A Brief Team History
World Cup titles: 4 (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)
Germany leads all nations with four second-place finishes (1966, 1982, 1986, 2002). And they lead with four third-place finishes, as well (1934, 1970, 2006, 2010). The defending champs have a long legacy of winning, which gives them an advantage heading into World Cup Russia. Not to mention, they won the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. If they win the 2018 World Cup they'll be the first team to win two World Cups in a row since Brazil did it in 1958 and 1962. (The only other team in history to achieve this would be Italy in 1934 and 1938).