the challenge

Working with Germany, one of the world’s proudest soccer nations, EXOS supported the German national soccer team on its journey from achieving a No.21 world ranking in 2005 to becoming World Cup champions in 2014.

The Story

Despite its storied soccer tradition, Germany was ranked 21st in the world heading into the Confederations Cup in 2005, one year before the country hosted the 2006 World Cup. New head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was familiar with EXOS through the company’s work with the LA Galaxy of MLS.

Under Klinsmann’s leadership, a Germany-EXOS partnership emerged with the goal of creating a performance culture, winning a world title, and establishing sustainable success. EXOS assigned a full-time performance specialist to the team, provided additional staff during specific tournaments, and initiated training protocols throughout the program.

Did You

In 2014, with the support of EXOS, the German national team became the first European soccer team to win a World Cup played in the Americas.

the solution

“At EXOS, our goal is not to support clients for one season or tournament but to establish and reinforce a sustainable performance culture that resonates for many years to come.”

Mark Verstegen, Founder and President, EXOS

EXOS assigned performance specialists and physical therapists to support the German team’s athletes as part of an integrated, year-round training program. Drawing from the EXOS methodology, which includes evaluation, nutrition, and recovery, EXOS introduced testing and training protocols at all national team levels to develop a group of senior players who were accustomed to the demands of a performance culture.

This ongoing support from EXOS contributed to third-place finishes in the World Cup in 2006 and 2010 and a World Cup championship and No. 1 world ranking in 2014.

EXOS founder Mark Verstegen coaches a player during a pillar strength exercise at the team’s custom-built training camp.
Mario Gotze (left) scored the winning goal in the World Cup final off an assist from Andre Schurrle (right). Here, they practice a resistance drill.
Players and coaches congratulate each other after a training session.


  • World Cup championship (2014), as well as two third-place finishes (2006 and 2010) 0
  • Kilometers per game that the German team covered during the group phase of the 2014 World Cup 0
  • Years between Germany’s two most recent World Cup wins (1990 and 2014)

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