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Marko Marin – The journey of a forgotten talent


The 2009/10 season was truly a smashing year for Werder Bremen, and Marko Marin in particular. With a last gasp sprint to the finish line, the Green and Whites managed to get past Bayer Leverkusen in the standings, securing the Bundesliga’s final Champions League place ahead of the 2010/11 season. The tiny technician, Marin, arrived at the Weserstadion at the start […]

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


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 the Republic of Ireland, and […]

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Poland v Germany: Match Analysis and Player Ratings


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 Bellarabi wouldn’t crown a solid […]

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A Personalized Blueprint: How Germany can beat France in the World Cup Quarterfinals

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The moment that Franck Ribéry was deemed unfit to participate in Brazil, France took the first step forward in their pursuit to achieve international glory. Having initially struggled to come to terms with the loss of Bayern Munich’s talisman, Les Bleus have finally managed to hurdle through the daunting shadow of the attacker’s absence by putting on valiant displays of […]

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Germany 2 – 1 Algeria: Schürrle and Özil’s extra-time goals drag Germany into quarterfinals


Well what a scintillating game of football this was and a great advertisement for the beautiful game but at times it was a big struggle for Jogi Löw’s team. Brave and heroic is just a few words you cloud use to explain Algeria but overall the powerful Germans were just too strong for their North African opponent. The game was […]

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


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 had rolled towards him, away […]

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We Teach Them, We Train Them, You Take Them – On Germany’s Dual Nationals


The United States’ Fabian Johnson. Cameroon’s Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting. Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Sead Kolašinac. Can you make the connection? Yes, they all play in the Bundesliga: Johnson for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (soon to be Borussia Mönchengladbach), Choupo-Moting for FSV Mainz 05 and Kolašinac for Schalke 04. Anything else? Yes, they were all born in different parts of Germany: Johnson from Munich in the […]

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