Germany's left-back position became vacant after the country's World Cup victory in 2014. But Jonas Hector quickly took the spot as Germany's one and only choice even if the player never imagined turning pro.
France celebrated their second World Cup title by beating a passionate Croatia team. In a fantastic and memorable final, France also exorcised their Euro 2016 demons. DW's Pascal Jochem reports from Moscow.
Mario Gomez has called time on his Germany career after 11 years, 78 caps and 31 goals. The striker is the second of Germany’s World Cup 2018 squad to call it quits after Mesut Özil.
After watching their team exit in the group stages at the World Cup in Russia, Germany fans are now left with the unusual conundrum of what to do now. Go on that summer holiday sooner? Support another team?
In the end, World Cup 2018 belonged to France. But the path to Sunday's final was far from predictable. Fallen giants, rising stars, VAR controversies and 70 set piece goals all played a part. DW takes a look back.
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