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Following a magnificent 2014 World Cup win in Brazil, it’s no surprise that Germany came into the European Championships two years later as one of the bookmaker’s favourites to lift another trophy.

Although Die Mannschaft’s form since that success in South America has been a little patchy, the German national team has always been known to turn things up a notch once tournament football begins, so we were not surprised to see that shaky form left behind once the real action got underway in June.

A quick glance through the German squad will show you just why they have been so successful in the last few years – can this be the side to end a 20 year wait for glory in this particular competition?

Germany Euro 2016 Match Results

Team ATeam BResultRound
GermanyUkraine2-0Group Stage
GermanyPoland0-0Group Stage
Northern IrelandGermany0-1Group Stage
GermanySlovakia3-0Round of 16
GermanyItaly1-1 (6-5)Quarter-Final
GermanyFranceSemi-Final

Euro 2016 Fixtures

Germany kicked-off their Euro 2016 campaign with a 2-0 group win against Ukraine on Sunday, June 12 in Lille. They will return to action four days later to take on rivals Poland, on Thursday, June 16 at the Stade de France, and they completed their group campaign on Tuesday, June 21 with their final fixture against Northern Ireland at Parc des Princes.

Full time reports:
Germany v Ukraine: 2-0 (Sunday, 12th June) IN PICTURES ( or read the match preview)

Click here for the full Group C Fixtures list.

Top 3 bets

1) The only team that we can see stopping Germany from success this summer is the host nation France. 

If both teams win their group stages as is expected, then they will more than likely meet in the semi-final stages in Marseille. Sky Bet are offering odds on when each team will be eliminated, so perhaps backing die Mannschaft to crash out at the final four stage at odds of 9/2 is worth some value here. 

2) Backing Germany to qualify from or even to win Group C offers very little value. However, Poland appear to be the second strongest team in that group in our opinion, so backing Germany to win the group and the White Eagles to qualify in second at 9/4 with Paddy Power is definitely worth looking at.

3) Thomas Muller was quite simply unstoppable for Germany in qualifying for this tournament. 

The Bayern Munich forward smashed in nine goals in just 10 matches to take his international tally to 31 goals in 70 appearances. He’s 7/4 with BetVictor to be his nation’s leading scorer at this tournament.

Germany squad

Each team must confirm a 23-man squad, featuring three goalkeepers, at least 10 days before the opening match of the tournament on June 10.

Click here to find out who will be in Germany's Starting XI.

Key Players

Where to begin? Germany will head to France with arguably the best squad in the competition, packed with world class ability from back to front, starting with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who finished third in the running for the 2014 Ballon D’Or.

Ahead of Neuer, Borussia Dortmund centre back Mats Hummels will provide experience and level-headedness to a fairly inexperienced backline, but it’s in the attacking areas of the pitch where this German side really does excel.

Reading through the midfielders and strikers available to Germany brings on a bout of jealousy to most European football supporters. The real stars will no doubt be Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and the prolific attacker Thomas Muller, although expect youngsters like Julian Draxler and Mario Gotze, who scored the winner in the World Cup final two years ago, to have a say too.

How They Qualified for Euro 2016

Qualification for this tournament was not as simple as one might expect for a team that wear the moniker of world champions. However, Die Mannschaft were able to top Group D ahead of neighbours Poland.

Joachim Low’s men kicked off their campaign with a hard-fought 2-1 win over a hungry Scotland outfit, with Thomas Muller scoring either side of an Ikechi Anya strike to hand the home side all three points in Dortmund.

Although the performance in that game was below-par, problems really began to arise in the two games following that win. A 2-0 defeat at the hands of Poland worried the German supporters and media alike and those fears were not eased as in the following match, a last gasp John O’Shea equaliser earned the Republic of Ireland an away point in Gelsenkirchen.

A match against lowly Gibraltar resulted in a comfortable 4-0 win in the following month however, and that appeared to be the antidote to the shaky German showins so far as it was followed up with a 2-0 away win in Georgia and another hammering of Gibraltar, 7-0 at Estadio Algarve this time around.

Mario Gotze’s brace ensured that Die Mannschaft exacted revenge on Poland in September with a 3-1 win in Frankfurt, before another hard-fought victory away to Scotland at Hampden Park just a few days later confirmed the team’s qualification to France.

With their foot perhaps off the gas following confirmation of a top two finish, Germany ended the qualifying campaign in less than impressive form, going down 1-0 to the Republic of Ireland before needing a late goal from Max Kruse to overcome minnows Georgia and earn the top spot in Group D.

Germany's History at the Euros

With three European Championship titles to their name, Germany are the joint-most successful team in this competition’s history along with current holders Spain.

However, most of this success came in the earlier editions of the tournament. They were victorious in Belgium in 1972 and in Italy in 1980, but their last success in this particular competition came in England in 1996, so they’re looking to end a 20 year wait to lift the trophy in France this summer.

Since beating the Czech Republic in that Wembley Stadium final in 1996, Die Mannschaft were knocked out in the group stages in both 2000 and 2004, were runners up to Spain in 2008 and were beaten by Italy in the semi-finals two years ago but after World Cup success two years ago, it’s fair to say that this time around supporters are expecting big things of this quality squad.

And finally... fun fact about this team

The German team will be based in Evian-Les-Bains this summer, which was partly the setting for Mary Shelley’s world famous horror novel, Frankenstein.

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