In 1896 a German team visited England, said by the press to represent the 'German Football Association'. The Deutscher Fußball-Bund didn't come into being until 1900, and I am not sure who was actually responsible for arranging the tour. They were a weak side, and the British press were frank in describing their deficiencies. The Scottish FA were at the time considering an international against Germany, and during the tour the President of the SFA was keen to emphasise that the present tourists were not representative of The German League (sic):
Evening Telegraph 05.09.96
During the tour the Germans played 3 Southern League teams and an amateur selection under the name of Crystal Palace (not the present Palace or the original club, but a scratch team made up primarily of members of Corinthian FC).
The Germans arrived at Queensborough on Tuesday September 1st having sailed from Flushing.
Yorkshire Herald 02.09.96
01.09.96 Sheppey United 9 Germans 0
The Germans played their first match on the evening of their arrival- and that combined with the poor weather conditions might have been considered a factor in their poor showing against their Southern League opponents at Sheerness.
02.09.96 Chatham 15 Germans 0The Evening Telegraph remarked on how the Germans were beaten even more easily than at Sheerness.Chatham were 9 up at half time.
It is about time they were going home.
03.09.96 Milwall Athletic 9 Germans 0
The Morning Post 04.09.96
Herr Schlee must have been quite a goalkeeper- scathing criticism of the other 10 though...
Prior to the Palace game the London Standard remarked it is a great pity that those who had the arrangements of the tour in hand did not fix matches for the visitors against weaker clubs. As it is, so far, the germans have been so badly beaten as to greatly discourage them from paying another visit for some time to come.
05.09.96 Crystal Palace 13 Germans 0Played at the Crystal Palace ground the hosts were a strong amateur side featuring many Corinthians. These included England internationals Charles Wreford-Brown, G.O. Smith (who scored 6) and Hugh Stanborough (4).
The press reported very little interest in the game on account of the poor form the Germans had shown in their previous matches.
The Germans - it appears that only eleven players traveled, which is in itself a bold undertaking when playing 4 matches in 5 days- were:
S. Schlee (Hockfeld)
W. Joe (Duisburg)
H. Krussenbaum (Duisburg)
A Hinze (Aachen)
R Bachmeister (Bremerhaven)
H Young (or Jung?) (Erfurt)
J Weindenfeld (Duisburg)
W Schleeting (Duisburg)
J Bachmeister (Eisewach)
L Hoffman (Joisy)
W Otten (Duisburg)
The party left Britain the evening of the Crystal Palace game. In 5 dys they had played 4 matches and conceded 46 goals.