Former German national team manager Joachim Low has dismissed any possibility of coaching another club team, specifically ruling out the vacant position at Bayern Munchen.
Germany were world champions in 1954, 1974, 1990, and 2014, making them the second-most successful team on the global stage behind Brazil, who hold five World Cup titles.
Die Mannschaft also won the European Championships in 1972, 1980 and 1996 and the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017.
The origins of Die Mannschaft
The first official German national team match was a 5-3 defeat to Switzerland on April 5, 1908. In their first international matches, the squad was selected by the DFB themselves as the team did not have an official coach or manager at the time.
West Germany and East Germany
Structural changes in Germany meant professionalism was introduced in the country and the best teams from around the country were placed into the newly formed Bundesliga, leading to benefits for the national team.
West Germany would reach another World Cup final in 1966. However, England controversially won 4-2 in extra time due to what's still known in Germany as 'Wembley-Tor' (Wembley Goal), Geoff Hurst's controversial extra-time goal which may or may not have crossed the line.
West Germany and the 1954 World Cup
A West Germany side captained by Fritz Walter was beaten 8-3 in the group stage of the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland by a legendary Hungary side. The Mighty Magyars were hot favourites to win the whole tournament and were in the process of compiling a 32-game unbeaten run.
After West Germany's drubbing in the group stages, it seemed unfathomable that they would meet Hungary again in the final and win, but that is precisely what happened.
Despite the drubbing, West Germany qualified from their group before knocking out Yugoslavia to set up a semi-final with Austria who they thrashed 6-1.
The win set up a rematch with Hungary in the final and the game looked to be going according to the script when Ferenc Puskas and Zoltan Czibor put Hungary 2-0 up inside eight minutes. However, in what became known as 'The Miracle of Bern', West Germany pulled one back two minutes later through Maximilian Morlock before Helmut Rahn levelled the scores in the 18th minute. Chances continued to fall for both sides but it wasn't until the 84th minute that a further goal was added, with Rahn adding his second to seal a famous 3-2 victory for Germany.
West Germany and the Helmut Schon era
In 1974, West Germany followed that up with World Cup victory, beating the Netherlands 2-1 in the final. However, at the 1976 European Championships, they lost to Czechoslovakia in the final on penalties. In all, Schon's tenure as manager lasted for 14 years and he proved to be a seminal manager in German soccer history.
East Germany and Olympic gold
The East Germany national team existed from 1952 until Germany was reunified in 1990. They struggled to match West Germany's success, but they generally picked strong teams for the Olympics at what was supposed to be an amateur tournament.
After bronze medals in 1964 and 1972, East Germany picked up the gold medal at the 1976 Olympic soccer tournament in Montreal. After drawing with Brazil in the first round, East Germany went on to beat Spain, France, the Soviet Union and then Poland in the final to bring gold back to the Communist nation. Four years later, in Moscow, they picked up silver.
Germany and the 1990s
West Germany were coached by Franz Beckenbauer from 1984 to 1990. In 1986, he led them to the World Cup final, where they lost to a Diego Maradona-inspired Argentina. In 1988, they lost on home soil to the Netherlands in the semi-finals of the European Championships.
Berti Vogts took over from Beckenbauer and West and East Germany united as a soccer nation for the 1992 European Championship qualifying.
At the tournament, Germany made the final, but suffered a shock defeat to a Peter Schmeichel-inspired Denmark. Then, in 1994, they lost 2-1 to Bulgaria in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
Vogts led Germany to Euro 1996 glory as they beat hosts England in the semi-finals and the Czech Republic 2-1 in the final via a golden goal.
Germany and Joachim Low
Rudi Voller took over and inspired a revival as Germany made the final of the 2002 World Cup, losing 2-0 to Brazil. Michael Ballack famously scored the goal which sent Germany to the final despite knowing he would not be playing in it due to suspension.
His assistant, Joachim Low, took over thereafter. He steered Germany to the final of Euro 2008, where they lost 1-0 to Spain. They thrashed Argentina 4-0 in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but then lost 1-0 in the semi-finals to Spain. Germany finished third again, beating Uruguay in the play-off.
In 2012, Germany were eliminated from the semi-finals of the European Championships.
Low also led Germany to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and victory in the Confederations Cup the following year, but their World Cup defence in Russia was disastrous and ended in a group-stage exit.
After a record-breaking 198 managerial appearance Low was replaced by Hansi Flick in the summer of 2021 following Germany's Euro 2020 exit at the hands of England. He had announced his intention to leave the role three months earlier.
Germany's biggest rivals
England have a fierce rivalry with Germany, which has been stoked by important meetings in major tournaments. West Germany felt aggrieved for their 1966 World Cup final defeat, but so did England when they lost 4-1 to Germany in the last 16 of the 2010 World Cup with Frank Lampard seeing a goal ruled out which clearly crossed the line.
Germany also have a long-running rivalry with Italy, who like them have won four FIFA World Cup titles. The only country to have won more is Brazil with five.