Category Archives: National Team

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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Forty Years Earlier: Der Wasserschlacht von Frankfurt

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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 Dortmund in 2006 and a […]

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


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 when he needed just nine […]

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Die Nationalmannschaft’s success marks a reflection of team effort


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, Brazil, no less, to one […]

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