Of all of Germany's great World Cup moments, none can compare with their victory over Hungary in the 1954 final. Dubbed the "Miracle of Bern," the result was indeed miraculous, a victory over opposition that had steamrollered West Germany in the group stage.
When the teams met in their second fixture of the tournament, Hungary were 8-3 winners and advanced to the knockout rounds having scored 17 goals in two games. They steamrollered Brazil and Uruguay in the knockout rounds, adding four goals in each going into the final.
Germany, on the other hand, qualified for the knockout rounds via play-off, and despite handily beating Yugoslavia and Austria en route to the final, they were still regarded as underdogs.
They found themselves 2-0 behind within eight minutes, chasing the game on a pitch in awful shape due to heavy rain.
Incredibly, Max Morlock and Helmut Rahn struck to level the score within 10 minutes and the Mannschaft managed an improbable winner in the 84th minute. The heavily unfancied Germans had somehow beaten the Hungary of Ferenc Puskas and Sandor Kocsis.
Victory in the World Cup final marked a turning point in the history of post-World War II Germany and set the foundation for German football culture.
To this day, coach Sepp Herberger and captain Fritz Walter are remembered as national heroes, the latter having been named Germany's "Golden Player" (the best out of the previous 50 years in honour of the 50th anniversary of UEFA's founding) in 2003.