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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 …

The dream is over for Diego Maradona. Argentina were outclassed and soundly beaten in Cape Town today, denying the Maradona-Messi fairytale the happy ending many had longed to see.
The Germans gave another masterclass in how to tear a team to shreds on the break. Miroslav Klose scored twice to take his career tally to 14 World Cup goals, one short of Ronaldo’s record. Arne Friedrich and Thomas Müller added the others to complete a beating that couldn’t have been any more comprehensive.
The Germans played as they did against England, taking …

The build up to this game has been dominated by talk of what has gone before. Not only is this a World Cup quarter final, it is one between two sides who have real previous. Argentina coach Diego Maradona faced Germany in the two biggest games between the nations. In 1986 and 1990 these two countries contested the biggest game of all with Argentina crowned champions of the world in Mexico before Germany gained revenge in a bad tempered affair in Italy four years later.
Then, when the World Cup went …