Positive record against Hungary – Werner's 25th goal?

Frankfurt/Main (dpa) – On Friday, the German national soccer team meets Hungary in Leipzig. The German Press Agency has compiled interesting facts about the game:

balance sheet

The German national soccer team is approaching its 1000th international match. This Friday (8.45 p.m. / ZDF) the DFB team will play game number 992 against Hungary in Leipzig. The overall balance is positive: 575 wins are matched by 211 defeats. There were also 205 draws. The goal ratio is 2237:1162. By the way: The 1000th international match could be the World Cup semifinals in Qatar.

Nations League

The German team (6 points) is second in the table in the last two matchdays of group 3 of the highest Nations League. With two wins against leaders Hungary (7) and bottom of the table England (2), the DFB team would be top of the group and qualify for the Final Four tournament in June 2023. The DFB record in the still young UEFA competition is balanced after 14 games with three wins, eight draws and three defeats.

national coach

Hansi Flick is still undefeated in his second season as national coach. In 13 international matches so far, the 57-year-old has celebrated nine victories. There are also four draws. The goal ratio is brilliant at 42:8.


Against Hungary, the DFB record before the 37th comparison in the Leipzig Arena is just positive with 13 to eleven wins. In the first leg of the current Nations League there was a 1-1 draw in Budapest. Goal scorer was Jonas Hofmann from Gladbach. Even at the European Championships last year, the German team – at that time still with Joachim Löw as national coach – did not get more than 2:2. Kai Havertz and Leon Goretzka scored the goals in the group game in Munich. The most important game was of course the World Cup final in 1954: The 3:2 of the DFB team headed by coach Sepp Herberger and captain Fritz Walter went down in football history as the “Miracle of Bern”.


Armel Bella Kotchap is the only newcomer in the squad for the first two games of the World Cup season. The 20-year-old central defender of Southampton FC could be the seventh debutant in Flick’s tenure.


Bayern professional Thomas Müller (116 appearances) has the most international experience in the DFB squad. Joshua Kimmich (68), Ilkay Gündogan (60), Antonio Rüdiger and Timo Werner (53 each) have more than 50 appearances. The oldest player is also Müller at the age of 33 after the goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer (36) failed due to the corona virus. The youngest is 19-year-old Bayern colleague Jamal Musiala.


With 44 international goals, Thomas Müller is also the most successful shooter in the current DFB squad. Timo Werner (24), Serge Gnabry (20), Ilkay Gündogan (15) and Leroy Sané (11) also have a double-digit number of goals.

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