They have won a combined 12 major titles between them, but when Italy and Germany face off competitively, the Azzurri have dominated proceedings with four wins and four draws.
1962 WORLD CUP GROUP STAGE
West Germany 0 Italy 0
The first competitive meeting between the two nations took place in the Chilean capital, Santiago. The Germans went on to reach the quarter-finals, while Italy failed to advance.
1970 WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL
Italy 4 West Germany 3
Italy led after eight minutes, but Karl-Heinz Schnellinger levelled for the Germans in stoppage time. In extra time, West Germany took the lead, but Italy scored thrice in 13 minutes.
1978 WORLD CUP 2ND ROUND
Italy 0 West Germany 0
With the second group stage of the tournament seeing the winners go straight to the final, the draw meant that both sides were under pressure to overtake the Netherlands, who thrashed Austria 5-1.
1982 WORLD CUP FINAL
Italy 3 West Germany 1
Italy took control with three goals in 24 second-half minutes to win their third World Cup and first since 1938.
EURO 1988 GROUP STAGE
West Germany 1 Italy 1
The opening game of the tournament saw Germany come from behind to claim a draw.
EURO 1996 GROUP STAGE
Italy 0 Germany 0
Gianfranco Zola missed a penalty as Italy exited a tournament that Germany went on to win.
2006 WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL
Germany 0 Italy 2
Regarded as one of the best games of the tournaments, the goals came late in extra time through Fabio Grosso and Alessandro del Piero.
EURO 2012 SEMI-FINAL
Germany 1 Italy 2
Germany came into the game as favourites but two goals by Mario Balotelli set up a surprise Italy victory.