10 Epic England vs. Germany Encounters

Richard MorganContributor INovember 18, 2013

10 Epic England vs. Germany Encounters

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    Make mine a treble: England striker Michael Owen celebrates his hat-trick against Germany in Munich in 2001
    Make mine a treble: England striker Michael Owen celebrates his hat-trick against Germany in Munich in 2001Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

    England take on Germany in a friendly international at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night, although no contest between these two archenemies can ever really be described as being “friendly”, as these next 10 epic clashes between the two European heavyweights from over the years ably demonstrates.

    So, let us know about what you think of the 10 encounters that we have chosen...

2010: Germany 4-1 England

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    And to think that many people were actually tipping Fabio Capello’s unimaginative side to emerge victorious in this contest in Bloemfontein. Although in fairness, things could have been so much different had Frank Lampard’s shot been ruled to have gone in with the score at 2-1 to Germany just before halftime.

    However, without the benefits of goal-line technology, Germany survived that brief English fightback to then emerge as comfortable winners, with Mesut Ozil running the show.

2008: Germany 1-2 England

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    A real head-turning result this one, as Fabio Capello’s England inflicted a first loss in fortress Berlin for 35 years on their hosts thanks to goals from centre-backs John Terry and Matthew Upson, and what is more, it was even a second-string England team as well.

    Unfortunately, the surprise result had no bearing whatsoever on what happened when the two nations then met in the World Cup finals two years later.

2001: Germany 1-5 England

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    This was only Germany’s second-ever loss in a World Cup qualifier on home soil, but in the end, it was more than just a defeat for the hosts, it was an utter humiliation. And all this after they had even taken an early lead as well in Munich’s Olympic stadium through Carsten Jancker.

    However, Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men responded in style thanks to a stunning hat-trick from the soon-to-be anointed new European Footballer of the Year Michael Owen. However, let’s not forget either that it was Rudi Voller and Co. who would go on and make it through to the following year’s World Cup final and not the Three Lions.

2000: England 0-1 Germany

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    Typical of Germany to come and spoil the party in what was the final-ever match to be played at the old Wembley Stadium, with Liverpool midfield player Dietmar Hamann scoring the only goal of the game with a free-kick that caught out England No. 1 David Seaman.

    However, the World Cup qualifier will perhaps be best remembered for being Kevin Keegan’s last match in charge of his country, with an emotional Three Lions boss resigning in the Wembley showers after claiming that he was just not up to the job.

2000: England 1-0 Germany

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    An all-too-rare win for England over their old foe in the finals of a major tournament as Alan Shearer’s header in Charleroi saw Germany lose to the Three Lions in a competitive match for the first time since the 1966 World Cup final.

    However, the ironic thing about this victory for Kevin Keegan’s side is that not only did England, like Germany, then fail to qualify from their group at Euro 2000, but it was from the ashes of this woeful tournament display in the Low Countries that the German Football Federation then decided to completely restructure their domestic game, the results of which are now clear for all to see.

1996: England 1-1 Germany

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    A case of déjà vu all over again as far as England fans were concerned. Terry Venables’ slick-passing outfit took tournament favourites Germany all the way on a barmy night at Wembley Stadium, only to yet again come unstuck as soon as penalties were needed to settle this epic Euro '96 semifinal after Stefan Kuntz’s strike had cancelled out Alan Shearer’s early headed opener.

1990: England 1-1 West Germany

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    An absolute classic in Turin between the two best outfits at Italia '90, with Gary Lineker’s late equaliser sending this World Cup semifinal into extra time. And then the dreaded spot kicks—and we all know what happens when Germany and England go head to head in a penalty shootout.

1982: England 0-0 West Germany

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    This was a tense, cagey, but ultimately captivating affair at the Santiago Bernabeu as both behemoths went in search of the win that would leave them with one foot in the 1982 World Cup final against Italy.

    However, in the end, neither side wanted to take that chance, instead waiting for their final decisive encounters against host nation Spain, with Germany, and not Ron Greenwood’s England, getting the job done in the end.

1970: England 2-3 West Germany

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    One of the all-time classic encounters between these two fierce rivals, with Alf Ramsey’s side storming into a seemingly invincible 2-0 lead in this World Cup quarterfinal in Leon.

    However, not surprisingly, West Germany, inspired by captain Franz Beckenbauer, never gave up. After key midfield player Bobby Charlton had been substituted in preparation for an expected semifinal clash with Italy, Helmut Schon’s men scored twice in the final 20 minutes to take the tie into extra time.

    And after that hammer blow, there was only ever going to be one side going through, and one match winner too, as arch-predator Gerd Muller’s close-range volley beat stand-in keeper Peter Bonetti to send the holders out in dramatic fashion.

1966: England 4-2 West Germany

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    There was a time, of course, when England were able to get the better of the Germans when it really mattered, and there are, of course, no more important fixtures in the football calendar than the World Cup final itself.

    However, in true Three Lions style, it nearly all went wrong for Alf Ramsey’s men. First, Helmut Haller failed to read the script by opening the scoring for the visitors after just 12 minutes. Then, with the home team just seconds away from victory, defender Wolfgang Weber equalised.

    But with the help of an eagle-eyed Azerbaijani linesman by the name of Tofik Bakhramov, combined with the shooting boots of red-hot striker Geoff Hurst, who netted a hat-trick, in the end it was England who emerged victorious as Bobby Moore lifted the nation’s one and only World Cup.

    Germany, meanwhile, have been crowned kings of the world on three occasions.