How many times have Germany started a World Cup with a loss?

Germany are one of the most successful countries in the history of the World Cup.

They have competed at all but two World Cups over the last 92 years, opting out of the very first tournament in 1930 like most European nations. They were later banned from competing in the qualifiers for the 1950 finals in the wake of the Second World War.

Following the split between west and east after the conflict and the formation of East Germany, the German national team was commonly referred to as West Germany.

It was under that informal name that Germany won a first World Cup title in 1954, following it…


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