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Ahead of the 2010 World Cup, very few people outside of Germany gave them a real chance of making an impression in South Africa, with some considering a squad that contained several relatively little-known players regarded by some as possibly the worst squad that the three-time winners had ever sent to the World Cup.
The crop of youngsters selected by Joachim Low quickly set about proving people wrong, hitting four past an outclassed Australia, with the likes of Sami Khedira, Tomas Muller and Mesut Ozil all making a name for themselves, …

Very bizarrely, I was actually very excited about the upcoming England game last week. I say bizarrely, because in recent years, like so many other football fans, the anticipation of watching my national team has been far eclipsed by my devoted and tribal support for my real football love, Crystal Palace.
However, the match is a little different. England v Germany has always been a fixture that stirs up great memories, but none quite like this night provided. Okay, this game is a “friendly”, but being English or German, is there …

1972: West Germany 2-1 Belgium
Belgium, dark horses for victory in the 1972 European Championships were defeated by a defiant German XI. The Germans themselves had just disposed of arch rivals England by three goals to one in the Quarter Finals, and progressed knowing that they were rank outsiders for the semi final.

Belgium, with their home fans behind them, were instantly pegged back by a dominant German side. Hero and legend Gerd Muller converted a header in the 24th minute to silence the 50,000 Belgium fans and put the favorites under pressure. Thanks …

Veni, vidi, vici. To many, Germany’s 4-2 victory over Greece on Friday in Gdansk seemed nothing more than a formality; the German team showed up, walked onto the pitch and managed an hour and a half without any humiliating catastrophes. Now the time is for focus on the task ahead, namely Italy on Friday in the semi-final of the European Championships.
However, for Philip Lahm and Joachim Loew in particular, there is a concern potentially even more pressing. Before Friday’s “bailout duel”, the German starting XI, which was surprisingly sprinkled with younger players,was released to …

It was the game that every football writer wanted to divert their attention too. The irony of this game with the political backdrop has had hacks falling over themselves to come up with the best headline, the best financial similarity to the game or researched David and Goliath stories.
Once this fixture became a reality, this writer knew that the previous space in the Greece press box would no longer be quite so evident,  add to that the fear that I may also fall for the inevitable  temptation to jump on …

You’ve got to envy the Germans. Currently the center piece of Europe’s ailing economy and the second favorites to lift the Henri Delaunay trophy on the 1st of July, German fans can afford to put their feet up and enjoy the upcoming chain of events upfold in front of their eyes. Since their heartbreaking semi-final defeat to Spain Joachim Loew’s team have developed a taste for victory, claiming 13 victories in 13 consecutive competitive matches. It’s fair to say, that in economically and footballing terms, Germany should come out on top against the Greeks.
However, the background …

No need to go into too much detail about the Netherlands v Denmark game. You saw the game or at least the highlights. The Netherlands had loads of chances and missed all of them. Van Persie looked like a shadow of the player who banged in 30 odd goals for the Gunners and we saw the best and worst of Robben who seemed to be able to beat his man at will and then tried to score from 30 yards, when team mates were in great positions.
 The Netherlands coach Bert …

A FORTUNATE deflection hoisted the ball into the path of Mario Gomez, who put away his first strike in nine tournament caps to give the Germans a vital 1-0 victory over Portugal.
It was day two of the Euro’s and the beginning of the ‘group of death’. After a shock defeat for the Dutch by the forgotten team of Group B, Denmark, this headline encounter at the Arena Lviv in Ukraine was packed with almost 33,000 supporters for a much-hyped encounter.
Sadly it never lived up to it. Whilst the game had …

Mario Gomez’s second half header made sure Germany bagged all three points in a closely-fought encounter that could have gone either way.
In a game that neither team wanted to lose, a draw looked the most likely outcome as goal scoring chances were hard to come by, until Gomez broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute after Germany had dominated possession throughout.
Portugal, who only came to life after Germany scored, tried so desperately to equalise in the last 20 minutes but will be left rueing their missed chances.

Paulo Bento had a …

Here is the white home kit that Germany will wear next summer for Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. A win against Austria on the 2nd September will be enough to confirm their place at Euro 2012.

The white home shirt has three diagonal stripes across the chest in the colours of the German flag, black, red and yellow. These are the only colours seen on the kit, the shirt is all white with black details on the collar, a black adidas logo on the chest and black adidas three stripes …