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 By Uli Hesse

Germany youngsters seek to defend U19 title after U21 heartbreak

Portugal thrash Germany to advance to the U21 European Championship.
Germany celebrate during their semifinal win over Austria on their way to winning the European U19 Championships in 2014.

For German football fans, the tournament deluge continues unabated. On Sunday, the European U19 Championship starts in Greece and Germany will be looking to retain the title the team won last summer.

They will be also looking to inject the feelgood factor back into German football following the U21's disastrous 5-0 semifinal defeat against Portugal in the European U21 Championship on June 27.

This U19 competition is not as widely covered as the Euro U21 equivalent but there was a time when it was...

 By Uli Hesse

Germany under-21s look to banish past and return to Olympic Games

Relive all the must see moments from a week of U21 European Championship play, including Jesse Lingard's long-range strike for England.
Germany and Italy battle it out at the 1988 Olympic football final in Seoul, South Korea.

When Germany's under-21 side meet hosts Czech Republic at the European Championship on Tuesday night, a draw will be enough for the team to go through to the semifinals. This would also mean that Germany have qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics men's tournament.

One would think both achievements cannot be too uncommon for a hugely successful football nation like Germany. But they are. In fact, if coach Horst Hrubesch's under-21s reach the last four, it will be a success of historic dimensions.


Jurgen Klinsmann follows familiar format to U.S. national team success

The ESPN FC experts evaluate the United States Men's National team's performance as they defeated the World Champions Germany 2-1.

The last time the U.S. men's national team came to play Germany in a friendly, Jurgen Klinsmann's job was at stake. In March 2006, three months before the World Cup on his team's home soil, the German national manager's approval ratings were at an all-time low.

Die Nationalmannschaft, as the side was then still officially known, had been destroyed 4-1 by Italy two weeks earlier, and the nation had since been gripped by a sense of panic. The California-based Swabian and his newfangled fitness...

Bradley offsets shaky U.S. defense in victory vs. Germany

The United States grabbed yet another huge international victory, this time over Germany via a late Bobby Wood strike.
Brian McBride understands Jurgen Klinsmann's decision to rest Julian Green for the 2015 Gold Cup, but Julie Foudy and Kate Markgraf question the decision after Green only played in 11 matches this season.

Five days after the U.S. beat the Netherlands in Amsterdam, it stunned reigning World Cup champion and current FIFA No. 1 Germany with a 2-1 win Wednesday in Cologne. After surviving a difficult first half -- Mix Diskerud equalized just before halftime after Mario Gotze had given the hosts an early lead -- substitute Bobby Wood played the hero once again. The 22-year-old striker scored his second straight winner off the bench for the U.S., this time in the 87th minute. Here's how the Americans...

 By Uli Hesse

Germany's U-20s a must-watch due to Frank Wormuth's tactical innovation

Germany's national teams, from them men's senior side to the women's team to the youth ranks, will be in action this summer.

Last week, the most-often heard line in German football circles (especially among fans of Hamburg and 1860 Munich, with Stuttgart, Dortmund and St. Pauli supporters not far behind) was: "Thank God this season is finally over." But it isn't.

In fact, I can't recall a summer without a major men's competition that was so jam-packed with footballing action all over the planet. Two weeks ago, Kicker magazine spoke of a "tournament marathon" for German teams. It was no exaggeration.

Obviously, the...

 By Uli Hesse

Memorable April Fools' Day moments in German and Austrian football

Were Lothar Matthaus and Berti Vogts the subject of April Fools' jokes in the 1990s?

On Wednesday you might come across some outlandish news reports. Maybe Pep Guardiola will be dismissed by Bayern Munich or Barcelona star Lionel Messi will announce he is moving to rivals Real Madrid in the summer.

In the digital age, April Fools' pranks have become so widespread in football that they now form their own comedic subgenre. According to the German social media charts website, the most infectious April 1 joke in 2013 was spread by a football monthly, 11Freunde.

In mid-March...