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Italia ’90. A tournament defined by the efficiency of Die Mannschaft. The likes of Matthäus, Brehme, Klinsmann and Völler picked their opponents apart one by one with precision and conviction. Typically German. They claimed their third World Cup title, in a tournament that saw the lowest average goals-per-game ratio in World Cup tournament history. The Germans cruised through the group stage and went on to claim victories over the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia and England. The final wasn’t exactly spectacle to behold but did see the Germans take revenge on their Argentine opponents, having lost the final to them four years previously. Franz Beckenbauer became only the second person to win the World Cup as both a player and coach. Andreas Brehme, the man who scored the title-clinching goal for West Germany, remains the only player to have scored penalties with both feet in the World Cup. The German keeper, Bodo Ilgner, became the first goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in a World Cup final. Even the stats are typically German. We can’t talk about Germany at Italia ’90 without mentioning their kit. Perhaps the most iconic football shirt of all time, the trikot jersey was longed for by every schoolboy in the Summer of 1990. At Italia ’90, Germany worked as one, like a well oiled machine. It was a World Cup won and lost in the moments that mattered. And when it matters the most, you can always rely on the Germans.