Category Archives: National Team

Match Preview: Germany versus Poland

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  Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Frankfurt between Germany and Poland is about more than the points. It’s about revenge for Germany, the chance to go atop the group, and national pride. The reigning world champions strangely find themselves not topping their qualifying group. Even though finishing second would still see them make it through to the finals in France, finishing […]

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Fußball Scholarship: In-Depth Interview with Dr. Udo Merkel

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This article is begins a series devoted to sharing academic Udo Merkel‘s English-language scholarship on German fußball. Merkel situates German fußball development within the context of Germany’s modern history, as well as cultural and social transformations. From what I gather, Merkel is one a handful a few academics studying sports and culture who have researched and written extensively on German football. Merkel’s scholarship is […]

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

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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

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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

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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

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This article was originally published on schwarzundweiss.co.uk. 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”

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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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