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Germany v Gibraltar: Match Analysis and Player Ratings

by Rick Joshua

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 […]

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Germany’s clash with Gibraltar raises “Minnow Issue”

by Conor Garratt

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 […]

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Consider the Minnow

by Travis Timmons

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 […]

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

by Niklas Wildhagen

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 […]

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

by Rick Joshua

This article was originally published on SchwarzUndWeiss.co.uk. 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 […]

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Poland v Germany: Match Analysis and Player Ratings

by Rick Joshua

This article was originally published on SchwarzUndWeiss.co.uk. 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 […]

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Forty Years Earlier: Der Wasserschlacht von Frankfurt

by Rick Joshua

Germany’s upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland is actually the seventh competitive encounter with their Eastern neighbours, with the most recent coming at Euro 2008 when Joachim Löw’s side would triumph courtesy of two goals from one of their Polish-born stars, Lukas Podolski. There would also be the dramatic 1-0 win for the Nationalmannschaft in […]

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Karim Bellarbi the lone newcomer to Joachim Löw’s national squad selection

by Randall Hauk

There were no real shock selections Tuesday when Joachim Löw announced his squad for Germany’s upcoming pair of Euro 2016 qualification matches, though Joachim Löw will have a pair of new faces among his crew during the international break. Bayer Leverkusen’s Karim Bellarabi, who rose to notoriety in the first match day of the season […]

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The Miracle of Bern: Interview with Horst Eckel

by Kai Dambach

Horst Eckel is one of the two last surviving members of the starting eleven for the 1954 World Cup winning West German squad. This moment, known as Das Wunder von Bern (the Miracle of Bern) in Germany, was arguably Germany’s greatest sporting moment. Without a national league, and less than a decade removed from the […]

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Die Nationalmannschaft’s success marks a reflection of team effort

by Eskender Tamrat

After eight years of coming agonizingly close in a total of four World Cup and European championship tournaments, Joachim Löw finally could shrug off the critics with the 2014 FIFA World Cup title in his hands. l. And, of course, when success eventually smiles, it comes with some style, most notably forcing the host nation, […]

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