FIFA World Cup: Unique records scripted by Germany
2014 World Cup champions Germany started the defense of their title on a poor note as they lost their opener to Mexico. Germany's 2018 campaign almost came to an end before a last-minute winner from Kroos, against Sweden, proved that they are here to stay. Here we take a look at some of the unique records held by the German national football team.
Can Germany win record equalling 5th World Cup?
Germany are amongst three teams which have 4 or more World Cup titles. Germany and Italy have won 4 while Brazil are the only side with 5 titles under their belt. If Germany manage to win this term, they will come level with Brazil.
Germany and World Cup: Regular affair
Before the 2018 World Cup kicked off, Germany had played the most number of World Cup matches (106). Germany are followed by Brazil, with 104 World Cup matches till 2018. Further, Germany have the second most number of appearances (18), across all editions of the World Cup, along with Italy. Brazil are the only one with more appearances with 20 to their name.
Germany are one of the most successful nations
Germany have also played the most number of games past the group phase. In their 18 appearances, they have made it to the quarter-finals on 13 occasions, 12 times to the semi-finals and 8 times to the finals of the World Cup.
Germany's Lothar Matthaus has played in 5 World Cups
Germany's Lothar Matthaus is one of the three players who have competed in 5 World Cups. The other two are Mexico's Antonio Carbajal and Rafael Marquez. German Matthaus has played the most number of matches in the coveted tournament with 25 games under his belt.
World record of 15 consecutive wins
Germany also hold the record for the most number of consecutive wins across all competitions. Between July 2010 and June 2012, the German national football team won a record number of 15 matches.
The Germans certainly know how to score goals
Germany are the leading goal-scorers in the World Cup. With a total of 224 goals (before 2018), they have the maximum goals with 3 more than Brazil's tally of 221. They have also scored the most number of goals in the past three editions with 18 goals in 2014, 16 goals in 2010 and 14 goals in 2006 edition, which they hosted.
Germany's Klose is the leading goal-scorer at the World Cup
Germany's Klose is the leading goal-scorer in the World Cups with 16 goals to his name in 4 appearances. Among the current players, Klose's compatriot Thomas Muller is the leading scorer with 10 goals under his belt.