My tip to win it didn't.
They came up short. They fell at the penultimate hurdle. They failed to fulfill their potential.
Who didn't want to see them pitted against the Spanish in the final?
Sadly, in tournament football, it doesn't matter how well you play in the early stages, one bad performance and you're going home. And the Germans are going home.
The swagger wasn't there. It looked like they'd planned to snuff out the few Italian threats rather than play to their own strengths.
And so their wait goes on. '96 ain't as long ago as '66, but given the number of near misses they've had in the last few tournaments, some might be starting to think that it might not happen again in their lifetime.