finals, but in the final they lost to hosts Italy in the semifinals after penalties after it had been 1-1 after regular time and overtime, and in the small final there was a 1-3 defeat against Denmark. With (among others) Steffi Jones , Maren Meinert and Silke Rottenberg , Bisanz built new, highly talented players into the team and laid the foundation for many future successes.

1994–2001: Series victories in Europe, disappointment at the World Cup and Olympics

Birgit Prinz made her debut in 1994

In 1995 the team reached the final of the European Championship again . Previously, all qualifying games were won. The goal difference of 55-0 goals in six games was remarkable. The German team won three times in double digits. The 12-0 win against Wales on March 31, 1994 was the new record victory . A few months later, the then 16-year-old Birgit Prinz made her debut in the national team. In the quarter-finals, too, Germany did not concede a 4-0 and 1-0 win against Russia. In the semi-finals (this time there was no final round due to timing reasons) England was defeated 4-1 and 2-1. The final on March 26, 1995 was held in the Fritz Walter Stadium in Kaiserslautern . The opponent from Sweden took an early lead through Andersson. The Germans then turned the game through goals from Maren Meinert , Birgit Prinz and Bettina Wiegmann . The Swedes were able to score the next goal through Andelen, but in the end the Germans were allowed to cheer for the third time.

The second World Cup took place in Sweden in the summer of 1995 . Germany, as qualified as European champions in 1991, had a hard time in the preliminary round. After a narrow win over Japan , they gave the hosts a 2-0 lead and lost 3-2. With the final 6-1 victory over Brazil , the German team became group winners. In the quarterfinals there was a clear 3-0 victory over England . The semi-final against China turned into a battle of nerves. Not until shortly before the end did Bettina Wiegmann score the decisive goal for the 1-0 victory. But the world championship was not to come, because the Norwegians won the final 2-0.

In the same year the EuroGames took place in Frankfurt am Main , a major gay / lesbian sporting event. Some of the German national players wanted to take part in the badminton tournament. When the DFB found out about this plan, there was a scandal . The association banned participation in the Eurogames and threatened to be excluded from the national team if they violated the rules.

A year later, women's football was an Olympic sport for the first time in Atlanta . Bettina Wiegmann scored the first Olympic goal in the opening game against Japan. The victory over Japan was followed by a defeat against Norway. In the last group game, the German team led 1-0 against Brazil for a long time until Sissi equalized in the 53rd minute, which led to the German team being eliminated. After the tournament, Gero Bisanz resigned. Under his direction, the German team had become one of the strongest national teams in the world. His successor was Tina Theune, who had been Bisanz's assistant coach since 1986 and was the first woman to acquire a football instructor license. Theune ensured another generation change. Silvia Neid ended her career, Heidi Mohr had to give way to younger players. Players like Ariane Hingst , Kerstin Stegemann and Sandra Smisek caused a stir.

The 1997 European Championship in Norway and Sweden was the first test for the new national coach . In the qualification, the DFB team met the Norwegians, who won in Germany and drew on home soil. Germany was only runner-up in the group and had to be relegated to Iceland . With two clear victories, Germany was at the EM. First there was a draw against Italy and hosts Norway. With a 2-0 win in the last group game against Denmark, the semi-finals were reached, where Sweden defeated the other hosts 1-0. In the final , the Theune-Elf met Italy again. Sandra Minnert and Birgit Prinz scored the fourth European title with their goals. The only disappointment was the meager backdrop of around 2200 spectators in Oslo.

Kerstin Stegemann played 191 times for the national team

The German team barely qualified for the third World Cup in the USA . In the last qualifying game, the German team lost 3-2 in Norway, which in turn managed to qualify directly after beating England. It was the last defeat of the German national team in European or World Cup qualifiers until October 20, 2017. Germany finally prevailed in the relegation with 5: 0 and 1: 1 against Ukraine . At the start of the World Cup, there was a draw against Italy. A smooth 6-0 win over Mexico followed . Inka Grings scored three goals in this game, setting a World Cup record (for German players). In the last group game there was a 3: 3 against Brazil. The equalizer for Brazil came in the last minute and cost the group victory. So you met the host in the quarter-finals. 55,000 spectators in Washington DC , including the then US President Bill Clinton , were the biggest backdrop the German team had ever played in front of the 2011 World Cup opening game. Despite a double lead through an own goal by Brandi Chastain and a goal by Bettina Wiegmann, the German team failed on their own nerves and lost 3-2.

During a training camp to prepare for the 2000 Olympic Games , there was a dispute between Martina Voss and Inka Grings , which ended the couple's longstanding relationship. Tina Theune worried about the climate within the team and deleted Voss from the squad without any further explanation. In the summer, the DFB held a tournament with the national teams of the USA, Norway and China. With three defeats, the German team finished last. Things went better at the Olympics. In the preliminary round, the German team beat Australia , Brazil and Sweden. In the semi-finals, the German team were clearly superior to Norway, but were eliminated by an own goal by Tina Wunderlich . In the small final, the German team secured the bronze medal by beating Brazil 2-0. For the DFB it was the first Olympic medal since 1988 when the men's Olympic team also won bronze.

In 2001 the German team qualified again for the European Championship . The 4-4 draw in Italy was the last qualifying game for a major tournament that the German team did not win until November 24, 2011. The DFB successfully applied to host the championship. In the preliminary round there were clear wins against Sweden, Russia and England. After a 1-0 semi-final victory over Norway - Sandra Smisek scored the winning goal with a remarkable diving header - the German selection was back in the final . In the Danube Stadium in Ulm , they met Sweden again in front of 18,000 spectators. In the pouring rain a battle-stressed game developed, which did not find a winner after 90 minutes. Just in time for the start of extra time, the rain stopped. In the 98th minute, Maren Meinert sent Claudia Müller towards the Swedish goal. Müller overcame the Swedish defenders and scored the winning goal with a golden goal , which helped Germany to its fifth European title.

2002–2005: World Champion Germany

Nia Künzer scored the winning goal at the 2003 World Cup with a golden goal
Scene in the final Germany - Sweden

The 2003 World Cup was to take place in the People's Republic of China . Due to the SARS epidemic, the tournament was moved to the USA at short notice . All qualifying matches for the World Cup were won in advance and Conny Pohlers made history during the 9-0 win over Portugal when she became the first player to score five goals in a game. In preparation, the German selection also completed a training game against the male B-youth of VfB Stuttgart , which was lost 3-0. After a convincing preliminary round with clear victories against Canada , Japan and Argentina , the German team outclassed the Russians 7-1 in the quarter-finals. In the semi-finals, the host waited for the German team. Kerstin Garefrekes brought the German team into the lead. An open exchange of blows developed in which Silke Rottenberg surpassed herself. In the final minutes Maren Meinert and Birgit Prinz ensured the 3-0 victory. The game is considered by many experts to be the best women's soccer game of all time. In the final , the German team faced the Swedish team. Sweden took the lead on 41 minutes after a defensive mistake. Shortly after the start of the second half, Maren Meinert equalized. In extra time, Nia Künzer scored the winning goal with a header and Germany became world champions thanks to the golden goal rule. The DFB was the first and so far only association to win the world championship title for both men and women. With this triumph, women's football in Germany finally achieved its breakthrough. The world champions were welcomed by thousands of enthusiastic fans in Germany. After winning the World Cup, the DFB signed a sponsorship contract with the Katjes company for the women's and junior national teams .

The first game after the successful World Cup was a European Championship qualifier against Portugal. The 13-0 victory against the completely overwhelmed Portuguese is the second highest victory of the DFB selection to this day. The second leg in Portugal was also won very well with 11-0. Inka Grings was successful five times in this game. On May 20, 2004, the national team competed in the Stade de France in St. Denis on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of FIFA in a charity match against a world team that was lost 3-2.

In the Olympic Games of Athens , there was a surprisingly high eight in the first group match: 0 victory over China. Birgit Prinz scored four goals in this game. In the second group game, Mexico was beaten 2-0. The quarter-finals against Nigeria were unexpectedly difficult. A lead by the Africans could be converted into a victory thanks to goals from Steffi Jones and Conny Pohlers . In the semifinals, the USA successfully took revenge for the defeat at the World Cup a year earlier. The US girls took the lead through Kristine Lilly . Isabell Bachor was able to force extra time shortly before the end, in which Heather O'Reilly scored the winning goal for the USA. In the small final, Germany won against Sweden with a goal from Renate Lingor and secured the second German bronze medal.

2005–2009: rebuilding, minor crises and title defenses

In 2005 the European Championship took place in England . After an arduous 1-0 opening win over Norway, the German team won convincingly against Italy (4-0) and France (3-0). In the semi-finals, the opponent was Finland . The surprise team from the far north was surprised by three quick goals from Inka Grings (2) and Conny Pohlers . After the goal, Birgit Prinz made it 4-1. Norway was the opponent in the final . With a double strike by Inka Grings and Renate Lingor , the German team took the lead. Dagny Mellgren scored the connecting goal just before the break. Birgit Prinz scored the decisive goal in the 63rd minute to make it 3-1. National coach Tina Theune resigned after the tournament and handed over the office to her previous assistant Silvia Neid .

