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Germany's footballers leave Poland after Italy defeat
Posted Saturday, June 30, 2012 by SNTV


German team and fans depart Poland after Euro 2012 exit on Friday.


The German's don't like losing. But after their shock Euro 2012 semi final defeat to Italy, it's a feeling they're going to have to get used to for the time being.

One of the pre-tournament favourites, Germany were knocked out of the competition by the brilliance of Mario Balotelli - who scored twice to put the Azzurri through the the final.

The team's disappointment was also reflected in the German fans as they boarded trains for the cross-border journey back home.

Germany will now have to wait until the 2014 World Cup in Brazil to try and end a run of 16 years without winning a major trophy.

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia