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Germany can find hope in France defeat: It's a million miles away from how they played in Russia

As a former journalist and politician, German FA (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel is a pretty eloquent man. But when the 57-year-old stepped in front of reporters at midnight to offer his verdict on the 2-1 defeat to France, and by extension on the embattled manager Joachim Low, the words that came out his mouth were drowned out by the (metaphorical) screeching sound of goalposts being moved.

In the aftermath of Germany's horrific failure in Russia -- where the defending World Cup champions failed...

Germany's slump shouldn't result in Low's exit, Italy show signs of regeneration

How quickly things change. Germany went into the World Cup as reigning world champions, Confederations Cup champions and European U21 champions. It wasn't just the present that was rosy, but the future too. And Joachim Low got a big contract extension through 2022.

Fast-forward to the present day. Saturday's 3-0 defeat away to the Dutch -- a team that failed to qualify for the last two major tournaments, featured two debutants (Denzel Dumfries and Steven Bergwijn) and had Ryan Babel in attack...

Arsene Wenger back in dugout for ex-Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker's tearful farewell match

Arsenal fans were treated to a double blast from the past this weekend as Per Mertesacker played a farewell match in his hometown of Hannover with Arsene Wenger in the dugout for one of the teams.

The former Gunners captain played a half each on Saturday for Merte's 96 Friends, a team of players with Hannover connections, and Per's World XI, which was "managed" by Wenger.

The game at the HDI-Arena was an absolute goalfest with stars such as Ivan Klasnic, Arne Friedrich, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Max...

Germany needs its core to regain form as post-World Cup work continues

BERLIN, Germany -- The last time the German national team welcomed supporters to an open training session, it had just won the World Cup in Brazil. Four years later, Joachim Low and his men are anxious to avoid relegation in the Nations League after a 0-0 draw in their opening match at home to France. But that rather embarrassing sporting demise didn't seem to dampen the enthusiasm in the German capital on Tuesday. Five thousand people turned up at Hertha BSC's Amateurstadion to loudly cheer the...

Why Germany is no longer confident about Euro 2024 vote vs. Turkey

Germany's Euro 2024 bid led by Reinhard Grindel, left, started off as a foregone conclusion but feels far from certain ahead of Thursday's vote.
Germany's Euro 2024 bid led by Reinhard Grindel, left, started off as a foregone conclusion but feels far from certain ahead of Thursday's vote.

The concept of a big sporting upset is fresh in the mind when it comes to Germany. Their unexpected failure to defend their World Cup title in Russia this summer has introduced fresh doubt around the national team and Thursday's vote for the right to host Euro 2024 feels equally uncertain.

From the moment the two countries registered their intention to bid for Euro 2024 in March of last year, seasoned tournament operators Germany were widely seen as the no-risk favourites with hopeful first-timers...

Salzburg finally get their glory vs. Leipzig in the 'Red Bull battle'

Salzburg chalked up a famous win in Leipzig over the 'other' RB club that's siphoned so much talent over the years.
Salzburg chalked up a famous win in Leipzig over the 'other' RB club that's siphoned so much talent over the years.

LEIPZIG, Germany -- They were loud and they were present. Three hours before kick-off, they gathered at the Richard-Wagner-Platz in Leipzig's city centre. Some were drinking beer while others waited in anticipation of things to come.

This was their night, this was their match and this was their club: RB Salzburg. But it wasn't their city, and not even their name. In Europe, they go by the name of FC Salzburg as UEFA don't allow sponsor names. (Their opponents, RB Leipzig, maintain plausible deniability...