The signing of Mesut Ozil was supposed to take Arsenal back to the top of the Premier League along with making the club a force in Europe once again. Arsene Wenger’s men paid £42m for the German international to acquire his services from Real Madrid in 2013, but his time at the Emirates Stadium has been underwhelming to say the least.

Ozil struggled for consistency early in his Gunners career and was maligned for his inability to impact games. He started to get to grips with life in the Premier League in the 2014-15 campaign before displaying his best football late in 2015, leading the top flight in assists. Continue reading

Germany has to undergo a radical change in terms of the youth coaching methods in order to prepare for the future, according to national team coach Joachim Loew.


He says that the players have been able to reach the full potential of their physicality. Hence, improvement can only come from the mental side of the game. A number of players are unable to take their game to the next level due to lack of understanding of the game.Loew reckons that it is primarily down to coaching methods. After having had first-hand experience about the youth coaching philosophy at Barcelona,Loew says that he is left speechless at seeing the under 10 team perform at such an exceptional level.

Barcelona are widely adjudged to have the best youth setup in the world. Several great players have come from the La Masia youth academy with the likes of Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta amongst the few to remember.Loew says that the football players at Barcelona are trying to play the game like chess – seeing each move 20 or 30 times in advance. Continue reading

The former assistant coach Hans-Dieter Flick, 51, has stepped down from his role as sporting director of the German Football Association, according to reports from the European country.


Flick, who is also nicknamed Hansi has been in the game for some time now. He assisted Joachim Low, the national team coach from 2006 until the team claimed their world cup victory in 2014.

At the end of the tournament in Brazil the former Bayern Munich midfielder became the sport director, but the DFB recently confirmed that they had hesitantly accepted his decision to step down two years early.

Flick said that his departure is not coming as a result of any sporting career, but that he is leaving for specific reasons that have to do with his family.

“There are currently no other sporting ambitions, nor are there any problems. The only reason for leaving is my personal desire to concentrate more on my family in the near future,” he said. Continue reading

Germany coach Joachim Loew has ruled out the possibility of returning to the Bundesliga once his stint with the national team comes to an end.


The World Cup winning coach’s only experience of managing a club team in Germany is his two-year stint with VFB Stuttgart before the turn of the century. Since then, he has been exclusively involved with the national team; first as an assistant manager to JurgenKlinsmann and then taking over the full-time job in 2006. He is one of the longest serving managers in international football, but he has also brought about success during this period.

Apart from leading Germany to finals of European championships, the national team achieved the crowning glory in the form of the World Cup title in 2014. This is likely to remain his best achievement to late, as Germany have been able to win the honour after several decades. Continue reading

After a disappointing Euro 2016 display, during which host nation France managed to knock Germany out in the semi-final stages, the German national side has managed to bounce back from that pain to sit at the top of their qualifying group for World Cup 2018.

Strictly speaking, it is not yet a mathematical certainty that they will qualify from their group, but Continue reading

Germany and Manchester City’s sensational midfielder, IlkayGundogan has high hopes of making his comeback to the international scene.


This was after he was forced to miss out for almost a year due to injuries. The 2018 World Cup isn’t on his mind yet.

On the 8th of October, Germany, who are World Champions will go head on with Czech Republic. In three days after that, they would play host to Northern Ireland in their World Cup Qualifiers match.

Gudongan will be looking forward to win his first cap then since November 2015. He had signed for Manchester City in the close season but ended up missing the 2014 World Cup and the Euro 2016 as well due to injury.
The 25 year old was quoted saying,

“It is great to be here again. I did not realize it was actually such a long time since my last game. But I know the feeling of a comeback well from the past few years. I just want to enjoy the moment and if I am needed, I will be there. I will give it all I can and I cannot ask for more at the moment.” Continue reading

There are currently 634 Malaysian students studying in Germany, according to reports. However, the current Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak claims that the country might consider sending more of its student to the European giant for a lot of reasons.

The Prime Minister made the declaration in Berlin, saying: “I take the point that tuition fees are free in Germany and the only barrier is language and if you master a degree of proficiency in the German language, then sending students to Germany is very viable for us to consider.” Continue reading

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is reported to have rejected a move to Portugal giants Sporting Lisbon. The recently retired Germany international was set to be released by the club, but he resisted the move. He told the management that he would be staying put at Old Trafford.

The report claims he wouldn’t have had problems with his wages as United were ready to subsidize his salary in the Portuguese league. Coach Jose Mourinho has made it very clear that he does not have the player in his plans. The agent of the player is reported to have been happy with the loan terms, but the midfielder wants to fight for a shirt. Continue reading

Samir Khedira and Mario Gomez may miss the semi-finals on Thursday after they left the field injured in the match against Italy.


Germany managed to reach the semi-final after beating Italy in the penalty shootout but may miss out on two important players.

They will be facing the winner of the match opposing France to Iceland in what promise to be an exciting game.

Samir Khedira had to leave the pitch only after 16 minutes after he collided with Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. It is believed that the Juventus midfielder suffers from a muscular injury, and we will have to wait for medical reports to find out the extent of the injury.

Mario Gomez suffered a similar injury in the 72nd minute and had to be substituted. However, it is believed that Gomez has a higher chance of featuring in the next game than Samir Khedira. Continue reading

Germany was crowned as the champions of football after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Joachim Low is hoping that he can continue pushing his national team to more titles and win the upcoming international competitions but trying to accomplish this task is going to be a huge mountain for Joachim Low and his squad.


One of the biggest challenges that lie in the way of the German national football team from winning the approaching competitions is that a number of influential figures have left the international stage and this is the case of: Phillip Lahm, MiroslavKlose and Per Mertesacker.

Another noticeable departure from the German national team was the assistant coach of Joachim Low, Hansi Flick who has been working alongside Low for over 6 years.

Ever since the 2014 FIFA World Cup reached it’s end, Germany has not appeared to be as dominant as they used to be. Joachim Low and his squad still are a formidable team and one of the best in the world of football but they just aren’t as dominating as a few years ago. This is evident by the matches that Joachim Low has lost against: Republic of Ireland, England and Poland.

Even with these defeats, Germany still managed to finish at the top of Group D with 22 points and the German national side are qualified for the 2016 UEFA Euro’s. Continue reading