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Germany–Italy football rivalry

Commemorative plaque at Estadio Azteca (Mexico City) for the Game of the Century.

The national football teams of Germany and Italy, two of the most successful football nations in Europe and in the world, are long-time rivals. On the overall, the two teams have achieved eight World Cup victories and a total of fourteen appearances in the final of the tournament – more than all the other European nations combined. They have played against each other five times in the World Cup, and most of these matches have been notable in the history of the tournament. The Partita del secolo / Jahrhundertspiel, or "Game of the Century", a 1970 semi-final between the two countries that Italy won 4–3, was so dramatic that it is commemorated by a plaque at the entrance of the Estadio Azteca in Mexico.

As of July 2014, Italy is largely dominant in the head-to-head international matchup, having beaten Germany 15 times in 32 games (with 10 draws and 7 defeats).[1] Moreover, the German team has never been able to defeat Italy in a competitive game. In fact, all Germany's wins over Italy have been obtained in friendly games. The last victory for Germany was on the 21st of June 1995 in Zurich, with the final result 2–0.

There were also 4 matches played between Italy and East Germany which resulted 1 win for each country and 2 draws.

The two teams also faced once in the Olympic Games: in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, West Germany defeated Italy 3–0 on the bronze medal match.[2]

The last meeting ended 1–1 in Milan on the 15th of November 2013.

List of matches

Number Date Location Competition Game Results
01 January 1, 1923 Milan Friendly Italy – Germany 3–1
02 November 23, 1924 Duisburg Friendly Germany – Italy 0–1
03 April 28, 1929 Turin Friendly Italy – Germany 1–2
04 March 2, 1930 Frankfurt Friendly Germany – Italy 0–2
05 January 1, 1933 Bologna Friendly Italy – Germany 3–1
06 November 15, 1936 Berlin Friendly Germany – Italy 1–1
07 March 26, 1939 Florence Friendly Italy – Germany 3–2
08 November 26, 1939 Berlin Friendly Germany – Italy 5–2
09 May 5, 1940 Milan Friendly Italy – Germany 3–2
10 March 30, 1955 Stuttgart Friendly Germany – Italy 1–2
11 December 18, 1955 Rome Friendly Italy – Germany 2–1
12 May 31, 1962 Santiago World Cup Italy – Germany 0–0
13 March 13, 1965 Hamburg Friendly Germany – Italy 1–1
14 June 17, 1970 Mexico City World Cup Italy – Germany 4–3
15 February 26, 1974 Rome Friendly Italy – Germany 0–0
16 October 8, 1977 Berlin Friendly Germany – Italy 2–1
17 June 14, 1978 Buenos Aires World Cup Italy – Germany 0–0
18 July 11, 1982 Madrid World Cup Italy – Germany 3–1
19 May 22, 1984 Zürich Friendly Germany – Italy 1–0
20 February 5, 1986 Avellino Friendly Italy – Germany 1–2
21 April 18, 1987 Köln Friendly Germany – Italy 0–0
22 June 10, 1988 Düsseldorf European Championship Germany – Italy 1–1
24 March 25, 1992 Turin Friendly Italy – Germany 1–0
25 March 23, 1994 Stuttgart Friendly Germany – Italy 2–1
26 June 21, 1995 Zürich Friendly Germany – Italy 2–0
27 June 19, 1996 Manchester European Championship Germany – Italy 0–0
28 August 20, 2003 Stuttgart Friendly Germany – Italy 0–1
29 March 1, 2006 Florence Friendly Italy – Germany 4–1
30 July 4, 2006 Dortmund World Cup Italy – Germany 2–0
31 February 9, 2011 Dortmund Friendly Germany – Italy 1–1
32 June 28, 2012 Warsaw European Championship Germany – Italy 1–2
33 November 15, 2013 Milan Friendly Italy – Germany 1–1

Major tournaments

1962 World Cup

1970 World Cup

1978 World Cup

1982 World Cup

1988 UEFA European Football Championship

1996 UEFA European Football Championship

2006 World Cup

This was the semi-final match played in Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, in front of a crowd of 65000 on 4 July 2006. Until then, the Westfalenstadion had been a fortress-like stadium for the German national team as Germany had never lost there. During an eventful and highly entertaining game, this record was broken when two late goals in the closing period of extra-time by Fabio Grosso and Alessandro Del Piero saw Italy advance to the final. Italy would go on to win the 2006 FIFA World Cup for a 4th time. Andrea Pirlo was named man of the match after a commanding performance and for the assist leading to the Italians first and crucial goal.

2012 UEFA European Football Championship

Italy met again Germany in the semi-final match of EURO 2012 in the evening of 28 June 2012 at National Stadium of Warsaw. Prior to this match, Germany had set a historic record of world football with 15 consecutive wins in competitive matches, which included all matches of Euro 2012 and its qualifying stage. However, also this record had to be broken by Italy on that day. In the 20th minute, Italian striker Mario Balotelli scored the first goal for Italy after receiving an excellent chipped cross from Antonio Cassano, then in the 36th minute, Mario Balotelli scored again for Italy, giving them a secure lead. In the second half, the Germans were not able to penetrate the Italian defence, and Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made several brilliant saves to deny some German goal attempts. With 2 minutes into added time, Italian defender Federico Balzaretti committed a handball inside the penalty box. The resulting penalty was taken by Mesut Özil, the German mid-fielder, who successfully scored a consolation goal. Thus the final score was 2–1 to Italy, who qualified for the final of the tournament, against defending champions Spain, on 1 July 2012 at Olimpiyskyi, Kiev in Ukraine. As in their previous encounter in World Cup 2006 Semi-Final match, Andrea Pirlo was again elected the man of the match.



includes matches against former West Germany

  • Total number of games: 32
  • Germany wins: 7
  • Draws: 10
  • Italy wins: 15

See also


  1. ^ Germany – Italy (Head-To-Head) at
  2. ^ THE SEOUL GAMES : Roundup : West German Soccer Team Wins Bronze

External links

  • List of matches between Italy and Germany at European Football national team matches
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