Thank you for Ruining the Euros, Monsieur Platini!


Jogi Löw has nominated 31 players to his preliminary squad for Euro 2016. Are there any surprises in the list of names? No, but the first match day of the Rückrunde gave room for some worries. The defence of the German national team may be weakened for next summer’s European championship. In the winter break, Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke) was injured and […]

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Dead in the air – Germany’s problems on set pieces and what is behind them


The ball goes out and a collective sigh of resignation comes over Germany supporters in Warsaw’s national stadium. Germany just earned a corner against Italy in the semi final of the EUROs but instead of excitement over the possibility of scoring a goal, Germany supporters knew it would be just another missed opportunity.  That moment symbolized a greater, more troubling […]

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Can Germany Emulate Spain?


Germany supporters everywhere are still reeling after their disappointing dropout from the EUROs this summer. We learned that Spain are still ahead of the competition and that their quality is so outstanding that an entire team of midfielders and defenders is a plausible alternative going forward so long as the right quality exists. Looking at their squad, one is baffled […]

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I am in Pain!


A long time ago, Paul Simon recorded a song called “Old Friends”.  It begins, not with music, but talking, old men and women talking.  It starts quietly, barely audibly; suddenly this old man says quite forcefully, “I’m in pain; I’m in pain strongly!”  What I remember most was just how much I heard it in his voice; this old man […]

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Mission 2012: German National Team not Quite up to the Task

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Mission 2012. A seemingly fitting title for a side that wasn’t quite the out-right favourite of international football. I say wasn’t because in an aesthetic sense, Germany are becoming one of the worlds favourite sides to watch. With Oezil’s vision, Gomez’s finishing and Hummel’s outstanding presence, it is hard to see why anyone wouldn’t want to watch them. Before the […]

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Bundesliga Fanatic Podcast Episode 58: The Italian curse and an overview of the EURO’s


Pod regulars Cris Nyari and Niklas Wildhagen welcome Tobias Escher from The three of them sum up the EURO 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine from a German perspective. Was Schweinsteiger fit enough to be a starter at this tournament? Should Marco Reus have gotten more playing time? What to make of Lukas Podolski? How should one describe the […]

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Germany’s EURO 2012 Report Card


Another year, another tournament behind us.  Well, for Germany anyways.  Against Italy, die Nationalmannschaft suffered their third semi final exit in their last four major tournaments, throwing supporters everywhere into a deep trance of self pity and frustration. To many, Germany’s exit summed up another premature exit but alongside that disappointment are also several positives to take away. Using kicker’s trusted […]

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Interview – Mesut Özil “We were not fearful”


The German playmaker gave a defiant yet defensive interview in Welt’s Sunday edition discussing the team’s bitter loss to Italy, Joachim Löw and Germany’s impression at the tournament. Germany have come under much scrutiny after failing to win a title again with expectations very high after the World Cup two years ago, non perhaps bigger than of Mesut Özil who is […]

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Classic EURO Performances – Germany vs Italy – 1996 – “Arrivederci Italia!”


In light of Germany’s elimination against Italy here is a nostalgic, slightly more optimistic, trip down memory lane to a time that was more kind to the German national team.  A rare moment in which Germany could at least claim, in an odd way, to have triumphed over the Italians. With two wins from their first two matches against the […]

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Germany 1 – 2 Italy – Löw’s changes prove detrimental as Germany face another semi final exit


Germany go out at the semi finals for the third time in four major tournaments after being beaten by an impressive Italian side. Löw’s team were unable to overcome a Balotelli brace in the first half, struggling to ever really get a grip on the game against a tactically disciplined and resolute Italian team. Ozil’s consolation penalty at the end […]

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Player Ratings – Germany vs Italy


Once again Germany exits in the semi final stage and once more to a familiar opponent. Tactically outwitted by a smarter team combined with individual mistakes and ultimately poor cohesion in the final third, Germany have nobody to blame but themselves.  Here are the ratings for the match. Germany Manuel Neuer, goalkeeper 3: He could not necessarily have done better for […]

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