Dating the football team
Germany is one of the most successful national teams in international competitions, having won four World Cups (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014), three European Championships (1972, 1980, 1996), and one Confederations Cup (2017).
Between 18, prior to the formation of a national team, there were five unofficial international matches between German and English selection teams, which all ended as large defeats for the German teams.
With recognition by FIFA and UEFA, the DFB maintained and continued the record of the pre-war team.
Switzerland was once again the first team that played West Germany in 1950. The Saarland, under French control between 19, did not join French organisations, and was barred from participating in pan-German ones.
The DFB was not a full member of FIFA, and none of the three new German states — West Germany, East Germany, and Saarland — entered the 1950 World Cup qualifiers.
The Federal Republic of Germany, which was referred to as West Germany, continued the DFB.
Many of the national team players were gathered together under coach Herberger as Rote Jäger through the efforts of a sympathetic air force officer trying to protect the footballers from the most dangerous wartime service.
After World War II, Germany was banned from competition in most sports until 1950.
In 1957, Saarland acceded to the Federal Republic of Germany.After a poor showing at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Sepp Herberger became coach.