Germany’s Worst Ever Defeats – Ranked



Germany were on the end of a 6-0 thrashing to Spain on Tuesday night | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Despite being unequivocally one of international football’s heaviest of heavyweights, Germany have taken a fair few beatings over the years.

Tuesday’s 6-0 thumping at the hands of Luis Enrique’s Spain was a new low for the 2018 World Cup winners in a competitive fixture. The devastating defeat has seen Joachim Low’s 14-year tenure called into question, while his side look rank outsiders for next year’s delayed European Championships.

Let’s pile on the pain then by ranking Die Mannschaft’s worst ever defeats.

SOC-CCONFEDERATIONS-GERMANYGermany lost 4-0 to Brazil in the 1999 confederations cup | CRIS BOURONCLE/Getty Images

Germany secured their place at the 1999 Confederations Cup by winning the 1996 European Championships. However, Erich Ribbeck had been put in charge of the side since that triumph and things had taken a turn for the worse.

His two-year tenure marked the worst period in modern history of the national side and resulted in a group-stage exit in the Euro 2000 tournament.

The 4-0 loss to Brazil a year earlier in the Confederations Cup group stage was a warning sign of what was to come as Ribbeck went on to rack up the poorest managerial record of any Germany boss in history.

A Gyula Zsengeller hat-trick fired Hungary to a 5-1 win over the Germans in 1939.

The game was only a friendly but was still a significant achievement for the Hungarians who had lost the World Cup final a year previously.

Austria defeated neighbours and rivals Germany 5-1 at the 1912 Olympics.

It was a first-round fixture that pitted the two sides together, however, Austria were soon eliminated in the next round after a 3-1 defeat by a Netherlands side that went on to claim a bronze medal.

Germany's coach Rudy Voeller reacts withIt was another crushing defeat for Germany’s coach Rudy Voeller | AFP/Getty Images

Germany were on the receiving end of an embarrassing blow during their Euro 2004 preparations in Bucharest as they slumped to a 5-1 defeat against Romania.

It really was a sign of things to come for Rudy Voller’s men, with them exiting the tournament in the group stages after suffering a loss to the Czech Republic.

Draws to the Netherlands and Latvia – yes, you read that right, Latvia – preceded the 2-1, meaning they left Portugal with only two points and no wins.

Michael OwenMichael Owen scored a hat-trick on the night in Munich | Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Remember when England were the best team in the world? No, neither do I, but it certainly felt like it for at least one night after a dazzling display in Munich.

A Michael Owen hat-trick helped Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side announce a new era where England’s ‘Golden Generation’ would conquer the world and deliver unrivalled success. We all know how that story ended.

Back to back thrashing’s of Germany came at the beginning of a breathtaking run that saw Austria score 101 goals in 31 games over three years.

They became the first European side to beat Scotland on the same run, a feat which has been repeated across the continent many times over.

Gyula Grosics, Rafael SoutoHungarian goalkeeper Gyula Grosics punches the ball away | STAFF/Getty Images

The 1954 World Cup was a mixed bag for the West Germany side. A group stage 8-3 loss to a well-stacked Hungary team appeared to spell the end for Sepp Herberger’s men, but they recovered to reach the final.

They once again met Hungary and shocked the world by coming back from 2-0 down against the likes of the legendary Ferenc Puskas to win 3-2 and claim West Germany’s first World Cup crown.

It became known as the ‘Miracle of Bern’ due to Hungary’s ‘Golden Team’ being such heavy favourites heading into the final.

The Austrian ‘Wunderteam’ of the 1930s was arguably the nation’s greatest side in their history. The Austrian’s inflicted Germany’s heaviest ever home defeat in 1931 via a 6-0 demolition.

They finished fourth in the 1934 World Cup and were runners up in the 1936 Olympics. Germany had the last laugh though, knocking their neighbours out of the tournaments on both occasions.

Spain v Germany - UEFA Nations LeagueSpain blew Germany away in their Nations League encounter | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

If Joachim Low wasn’t already feeling the pressure then he certainly is now.

Although his side would have gone unbeaten throughout 2020 had they avoided defeat in Seville on Tuesday night, performances haven’t been up to their high standards for quite some time now.

It was their biggest ever competitive defeat and one that will be remembered and referenced for years to come. Knowing Germany though it will most likely be seen as a turning point for how they restructured their entire set-up and came to dominate for years to come once more.

#OnThisDay in 1909, @England’s amateurs stuffed their German counterparts 9-0 at Oxford, with @GlossopNorthEnd’s Thomas Porter and @NorwichCityFC’s Cyril Dunning netting a hat-trick apiece.

It remains Germany’s most comprehensive defeat against any opposition… ?? pic.twitter.com/QqrVKwio9v

— Nat. Football Museum (@FootballMuseum) March 16, 2018

Germany’s heaviest defeat came at the hands of the England amateurs side way back in 1909.

The England side were handing out regular thrashing’s to European opposition at the time, but nobody has managed to match this 9-0 victory over the German’s since.

It remains one of England’s greatest footballing achievements, with the 1966 World Cup victory and that time Peter Crouch did the robot narrowly edging it out of top spots.





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