The table below lists the largest defeats suffered by the Nationalmannschaft in full internationals, where they have conceded four or more goals and have lost by at least the same amount. As of 26th March 2017, the team has been beaten by a margin of four or more goals on only eleven occasions.
The majority of these defeats would take place in the early days of the DFB before the Second World War, and after the 8-3 defeat at the hands of Hungary in the group stage of the 1954 World Cup, there would be a gap of more than forty-five years until a 4-0 defeat in the 1999 Confederations Cup by Brazil.
Since the turn of the millennium, Germany have suffered two 5-1 defeats – both in the Rudi Völler era. The first would come in Munich against England in 2001 – their biggest in a competitive international since the loss in 1954 – and this was followed just three years later by a similar disaster in Bucharest against Romania. It would take a last-minute consolation from Philipp Lahm to prevent their biggest defeat in half a century.
|England*||0-9||Oxford||1909.03.13||F||- / C. Dunning 3, T. Porter 3, G. Hoare 2, F. Chapman|
|Austria||0-6||Berlin||1931.05.24||F||- / T. Schall 3, A.Vogel, K. Zischek, F. Gschweidl|
|Austria||0-5||Wien||1931.09.31||F||- / M. Sindelar 3, T. Schall, F. Gschweidl|
|Hungary||3-8||Basel (SUI)||1954.06.20||WCF||A. Pfaff, H. Rahn, R. Herrmann / S. Kocsis 4, N. Hidegkuti 2, F. Puskás, J. Tóth|
|Brazil||0-4||Guadalajara (MEX)||1999.07.24||CC||- / Alex 2, Zé Roberto, Ronaldinho (p)|
|England*||1-5||Berlin||1908.04.20||F||F. Förderer / H. Stapley 2, V. Woodward 2, C. Purnell|
|Austria||1-5||Stockholm (SWE)||1912.06.29||OG||A. Jäger /|
|Hungary||1-5||Budapest||1939.09.24||F||E. Lehner / G. Zsengellér 3, M. Kincses, J. Dudas|
|England||1-5||München||2001.09.01||WCQ||C. Jancker / M. Owen 3, S. Gerrard, E. Heskey|
|Romania||1-5||Bucharest||2004.04.28||F||P. Lahm / I. Dănciulescu 2, M. Pleşan, R. Raţ, G. Caramarin|
|Belgium||2-6||Antwerpen||1913.11.23||F||G. Fuchs, K. Wegele /|
*England amateur team
Abbreviations: WCF = World Cup Finals, WCQ = World Cup Qualifier, ECQ = European Championship Qualifier, CC = Confederations Cup, OG = Olympic Games, F = Friendly International