The first international match of 2016 sees die Mannschaft begin their preparations for EURO 2016. On Saturday (20:45 CET), the World Champions will face England at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. DFB.de has all the facts and figures for this match.
Stat I: The meeting against England in Berlin will be the 908th match in the history of Germany’s national team. Since its first ever match on 5th April 1908, there have been 527 wins, 183 draws and 197 defeats. The goal record from these 907 matches, which has seen 918 different players wear Germany’s colours, is 2037-1078.
Stat II: Joachim Löw will take charge of his 128th game this weekend in Berlin since taking over as Germany coach in August 2006. In this time he has overseen 85 wins, 22 draws and 20 defeats. Löw has used 102 players in these 127 matches, including handing 77 players their debut for the national side. The 77th and latest debutant under Löw was Schalke’s Leroy Sané, who made his first appearance in the 2-0 loss to France in Paris on 13th November. PSG’s Kevin Trapp and Bayer Leverkusen’s Jonathan Tah and Bernd Leno could all also make their first ever Germany appearance on Saturday in Berlin.
Stat III: Germany and England have faced each other 33 times. So far there have been twelve victories for Germany, six draws and 15 wins for England. The last meeting took place on 19th November 2013 when Per Mertesacker’s header sealed a 1-0 win at Wembley.
The road to the EUROs: The World Champions qualified for this summer’s tournament with seven victories, one draw and two defeats in Group D. Opponents England were impressive in qualification with ten wins in as many games and a goal record of 31-3.
Milestones: World Champion André Schürrle is on the verge of winning his 50th cap for Germany. The 25-year-old celebrated his debut on 17th November 2010 with a 0-0 against Sweden in Gothenburg. Sebastian Rudy and Shkodran Mustafi are also both in with a chance of winning their tenth caps.
Record appearance holder: Lothar Matthäus continues to lead this statistic by some distance. The former World Player of the Year won exactly 150 caps for Germany between 1980 and 2000. Out of the currently active players, Lukas Podolski leads the way with 126 caps ahead of injured captain Bastian Schweinsteiger (114).
Record goal scorer: Miroslav Klose currently leads Germany’s all-time goal-scorer chart with 71 strikes ahead of the legend Gerd Müller (68). However, Müller achieved this in just 62 appearances, whilst Klose reached his total in 137. Out of the current squad, Lukas Podolski (48), Thomas Müller (30) and Mario Gomez (25) are the most potent in front of goal.
The referee: The Italian Gianluca Rocchi will take charge of this meeting at the Olympic Stadium. He will be assisted by fellow countrymen Lorenzo Manganelli and Filippo Meli. Paolo Valeri is the fourth official.