With Silvia Neid as coach, the German team won the prestigious Algarve Cup for the first time in 2006 . The team was rejuvenated and new players like Annike Krahn or Célia Okoyino da Mbabi became leading players despite their young age. In qualifying for the 2007 Women's World Cup in the People's Republic of China , Silvia Neid's team won all eight games. For the first time, the DFB paid a bonus for successfully qualifying for a major tournament. The German selection received a total of 200,000 euros .

The start of the 2007 World Cup was not very successful. At the four-nation tournament in the People's Republic of China at the end of January, there were only three goalless draws against China, England and the USA. At the Algarve Cup in March there was only one win against Denmark in four games, but three defeats against Norway, France and Italy. In the end, that only brought in 8th place. The team dominated in all games, but could not use a large number of goal chances. The poor performance at the Algarve Cup meant that in March 2007, after more than three and a half years, Germany had to relinquish the lead in the FIFA world rankings to the USA.

With the beginning of the qualifying games for the European Championship 2009 , however, the earlier successes could be built on again. The Netherlands were beaten 5-1. On August 22, 2007, the national team returned to Koblenz. In the European Championship qualifier against Switzerland, the DFB-Elf celebrated their 25th anniversary and achieved their 200th international win thanks to their 7-0 win. Since 2007 the national team has had its own goalkeeping coach, Michael Fuchs .

Simone Laudehr scored the 2-0 win against Brazil in the 2007 World Cup final

At the 2007 World Cup , the German team met Argentina , England and Japan in the preliminary round . Right at the start, the overwhelmed Argentines were outclassed 11-0. It was the highest ever victory in a World Cup game and Birgit Prinz and Sandra Smisek set the German World Cup record for Inka Grings with three goals each. This was followed by a goalless draw against England and a 2-0 work victory against Japan. Because of the elimination of the Swedes in the preliminary round, the DFB team secured qualification for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing . In the quarter-finals, Germany met North Korea for the first time and won 3-0. With the same result in the semifinals against Norway, the team moved into the final against Brazil. In the final on September 30th in Shanghai, Birgit Prinz gave the German team the lead. A short time later, goalkeeper Nadine Angerer saved a penalty shot by Marta . Shortly before the final whistle, Simone Laudehr made the win 2-0 perfect. This was the first time a world champion managed to successfully defend his title, and it was also the first time that a team at a World Cup (women and men) did not concede a goal. Angerer was voted the tournament's best goalkeeper. Birgit Prinz received the silver ball as the second best player in the tournament. In addition to Angerer and Prinz, Ariane Hingst, Renate Lingor and Kerstin Stegemann were appointed to the all-star team. One day after the final, the national team was greeted by around 20,000 people at the Frankfurt Römer .

After the world championship, the contract with national coach Silvia Neid was extended to the 2013 European championship. Her assistant Ulrike Ballweg was permanently employed and has been the coach of the U-23 national team since January 1, 2008 . On December 5th, the players received the Silver Laurel Leaf and Silvia Neid the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany .

At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Germany was unable to match the performance of the World Cup. After four games without conceding a goal, they took an early lead in the semifinals against Brazil. Brazil came into play better and better and was able to equalize before the break. With two counterattacks after German corners, Brazil took the lead 3-1 in the second half and led the German team in the following period. The 4-1 then sealed the first defeat of the German women against the Brazilians. In the game for third place against Japan, the team struggled against the fast Japanese women for a long time before they managed to win with two goals from Fatmire Bajramaj .

Inka Grings was the top scorer of the European Championships in 2009
Germany - Norway at the EM 2009

At the 2009 European Championship , Germany faced runner-up European champions Norway in their first group game. The German team took the lead in the 33rd minute with a penalty converted by Linda Bresonik, then missed many good chances and almost allowed an equalizer in the 89th minute. But she was able to score 3 goals in return and in stoppage time. Germany won 5-1 against France and were already group winners after this second game. Then the national coach spared several regular players in the third group game, some of whom were also "yellow-endangered". The team had a long hard time against the already eliminated Icelanders. In the 50th minute, the half-time substitute Inka Grings scored the 1-0 winner, injured herself and was replaced shortly afterwards. Grings was able to play in the quarter-finals against Italy and scored the decisive goals for the 2-1 victory in the 4th and 47th minutes. In the semifinals, they met again on Norway, which had only reached the quarter-finals as one of the two best thirds in the group and surprisingly beat the favored Swedes 3-1. Compared to the first game, the Norwegians were unrecognizable and were able to take the lead 1-0 in the 10th minute after a corner kick in which several Norwegians blocked the German goalkeeper. The German team struggled in the period that followed, while the Scandinavians recorded a shot from the post shortly after the opening goal - again after a corner kick. Only in the second half were three substitute players able to turn the game around and prepare the way for the final with an ultimately clear 3-1. This developed into the finals with the highest number of goals in European Championship history, in which the English women kept up for a long time and repeatedly, after the German opening goals, were able to reduce them to 1: 2 or 2: 3. With the 4: 2, the 5th tournament goal by Inka Grings, the resistance of the British was broken and in the end the victory was very clear with 6: 2. After the final victory, for which Federal President Horst Köhler came among others , Kerstin Stegemann announced her resignation from the national team. With 191 internationals she had played the second most internationals for the German national team. After a protracted injury she was unable to regain her regular position on the right side and only played half-time in the game against Iceland during the European Championship.

2010 to 2016: winning streak, setback, European champion 2013 and first Olympic victory

The year 2010 started the national team with a second place at the Algarve Cup  - the final against the USA was lost with 2: 3. Also in the following game at the end of the 2009/10 season there was a defeat against the USA, which turned out to be 0: 4 - only in the game for third place against Sweden at the 1991 World Cup , Germany had lost 4: 0, higher only in the record defeat (0: 6) against the USA on March 14, 1996.

This was followed by a winning streak of 10 games, u. a. against the current Asian , Africa and North American champions , which only ended in the quarter-finals of the 2011 World Cup . For the first time Germany lost a game against Japan and was eliminated for the second time after 1999 in the quarter-finals of a World Cup. The team had prepared for the World Cup in seven courses, instead of taking part in the Algarve Cup, but had four wins in four test matches immediately before the World Cup, including a. against the World Cup participants North Korea and Norway . Although most of the goals in these friendly matches were scored by the younger players, especially by Alexandra Popp , top scorer of the U-20 World Cup , while record national player Birgit Prinz missed out, national coach Silvia Neid trusted in the first two group matches of the World Cup (2-1 against Canada and 1-0 against Nigeria) continued to play on Prinz, but replaced them in the second half. Only in the third group game against France (4: 2) and in the quarter-finals against Japan (0: 1 a. V.) did she renounce the captain. Against the Asians, the German team was visually superior over the entire season, but despite a few chances, they didn't want to score. So it went into extra time, in which Karina Maruyama scored the decisive goal for the eventual world champion. After the departure, the Potsdam Bundesliga coach Bernd Schröder criticized the too long preparation time and the chosen tactics. Birgit Prinz and Ariane Hingst , who had both played for Germany for more than 14 years, announced their retirement from the national team immediately after the defeat against Japan, but the DFB promised a farewell game. Silvia Neid initially only wanted to comment on her future a few weeks after the World Cup. On July 13th, the national coach announced that she wanted to fulfill her contract, which was extended to 2016 before the World Cup, and that she wanted to build a new team for the 2013 European Championship. With the quarter-final defeat and the simultaneous semi-finals of France and Sweden , the qualification for the Olympic football tournament of women was missed for the first time .

Celebration of the European Championship 2013 on the balcony of the Frankfurter Römers

The European Championship qualifying game against Kazakhstan on November 19, 2011 was won 17-0; this result marks the highest victory since then. Five days later, in a 2-2 draw in Spain, the national team had to give up points in a qualifying game for the first time in twelve years. In March 2012, the Algarve Cup was won for the second time , defeating Japan 4: 3 in the final and Célia Okoyino da Mbabi becoming the top scorer with six goals. On June 16, 2012, the team qualified two games before the end of the qualifying round for the 2013 European Championship in Sweden, as Switzerland won against group runner-up Spain, which meant that the German team could no longer be displaced from first place. The European Championship qualification was completed with a goal difference of 64: 3, which exceeded the record of 55 goals from 1995, which was, however, set up in four fewer games. After qualifying, there were three more draws in friendly matches against the USA (1-1 and 2-2) and France (1-1), which meant that the calendar year was closed without a defeat for the first time since 1992.

At the beginning of 2013, the team took part in the Algarve Cup again. In the final, the German players lost to the Americans. Thus, the series of 22 games ended without defeat with two goals from Alex Morgan .

