Why is Germany's FIFA code GER and not DEU?

Germany in German is Deutschland so shouldn't FIFA's code for Germany be DEU?

Spain in Spanish is España and FIFA's code for Spain is ESP.

The Netherlands in Dutch is Nederland and FIFA's code for the Netherlands is NED.

So why doesn't the same apply for Germany?

Update:

@ Peter D. - FIFA only uses the Latin alphabet.

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    Everyone has their codes... IOC, FIFA and ISO country codes are sometimes different sometimes the same.

    Croatia is Hrvatska in Croatian but in FIFA and IOC it's CRO while ISO is HRV.

    Slovenia is in IOC SLO while in FIFA and ISO they're SVN.

  • 7 years ago

    because of the unification of east and west germany it was a toss up which denomination was jettisoned G E R won the day

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    in german tvs its DEU but in england its GER, its just out tv stations

  • .G.
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    EA sports is an American company

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  • 7 years ago

    if that's the case, then the code for china should be "中国", because that's 'china' in chinese

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