Friendlies are not considered too important, but they often provide teams with the chance to experiment. Germany did just that against Spain and Brazil. They learned some valuable lessons.
No one expected Germany to stumble at the first hurdle of their World Cup title defense, but they did — and deservedly so. And it wasn’t just Mexico's players who excelled, either.
Four years ago, he was lifting the World Cup aloft in Rio but Philipp Lahm says he's content with a watching brief this time around. The former Germany skipper tells DW about the current crop and the other contenders.
Germany's loss to Mexico in their World Cup opener was no fluke. They were out-run, out-thought and out-fought by their opponents. The display poses Joachim Löw serious questions about some of his most trusted players.
They have spent hours on multiple planes just to get to Russia. But the long journey and huge costs have certainly not dampened the spirits of hundreds of fans from South and Central America.
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