Anja Mittag scored the winning goal in the European Championship final against Norway

At the 2013 European Championships in Sweden, national coach Silvia Neid sent a strongly rejuvenated team into the race due to numerous injuries. After a bumpy course in the group stage (0-0 against the Netherlands, 3-0 against Iceland and 0-1 against Norway [first defeat in a European Championship finals match in 20 years!]), Germany reached the quarter-finals in second place, with Italy 1 : 0 could be defeated. The decisive goal was scored by Simone Laudehr , who only got fit again shortly before the tournament after a long injury break. In the semi-finals, hosts Sweden were the opponents. In this game, the defending champion showed his best tournament performance and reached the final in Gothenburg with a goal from Dzsenifer Marozsán 1-0. On July 28, 2013, the team was able to win the European championship title for the sixth time in a row and for the eighth time overall by beating Norway 1-0 in the final . Anja Mittag scored the goal , goalkeeper Nadine Angerer saved two penalty kicks. The next day after their return to Germany in Frankfurt, the team signed the city's Golden Book and celebrated the success in front of around 7,000 fans who had appeared on the Römerberg.

At the Algarve Cup 2014 , the German team reached the final again after victories against Iceland , China and Norway , where they defeated Japan 3-0. Dzsenifer Marozsán was named the best player of the tournament and was the top scorer with 4 goals at the same time.

On September 13, 2014, the German team qualified early in a 4-1 win against Russia for the 2015 World Cup in Canada. There the team met permanent opponents Norway and, for the first time, the World Cup newcomers Ivory Coast and Thailand . At the World Cup, Germany scored the most goals (20) - but 19 of them in the first four games, then dropped out in the semi-finals against the USA and then lost in the match for third place for the first time against England and then also first place in the FIFA World ranking .

The German national team before their game against Zimbabwe at the 2016 Olympic Games.

By moving into the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup, the selection qualified directly for the Olympic Games in Brazil . In the group stage they faced Canada , Australia and Zimbabwe . The opening game was won 6-1 against Zimbabwe in São Paulo . This was followed by a draw against Australia (2-2). In the final game against the Canadian team they lost 2-1, making it the first time a game against the Canadians. The Germans qualified on equal points with the Australians due to the goal difference being one goal better. In the final round, the DFB selection met China in the quarter-finals and won 1-0. In the semifinals there was another duel against Canada. With a 2-0 victory, the team moved into the Olympic final. There the team prevailed against Sweden with a 2-1 goal by Dzsenifer Marozsán and an own goal by Linda Sembrant and won the gold medal at the Olympic Games for the first time in the history of German women's football. Moreover, it was Melanie Behringer with five goals scorer. Behringer ended her national team career with the Olympic final, as did captain Saskia Bartusiak and Annike Krahn . With the final, the term of office of Silvia Neid also ended , who was the only coach who managed to lead her team to the world championship title, continental title and Olympic victory. On November 1st, the Olympic champions, like all medal winners, received the Silver Laurel Leaf .

Since 2016

Starting eleven for the international match against the Czech Republic in April 2018

Even before the Olympic Games, it was clear that Steffi Jones would become the new national coach and that the German team had qualified for the European Championship finals in the Netherlands. Under Jones, the last two qualifying games in Russia and Hungary were also won without conceding a goal. In March the team took part in the SheBelieves Cup 2017 . As in the previous year, the team finished second against the top nations USA , France and England , this time with one win, one draw and one defeat, but only scored one goal ( 50th international goal by Anja Mittag ). This and a game against Canada in April (2-1 victory) were the main preparatory games for the European Championship finals, before which only one test match against the Brazilians who competed with several debutants was won 3-1. At the European Championship finals, the team finished the preliminary round as group winners, but three of the four goals were scored by penalties, and the strikers did not score. In the quarter-finals, which had been postponed by a day due to continuous rain, the German team lost an EM knockout game for the first time since 1993 and were eliminated by Denmark , as they did then . After participating in the SheBelieves Cup 2018 without a win, the DFB parted ways with Steffi Jones in March 2018.

On an interim basis, initially for two games, then Horst Hrubesch took over the office of national coach until autumn . Under his leadership, the remaining qualifying matches were won without conceding a goal and the World Cup finals were reached. His team also won a friendly game in Canada in June 2018. He set Silvia Neid's starting record with five wins, set a new record with six wins in the next game and then increased it to seven wins.

In April, the DFB announced the commitment of the former national player Martina Voss-Tecklenburg as the coach of the women's national team. However, she initially still had obligations with the Swiss national team before she was officially presented as national coach on November 30, 2018. None of the four preparation games for the 2019 World Cup were lost and the first four games at the World Cup were won. In the quarter-finals, there was a 2-1 defeat against Sweden, against whom no competitive game had been lost for 24 years. As in 2011, the team was eliminated prematurely and could not qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games.


The German national women is the only women's team in which three native-born coach in more than 100 caps sat on the bench.

  • Gero Bisanz (1982–1996), born on November 3, 1935, was the first national coach of the women's national team. The head coach instructor of the DFB led the team to the European championship in 1989, 1991 and 1995. In 1993 the team took fourth place, which is the worst performance of the national team at a European championship since 1989. At the World Championships, Bisanz led his team to fourth place in 1991 and second place in 1995. His last tournament was the 1996 Olympic Games, where the team was eliminated after the preliminary round. In addition to his work as a trainer, he and his assistant Tina Theune set up a viewing network and set the course for successful youth work. He was the first coach ever to coach a women's national team 100 times.
  • Tina Theune (1996-2005), born on November 4, 1953, took over as coach after the 1996 Olympic Games. Theune was the first woman to acquire a football instructor license. Under their leadership, the German team won the European Championships in 1997, 2001 (in front of a home crowd) and 2005. At the Olympic Games in 2000 and 2004, the German team won bronze medals. The greatest success was winning the 2003 World Cup in the USA. This makes Tina Theune the most successful national coach to date. She benefited from the successful youth work and built many former U-19 national players into the team. After the successful European Championship in 2005, she resigned.
Silvia Neid (2005-2016)
  • Silvia Neid (2005–2016), born on May 2, 1964, is the first coach who was previously a member of the national team. She was used in the national team's first game and was the first record national player, which she stayed for 14 years. After her time as a player, she became Tina Theune's assistant and coach of the U-19 national team, with which she became world champion in 2004. In 2006, the prestigious Algarve Cup was won for the first time under her leadership . The 2007 World Cup was their first major tournament. As a national coach, envy was not without controversy at first. After the disappointing performance at the Algarve Cup 2007, she was heavily criticized by the fans for her methods and her nominations. She made substitute goalkeeper Nadine Angerer the regular goalkeeper before the World Cup. At the 2007 World Cup, however, she successfully defended her title, something that no team had managed before. The team remained without conceding a goal, which no team had previously managed and Angerer saved a penalty from Marta , the best player of the tournament , in the final . During the World Cup prolonged envy their contract with the DFB until 2011 in June 2011 even until 2016. In 2009, she won the team's European Championship, but resigned at the World Championships 2011 at the quarter-final against eventual champions Japan , whereby Germany and the Missed 2012 Olympics. In July 2013 she managed to defend her title at the final tournament of the European Championship in Sweden. Neid was involved in all titles as a player, assistant coach and trainer. While envious, the team scored the most goals, conceded the fewest goals and won the most games. Her assistant coach was Ulrike Ballweg , who was also responsible for the U-23 team . Neid is the first female DFB trainer to win 100 games. On March 30, 2015, she and the DFB announced that when their contract expired in 2016, their work as national coach would end and that from September 2016, she would become head of the new scouting department for women's and girls' football at the DFB. In her last game as German national coach, in the Olympic final, she was able to celebrate the last big title that she was still missing with the Olympic victory. She is the only coach whose teams have been continental champions, Olympic champions and world champions, which no coach succeeded in doing either. In 2010, 2013 and 2016 she was named FIFA Trainer of the Year and is the only trainer to have received the award more than once.
Steffi Jones (2016-2018)
  • Steffi Jones (September 2016 to March 13, 2018), born on December 22, 1972, was a national player from 1993 to 2007, played under her three predecessors and, like Envy, a total of 111 times for Germany. Both played together seven more times, u. a. at the European Championship in 1993 when Germany was fourth and Jones played her first international match. After her active time, she was first president of the organizing committee of the 2011 World Cup for women from 2008 and, after the World Cup, director of the DFB for women's, girls' and school football. In August 2015 she became Silvia Neid's assistant trainer. She took over the office of national coach after the 2016 Olympic Games . Their first task was the 2017 European Women's Football Championship in the Netherlands , for which the team had already qualified with envy. Markus Högner and Verena Hagedorn (until April 2017) stood by her side as assistant coaches . At the European Championship finals, in which she used all nominated field players, her team failed in the quarter-finals. After a 2: 3 defeat against Iceland in the World Cup qualification, the first home defeat in a World Cup qualifying game, she came under fire and after the performance in the SheBelieves Cup , which the DFB rated as disappointing , put the team in 3rd place fell in the FIFA World Ranking , sacked in March 2018. With a term of office of 543 days, she is the national coach with the shortest time in office and is thus also below the time of Erich Ribbeck , who had the shortest term of office for men.
Horst Hrubesch, interim national coach from March to November 2018
  • Horst Hrubesch (March 13 to November 13, 2018), born on April 17, 1951, was a player in the German men's national team from 1980 to 1982 (21 games), European champion in 1980 (goalscorer in the final) and vice world champion in 1982. Hrubesch was in In the 1980s and 1990s he was a club coach and has been with the DFB since 2000, until 2016 as a coach in the youth field (including as coach of the U-21 team, which became European champions in 2009 and from whose ranks many players became world champions in 2014). In 2016, the men's Olympic selection he directed won the silver medal. Since the beginning of 2017 he has been the sports director and, as a representative of the youth and talent development department, a member of the DFB Presidium. He was initially appointed as a replacement for Jones on an interim basis for the World Cup qualifiers in April 2018 and retained the post for the remainder of the qualification, which ended in September, as well as the following friendlies. He set a new starting record with seven wins in a row, which only ended with a goalless draw in the last game of his tenure against Spain . The engagement as interim coach of the women's national team was his first engagement in women's football.
Martina Voss-Tecklenburg since November 2018
  • Martina Voss-Tecklenburg (since November 30, 2018), born on December 22, 1967, was a national player from 1984 to 2000 and was European champion in 1989, 1991, 1995 and 1997 and vice-world champion in 1995. In 1996 she became the first player to become a footballer of the Year elected. After coaching positions in Duisburg ( cup victory in 2009 and 2010 and UEFA Women's Cup victory in 2009 ) and Jena , she took over the Swiss national soccer team for women in 2012 . This led her to her first World Cup and European Championship participation in 2015 and 2017, respectively, and won the Cyprus Cup with her in 2017 , so that Switzerland rose from 26th to 17th in the FIFA world rankings . After qualifying for the 2019 World Cup, in which she and Switzerland failed in the playoff final to European champions Netherlands , she took over the office of national coach. Assistant trainer was Britta Carlson , who played from 2004 to 2007 for the German national team and already in June 2018 the international match against Canada was part of the coaching team of Horst Hrubesch. Thomas Nörenberg and Patrik Grolimund (focus on athletics) were added as further assistants. Michael Fuchs , who had been part of Silvia Neid's coaching team for nine years , was again the coach of the goalkeepers . On November 30, 2018, she was officially presented as the new national coach. The first international game under her leadership was won 1-0 against World Cup hosts France at the end of February 2019 . At the World Cup, their team was eliminated in the quarter-finals and could not qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Playing attire and jersey

Dress the national team in 2003

As a rule, the players wear white jerseys, black shorts and white socks. The colors white and black are the colors of Prussia . The white jersey has black adidas stripes on the shoulders and shows a curved color insert in the national colors of black, red and gold running down the right half of the body from the neck. The jerseys made by the supplier Adidas are made of a special fabric that is supposed to transport moisture more easily to the outside and thus ensure a better body temperature. Until the quarter-finals of the 2011 World Cup, they also wore the FIFA Trophy badge for the current world champion on the right side of their jerseys. This badge has been awarded to the current world champions since 2008. The alternative set consisted at times of red jerseys with stripes also beginning at the neck, identical to those of the main jersey, but black instead of yellow. They also wore white trousers and red socks. In the meantime, the alternative furniture was mostly black with red shoulder stripes. The team won the 2013 European Championship in these colors . In the current red alternative dress, the first Olympic victory was won in August 2016. Since the end of 2016, the German national team has been playing either in white jerseys and white shorts or in green away shirts with green shorts.

After winning the World Cup in 2003, the national players initially wore a star on their jerseys. Previously, three stars were emblazoned on the jerseys for the three world championship titles of the men's national team. After successfully defending their title in 2007, the team played for the first time in the European Championship qualifier against Belgium on October 28th in Lübeck with two stars above the association's coat of arms. As with all DFB teams, the supplier for the national team is adidas . For women, however, the jerseys have recently been specially made and cut a little to the waist. As with men, women can now also wear shoes from an individual supplier. On the training jackets, the team first advertised sponsor Alno , then for Mercedes-Benz . Allianz has been the main partner of the women's national team since January 2011 .


Most common home venues
city Games Period
Osnabrück 9 1989-2018
Ulm 5 2001-2005
Bielefeld 4th 1994-2017
Duisburg 4th 1997-2015
Erfurt 4th 2001-2018
Frankfurt am Main 4th 2000-2013
Mannheim 4th 1996-2014
Aachen 3 2000-2019
augsburg 3 2001-2011
Bochum 3 1990-2009
Fuerth 3 1999-2015
Halle (Saale) 3 2012-2018
Kaiserslautern 3 1988-1995
kassel 3 2001-2019
Koblenz 3 1982-2007
Ludenscheid 3 1984-2002
Offenbach am Main 3 2004-2014
Rheine 3 1990-1998
Wins 3 1983-2005
Because on the Rhine 3 1991-1999
Wiesbaden 3 2011-2017
Wolfsburg 3 2001-2011

The German national team, like their male colleagues, does not have a national stadium. The home games take place in changing venues. In tournaments, the venue is determined by the course of the tournament.

To date (as of March 4, 2020) the German selection played in 93 different German cities; the men on the other hand - although they played more games overall - only in 42. Most home games were played in Osnabrück . Osnabrück has hosted nine times so far; it is followed by Ulm with five and Bielefeld , Duisburg , Erfurt (most common venue in the new federal states), Frankfurt am Main and Mannheim with four games. The DFB-Elf played three times each in Aachen , Augsburg , Bochum , Halle (Saale) , Fürth , Kaiserslautern , Kassel , Koblenz , Lüdenscheid , Offenbach am Main , Rheine , Siegen , Weil am Rhein , Wiesbaden and Wolfsburg . The first game in the new federal states took place on May 9, 1991 in Aue .

In the 1980s and 1990s, home games were usually held in smaller towns where there was no high-quality football. Since only a few thousand spectators came to the international matches at the time, there was no need to play in larger stadiums. In this way, cities such as Helmstedt , Warendorf or Spremberg came to international game honors. Due to the success of the national team, the number of spectators at international matches increased. More than 10,000 spectators became the rule at times, so that larger stadiums were necessary. Today the DFB-Elf plays in stadiums that can hold between 10,000 and 50,000 spectators, but which have recently not been filled.

In contrast, there were very few international matches in the German metropolises. Up until the 2011 World Cup, Berlin and Hamburg only played once, in Frankfurt am Main twice, and in some large cities such as Bremen , Dortmund , Cologne , Leipzig , Nuremberg and Stuttgart , there have never been international matches.

Most of the international matches outside of Germany took place in Faro / Loulé ( Portugal ) and Guangzhou ( People's Republic of China ). The German selection played sixteen times in Faro / Loulé and nine times in Guangzhou. The high number is explained by the participation of the DFB-Elf in the four-nation tournament (last participation in 2007) and the Algarve Cup , which take place every year in China and Portugal. You never competed against the host in Faro. Seven times Albufeira and Vila Real de Santo António and six times Parchal (all also Portugal) hosted German internationals. They competed five times in Shanghai and Washington, DC , and the German team played four times each in Minneapolis , Moscow and Tampere .

Before the international match against Brazil on April 22, 2009 in Frankfurt

The first away game took place on March 19, 1983 in Venray , the Netherlands . On August 5, 1990, the DFB-Elf played in Minneapolis for the first time outside of Europe . The first game in Asia was played on November 17, 1991 in Jiangmen . In Oceania , Canberra was played for the first time on September 13, 2000 . In South America , the German women played at the 2016 Olympic Games for the first time. The German team has not yet played any international matches in Africa .

The German team celebrated its greatest triumphs in Carson and Shanghai , where the DFB-Elf became world champions in 2003 and 2007, and in Rio de Janeiro , where they won the Olympic gold medal in 2016. The European championship titles were celebrated in Osnabrück (1989), Aalborg (1991), Kaiserslautern (1995), Oslo (1997), Ulm (2001), Blackburn (2005), Helsinki (2009) and Solna (2013). The Olympic bronze medals were won in Sydney (2000), Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008). The three victories in the prestigious Algarve Cup were wrapped up in 2006, 2012 and 2014 in the Estádio Algarve in Faro / Loulé .

For a long time the highest number of spectators for a game of the German team was recorded on July 1, 1999. 54,642 spectators saw the World Cup quarter-finals against the USA in Washington DC With 46,104 spectators in Munich on June 29, 2013 in Munich for the friendly game against Japan, the most spectators were counted for a friendly game in Europe. At the opening of the 2011 World Cup on June 26, 2011, 73,680 spectators watched the match between Germany and Canada in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin . This was also the highest number of spectators at a women's international match in Europe until August 9, 2012, and was then surpassed by the final at the Olympic Games , which saw 80,203 spectators at Wembley Stadium . On November 9, 2019, a new record was set for a friendly game in Europe with 77,768 spectators at Wembley Stadium, which also means the highest number of spectators for an away game for the German team.

