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The Enigmatic Case of Mario Götze

by Randall Hauk

It was a scene and dialogue which could have been scripted in Hollywood. The underachieving golden boy with the silver-screen looks gets the terse and pithy motivational speech from the embattled veteran coach needing just one more big moment to complete a widely unexpected legacy-rehabilitating championship run. “Prove that you are better than Messi. You […]

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Mario Goetze goal celebration header photo

Germany’s Narrative Hangs by a Final

by Travis Timmons

The narrative is crafted: finally, Germany has been rewarded for its fußballing makeover.  More specifically, the narrative unspools this way: over the last decade, Germany have transformed themselves from a stolidly “German” side of efficiency (and whatever other cliches apply) to one of exciting open football, thanks to revamping its entire development system. Like any […]

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Social Media Agrees: Germany Deserves Win

by Elizabeth Eckhart

It seems to be the general consensus that yesterday’s match – while enthralling until the end – surprised no one. Though it is often difficult to pinpoint which team “deserves” a World Cup win more than another, there was no doubt across social media from both fans and competitors that the German win was a […]

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A celebration captured: Germany’s post-match celebrations

by Randall Hauk

Is there any disputing that one of the great developments in how we follow sports via the internet is our favorite athletes sharing information directly with their fans via their various social-media outlets? For me, the answer is a clear and crisp “NEIN!” But, just in case you don’t care to spend too much time […]

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Germany’s long term plan gets the recognition it deserves

by Tom Rowland

Philipp Lahm holding aloft the World Cup trophy in the famous Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro was a fitting reward to recognise not just one of the finest footballers, but one of the best football squads assembled. Recognition of a long-term project with meticulous planning to make this moment, this dream, become a conceivable destiny […]

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Germany’s performance against Ghana leaves Jogi Löw with plenty of work to do

by Leon Weber

The clock had already ticked past the 90-minute mark in Germany’s 2-2 draw with Ghana, when Jogi Löw could no longer contain his frustration: visibly angry that his team gifted Ghana the chance to score the winning goal on the break just before the end of the match, the DFB coach kicked the Brazuca, which […]

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Is an “Emotionless” Mario Götze a Problem for Germany?

by Bernie Reeves

Germany’s second group game against Ghana – a 2-2 draw – was one of the matches of the tournament, and now we know why the German Football Federation was so keen to line up a friendly with Cameroon in the weeks leading up to this World Cup. Just as the Indomitable Lions pushed and pulled […]

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Germany 2 – 2 Ghana: Klose’s Historic Goal Grabs Point for Germany

by Randall Hauk

Toni Kroos’ kick from the corner, at the start, looked like a lot of corner kicks you’ve seen before. The Brazuca traced an arc through the oppressively hot air from where Kroos’ right foot broke the ball’s inertia toward the edge of the goal area, sailing well above all 1.92 meters of a leaping Per […]

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Five players who could replace Marco Reus

by Niklas Wildhagen

Marco Reus has been ruled out of the World Cup after catching an injury in the last friendly ahead of the World Cup. Now that Jogi Löw has to replace one of his key players, he has many options at hand who could fill in for Reus. But who should he pick and what considerations […]

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Chewing gum in the Bundesliga

by Niklas Wildhagen

Chewing gum has been used by used for over 3,000 years and it comes in all shapes and forms these days. Every now and then the public is warned about the possible unpleasant side effects the overuse may have, but despite all the migraine warnings which have been issued over the years chewing gum has […]

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