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Upsets of Euro 2016 qualifying

Five Aside Oct 11, 2014

Honigstein: Fringe players must impress

Germany Oct 10, 2014

Honigstein: Low begins German rebuild

Germany Sep 3, 2014
 By Uli Hesse
8 hours ago

Germany struggle to rival youth of record-breaker Martin Odegaard

Fifteen-year-old Martin Odegaard became the youngest player to debut in a European competition when he came on as a substitute when his Norwegian side took on Bulgaria.

This past week, Norway's teenage phenomenon Martin Odegaard made history -- not for the first time -- when he became the youngest player to see action in a European Championship qualifier. The youngster was 65 days shy of his 16th birthday when he was brought into the game against Bulgaria.

As much as Germany is currently heralded for its youth setup, the aforementioned record is one we can't even come close to. In fact, among the 10 youngest footballers to play for Germany, only two have made their...

5 days ago

Sluggish start could help Germany's Euro qualifying campaign

ESPN FC's Craig Burley analyses Germany's shocking loss to Poland and what it means for the other teams in Group D.

"It's not what we expected," Jens Lehmann said with a wry smile. The former Germany keeper, now a TV expert for German channel RTL, wasn't too downbeat, however. From RTL's perspective, Germany's troubles in the Euro qualification campaign have actually been a godsend. Instead of a series of one-sided games with inevitable wins for the world champions, the TV station has found itself broadcasting two upsets (1-1 vs. Ireland, 0-2 vs. Poland) as well as a future schedule that has suddenly become competitive....

6 days ago

Republic of Ireland battle to historic result against world champs Germany

John O'Shea's right-footed stoppage time equaliser shocked Germany who controlled large portions of possession.

It was one of the great results for the Republic of Ireland, and left a great amount to ponder for Germany, along with a group that suddenly looks so much more open than would have been considered earlier.

John O'Shea's stoppage-time equaliser did much more than turn an assumed win for the defending World Cup champions into an unexpected 1-1 draw on Tuesday. It turned what had seemed to be a three-horse race for second place behind the Germans into a full-on four-horse race.

The Irish showed huge...

Oct 13, 2014

Germany aren't in crisis, Spain answer critics, Tardelli gives Brazil options

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol analyses Germany's loss to Poland in their European championship qualifier.

Relax. It's a blip, not a wake-up call: that's the message coming from Joachim Low's camp after Germany's 2-0 defeat in Warsaw.

International football has a way of magnifying results over performance. And because Germany haven't exactly impressed since being crowned world champions in July, some folks are fretting. They lost 4-2 at home to Argentina in the rematch in September. They beat Scotland at home by a slim 2-1 margin. And now, this defeat to Poland.

But in fact, Low is right: the sky...

Oct 11, 2014

Five Aside: Smaller nations improve Euro 2016 qualifying chances

It was a historic night in Warsaw as Poland's gutsy performance took down the reigning World Champions Germany, 2-0.

The Euro 2016 qualifying week has already seen two huge upsets and the fastest hat trick in competition history. Here are five notes on the highlights so far:

* Saturday in Warsaw, Poland defeated Germany for the first time. The 2-0 win was its first victory in 19 games in the series. Germany had won 13 straight away qualifiers (World Cup and Euros), last losing to Turkey in 1998. The world champions' streak ends one shy of Spain's record of 14 straight road qualifying wins.

* Spain's record run...

Oct 10, 2014

Germany's fringe players get chance to impress Low

Injuries have hit Joachim Low's side hard ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifiers against Poland and the Republic of Ireland this week.

Joachim Low will have secretly dreaded Saturday's game at the Polish national stadium in Warsaw ever since the draw for the European qualifiers was made in February. It's not because Poland are the most difficult opponents in Group C -- they are -- but because the match was on course to double up as a date with recent history. The last time his Germany played in this stadium, they were beaten 2-1 by Italy in the 2012 European championship semifinal. It was Low's worst defeat in the job, and the...