The team

Current squad

The following players are in the squad for the Algarve Cup 2020 .

number Surname Date of birth debut society Calls Gates Last use
12 Laura Benkarth October 14, 1992 2015 GermanyGermany FC Bayern Munich 9 0 March 7, 2020
01 Merle Frohms January 28, 1995 2018 GermanyGermany Sc freiburg 10 0 4th March 2020
21st Ann-Katrin Berger October 9, 1990 - EnglandEngland Chelsea FC 0 0 -
23 Sara Doorsoun-Khajeh November 17, 1991 2016 GermanyGermany VfL Wolfsburg 34 1 4th March 2020
14th Johanna Elsig November 1, 1992 2017 GermanyGermany 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam 15th 1 March 7, 2020
15th Giulia Gwinn July 2, 1999 2017 GermanyGermany FC Bayern Munich 18th 3 4th March 2020
05 Marina Hegering April 17, 1990 2019 GermanyGermany SGS Essen 11 1 March 7, 2020 (C)Captain of the crew
03 Kathrin Hendrich April 6, 1992 2014 GermanyGermany FC Bayern Munich 34 4th 4th March 2020
24 Sophia Kleinherne April 12, 2000 2019 GermanyGermany 1. FFC Frankfurt 2 0 March 7, 2020
04th Leonie Maier 29th September 1992 2013 EnglandEngland Arsenal Ladies FC 72 11 March 7, 2020
06th Lena Oberdorf December 19, 2001 2019 GermanyGermany SGS Essen 13 2 4th March 2020
17th Felicitas Rauch April 30, 1996 2015 GermanyGermany VfL Wolfsburg 12 1 March 7, 2020
Midfield and attack
08th Pauline Bremer April 10, 1996 2014 EnglandEngland Manchester City WFC 21st 4th March 7, 2020
19th Klara Bühl December 7, 2000 2019 GermanyGermany Sc freiburg 11 7th 4th March 2020
16 Linda Dallmann 2nd September 1994 2016 GermanyGermany FC Bayern Munich 28 6th March 7, 2020
13 Laura clearance February 1, 1998 2020 GermanyGermany 1. FFC Frankfurt 1 0 March 7, 2020
09 Svenja Huth January 25, 1991 2011 GermanyGermany VfL Wolfsburg 52 10 4th March 2020
22nd Turid Knaak January 24, 1991 2018 GermanyGermany SGS Essen 14th 2 March 7, 2020
23 Lena Lattwein May 2, 2000 2018 GermanyGermany TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 6th 0 March 7, 2020
18th Melanie Leupolz April 14, 1994 2013 GermanyGermany FC Bayern Munich 66 10 4th March 2020
25th Sydney Lohmann June 19, 2000 2018 GermanyGermany FC Bayern Munich 2 0 March 7, 2020
20th Lina Magull August 15, 1994 2015 GermanyGermany FC Bayern Munich 42 13 4th March 2020
10 Dzsenifer Marozsán April 18, 1992 2010 FranceFrance Olympique Lyon 98 32 4th March 2020
27 Lena Petermann 5th February 1994 2015 FranceFrance HSC Montpellier 21st 5 March 7, 2020
11 Alexandra Popp (C)Captain of the crew April 6, 1991 2010 GermanyGermany VfL Wolfsburg 107 53 4th March 2020
07th Lea Schüller November 12, 1997 2017 GermanyGermany SGS Essen 20th 11 March 7, 2020

More players

The following players are part of the extended squad, but were not appointed due to injuries or other reasons. Players marked with "#" are on the list:

Surname Date of birth debut society Calls Gates Last use
Vanessa Fischer # April 18, 1998 - GermanyGermany 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam 0 0 -
Meike Kämper April 23, 1994 - GermanyGermany MSV Duisburg 0 0 -
Carina Schlueter November 8, 1996 2018 GermanyGermany FC Bayern Munich 1 0 June 10, 2018
Lisa Schmitz May 4th 1992 2018 FranceFrance HSC Montpellier 2 0 October 6, 2018
Almuth Schult February 9, 1991 2012 GermanyGermany VfL Wolfsburg 64 0 June 29, 2019
Lisa White October 29, 1987 2010 FranceFrance Olympique Lyon 4th 0 March 7, 2017
Kristin Demann # April 7, 1993 2015 GermanyGermany FC Bayern Munich 20th 1 1st September 2018 (C)Captain of the crew
Janina Hechler January 28, 1999 - GermanyGermany 1. FFC Frankfurt 0 0 -
Isabel Kerschowski January 22, 1988 2007 GermanyGermany Bayer Leverkusen 21st 4th July 30, 2017
Jacqueline Klasen 4th February 1994 2016 GermanyGermany SGS Essen 3 0 March 7, 2018
Maximiliane Rall # November 18, 1993 2018 GermanyGermany TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 2 0 November 13, 2018
Carolin Simon # November 24, 1992 2016 GermanyGermany FC Bayern Munich 20th 3 June 29, 2019
Joelle Wedemeyer August 12, 1996 2018 GermanyGermany VfL Wolfsburg 1 0 June 10, 2018
Midfield and attack
Anna paleness February 27, 1987 2015 GermanyGermany VfL Wolfsburg 27 0 April 7, 2018
Sara Däbritz February 15, 1995 2013 FranceFrance Paris Saint-Germain 70 16 9th November 2019
Jana Feldkamp March 15, 1998 - GermanyGermany SGS Essen 0 0 -
Anna Gasper January 3, 1997 - GermanyGermany 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam 0 0 -
Isabella Hartig August 12, 1997 - GermanyGermany TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 0 0 -
Mandy Islacker August 8, 1988 2015 GermanyGermany FC Bayern Munich 25th 5 April 10, 2018
Sandra Starke # July 31, 1993 2019 GermanyGermany Sc freiburg 2 1 9th November 2019
Tabea Waßmuth # August 25, 1996 - GermanyGermany TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 0 0 -


  1. As of February 2020
  2. a b Status: March 7, 2020 after the game against Norway.
  3. Nominated for the game against France on November 24, 2017. ( "Jones appoints Schmidt and two newcomers for the France game" )

Honorary captains

Bettina Wiegmann was named the first honorary captain of the women's national team on October 22, 2004 . For a long time she was the DFB's record national player with 154 appearances (now it's Birgit Prinz) and has played four more international matches than Lothar Matthäus , the men's record national player. With the women's team, it was 2003 world champion and 1991 , 1995 , 1997 and 2001 European champion . In 2013 the DFB appointed Birgit Prinz next to Wiegmann as honorary captain of the women's national team at its Bundestag.

Hall of Fame

The founding eleven

On January 31, 2019, German sports journalists elected “Die Gründungself” into the Hall of Fame, whereby only players who had not been active for at least five years could be selected. The European champions from 2013 and the Olympic champions from 2016 could not be chosen.

position Surname birth
Calls Gates debut Last
Achievements 1
goal Silke Rottenberg Jan. 25, 1972 000000000000126.0000000000126 00000000000000000.00000000000 0Apr 7, 1993 May 29, 2008 World champion 2003, 2007 , European champion 1997, 2001, 2005, Olympic bronze medal 2000 and 2004
Defense Doris Fitschen Oct 25, 1968 000000000000144.0000000000144 0000000000000016.000000000016 0Oct. 4, 1986 0July 7, 2001 European champion 1989, 1991, 1997 , 2001 , Olympic bronze medal 2000 (C)Captain of the crew(C)Captain of the crew
Steffi Jones Dec 22, 1972 000000000000111.0000000000111 2 00000000000000009.00000000009 03rd July 1993 14 Mar 2007 World champion 2003, European champion 1997, 2001, 2005, Olympic bronze medal 2000, 2004
Nia Künzer Jan. 18, 1980 0000000000000034.000000000034 00000000000000002.00000000002 May 27, 1997 Nov 15, 2003 World Champion 2003 (winning goal scorer)
midfield Renate Lingor Oct 11, 1975 149 035 Oct 25, 1995 Aug 21, 2008 World champion 2003, 2007, European champion 2001, 2005, Olympic bronze medal 2000, 2004, 2008
Silvia Neid 0May 2, 1964 111 3 0000000000000048.000000000048 Nov 10, 1982 4 July 25, 1996 Vice World Champion 1995 , European Champion 1989 , 1991 , 1995(C)Captain of the crew(C)Captain of the crew(C)Captain of the crew(C)Captain of the crew
Martina Voss-Tecklenburg 6 Dec 22, 1967 125 0000000000000027.000000000027 0Oct 3, 1984 16. Mar. 2000 Vice-World Champion 1995, European Champion 1989, 1991, 1995, 1997 5
Bettina Wiegmann 0Oct 7, 1971 154 0000000000000051.000000000051 0Oct 1, 1989 Oct 12, 2003 World champion 2003 , European champion 1991, 1995, 1997 and 2001, Olympic bronze medal 2000 (C)Captain of the crew
attack Inca grings Oct. 31, 1978 096 0000000000000064.000000000064 0May 5, 1996 Oct 26, 2011 European champion 2005, 2009 (goalscorer in both finals), European championship top scorer 2005, 2009, European championship record scorer
Heidi Mohr May 29, 1967 104 0000000000000083.000000000083 May 19, 1986 29 Sep 1996 European champion 1989, 1991 (goal scorer in both finals), 1995, European championship queen in 1991, European championship record scorer
Birgit Prinz Oct 25, 1977 214 128 July 27, 1994 June 30, 2011 World champion 2003, 2007 (final scorer ), vice-world champion 1995, European champion 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005 , 2009 (goal scorer in four finals), record goal scorer, record player 7 , record scorer from 2007 to 2015, Olympic bronze medal 2000 , 2004, 2008, OS top scorer 2004, Olympic record scorer from 2004 to 2012 (C)Captain of the crew(C)Captain of the crew(C)Captain of the crew
Trainer Tina Theune 0Nov 4, 1953 135 Aug 27, 1986 June 19, 2005 World Champion 2003, Vice World Champion 1995, European Champion 1989, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, Olympic bronze medal 2000, 2004
1 The player was not used in tournaments in italics
2 In addition, 22 games as national coach
3 In addition, 169 games as national coach
4th First international match for the national team
5 Without final bet
6th current national coach
7thtogether with Solveig Gulbrandsen (Norway)

