Why is it said that “Football is 11 vs 11 and Germany always wins?”

In each World Cup they are one of the favorite teams to win. They are usually cataloged as the team that nobody wants to face. And it is th

In each World Cup they are one of the favorite teams to win. They are usually cataloged as the team that nobody wants to face. And it is that no matter the style of play or the footballers you have, it was said that “Football is 11 vs 11 and Germany always wins”. An epitome of the German mentality and what it has shown in the World Cups.

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The mythical phrase emerged in the 1990 World Cup in Italy, on the lips of the English striker Gary Lineker. West Germany was one of the most dominant teams in that fair and they showed it by lifting the title. In the semifinals they left Lineker’s England out, in a match that was tied 1-1 and was decided on penalties 4-3 for the ‘Teutons’. In the final, the team led by Franz Beckenbauer deprived Argentina of Diego Maradona to lift their second World Cup in a row.

Germany celebrating after winning the 1990 World Cup

But this phrase is not only a statement from a footballer after defeat. It goes further. It was a synthesis of what many thought and could not express. It was a representation of his mentality, of his way of playing and of living, of going earnestly to victory. A phrase that was welcomed by the Germans themselves and that remained in the collective thinking of the football world.

Of course Germany can lose. He reached the 1990 World Cup with two defeats in the two finals of the last tournaments (against Argentina in 1986 and against Italy in 1982). But it is their determination, their perseverance and their mystique that make them so dangerous.

The the rest World Cups they have the ‘Die Machine they were against some of the best teams without a crown. First They won the Cup against the legendary Hungarian Ferenc Puskás in a match baptized as ‘The Miracle of Bern’ in Switzerland 1954. After They were crowned before ‘The Clockwork Narnaja’, the ‘Total Soccer’ of the Netherlands by Johan Cruyffin the 1974 World Cup in West Germany. And the most recent, to the Argentina of Lionel Messi in the fair of Brazil 2014.

Germany World Champion in Brazil 2014

Germany World Champion in Brazil 2014

They are not the National Team with the most World Cups in their showcases, but their mark on the tournament is indelible. They have participated in 19 of the 21 editions (Absent in 1930 due to political issues and in 1950 due to sanction by FIFA after World War II). and They are the National Team that has been in the first places the most times: 4 titles (1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014), 4 runners-up (1966, 1982, 1986 and 2002) and 4 third places (1934, 1970, 2006 and 2010). As if that were not enough, they also have the top scorer in World Cup history, Miroslave Klose with 16 goals.

His last performance in Russia 2018 (eliminated in the group stage, with a loss to Mexico and South Korea) led Gary Lineker to reformulate his sentence: “Football is simple. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and in the end, the Germans don’t always win anymore. The previous version will remain in history”.

Now the German team that goes to Qatar 2022 will have an important task: show if your mentality remains the same. try yes lineker he was wrong to reformulate his sentence, if he should have kept the original version. 11 vs 11 and Germany always wins? history says yes, the future is not yet written.