Germany’s Euro 2016 Qualification Campaign: when the hunter became the hunted


When the draw for the qualifying stages of the 2016 European Championships was made in the Mediterranean resort city of Nice on 23rd February 2014, Germany found themselves in Group D – a competitive but not exactly onerous six-team gathering along with Poland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Georgia and Gibraltar. When the campaign got underway in the autumn of […]

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Can 1. FC Köln Midfielder Marcel Risse be an Answer to Germany’s Fullback Shortage?

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This post was originally published on Planet Effzeh: The idea that Marcel Risse could give 1. FC Köln a second player on the German national team has been revisited by German football site Kicker, based on a series of  Jörg Schmadtke quotes and the seeming unrest about the DFB’s defensive row after Germany struggled a bit in the final stretch of […]

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Match Preview: Scotland v Germany


Having come through their test against Poland on Friday, Germany now top Group D and have the chance to further cement their place at the summit with another three points up for grabs against Scotland on Monday. The result and performance against the Poles in Frankfurt was very pleasing with Mario Götze in particular reminding people of the immense quality […]

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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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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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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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