Mass popularity, internationally coveted players – German soccer has never been so highly regarded. The German Football Association carries out unique developmental work, but how does the new system operate? What makes German football special?
There were numerous strong displays from German players on Monday, but it was Mesut Özil who demonstrated the guile to take his team to another level. DW's Jonathan Harding thinks he's a player we should just appreciate.
Thomas Müller and Julian Draxler may be out of favor at their clubs but they remain key figures for the national team as Joachim Löw counts on experience. But midfielder veteran Sami Khedira could be a doubt.
As Bayern Munich transitions into a new era, Thomas Müller is the last home grown Bavarian talent. DW's Davis VanOpdorp thinks Carlo Ancelotti has to find him a place in the squad for the sake of the club's identity.
Victory for Germany in the Confederations Cup and at the U21 Euros has made life harder for Joachim Löw. The Germany head coach faces a tough task of deciding who to take to Russia in 2018.
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