Coached by Joachim Low, Germany are one of the strongest national teams in Europe and the world as they have been in several finals and semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro tournaments which gives their nickname of 'Die Mannschaft' meaning 'The Team'. Since their first international in 1908 Germany played as West Germany and wore black and white home shirt which later evolved into a white home shirt in which they still currently wear today whilst the nations away shirt is green which reflects Germany's respect for the Ireland as the first team to play them after the World War and are manufactured by German brand adidas.
Germany play their home games in the Allianz Arena, wearing a home shirt of white, these white shirts are part of one of the most successful national football teams. The Germans have appeared in seven World Cup finals, winning three of them. They have also appeared in five European Championship finals, winning three. The national team's away shirt colour has changed several times.
The German national football team played their first international against Switzerland in Basel, Switzerland on the 5th April 1908, Switzerland won the game 5-3. Germany have had several iconic footballers play for their colours including Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller, Lothar Matthaus, Andreas Brehme, Oliver Kahn, Karl-Heinz Rumenigge, Rudi Voller, Jurgen Klinsmann, Michael Ballack and Miroslav Klose. Germany boasts several household names in their squad including Mario Gotze, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Manuel Neuer.
Germany have hosted the FIFA World Cup on two occasions where they hosted and won the 1974 tournament as well as winning the 1954 and 1990 tournaments. Germany have famously been runners-up in the World Cup on four occasions and three occasions in the UEFA Euro Championships.