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?
After playing just 67 minutes in the last five Bundesliga games, Thomas Müller is not happy, with some reports even linking him with a move away from Bayern. The situation on Säbener Strasse remains delicate.
Marko Marin was once lauded as a future Germany star and featured for the country at the World Cup. Now 30, he returns to Germany to take on Bayern Munich with Red Star Belgrade following a largely unfulfilled career.
Former Germany national team player Mesut Özil had dinner in Istanbul with Turkish President Erdogan. Özil has addressed the disrespect and discrimination he faced from the German public and German Football Association.
The lack of a German on FIFA's shortlist of the best men's players and the low key loan move of a key man in World Cup 2014 give cause for reflection. Did Germany's golden generation peak early? And who's behind them?
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