Despite the setback that the German national football team (Mannschaft) has been going through recently, the team may not feel very upset in its upcoming confrontation on Saturday against its Portuguese counterpart in the second round of the group stage matches of the European Nations Cup (Euro 2020).
The German national team lost its first match in Group F against its French counterpart, the world champion, with a clean goal.
The German team collides with the Portuguese national team, which opened the campaign to defend its European title with a 3-0 victory over Hungary, led by the dangerous striker Cristiano Ronaldo.
Despite the severe inconvenience caused by Ronaldo, the former Real Madrid and Juventus striker, to any team he faces, the player may not be equally annoying to Manchaft.
In four previous matches against Germany in the big tournaments, Ronaldo’s attempts to beat the Germans were unsuccessful.
Mannschaft coach Joachim Loew hopes that this statistic will not change during the match.
The following lines show the previous confrontations between the two teams in major tournaments:
The two teams met at the opening of the European Nations Cup (Euro 1984), and this was on June 14, and the two teams tied negatively in Strasbourg.
The German team failed in the group stage, while the Portuguese team reached the semi-finals, before falling to its French counterpart, who later won the championship.
The two teams met on June 20, 2000 within the activities of the European Nations Cup (Euro 2000), and the Portuguese team won by three clean goals in the Dutch city of Rotterdam.
Veteran German defender Lothar Matthaus was unable to counter the strength of the Portuguese team, whose three goals, Sergio Conceicao, scored to confirm the exit of the Germans from the first round of the tournament.
In the face of this failure, coach Eric Rebek left the German national team and the German Federation began the stage of rebuilding the team in preparation for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
World Cup 2006:
The two teams met in the 2006 World Cup third-place match in Germany, and Germany won 3-1 in Stuttgart.
This match was the conclusion of goalkeeper Oliver Kahn’s career with the Germans. And only two days later, Joachim Loew took over the Mannschaft coach, succeeding Jürgen Klinsmann, and Loew is still coach of the Germans until now.
The two teams met on June 19, 2008 in the European Nations Cup, and Germany won 3-2 in Basel, Switzerland, in the quarter-finals.
In the application of the suspension for one match imposed by the European Union (UEFA), Joachim Loew was absent from the coach’s seat in this match, while his assistant Hansi Flick took over the management of the team in this match. Flick is coaching Mannschaft, succeeding Loew, after Euro 2020, which is currently being held.
With this defeat for the Portuguese national team, the team led by Ronaldo was eliminated from the tournament from the quarter-finals.
The two teams met in the group stage of Euro 2012, and the Germans won 1-0 on the ninth of June 2012.
Ronaldo again failed to beat German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, as he had previously failed in the face of goalkeepers Oliver Kahn and Wins Lehmann.
Mansheft continued its career in the championship until it fell to its Italian counterpart 1-2 in the semi-finals.
World Cup 2014:
The German and Portuguese teams met in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and this was on June 16, and the shock was harsh for Ronaldo this time, as his team lost 0-4 against Mannschaft.
Thomas Muller scored three goals (hat-trick) and Mats Hummels added one to give the Germans a great start in the tournament in the Brazilian city of Salvador.
Four weeks later, Germany won the world title.
On the other hand, the Portuguese team left the tournament early before the team, led by Ronaldo, crowned its first title in major tournaments through Euro 2016 in France.