Germany vs. France
At the Euros, two of the world’s best footballing nations will square off in Group F. In the second match of the group, France, the current World Champion, will meet Germany, the 2014 World Champions. Portugal, the current Euro champions, and Hungary are among the teams in Group F.
The game will be held in the Allianz Arena in Germany.
The Competition’s History
France: France was the first country to host the Euros, finishing fourth in 1960.
They’ve had their fair share of wins and losses over the last couple of tournaments.
The French national team has won the competition twice (1984 and 2000) and reached the finals once, where they were defeated.
Euro 2000 France
French players celebrate their Euro 2020 victory.
France faced their current group mates Portugal in the finals of the last Euro in 2016, losing 1-0 after extra time.
They were the hosts and the most likely team to win the championship, but Eder, the Portuguese striker, denied them that opportunity.
They’ve been itching to exact revenge on their opponents since their defeat, and the group stage would be an excellent place to start.
Germany is one of the most successful countries to compete in the Euros.
After Spain, they are the only team to have won the tournament three times.
They originally won the Euros in 1972 as West Germany, defeating the Soviet Union 3-0.
In an attempt to defend their championship, they reached the final again in 1976 but were defeated in penalties by Czechoslovakia.
Germany did get their revenge, though, as they recovered their position as the Best of Europe in 1980 after defeating Belgium 2-1.
They hosted the 1988 Euro Cup but were eliminated from the competition in the semi-finals.
East and West Germany were now merged and referred to as Germany.
They reached the final in 1992 but were defeated 2-0 by Denmark.
However, in the next tournament, they defeated the Czech Republic to capture their third Euro title.
Until 2008, the Germans did not appear in the tournament’s final four.
In 2008, they were defeated 1-0 by Spain.
Following this, Germany failed to reach the finals in the following two tournaments (2012 and 2016) and had to settle with semi-final berths.
Rivalries Throughout the Years
Germany vs. France is one of European football’s oldest rivalries.
This history begins when Germany was known as the Weimar Republic.
They first met in 1931 and have played a total of thirty-one games, including friendlies and official competition matches.
According to the statistics, France has an advantage because they have won fourteen games to Germany’s ten.
Seven of their games have resulted in a tie.
The French national team has not lost to Die Mannschaft in over six years.
Germany last defeated France at the 2014 World Cup, where they went on to win the championship.
Since then, the French have won three games and drawn the other three.
Their most recent meeting was in the UEFA Nations League, which France won 2-1.
In terms of individual goals, Antoine Griezmann has four and is the leading scorer in these matches.
Gerd Muller and Rudi Voller are tied for second place with three goals each.
Germany’s Joachim Low and France’s Didier Deschamps have etched their names in history as two World Cup-winning coaches as well as two highly sought-after managers.
However, they are on opposing trajectories ahead of their showdown in the Euros group stages.
Joachim will be coaching the German National Team in his final tournament as manager.
Didier Deschamps, on the other hand, is destined to lead the next generation of French players until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Both of these coaches have met each other seven times in their careers, with Didier holding a better record.
In their most recent meetings, the French coach has won three and drew two.
His two defeats came in a friendly in 2013 and a World Cup quarter-final in 2014.
Since then, his France team has had complete control.
Les Blues defeated Die Mannschaft in the Euro 2016 semi-finals as well as the Nations League.
They are now undefeated against Germany in five games.
There are numerous talents
Both France and Germany have a generational talent pool to represent their respective national teams in the foreseeable future.
From defense to offense, each team has a large number of youthful players.
France features goalkeepers like Mike Maignan and Alphonse Areola, whereas Germany has Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Alexander Nubel.
France’s defensive reinforcement is extremely outstanding.
Players like Upamecano, Konate, Theo, and Lucas Hernandez, among others, are simply at a higher level.
Germany’s future players include Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule, Robin Koch, and Jonathan Tah.
Both of these teams’ midfielders are packed with high-potential youth.
Camavinga, Aouar, Tolisso, Ndombele, Thomas Lemar, and Adrian Rabiot are among the most well-known and sought-after French players.
Kai Havertz, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Julian Brandt, Jamal Musiala, and Florian Neuhaus are just a few of Germany’s well-known young skilled midfielders.
Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Kingsley Coman, and Antoine Griezmann are the young forwards that will spearhead France’s attack in the near future.
Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Julian Draxler, and Jann-Fiete Arp are just a few of Germany’s young strikers for the present and future.
Because this is their first match of the Euros’ group stage, both teams will field their strongest lineup available.
When Karim Benzema was called up to the France national team, fans were overjoyed.
The Real Madrid striker, though, will not play for the French club.
He recently suffered an injury during one of their friendlies and has been ruled out of the squad as a result.
Germany has no reported injuries, so Joachim will play all out for this encounter.
Given the form and experience, the following lineup is likely to be as accurate as possible:
France: Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, L.Hernandez, Kante, Pogba, Griezmann, Coman, Mbappe, Dembele.
Germany’s starting lineup is Neuer (GK) (C), Klostermann, Hummels, Rudiger, Halstenberg, Kimmich, Goretzka, Gnabry, Havertz, Sane, and Werner.