The German national football team (German: Die deutsche Fußballnationalmannschaft) is the football team representing the country of Germany in international competition since 1908. It is governed by the German Football Association DFB (Deutscher Fußball-Bund) which was founded in 1900.

From 1950 to 1990, the team was also informally called West Germany in English, as since World War II, the DFB is based in the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) which was commonly referred to as West Germany from 1949 to 1990. The DFB continues to field the German national team that had been fully reinstated by FIFA after the 1950 FIFA World Cup, retaining all records and traditions. Under Allied occupation and division, two other separate “national” teams had also been recognized by FIFA, the French-controlled Saarland team (1950-1956), and the Soviet-controlled East German team (1952-1990). Both have been absorbed; the official name and code “Germany FR (FRG)” has been shortened again to “Germany (GER)” since 1990. Wikipedia

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