Britain and Germany will resume an epic rivalry at Euro 2020

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In this photo from May 14, 1938, the English football team congratulated the Nazis before the start of their match against Germany in front of a record crowd of over 100,000 at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

One of the great rivalries in international football will be resumed on Tuesday at the European Championship, when England plays Germany in the round of 16 at Wembley Stadium.

In the past, the teams have played some epic matches, including in the 1966 World Cup final and the Euro ’96 semifinals.

Each of them won one of these matches, but in general the Germans lead with 15 wins, 13 losses and four draws.


Less about the result and more about what developed before the start in front of 110,000 fans at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, English visitors congratulated the Nazis during the playing of the German national anthem.

And they did it on the orders of the British government.

The act handed Adolf Hitler a propaganda coup a year before Britain declared war on Nazi Germany in 1939 following its invasion of Poland.


England won their only World Cup title, defeating West Germany in London in a match that sparked a lasting moment of controversy that is still the subject of debate.

In the continuation of the result even at 2-2, Alan Ball centered to England teammate Jeff Hearst, who turned and shot. The ball hit the bottom of the West German crossbar and Roger Hunt picked it up

his hands bounced over the goal line to announce the ball.

Wolfgang Weber thought he was directing the ball to a corner, but Swiss referee Gottfried Dienst agreed with Soviet lineman Tofik Bahramov, who believed he had a goal.

The camera’s limited angles and lower-quality shots mean it’s still inconclusive to see if the ball has crossed the line. But that counts on the board at Wembley Stadium as Hearst’s second goal.

His third – a left foot kick – finished what remains the only hat-trick in the World Cup final.


The Germans recovered from a 2-0 deficit to formally end England’s reign as World Cup champions in the quarterfinals of the 1970 tournament in Mexico.

Alan Mueller and Martin Peters had led England, but Franz Beckenbauer began the recovery in the middle of the second half. England coach Alf Ramsey then replaced midfielder Bobby Charlton and West Germany captain Uwe Zeller sent the match into extra time.

Gerd Müller joined the winner to secure Germany’s first racing victory over England and a semi-final match against Italy – a match they will lose.


Before the European Championship expanded its final tournament, the quarterfinals were still part of the qualifiers and were played on two legs at home and away.

The English hosted West Germany in the first game at Wembley in 1972, and Uli Hones brought Germany forward with a curling kick right from the penalty area, which left England goalkeeper Gordon Banks lying on the grass.

Francis Lee managed to score a late equalizer for England, but Günther Netzer and Gerd Müller scored even later, in the 84th and 88th minutes, respectively, to give the West Germans a 3-1 cushion.

the second meeting. The next match at the Olympic Stadium in West Berlin ended 0-0, sending West Germany on their way to the title in Brussels.

1990: WEST GERMANY 1, ENGLAND 1 (West Germany won 4-3 on penalties)

Just like in 1966 and 1970, the teams went on to continue the World Cup – this time in Italy in the semi-finals.

Gary Lineker equalized for England after a deflected free kick by Andreas Bram made 1: 0.

The match became even more memorable because of Paul Gascoigne’s tears, after receiving a yellow card that would exclude him from the final. There was crying when England lost the penalties.

Both Stuart Pierce and Chris Waddle hit their point over the crossbar and the Germans continued to win the final.

1996: ENGLAND 1, GERMANY 1 (Germany won 6-5 on penalties)

There was no second victory over Germany at Wembley Stadium in a major football tournament.

Alan Shearer put England ahead with a header in the semi-finals of Euro ’96, but Stefan Kunz equalized for the already united Germans. Then Paul Gascoigne failed to contact Shearer’s cross, sending the game to penalties.

Current England coach Gareth Southgate missed the decisive blow in the shootout and Germany continued to win the title.


Old Wembley’s last game turned out to be Kevin Keegan’s last game for the England national team.

The coach decided to leave while looking for privacy in the bathroom, shortly after Dietmar Haman’s free kick went into the hands of goalkeeper David Seaman.


On German soil, England achieved a sure victory for the term of Sven-Goran Eriksson as coach – and this is the biggest performance against the united team of Germany.

Carsten Janker scored to give Germany the lead in Munich in the 2002 World Cup qualifier, but a trio of Liverpool players took over.

Michael Owen scored a hat trick, Steven Gerrard knocked in the half to give England the lead, and Emil Heskey struck the final blow.


Back in the World Cup, this time in the round of 16 in South Africa, both teams scored five goals, but the match is best remembered with the one that doesn’t count.

With 2-0, England managed to repel one of the defenders Matthew Upson. Then the revived England team rushed forward in search of an equalizer and Frank Lampard shot hard from the edge of the penalty area.

The ball hit the bottom of the crossbar and the TV replays made it clear that it bounced about a meter behind the German goal.

However, the referee waved a game, a blow from which the English never recovered, instead of allowing two more goals to the Germans.

The illicit goal transformed the sport, with the goal line technology being introduced four years later for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.



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