"West Germany" was the common English name for the country officially called "Federal Republic of Germany" (FRG), whereas "East Germany" was officially "German Democratic Republic" (GDR). The current country of Germany is officially "Federal Republic of Germany", which is the same FRG that was called "West Germany". This is because in the 1990 unification, the GDR and FRG didn't join together to form a new country, the GDR became a part of FRG. Hence, the current form of Germany (FRG) has been around since 1949.
In footballing terms, the current Germany team is controlled by the "German Football Association" (DFB) which, once again, was the same board that controlled "West Germany" national team. GDR was represented by a different board, the "Deutscher Fußball-Verband der DDR". This is the reason why 3 world cups won by "West Germany" are now given to Germany, because they are technically the same.
While the DFB was and continues to be the governing body of German football, it was established in 1900, when Germany was the 'Deutsches Reich'. This name continued to be used after the abolition of the monarchy (even during the 'Weimarer Republik' and the first decade of Nazi rule).
Of course you are correct in expressing that Germany has been known as the 'BRD' since 1949 and that this name continues to be used to refer to the unified (post-1990) nation of Germany. But in the FIFA nomenclature—despite the inheritance of honours for the DFB—the current nation is distinct. I also think it adds to the historical flavour of these quizzes to acknowledge that the BRD and DDR were two distinct entities and neither are 100% congruous with the modern nation.
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