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German coach Joachim Low is upset that Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil did not inform him personally about his decision to retire from international football.
Ozil struggled for form during the 2018 World Cup as Germany were eliminated from the group stage following losses against Mexico and South Korea.
Following the tournament, the 29-year-old decided to end his international career, citing racism.
Ozil attracted criticism prior to the tournament after posing with controversial Turkish President Erdogan.
This was not a good way for Ozil to end his international career. During his nine-year international career, he made …

Many World Cups have passed and they just seem to fly by ever so quickly. There is so much football played, that though we have watched a lot of it, whether it has been seeing the game live or watching highlights, it can really scramble the brain to pinpoint everything that has happened. I therefore had an idea to keep a diary/log from day to day, something that can be just as useful in many years as it is now, in regard to jogging the memory. So here I present …

Germany have been knocked out of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, at the group stage, after suffering a 2-0 defeat to South Korea. The defending champions, who beat Argentina 1-0 in the 2014 final, looked lost on the pitch and without a plan as the Koreans deservedly eliminated them from the tournament.
Manager Joachim Loew had no complaints after the game, admitting his side deserved to lose, which may also be followed by him announcing his resignation in the coming days. Germany need a fresh approach if they are to …

A Hector penalty in sudden death gave his side a shootout win and saw Germany into the semi-finals of the 2016 European Championship, at the expense of Italy at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, setting up a tasty encounter against either hosts France or England-demolishing Iceland. For a side that had beat Germany on 8 separate occasions at major tournaments, the Azzurri didn’t pile on too much pressure and it seemed like Germany were the better side, despite the fact that it took 65 minutes to break the deadlock.
Former England international Martin …

So, to the fourth in this series of 6 articles looking at the top 60 players in world football and probably the hardest list to select. In researching this list I realised our generation is blessed with a group of fantastic central midfielders and picking just 13 was very difficult. In fact, it proved too difficult and I had to choose 4 honourable mentions instead of just 3. I apologise and hope you will understand the difficulty. Thank you and please enjoy, comment, discuss, vent your outrage at my selections and read the …

The third in a series of six articles looking at the best 60 players in the world at the moment, we are now onto full-back having done golkeepers and centre-backs. Please enjoy, comment, discuss and read the next article; the top 10 central midfielders.
Full-backs
Honourable mentions:

Fabio Coentrao – A frustrating year for the 26 year old former Benfica man, playing second fiddle to Marcelo for club and having a disappointing World Cup for country. However, he is still an intelligent player, who is technically skilful and tactically versatile. Young enough to still …

On the 17th of November 2010 in the Swedish city of Gothenburg with just over 20,000 in attendance Germany and Sweden played out a drab goalless draw. It was a match never likely to live long in the German memory. However, the day held a much wider significance. After 78 minutes of an otherwise unremarkable game, substitutes Mario Götze, then 18, and André Schürrle, then 20, simultaneously became the first German players born after reunification in 1990 to represent the senior national team.
Less than four years later in Rio …

Just as the 31st of December is seen by millions as a time to reflect on the events of the previous twelve months and as an opportunity to look towards the future with hope, apprehension or a vow to change for the better, so too the world of international football tends towards quadrennial bouts of contemplation and self-analysis as each World Cup tournament draws to a close.
And so it was on Sunday night, as Philip Lahm thrust the iconic trophy towards the floodlit sky above the Maracana, the reflective analysis …

Leading on from the top 10 goalkeepers in the world; I now present you the top 10 Centre-backs in the world. Remember, this is partly judged on recent performances and partly on permanent class. Enjoy, comment and discuss and remember to look out for the remaining four articles in this series of 6, the next one being the top 10 full-backs.
Centre-backs
Honourable mentions:

Diego Godin – An old school centre-half who bought into the ‘Simeone way’ from the very beginning to great effect. His dogged style and aerial prowess means he is now crucial …

When Group G was drawn out of the hat, the immediate reaction was that Germany and Portugal would cake walk the group for obvious reasons. However is there any chance of Ghana posing an apparent upset? Let’s not forget this is the joint most successful African country to content in the World Cup. What exactly are the strengths and weaknesses of this Ghanaian squad?
Half of 2010’s quarter final starting 11 remain in the first team. This experience will surely come to bear especially considering anyone who watched that quarter final …