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England vs. Germany

After England's three pre-war meetings with Germany, it would be over half a century before a re-unified Germany was ready to face England again. Their pre-war encounters had seen the home side wearing their change colours on each occasion. For England, this was a blue shirt at White Hart Lane in 1935, whilst Germany wore red in the two Berlin games, including the infamous 1938 fixture when the England team gave the Nazi salute.

One curious fact, was that England's goalkeeper, Harry Hibbs appears to be wearing a green jersey in the first meeting. It is certainly darker than the more familiar yellow, though we have only black and white film to go on.

England's Colours Against Germany 1930-38
No. Date Shirts Shorts Socks Gk

Venue

Shirts Shorts Socks

171

10 May 1930         Grunewald, Berlin      

200

4 December 1935         White Hart Lane, Tottenham, London      

216

14 May 1938         Olympiastadion, Berlin      

After the war, there were sixteen meetings between England and West Germany, with England wearing red shirts in eleven of them and the West Germans wearing green shirts in the other five.

In 1991, the re-unified German team, as in the previous three visits of West Germany to Wembley, donned a green change uniform. This was the reverse design of the adidas kit worn by West Germany in winning the World Cup, the previous year, with the colours of the German flag (black, red and amber) emblazoned in a flash across the arms and chest.

Two years later, they met in the Pontiac Silverdome, in Detroit, England's first indoor international, in the final match of the US Cup tournament. England were wearing their surnames in white across the back of their red shirts and Nigel Martyn became the first goalkeeper to wear blue against the Germans, who won 2-1, to lift the trophy. The colours of the German flag were now only visible on the arms of the adidas shirt.

England broke with tradition for their next encounter, in the semi-finals of the 1996 European Championship. This was another painful experience for the home side, and their all-grey/indigo blue uniform will forever be associated with the defeat on penalties. David Seaman, meanwhile, could hardly fade into the background with his bright red, yellow and green plumage.

Euro 2000 not only saw England beat Germany for the first time in a major tournament since 1966, but it was also the first, and so far, only occasion when both sides have worn their change colours; Germany wearing an all-green uniform for the first time.

Four months later, for the old Wembley's last fixture, Kevin Keegan tried to invoke the spirit of 1966, by decking England out in red again, but a miserable day was sealed by Dietmar Hamann's historic winner. What revenge was inflicted by England, the following year, though! A stunning 5-1 victory in München, with Michael Owen netting a hat-trick and England back in white shirts against Germany, for the first time in ten years and for the first time in Germany, since 1938. This was the popular 2001 shirt with the red stripe down the left side.

They did not meet again until the new stadium was opened in 2007. Germany had turned full circle and reverted back to red shirts not seen since the war, or rather, a modern equivalent, with one black sleeve, as per the new trend. Germany were victorious at Wembley, but England reversed the 2-1 scoreline in Berlin in 2008, in their own red shirts.

Then came a stunning 4-1 demolition of England in the 2010 World Cup, with England kitted out in all red for the first time against the Germans in the hope that they might start a winning streak in a new variation for the red uniform. It didn't work. Germany were back in green for their next Wembley victory, in 2013.

England's Colours Against Germany 1991-2013
No. Date Shirts Shorts Socks GK Venue Shirts Shorts Socks
677 11 September 1991             Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London      
699 19 June 1993             Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan, U.S.A.      
726 26 June 1996                   Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London  
 
770 17 June 2000             Stade Communal, Charleroi, Belgium      
773 7 October 2000             Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London      
782 1 September 2001             Olympiastadion, München

 

 

 

854 22 August 2007             The National Stadium, Wembley, London

 

       
870 19 November 2008             Olympiastadion, Berlin      
888 27 June 2010             Free State Stadium, Manguang/Bloemfontein, South Africa      
927 19 November 2013             The National Stadium, Wembley, London

 

 

 

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