Category Archives: National Team

Germany’s 2009 U-17 European Champions- Where are They Now?


Despite the recent U-21 catastrophe, Germany has an impressive record competing internationally at the youth level and are famed for their ability to nurture young talent and bring it through to fruition with the full international side. Back in 2009 the U-17 side triumphed at the European Championship finals on home soil beating the Netherlands 2-1 in the final at […]

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Germany U21 3-0 Denmark U21: Youngsters Back on Track with Comfortable Win


Germany dispatched Denmark with relative ease Saturday to get their Euro U-21 tournament aspirations back on track. A double from Kevin Volland and one from Matthias Ginter saw the Germans win 3-0 and put themselves top of the group. Four changes were made by coach Horst Hrubesch with Nico Schulz, Dominik Heintz, Leonardo Bittencourt and Joshua Kimmich coming in for […]

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Jonas Hector Returns to German National Team Service


For this Wednesday’s test against Australia in Kaiserslautern and Sunday’s EM-qualification match in Georgia, Joachim Löw has called into duty 16 World Champions for his 23-member squad. The names filling the other seven roster spots offer varying degrees of familiarity. FC Bayern’s Holger Badstuber and Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gündogan both are returning to national-team action after long-term injuries forced them […]

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Germany v Gibraltar: Match Analysis and Player Ratings


This article was originally published on When your team wins 4-0, there is usually no reason to complain. Yet the reaction in Germany after their fourth game in the qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 would see plenty of consternation and more hand-wringing. The Nationalmannschaft would register their first victory in three matches and take three valuable points on the […]

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Germany’s clash with Gibraltar raises “Minnow Issue”


Friday night’s match in Nürnberg between Germany and Gibraltar may appear a mismatch, but this latest addition to the ‘David and Goliath’ collection is no better or worse than any of its predecessors, and is a necessary part of a fair tournament qualification process. Being a mismatch doesn’t diminish the match’s importance as a game for Joachim Löw and his […]

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Consider the Minnow

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Suddenly, international break is upon us yet again. Argh. This time, die Nationalmannschaft‘s fodder is minnow of minnows, Gibraltar, in Euro 2016 qualifying play, and Spain, in what will probably be a somnolence-producing friendly. Just wonderful. I don’t know about you, but I have piles and piles of leaves to rake up this weekend. Because, what is there to say about Germany playing […]

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Hit and Miss – Flop XI of German national team players never to be seen again


What do Karim Bellarabi, Christian Günter, Erik Durm, Maximilian Arnold, Sebastian Jung, André Hahn, Oliver Sorg, Shkodran Mustafi, Leon Goretzka, Max Meyer, Antonio Rüdiger, Christop Kramer, Sebastian Rudy, Kevin Volland, and Matthias Ginter all have in common? All of them made their debut for the German national team in 2014. Of the 73 players who got their first start in […]

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Obstacles on Germany’s Road to Euro 2016: Are there grounds for panic?


This article was originally published on When the draw was made for the Euro 2016 qualifiers, nobody would be questioning Germany’s dominance. Even before their World Cup triumph in Brazil, their place in France would be more or less guaranteed. There would be little to fear in three opening matches against Scotland, Poland and the Republic of Ireland, and […]

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Poland v Germany: Match Analysis and Player Ratings


This article was originally published on History would be made in Warsaw as the recently-crowned world Champions took on Poland in Warsaw, but not in the way anyone had expected. Lukas Podolski wouldn’t return to the land of his birth would score a hat-trick and take his international tally to fifty goals, debutant Karim Bellarabi wouldn’t crown a solid […]

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