Current world champions Germany are one of the most decorated nations in football, having won the FIFA World Cup four times in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014. They've also won the UEFA European Championships on three occasions in 1972, 1980 and 1996. Beside the glory, Germany can also claim to be one of the most consistent nations at major tournaments. Die Mannschaft have made more semi-final appearances at the FIFA World Cup than any other nation and have reached the last eight at the last seventeen tournaments. Germany's incredible record at major tournaments is a testament to the legendary players they've produced over the years, like Lothar Matthaus, Thomas Muller and 2014 FIFA World Cup hero Mario Gotze.