COACH: Joachim Low
WORLD RANKING: 2
QUALIFIED: Group A winners
BEST EURO FINISH: Winners (1972, 1980, 1996)
PLAYING STYLE: Passing
STRENGTHS: The German midfield and attack is unbelievably strong – they even have amazing players on the bench.
WEAKNESSES: The only question mark is over the defence. Lahm is world-class but the other three are capable of messing up.
Club: Bayern Munich
He’s switched from an inconsistent winger to a midfield general and his powerful and clever displays in the middle are crucial for club and country.
A legend in Germany for his attacking thrusts from full-back – he was named in team of the tournament for the last Euros and last two World Cups.
Population: 81.8 million
Official language: German
Best ever player: Gerd Muller/Franz Beckenbauer