Germany

By Jayanta Oinam | Last Updated: Jun 10, 2014, 10:38 AM IST

Germany have won the World Cup three times, and are one of the most successful sides in the world. All the three titles were won by the erstwhile West Germany team. But after the German unification, these titles have been attributed to Germany. Besides these three titles, they have also finished runners-up four times.

After the 1954 World Cup final victory, which is still known as The Miracle of Bern, Germany went on to lift the trophy in 1974 and 1990. In the 1954 final, the Fritz Walter-led side defeated favourites Hungary, who were the reigning Olympic Champions. After Max Morlock pulled one back, Helmut Rahn scored twice to give the Germans their first World Cup trophy. It was one of the greatest come-backs in the history of World Cup as Hungary were leading by two goals to nil in the first 10 minutes of the final.

In 1974, playing at home, West Germany defeated the Netherlands in front of a packed Olympic Stadium crowd in Munich. Legendary Gerd Muller scored the winning goal in the 43rd minute after Paul Breitner equalised through a 25th minute penalty following the second minute penalty by Dutch midfielder Johan Neeskens.

After losing two successive World Cup finals in 1982 to Italy and 1986 to Argentina, Franz Beckenbauer assembled an experienced squad which includes the likes of Lothar Matthaus, Jurgen Klinsmann and Rudi Voller for the 1990 Italy World Cup. And they exacted the revenge against Diego Maradona`s side which defeated them four years ago in Mexico. The final was settled by a Andreas Brehme penalty in the 85 minute.