Record players

Most missions

26 players have played at least 100 international matches. The first to achieve this was on June 15, 1995 in the World Cup semi-final against China by the former national coach Silvia Neid, who, in addition to Angerer, Bartusiak, Behringer, Garefrekes, Goeßling, Hingst, Krahn, Laudehr, Mittag, Martina Müller, Peter and Šašić, who but she trained as a national coach and played with all the other players. At 25 years and 153 days, Birgit Prinz was the youngest player to play 100 internationals and with her 189th internation on April 22, 2009 she also became the European record holder . Kerstin Garefrekes reached her 100th international match the fastest : after 7 years and 107 days she had the ticket to the "Hundreds Club" . In contrast, Nadine Angerer , who only became the goalkeeper before the 2007 World Cup, took 14 years and 307 days to play her 100th game. Since there were significantly fewer international matches in the first few years, the first players also needed significantly longer, even if, like Heidi Mohr, they were used in 95% of the games played. Before the game against England on November 26, 2015, the DFB honored the players with at least 100 international matches based on a UEFA decision with a commemorative cap and a medal.

Only the USA has more players (40) with at least 100 international matches.

Games Surname First international match
(date / opponent)
100th international match
(date / opponent)
Last international match
(date / opponent)
Quote Q
214 Birgit Prinz July 27, 1994 ( Canada ) 27 Mar 2003 ( Scotland ) June 30, 2011 ( Nigeria )
World Cup group game
191 Kerstin Stegemann Apr 13, 1995 ( Poland ) 28 Aug 2003 ( Czech Republic ) 30 Aug 2009 ( Iceland )
European Championship group game
174 Ariane Hingst Aug 27, 1996 ( Netherlands ) 09 Mar 2005 ( Sweden ) 0July 5, 2011 ( France )
World Cup group match
158 Anja noon 31 Mar 2004 ( Italy ) 23 Nov 2013 ( Slovakia )
World Cup qualifier
July 30, 2017 ( Denmark )
European Championship quarter-finals
154 Bettina Wiegmann 0Oct 1, 1989 ( Hungary ) June 27, 1999 ( Brazil )
World Cup group game
October 12, 2003 ( Sweden )
World Cup final
149 Renate Lingor Oct 25, 1995 ( Slovakia ) 11th Mar 2005 ( Norway ) Aug 21, 2008 ( Japan )
Olympic Games - 3rd place play-off
147 Sandra Minnert May 28, 1992 ( Yugoslavia ) 27 Sep 2003 ( Argentina )
World Cup group game
0Nov 1, 2007 ( Netherlands ) 64.2%
146 Nadine Angerer Aug 27, 1996 ( Netherlands ) June 30, 2011 ( Nigeria )
World Cup group game
04th July 2015 ( England )
World Cup - 3rd place match
144 Doris Fitschen 0Oct 4, 1986 ( Denmark ) 0Nov 6, 1997 ( Norway ) 0July 7, 2001 ( Sweden )
European Championship final
137 Annike Krahn Jan 28, 2005 ( Australia ) 05th Mar 2014 ( Iceland )
Algarve Cup
19 Aug 2016 ( Sweden )
OS final
134 Sandra Smisek Apr 13, 1995 ( Poland ) 0June 9, 2005 ( Italy )
European Championship group game
0Oct. 1, 2008 ( Switzerland ) 62.7%
130 Kerstin Garefrekes Nov 17, 2001 ( Netherlands ) 04th Mar 2009 ( Finland ) 0July 9, 2011 ( Japan )
World Cup quarter-finals
126 Silke Rottenberg 0Apr 7, 1993 ( USA ) 26 Aug 2004 ( Sweden )
Olympic Games - 3rd place play-off
May 29, 2008 ( Wales ) 55.3%
125 Martina Voss 0Oct 3, 1984 ( Finland ) May 27, 1997 ( Denmark ) 16. Mar. 2000 ( Netherlands ) 78.6%
123 Melanie Behringer Jan 28, 2005 ( Australia ) 17 Sep 2014 ( Ireland )
World Cup qualifier
19 Aug 2016 ( Sweden )
OS final
118 Babett Peter 09 Mar 2006 ( Finland ) Sep 20 2016 ( Hungary )
European Championship qualifier
0Oct 6, 2018 ( Austria ) 61.8%
111 Steffi Jones 03rd July 1993 ( Denmark )
European Championship - 3rd place match
Nov 12, 2005 ( Switzerland ) 14 Mar 2007 ( Italy ) 54.7%
Silvia Neid Nov. 10, 1982 ( Switzerland )
1st game of the national team
June 15, 1995 ( China )
World Cup semi-finals
July 25, 1996 ( Brazil )
Olympic Games - group match
Celia Šašić Jan 28, 2005 ( Australia ) 04th Mar 2015 ( Sweden )
Algarve Cup
04th July 2015 ( England )
World Cup match for 3rd place
107 Alexandra Popp Feb 17, 2010 ( North Korea ) 22 June 2019 ( Nigeria )
World Cup round of 16
still active 74.8%
106 Lena Goessling Feb 28, 2008 ( China ) 07th Mar 2018 ( France )
SheBelieves Cup
June 12, 2019 ( Spain )
World Cup group match
104 Heidi Mohr May 19, 1986 ( Norway ) July 23, 1996 ( Norway )
Olympic Games - group match
29 Sep 1996 ( Iceland ) 95.4%
103 Simone Laudehr July 29, 2007 ( Denmark ) 16 Sep 2017 ( Slovenia )
World Cup qualifier
Oct 24, 2017 ( Faroe Islands ) 64.4%
102 Pia Wunderlich 0Dec 7, 1993 ( Russia ) June 12, 2005 ( France )
European Championship group game
01st Mar 2006 ( China ) 56.7%
101 Saskia Bartusiak Apr 12, 2007 ( Netherlands ) 16 Aug 2016 ( Canada )
OS semi-finals
19 Aug 2016 ( Sweden )
OS final
Martina Muller July 22, 2000 ( USA ) 19 Sep 2012 ( Turkey )
European Championship qualifier
Nov 29, 2012 ( France ) 52.4%
Q Based on the international matches played during the active period.
International match Germany-Czech Republic on August 2, 2007 in Gera

Record holders

From the first game on November 10, 1982 to the 12th international game on August 22, 1984, there were several players with the same number of games, with fewer and fewer games. On August 23, Silvia Neid was the first - and at that time the only - player to play her 13th game. She was the first to have the most games on her own. From August 26, 1984 to May 1, 1985 Marion Isbert had the same number of games again, since envy was not used in a game with Isbert's participation. With her 18th game, Neid became the sole record holder again and from then on there were never two active players with the most international matches. All subsequent replacements as a record national player took place after the record holder's career ended, with all record national players still playing together with the exception of Isbert. When Birgit Prinz made her debut, Silvia Neid made her 81st international match.

  • Silvia Neid from August 23, 1984 to August 26, 1984 with 13 games (before that there were several with the same number of games)
  • Silvia Neid and Marion Isbert from August 26, 1984 to May 1, 1985 with 13 to 17 games
  • Silvia Neid from September 7, 1985 to September 17, 1998 with 18 to 111 games
  • Silvia Neid and Martina Voss on September 17, 1998 with 111 games
  • Martina Voss from October 11, 1998 to October 14, 1999 with 112 to 125 games
  • Martina Voss and Doris Fitschen on October 14, 1999 with 125 games
  • Doris Fitschen from November 11, 1999 to April 17, 2003 with 126 to 144 games
  • Doris Fitschen and Bettina Wiegmann on April 17, 2003 with 144 games
  • Bettina Wiegmann from May 22, 2003 to October 25, 2006 with 145 to 154 games
  • Bettina Wiegmann and Birgit Prinz on October 25, 2006 with 154 games
  • Birgit Prinz from November 23, 2006 with 155 games (214 in total)

Most missions without interruption

1. Anja Mittag (2013–2017) and Kerstin Stegemann (2001–2005): 61 each
3. Steffi Jones: 60
4. Kerstin Stegemann (2005-2008): 55
5. Doris Fitschen and Heidi Mohr: 38 each
Nadine Angerer is the record goalkeeper with 145 appearances

The longest breaks between two missions

  1. Christine Chaladyniak : 10 years old (102 games between the 1st and 2nd game)
  2. Viola Odebrecht : 6 years, 11 months, 14 days (94 games between the 29th and 30th game)
  3. Lisa Weiß : 6 years, 6 months, 29 days (98 games between the 1st and 2nd game)
  4. Inken Beeken : 6 years, 2 months, 27 days (91 games between the 7th and 8th game)
  5. Isabel Kerschowski : 5 years (83 games between the 1st and 2nd game, also just under 3 years between the 2nd and 3rd game)
  6. Ursula Lohn : 4 years, 3 months, 28 days (49 games between the 15th and 16th game)
  7. Sonja Fuss : 4 years, 3 months, 11 days (61 games between the 16th and 17th game)
  8. Inka Grings : 3 years (51 games between the 64th and 65th game)
  9. Linda Bresonik : 3 years (51 games between the 20th and 21st game)

Record goalkeepers

  • Nadine Angerer - 145 games (of which 89 games without conceding a goal, of which 11 games in a row)
  • Silke Rottenberg - 126 games (of which 68 games without conceding a goal)
  • Almuth Schult - 64 games (of which 39 games without conceding a goal)
  • Marion Isbert , b. Feiden - 58 games (including 26 clean sheets)
  • Manuela Goller - 45 games (including 22 clean sheets)

Most goals

See also: List of female goalscorers for the German national soccer team and list of female soccer players with at least 50 international goals

The following players have scored at least 25 international goals:

Gates Penalty kick Surname First goal (date / opponent) Last goal (date / opponent)
128 03 Birgit Prinz July 27, 1994 ( Canada ) November 25, 2010 ( Nigeria )
083 00 Heidi Mohr July 27, 1986 ( Iceland ) September 29, 1996 ( Iceland )
064 02 Inca grings May 28, 1998 ( New Zealand ) July 5, 2011 ( France )
063 09 Célia Šašić (nee Okoyino da Mbabi) September 4, 2005 ( Canada ) June 26, 2015 ( France )
053 00 Alexandra Popp February 26, 2010 ( Finland ) still active
051 14th Bettina Wiegmann October 14, 1990 ( Hungary ) September 27, 2003 ( Argentina )
050 00 Anja noon March 11, 2005 ( Norway ) March 7, 2017 ( England )
048 00 Silvia Neid November 10, 1982 ( Switzerland ) October 25, 1995 ( Slovakia )
043 00 Kerstin Garefrekes January 27, 2002 ( Norway ) July 5, 2011 ( France )
037 00 Martina Muller May 10, 2001 ( Italy ) September 19, 2012 ( Turkey )
035 08th Renate Lingor February 14, 1999 ( Turkey ) March 7, 2008 ( Finland )
034 00 Sandra Smisek April 13, 1995 ( Poland ) October 1, 2008 ( Switzerland )
034 10 Melanie Behringer March 9, 2006 ( Finland ) August 16, 2016 ( Canada )
033 01 Maren Meinert July 3, 1993 ( Denmark ) October 12, 2003 ( Sweden )
032 02 Dzsenifer Marozsán October 28, 2010 ( Australia ) still active
030th 00 Patricia Brocker (née Grigoli) April 18, 1992 ( Italy ) June 28, 1996 ( Iceland )
028 00 Conny Pohlers October 25, 2001 ( Portugal ) August 21, 2008 ( Japan )
027 00 Martina Voss July 27, 1986 ( Iceland ) October 14, 1999 ( Iceland )
026th 04th Simone Laudehr July 29, 2007 ( Denmark ) September 18, 2015 ( Hungary )

Players in bold are still active in the national team.

Two players have scored five goals in an international match so far: On October 25, 2001, Conny Pohlers scored five goals in the international match against Portugal . Inka Grings was also successful against Portugal on February 7, 2004 five times.

As the only player to date, Célia Šašić has scored at least three goals in three and four consecutive games : during the Algarve Cup 2012 three goals each on March 5th against world number five Sweden and on March 7th against the current world champion Japan as well as four goals on March 31st March in the European Championship qualifier against Spain and four goals on April 5th against Switzerland . She was the first player to score three goals against a current world champion and a current World Cup third party.

The most successful penalty taker is Bettina Wiegmann with 14 converted penalties. She is followed by Melanie Behringer (10), Célia Šašić (9), Renate Lingor (8), Simone Laudehr (4), Linda Bresonik , Babett Peter and Birgit Prinz (3 each), Inka Grings , Dzsenifer Marozsán and Britta Unsleber (2 each) ) as well as Birgitt Austermühl , Melanie Hoffmann , Kim Kulig , Maren Meinert and Lena Petermann with one goal each from the penalty spot. Melanie Behringer also scored a goal after a self-missed penalty.

The only own goals of the German national team managed by the DFB to date were undone by Steffi Jones in the 2: 2 on May 27, 1997 against Denmark, Bianca Schmidt in the 0: 2 defeat against France (October 25, 2014) and Tina Wunderlich in the semi-finals of the Olympic football tournament 2000 in Sydney against Norway . The latter was the only goal of the game. The FIGC also leads Brigitte Klinz as an own goal scorer in the 1: 2 on January 25, 1984 against Italy. According to DBU , the 0: 3 against Denmark on May 1, 1985 also resulted in the 0: 2 through an own goal (“Selvmål”). But it is not called an own goal scorer. The DFB does not name any opposing goal scorers.

The national team at international tournaments

World Championship

With two world championship titles and one runner-up, Germany is the second most successful team after the USA at world championships. The world championship title was won in 2003 and 2007. In 1995 the German team was already in the final, but lost to the Norwegian team. At the first World Cup, the German selection took fourth place. The DFB-Elf was three times in the final and four times in the semifinals. She has participated in all world championships so far. In the tournaments in which the title was not won, the German team was always eliminated against the eventual world champion.

year Host country Participation until ... Last opponent Result Comments and special features
1991 People's Republic of China 3rd place match Sweden 4th Place Loss in the semi-finals against eventual world champions USA. Germany wins the fair play rating
1995 Sweden final Norway 2nd place First entry into the final
1999 United States Quarter finals United States - 2: 3 defeat in the quarterfinals against eventual world champions USA despite leading twice
2003 United States final Sweden World Champion Nia Künzer scores the golden goal with a header in the final; Birgit Prinz becomes top scorer and best player.
2007 People's Republic of China final Brazil World Champion Up to then highest World Cup victory (11: 0 against Argentina ), first successful title defense of a women’s world champion, first World Cup participant without conceding a goal during a tournament
2011 Germany Quarter finals Japan - 0-1 defeat in the quarter-finals and at the same time first defeat against eventual world champions Japan
2015 Canada 3rd place match England 4th Place With the first defeat against England it was only enough for fourth place. Loss in the semi-finals against eventual world champions USA
2019 France Quarter finals Sweden - In the qualification , the team met the Faroe Islands , Iceland , Slovenia and the Czech Republic . In the home game against Iceland there was the first defeat against Iceland, at the same time the first home defeat in a World Cup qualifier. The remaining seven games were won without conceding a goal and the total number of goals scored in Europe. Opponents in the group stage were China , Spain and, for the first time, South Africa , and Nigeria in the round of 16 .

European Championship

The DFB-Elf could not qualify for the first two European championships. Since then, the German team has taken part in every other European Championship and is a record European champion with eight titles. The European Championship has been won six times in a row. The worst performance until 2017 was fourth place in 1993, then the team was eliminated for the first time in the quarterfinals. In both cases Denmark was the final opponent.

year Host country Participation until ... opponent Result Comments and special features
1984 no finals - - - not qualified
1987 Norway - - - not qualified
1989 Germany final Norway European champion first title for the DFB-Elf
1991 Denmark final Norway European champion first successful title defense, Heidi Mohr is top scorer with 4 goals
1993 Italy 3rd place match Denmark 4th Place Eliminated in the semifinals on penalties against hosts Italy
1995 no finals final Sweden European champion Birgit Prinz is the youngest successful finalist
1997 Norway / Sweden final Italy European champion So far the youngest winning team (average age of the players in the final on the day of the final 23.3 years)
2001 Germany final Sweden European champion Claudia Müller scores the golden goal and, together with Sandra Smisek, is the top scorer with three goals each
2005 England final Norway European champion Fourth title in a row; Inka Grings is the top scorer.
2009 Finland final England European champion Fifth title in a row; Inka Grings is again the top scorer.
2013 Sweden final Norway European champion Sixth title in a row; Nadine Angerer saves two penalties in the final, Anja Mittag scores the decisive 1-0; overall, the team conceded only one goal in six games, with eight titles setting the continental record of China
2017 Netherlands Quarter finals Denmark - Germany met Croatia , Russia , Turkey and Hungary in qualifying . After 6 games won, the early qualification was certain. In the end, the German team qualified without conceding a goal with eight wins.
Opponents in the Netherlands were Sweden, Italy and qualifying opponents Russia in the group stage.
2022 England Opponents in the qualification are Greece , Ireland , Montenegro and Ukraine .

