The men's football World Cup in Russia has been a rollercoaster ride full of emotions. One of the best World Cups ever will live long in the memory.
Leroy Sane and Niklas Süle both scored their first goal for Germany as Joachim Löw's side eased past Russia. Löw made a number of changes and several young players impressed as the hosts blew Russia away early on.
Nations League relegation is the knock on effect of Germany's four-year fall from grace. If it speeds up Joachim Löw's rebuilding process though, it could be a blessing in disguise, writes DW’s James Thorogood.
After a disastrous World Cup campaign, the relationship between the German national team and its fans is at a low ebb. On Thursday, Joachim Löw's team could be set to play in a half-empty stadium in Leipzig.
Jerome Boateng spoke out about racism he experienced in youth football in Germany, in the same week that Frankfurt's black players reported racist abuse during a match. Racism is still a blemish on the game.
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