Tomorrow it is once again time for the clash of the titans of European football. Between them Germany and Italy have seven World Cup wins, and four European Cup wins. Let’s rehash some of the greatest moments from previous encounters, and break down the stats between the two sides.
Germany’s boogie man has always been Italy. “Die Nationalmannschaft” has never won a match against Italy in a European Cup or World Cup setting.
Not surprisingly, the stats look pretty bleak for “Die Nationalmannschaft”. On the 29 occasions these teams met, Italy won 14, Germany 7, and 8 matches ended with a draw. Italy have scored 44 goals against Germany, while the Germans only have managed to produce 33 goals against the “Azzuri”. 2.6 goals have on average been scored when these two sides have met.
The last German win against Italy came in 1995. The 2-0 victory was played in Zürich, and came just a year before Germany won the European Cup. The first goal was scored by Thomas Helmer, and afterwards Italian legend Paolo Maldini put the ball into his own net.
Italy has won the last two encounters against Germany. The last match was in the 2006 World Cup, and was decided in Overtime. Italy won this game in the 2-0. Before the World Cup Italy managed to defeat Germany at home in a friendly with a whopping 4-1.Here are the highlights from the last match these to played against each other.
The historic moments
Germany is going on the pitch tomorrow night looking to revenge their last defeat four years ago. The game, as it turns out, is played in Dortmund: The scene of the World Cup match of 2006. As I mentioned earlier, Germany has never won a game against Italy in a World Cup or European Championship setting. So the historic moments that these two have created, are certainly more fondly remembered by the Italians.
The 1970 semifinal in the World Cup has often been discribed as the match of the century. This match had it all: poise, drama, excitement and loads of goals. Ending 4-3 in favor of the Italian, this match is certainly amongst the best games that has ever been played.
12 years later the two teams met in the final of the World Cup. Italy won this game 3-1.
The starting line-ups
Let’s take a look at who the starting 11 of both teams are.
Germany: Neuer – Lahm, Mertesacker, Badstuber, Schmelzer – Khedira, Schweinsteiger – T. Müller, Özil, Podolski – Klose
Italy: Buffon – Cassani, Ranocchia, Chiellini, Criscito – Aquilani, Palombo, de Rossi – Rossi, Cassano – Pazzini
Germany: Adler (GK), Aogo, Boateng, A. Friedrich, Hummels, Westermann, S. Bender, M. Götze, Großkreutz, Träsch
Italy: Sirigu (GK), Viviano (GK), Astori, Bonucci, Maggio, Giovinco, Mauri, Montolivo, T. Motta, Nocerino, Borriello, Matri
UPDATE: It looks like Kicker’s prediction about the Italian line-up were partly wrong. These are the starting 11 for Italy: Buffon- Cassani, Ranocchia, Bonucci, Chiellini- Montolivo, Thiago Motta, De Rossi- Mauri- Cassano, Pazzini
Source: Der Kicker, http://italy.theoffside.com