With Monday's 2-1 Round of 16 win over Algeria, Germany earned a spot in the quarterfinals for a 16th consecutive World Cup, according to ESPN's Paul Carr.
The incredible streak stretches back to 1954, when Germany won the World Cup in Switzerland for its first of three triumphs on the game's grandest stage. The Germans were banned from the 1950 Cup in the wake of World War II, after the tournament had been put on pause because of the war between 1938 and 1950.
When the nation was split into "West Germany" and "East Germany" from 1952 to 1990, it was the West German side that kept the records which now stand. The East Germans were far less successful, reaching only one World Cup in 1974, though they did manage to make the quarterfinals in that tournament.
Thus, Germany has reached the quarterfinals in 17 of its 18 World Cup appearances, only missing out in 1938 at the third iteration of the tournament.
As consistent as the Germans have been, their recent history at the Cup has been defined by near misses. After winning the tournament in 1990, Germany bowed out in the quarterfinals in both 1994 and 1998. 2002 brought a second-place finish in South Korea and Japan, while both the 2006 and 2010 Cups saw the Germans finish in third.
Always a contender to take home the ultimate prize, Germany may be doomed to fall just short again, if Monday's game is any indication. Despite their No. 22 position in the FIFA world rankings, the Algerians took Germany—ranked No. 3—to extra time knotted at 0-0.
Andre Schurrle scored in the 92nd minute to give Germany the game's first goal, before Mesut Ozil extended the lead to 2-0 in the 120th minute, essentially punching a ticket to the quarterfinals.
However, Algeria's Abdelmoumene Djabou found the back of the net shortly after Ozil, and the Desert Foxes surprisingly mustered one final scoring chance. Once a Madjid Bougherra header landed safely in the hands of German keeper Manuel Neuer, Die Mannschaft could finally breathe a sigh of relief.
Things will only get tougher in the next round, as the Germans have to face a tricky French side that defeated Nigeria 2-0 on Monday.