Olympic games

In 2016, the German team became Olympic champions for the first and so far only time. In contrast to men's football, the senior national teams always took part in the Olympic Games for women . Germany drove to Athens and Beijing as reigning world and European champions in 2004 and 2008, and to Atlanta, Sydney and Rio de Janeiro as European champions in 1996, 2000 and 2016. Bettina Wiegmann scored the first ever goal at the first ever women's Olympic football tournament . After the preliminary round, however, came the end. The German team won bronze at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 games. The European participants for 2012 were determined at the 2011 World Cup in Germany. Due to the quarter-final defeat against Japan (0-1), the German team missed the qualification, as France and Sweden reached the semi-finals.

year Venue (venues) Participation until ... opponent Result Comments and special features
1996 Atlanta (Washington / Birmingham) Preliminary round Brazil, Norway, Japan - Bettina Wiegmann scores the first Olympic goal
2000 Sydney (Canberra / Melbourne) 3rd place match Brazil bronze only medal of the German Olympic team in all ball sports
2004 Athens (Heraklion / Patras) 3rd place match Sweden bronze Biggest win in an Olympic women's soccer game (8-0 against China)
2008 Beijing (Shenyang / Tianjin) 3rd place match Japan bronze Third bronze medal in a row
2012 London not qualified
2016 Rio de Janeiro final Sweden gold The 2015 World Cup served as the first qualification stage for the European teams. By moving into the quarter-finals and the elimination of 4 European teams in the second round, the German team qualified directly for the Olympic Games. Opponents in the group stage were Australia, Canada and Zimbabwe, China in the quarter-finals and Canada again in the semi-finals.
2020 Tokyo not qualified

Algarve Cup

The German team at the Algarve Cup 2015 before the game against China

The German national team has taken part in the prestigious Algarve Cup eleven times. Every year in March, the strongest national teams in the world meet at this tournament on the south coast of Portugal. In 2006 the team was able to win the tournament for the first time. In 2005 and 2010 the team lost to the USA team in the final. When it first took part in 2002, the DFB selection came fourth, just like in 2008 and 2009. In 2007, the DFB selection came in only a disappointing eighth place. In 2008 the team lost the opening game against Denmark 1-0, it was the first defeat in 15 games without a loss and the first goal conceded after nine games without a goal. In the second and third game Finland could be defeated 3-0 and Sweden 2-0 and thus Germany reached the game for third place against Norway . The Norwegians won it 2-0. This also ended the series of 1022 minutes in which goalkeeper Nadine Angerer did not concede a goal. Angerer was not used in the first game. In 2009 Germany finished fourth after two wins against Finland and China and two defeats against Sweden and Denmark. In 2010, after three clear victories against Denmark, Finland and China in the group matches, the final was reached again. In this one was defeated by the USA with 2: 3 goals. With seven goals, Inka Grings was the first German player to become the tournament's top scorer. The DFB decided not to take part in the Algarve Cup in 2011, as the Bundesliga ran until March 13, 2011 and then preparations for the World Cup began.

In 2012 the German team won the Algarve Cup for the second time . In the final, world champions Japan were defeated 4-3, with Célia Okoyino da Mbabi scoring three goals as in the last group game against Sweden. With these six goals, she became the tournament's top scorer.

In 2013 the final was reached again, in which the German selection lost 2-0 to the USA, ending the longest series of games so far without a loss (22 games). The DFB also accepted the invitation for 2014 and initially met Iceland and China in the group phase and won both games, so that before the final and also won group game against record opponents Norway, the final was already certain, where Germany as in 2012 against world champions Japan scored and won the tournament for the third time with a 3-0 win.

In 2015 the tournament started with an opening defeat against Sweden . After leading with two goals in the 3rd minute of the game, the game was given up and they lost 2: 4. The German team won the subsequent games against China and Brazil and thus reached the game for 3rd place, in which they played again against the Swedish team. The Scandinavians could not repeat their success from the opening game and Germany reached third place in the Algarve Cup for the first time after a 2-1.

From 2016 to 2019, like some other permanent guests, Germany no longer took part. Instead, the team took part from 2016 to 2018 in the parallel SheBelieves Cup , a four-nation tournament with world champions USA, England and France in the USA, in which Germany finished second in 2016 and 2017 and last in 2018. In 2019 the team did not take part in order to reduce the burden on the players before the World Cup.

The team took part again in March 2020. After victories against Sweden and Norway, the final against Italy was reached. The Italian team did not play for the final and left early. The reason given by the Italian Football Association was the tightened entry requirements to Italy from March 11, 2020 due to the rampant COVID-19 pandemic there .

Four Nations Tournaments

Germany has participated four times in the four-nation tournament in China , which usually takes place in early January. In 2002 the second place and 2003, 2005 and 2007 the third place. After that, Germany stopped taking part.

In addition, the team took part in a tournament in Jesolo , Italy in 1984 with Belgium, Italy and England, in which the final was lost 3-1 to the host.

At the Chiquita Cup in 1994, Germany finished third behind the USA and China, ahead of Norway.

In 2000, on the occasion of its 100th anniversary, the DFB organized a tournament to which China, Norway and the USA were invited. The German team lost all three games.

At the 7th US Cup in 2001, the German team won 1-0 against Japan and then lost 4-1 against the USA. The last game against China did not take place due to the terrorist attacks on September 11th .

In 2016 and 2017 , the team took part in the SheBelieves Cup in the United States, where they finished second, but only fourth without a win in 2018 .

International matches

International matches 2020

date Venue opponent occasion Result Goal scorers
March 4th, 2020 Faro / Loulé ( PRT ) SwedenSweden Sweden Algarve Cup 2020 1-0 Huth (34.)
07.03.2020 Lagos ( PRT ) NorwayNorway Norway Algarve Cup 2020 4-0 Schüller (21.), Elsig (26.), Engen (60./Eigentor), Hegering (71.)
03/11/2020 Parchal ( PRT ) ItalyItaly Italy Algarve Cup 2020 called off
19.09.2020 eat IrelandIreland Ireland European Championship qualification
09/22/2020 ( MNE ) MontenegroMontenegro Montenegro European Championship qualification
11/28/2020 GreeceGreece Greece European Championship qualification
December 01, 2020 ( IRL ) IrelandIreland Ireland European Championship qualification

International matches 2019

date Venue opponent occasion Result Goal scorers
02/28/2019 Laval ( FRA ) FranceFrance France Friendly match 1-0 Schüller (31.)
04/06/2019 Solna ( SWE ) SwedenSweden Sweden Friendly match 2: 1 Hendrich (51), Dallmann (65th); Seger (72nd / Elf)
04/09/2019 Paderborn JapanJapan Japan Friendly match 2: 2 Popp (53rd), Huth (72nd); Hasegawa (35th), Yokoyama (69th)
05/30/2019 regensburg ChileChile Chile Friendly match 2-0 Popp (29th), Simon (45th + 2)
06/08/2019 Rennes ( FRA ) China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China People's Republic of China World Cup group game 1-0 Gwinn (66.)
06/12/2019 Valenciennes ( FRA ) SpainSpain Spain World Cup group game 1-0 Däbritz (42nd)
06/17/2019 Montpellier ( FRA ) South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa World Cup group game 4-0 Leupolz (14th), Däbritz (29th), Popp (40th), Magull (58th)
06/22/2019 Grenoble ( FRA ) NigeriaNigeria Nigeria World Cup round of 16 3-0 Popp (20th), Däbritz (27th), Schüller (82nd)
06/29/2019 Rennes ( FRA ) SwedenSweden Sweden World Cup quarter-finals 1: 2 Magull (16th), Jakobsson (22nd), Blackstenius (48th)
08/31/2019 kassel MontenegroMontenegro Montenegro European Championship qualification 10-0 Huth (3rd), Popp (8th, 24th, 38th), Bühl (34th, 59th), Doorsoun-Khajeh (52nd), Knaak (54th), Schüller (83th), Dallmann (88th) .)
09/03/2019 Lviv ( UKR ) UkraineUkraine Ukraine European Championship qualification 8-0 Däbritz (5th, 80th, 88th), Magull (28th), Rauch (32nd), Oberdorf (54th), Huth (85th), Maier (90th + 2)
05/10/2019 Aachen UkraineUkraine Ukraine European Championship qualification 8-0 Bühl (7th, 58th, 61st), Gwinn (30th), Magull (37th, 42nd, 90th + 3), Leupolz (87th)
08/10/2019 Thessaloniki ( GRC ) GreeceGreece Greece European Championship qualification 5-0 Popp (33.), Oberdorf (40.), Starke (65.), Bremer (75.), Bühl (90.)
11/09/2019 London ( ENG ) EnglandEngland England Friendly match 2: 1 Popp (9th), Buhl (90th); White (44.)

See also

Web links

Commons : Germany women's national association football team  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

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