France-Germany, rivalry in the extreme
France and Germany are the faces for a place in the final of Euro 2016. Two of the most influential countries of the world will again see the faces in a competitive match after the World Cup 2014 where the Germans took the cat to the water and won the World Cup in Brazil. And it is that although it seems strange, These two great powers do not usually collide very regularly in the world of football.
Incredibly, the two teams will meet for the first time in the Eurocup 2016 and they only met three times in World Cups, although in those three confrontations there were unforgettable moments. The first time they were officially measured was in 1958, Sweden in World, where france won 6-3 to Germany in the fight for third and fourth place that led Just Fontaine to be the top scorer of the championship with 13 many.
The second duel was even more vibrant if possible. Seville witnessed a spectacular semifinal in 1982 that ended with 3-3 and that it was decided from the penalty spot in one of the highest quality matches that are remembered in the world championships. A toast to the sun that ended Schumacher as a hero and France without knowing their first World Cup final. The last of the three times that Gauls and Germans saw each other was in Mexico 86. In the semifinals, again Germany would knock down 2-0 to France leaving in two victories and one defeat their balance against the “roosters”.
While it is true that all these matches refer to official duels, on a friendly level things change. France and Germany have disputed 22 unofficial matches with 10 Gallic victories, 7 Germans and eight draws. The first friendly match dates from 1933 while the last one goes back to the World Cup 2014 with a Teutonic victory by zero goals to one. France, 66 millions of inhabitants, Germany, 80. Face to face two colossi for a place in the final. No more.
Table of matches between them (until the World Cup in Brazil 2014) :