Last Olympic appearance
Germany last competed in the men’s Olympic soccer tournament at the 1988 Games, winning bronze as West Germany.
Two of Germany’s overage players are twins Sven and Lars Bender. Sven has played center back for Borussia Dortmund, one of the top clubs in German soccer, since 2009. He debuted with Germany’s senior national team in 2011 and has appeared in seven matches since. Lars also made his senior team debut in 2011 and has scored four goals in 19 matches for Germany. The defensive midfielder plays club soccer for Bayern Leverkusen.
Joining the Bender brothers is 27-year-old forward Niles Petersen. Petersen has not played for Germany’s senior national team.
Players to watch
Center back Matthias Ginter was the youngest member of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning roster at the age of 20. Ginter made his senior team debut with Germany in 2014 and plays for Borussia Dortmund.
Max Meyer, an attacking midfielder, has been part of Germany’s national team system since debuting with the U-15 team. After winning the U-19 Bundesliga championship, he made his professional debut in 2013.
Julian Brandt plays for Bayern Leverkusen in Germany. The forward made his debut with Germany’s senior national team in May 2016.
Germany is coached by Horst Hrubesch who has been a youth coach since 2006. As a player, Hrubesch scored six goals for Germany.
Germany is known for having one of the strongest youth systems in the world, which will be put to the test at this summer’s Olympics.
The team’s toughest competition in Group C is defending gold medalist Mexico, but Germany should not have much trouble finishing ahead of South Korea and Fiji to advance to the knockout stage, where it is a contender to land on the podium.