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FIFA Women's World Cup 2019™

Germany

Players of Germany line up 
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FIFA Women's World Cup record
Germany are regular participants at FIFA Women's World Cups™ and have qualified for every edition so far. Alongside USA, they are the most successful women's team in the world, having won the European Championship eight times and the global showpiece twice - in 2003 and 2007. At the latter tournament they even lifted the trophy without conceding a single goal. However, Germany arrive at France 2019 - their eighth outing at the Women's World Cup - with a point to prove. After all, they were eliminated in the last eight of the 2011 finals on home soil and also failed to qualify for the Women's Olympic Football Tournament at London 2012. In 2015 they lost to USA in the semi-finals and slipped to a 1-0 defeat after extra time against England in the play-off for third place.

The road to France
An early defeat at home to Iceland meant Germany were unable to qualify with a perfect record this time, as they had done for the 2007 and 2015 tournaments. Not only was the reverse the first time they had ever lost to Iceland, it was also the first time they had ever been beaten at home in a Women's World Cup qualifier. They won their remaining seven games and kept clean sheets throughout to finish top of Group 5.

The coach
Horst Hrubesch has been in charge on an interim basis since March 2018, when he replaced Steffi Jones at the helm. He has coached several of Germany's men's youth teams and won the U-19 European Championship in 2008 before steering the U-21s to continental glory a year later as caretaker coach. In 2016 he led Germany to a silver medal at the Men's Olympic Football Tournament in Rio de Janeiro. Martina Voss-Tecklenburg will take over once the France 2019 qualifying campaign finished. During her playing days, Voss-Tecklenburg won six German league titles, four domestic cups and also won the European Championship four times with Germany. She has continued to collect silverware as a coach and in addition to lifting the DFB Cup twice, she also won the UEFA Women's Cup, the precursor to UEFA Women's Champions League. In February 2012 she was appointed Switzerland head coach and guided the team to a maiden qualification for a Women's World Cup.

The stat
35 – Germany registered an impressive 35 goals during France 2019 qualifying and conceded just three times. No other European team managed to find the net as often.