Germany have not won a trophy since the European Championships in 1996 but many in the country believe Euro 2012 represents their best chance of doing so.
There is a strong-held belief that Joachim Low’s team have closed the gap on reigning champions Spain and that the time may be ripe to end the dominance of La Furia Roja (The Red Fury).
For this is the most vibrant team Germany have had in years. The money injected into the grassroots level of the game is now paying dividends, and such talents as Mats Hummels, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil and Mario Gotze ensure the national team will be in good shape for many years to come.
And then there are the old-timers – the experienced players needed to win major titles. In Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Miroslav Klose Germany possess experience in abundance and the know-how needed to win big games.
Germany won each of their 10 qualifying games, scoring 34 goals and conceding just seven in a far from straightforward group. Low was able to experiment with some younger players such as Gotze in a qualifying group that contained such teams as Turkey and Belgium.
Klose scored nine goals in that qualifying campaign to continue his phenomenal international scoring record. A strong season with Lazio is likely to put him in the box seat for a place in attack.
- Best World Cup Result: Winners (1954, 1974 and 1990)
- Best European Championship Result: Winners (1972, 1980 and 1996)
- Record Scorer: Gerd Muller (68 goals from 1966 to 1974)
- Most Capped Player: Lothar Matthaus (150 caps between 1980 and 2000)
- Coach: Joachim Low
- Captain: Philipp Lahm
23-man Germany Euro 2012 Squad:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Tim Wiese (Hoffenheim), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover).