Germany is sending the youngest-ever team to the European Championships, and many experts feel that it could be its best-ever, too. Joachim Löw's side is blessed with genuine talent, from the intimidating Manuel Neuer in goal to prolific Mario Gomez up front. All 10 qualification games were won with ease, and last year there were impressive wins against Brazil (3-2) and the Netherlands (3-0) that brought comparisons with the 1972 European champions who are widely considered Germany's most aesthetically pleasing side.
Was it really "a wonderful defeat," as Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote? The supporters in the Weserstadion had certainly shown little leniency with their team at the final whistle, when the Germany players were jeered and booed on their way into the changing room. "We could have easily conceded three or four, we completely left the back four to their own devices tonight," admitted Bayern Munich midfielder Thomas Müller. Miroslav Klose, too, thought that the performance against the French had been indefensible (pun intended). "Of course the timing of this game in the middle of the season is not great but it's pointless to look for excuses," said the Lazio forward. National manager Joachim "Jogi" Löw went one step further. He professed himself "angry" with the way France had dominated and won the match 2-1. "They were superior in the course of the 90 minutes, also in pure football terms," Löw told ZDF television. "We were shown that there's still much to do defensively before the European
German striking legend Miroslav Klose has signed a two-year contract with Italian side Lazio, following his failure to agree a new deal with Bayern Munich.
It's become fashionable to see friendly internationals as pointless. In a literal sense, they are, of course: neither money nor trophies are at stake, and the very idea of professional players risking their health for no tangible benefits (apart from the profits made by the federations and TV stations) is anathema to club supporters and managers.
Holders Bayern Munich are through to the quarterfinals of the German Cup after a thrilling 6-3 victory at nine-man Stuttgart.
One sole error of judgment, a little slip or loss of concentration, and your entire career can go do down the drain. That's the frightening reality of life as a professional goalkeeper. The idea that an outfield player could be similarly affected by a single mishap seems absurd. But perhaps that's exactly what happened to Mario Gomez.
Miroslav Klose scored the only goal of the game as Germany's exciting young side began their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with a 1-0 Group A win over Belgium in Brussels.
Thomas Mueller celebrated signing a new contract with Bayern Munich by helping the Bundesliga champions to win the pre-season German Supercup clash with runners-up Schalke on Saturday.
Three-time champions Germany marched into the semifinals of the World Cup after destroying Diego Maradona's highly-rated Argentina side 4-0 on Saturday in a rematch of the 1986 and 1990 title matches.
CNN's Diana Magnay gets reaction to Germany's 4-0 win over Argentina from fans in Berlin.
A first half goal from Milan Jovanovic gave Serbia a shock 1-0 win over 10-man Germany at the World Cup on Friday to throw Group D wide open.
Germany laid down their World Cup title credentials with a ruthless 4-0 thrashing of 10-man Australia in Durban on Sunday.
Lukas Podolski salvaged a last-gasp 1-1 draw for Germany against Finland in their final World Cup Group Four qualifying match in Hamburg on Wednesday.
Italy scored a last-gasp equalizer away to the Republic of Ireland on Saturday to ensure that the World Cup champions will be in South Africa to defend their title next year.
Coach Louis Van Gaal is still seeking his first win in charge of Bayern Munich following Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Werder Bremen, which left the German giants four points behind champions Wolfsburg after only two rounds.
CNN's Kate Giles previews the upcoming German Bundesliga soccer season.
Germany took a decisive step nearer the 2010 World Cup finals with a 2-0 win in Azerbaijan to open up a four-point gap at the top of European qualifying group four.
Bayern Munich inflicted a record defeat on Sporting Lisbon to book their place in the quarterfinals of the Champions League by a staggering 12-1 on aggregate.
A late double from Miroslav Klose lifted Bayern Munich to a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund to keep the pressure on Bundesliga leaders Hoffenheim.
Miroslav Klose scored two goals as Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich beat Lyon 3-2 in France and finished top of Group F of the Champions League.
Prolific striker Vedad Ibisevic scored his 17th goal of the season to help Bundesliga leaders Hoffenheim beat Arminia Bielefeld 3-0 while champions Bayern Munich moved menacingly into second place after 15 rounds of the German title race.
Miroslav Klose scored twice and set up Luca Toni for another Tuesday to give Bayern Munich a 3-0 win over Steaua Bucharest and a place in the knockout stage of the Champions League.
Surprise newcomers Hoffenheim contined their fairytale first season in the Bundesliga by routing Karlsruhe 4-1 to return to the top with a fifth straight win on Saturday.
Bundesliga's newcomers Hoffenheim went back to the top of the German standings with a 3-1 win at VfL Bochum on Wednesday.
Team of the week -- Barcelona Despite a faltering start to their La Liga campaign, this week Barcelona made it clear that they are a definite threat to opponents both in and out of Spain.
Bayern Munich ignored their poor Bundesliga form to secure a convincing 3-0 win over Fiorentina in Tuesday's Champions League match in Munich to take control of Group F.
Germany striker Miroslav Klose struck just four minutes from time to give Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich a 1-0 win at Karlsruhe -- their first victory in four league games.
Germany striker Miroslav Klose proved last week's leg injury was behind him as he scored the opener to help holders Bayern Munich beat 2007 champions Nuremberg 2-0 in the second round of the German Cup.
Lukas Podolski scored twice against the country of his birth to give Germany a convincing 2-0 victory against Poland in their opening Group B match at Euro 2008 on Sunday night.
Germany's Euro 2008 preparations suffered a hiccup on Tuesday as they were held to a 2-2 home draw by Belarus after letting a two-goal lead slip.
Bayern Munich need a point at Wolfsburg on Sunday to regain the Bundesliga title after second-placed Werder Bremen cut their lead to nine points by winning 2-0 at Energie Cottbus.
Bayern Munich will be without striker Miroslav Klose, defender Philipp Lahm and possibly goalkeeper Olive Kahn when they face Stuttgart on Sunday, knowing a win could give them the Bundesliga title.
Mario Gomez scored twice and also set up the opener for Miroslav Klose as Germany powered to a 4-0 win over Switzerland on Wednesday.
Bayern Munich's Italian striker Luca Toni struck twice as the German giants went seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga after a 2-1 win over title rivals Bayer Leverkusen.
Miroslav Klose scored his 20th goal for Bayern Munich to book his side's place in next month's German Cup final after Wednesday night's 2-0 semi-final win over VfL Wolfsburg.
Miroslav Klose's 10th league goal of the season was sufficient to give Bayern Munich a 1-0 victory away to Schalke, which maintained their four-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.
A controversial penalty decision prevented Aberdeen repeating their famous 1983 victory over Bayern Munich after the German giants twice trailed in a vibrant UEFA Cup tie at Pittodrie.
Miroslav Klose netted his 37th international goal as Germany sealed a 3-0 friendly win over Austria in Vienna.
Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack has been named in the Germany squad for Wednesday night's friendly against Austria in Vienna -- and is set to make his first international appearance for almost a year.
Germany international Tim Borowski will join Bayern Munich from Bundelisga rivals Werder Bremen at the end of the season on a three-year deal.
Bayern Munich will go into the German Bundesliga midwinter break as leaders despite being held to a dour goalless draw at Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
Germany maintained the pressure on the Czech Republic in the race for top spot in Group D with a comfortable 4-0 win against Cyprus in Hannover.
Bayern Munich have suffered a double injury blow, with captain and goalkeeper Oliver Kahn ruled out for five weeks and striker Miroslav Klose to be sidelined for three weeks.
Italian World Cup winner Luca Toni worked his scoring magic again as Bayern Munich won 1-0 at Bayer Leverkusen to go four points clear in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
When Bayern Munich failed to qualify for this season's Champions League, the club's hierachy knew drastic changes had to be made.
Bayern Munich striker Miroslav Klose scored a hat-trick as the Bundesliga leaders hammered Cottbus 5-0 to move into a three-point lead at the top of the table.
Bayern Munich returned to the top of the Bundesliga after celebrating Oliver Kahn's return to Karlsruhe with a superb 4-1 victory.
Bundesliga laders Bayern Munich needed a second half headed goal by German international star Miroslav Klose to salvage a 1-1 home draw against Schalke 04.
Germany cruised to within touching distance of qualification for the Euro 2008 finals with a clinical 2-0 victory over Wales in Cardiff.
Bayern Munich lost its perfect start in the German league when it yielded a goal in the 87th minute in a 1-1 tie with Hamburger SV.
Germany coach Joachim Loew is able to welcome back several key players including striker Miroslav Klose for the Euro 2008 qualifier against Wales in Cardiff.
Bayern Munich are experiencing one of the biggest booms in their 107-year history as they reap the rewards of a summer singing spree which has brought Miroslav Klose, Franck Ribery and Luca Toni to the club.
Germany coach Joachim Loew will be without most of his first choice team for Wednesday's friendly against England at Wembley after Miroslav Klose and Bastian Schweinsteiger became the latest casualties on Sunday.
A wise man once said the difference between the rich and everyone else is that the rich get second chances. When they suffer setbacks, they know they can always dust themselves off, reopen the wallet and take another shot at it.
Did I miss something? What's going on? It's the third week in June and the transfer market is lifeless. Take away Manchester United (which moved swiftly and effectively to lock up Owen Hargreaves, Anderson and Nani before the end of May) and things look positively dead.
Big-spending German giants Bayern Munich revealed on Sunday they have made a "generous" bid for Werder Bremen's 2006 World Cup top-scorer Miroslav Klose.
Europe's richest clubs are preparing for what is likely to be one of the busiest summers ever in the transfer market. A combination of new television deals, new investors and new coaching regimes means major personnel changes are in the cards.
Miroslav Klose scored twice to help Werder Bremen see off AZ Alkmaar 4-1 and reach the semifinals of the UEFA Cup on Thursday. They will face Espanyol, one of a trio of Spanish sides in the last four.
Werder Bremen won 2-0 at Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke came from behind to beat Alemannia Aachen 2-1 as Germany's top two surged further clear of Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
Werder Bremen took back top spot in the Bundesliga with a comfortable 3-0 victory at home to Hanover on Sunday.
Brazilian playmaker Diego has been voted the best player during the first half of the Bundesliga season in a Kicker magazine poll of 270 team-mates and league rivals.
Borussia Dortmund claimed a shock 3-1 victory at Bundesliga leaders Werder Bremen on Friday to open up the German title race once again.
Miroslav Klose and Aaron Hunt scored two goals apiece to help Bundesliga leaders Werder Bremen to a 6-1 win at Mainz on Friday.
Werder Bremen striker Miroslav Klose is a major injury worry on the eve of the Bundesliga side's Champions League encounter against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Germany crushed San Marino with a tournament record 13-0 victory on Wednesday, striker Lukas Podolski scoring four goals in a Euro 2008 Group D qualifier.
A deflected strike from Lukas Podolski earned Germany a 1-0 win over Ireland in their first qualifying match in almost three years on Saturday.
Brazilian midfielder Diego gave another virtuoso performance to inspire Werder Bremen to a 2-1 home win over Bayer Leverkusen, which put them alongside Nuremberg as early Bundesliga pacesetters.
Miroslav Klose scored twice as Germany revived memories of their great World Cup run with a 3-0 win over Sweden in a friendly in Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday.
Miroslav Klose headed a fine 80th minute equalizer to keep Germany's World Cup hopes alive and take their quarterfinal against Argentina into extra time at 1-1 in Berlin.
Germany captain Michael Ballack and striker Miroslav Klose did not train with the rest of the German squad on Tuesday but a DFB spokesman said that neither player was injured.
Lukas Podolski struck twice in the first 12 minutes on Saturday as hosts Germany swept into the World Cup quarterfinals with a 2-0 win over 10-man Sweden.
Miroslav Klose struck twice to steer Germany to a 3-0 win over a half-hearted Ecuador on Tuesday, sealing first place in Group A for the World Cup hosts.
Philipp Lahm, who gave hosts Germany a great start at the World Cup with the first goal in a 4-2 win over Costa Rica in Friday's opening game, praised the noisy home fans for their support.
Miroslav Klose scored twice for Germany on his 28th birthday as they opened the World Cup finals in Munich with a thrilling 4-2 victory over Costa Rica.
Philipp Lahm and Miroslav Klose scored in the first 17 minutes as Germany made an impressive start to the opening game of the World Cup finals in Munich, but Paulo Wanchope was on target for Costa in an exciting opening half.
Germany striker Miroslav Klose has left his team's training camp in Switzerland to fly home to Bremen for private reasons.
Miroslav Klose, Lukas Podolski and Oliver Neuville struck two goals apiece as World Cup hosts Germany enjoyed a 7-0 win over Luxembourg in Freiburg on Saturday.
German international forward Miroslav Klose sent Werder Bremen into next season's Champions League when he fired in the 72nd minute winner in a 2-1 Bundesliga victory at Hamburg.
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Werder Bremen opened up the Bundesliga title race with a 3-0 thrashing of leaders Bayern Munich to complete a sorry week for Oliver Kahn.
Germany produced a sparkling second-half performance to beat the United States 4-1 in a friendly in Dortmund and lift the gloom surrounding the World Cup hosts.
Werder Bremen's German international striker Miroslav Klose is confident of being fit to play in Wednesday's Champions League match against Juventus.
Werder Bremen's German international striker Miroslav Klose should be back playing in three weeks after his shoulder injury proved less serious than feared.
Werder Bremen striker Miroslav Klose has been named the best outfield player of the first half of the season in Kicker's poll of Bundesliga professionals.
Werder Bremen crushed Panathinaikos 5-1 on Wednesday to qualify for the knockout phase of the Champions League.
Coach Juergen Klinsmann again omitted Christian Woerns when he named his squad for Germany's friendly against France on November 12.
Miroslav Klose scored a first-half hat-trick as Werder Bremen thrashed Nuremberg 6-2 and edged to the top of the Bundesliga.
Bayern Munich equaled their own Bundesliga record of 13 consecutive victories with a 2-1 win at Nuremberg which kept them two points clear of Werder Bremen and SV Hamburg at the top of the table.
Werder Bremen's hopes of reaching this year's Champions League were dented when they lost 2-1 to Switzerland's FC Basel in the first leg of their third qualifying round tie.
Werder Bremen defeated Arminia Bielefeld 5-2 with two goals each from Germany striker Miroslav Klose and Croatian Ivan Klasnic in a high-scoring opening round of the Bundesliga.
Werder Bremen striker Miroslav Klose has pulled out of Germany's Confederations Cup squad - and will undergo knee surgery.
Argentina defender Diego Placente will be sidelined for six months after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in Bayer Leverkusen's 3-3 draw with Schalke 04 on Saturday.
Depleted Germany ruthlessly swept aside Japan 3-0 on Thursday at the start of their three-game Asian tour to extend their unbeaten run under coach Juergen Klinsmann.
Ten-man Werder Bremen claimed a stunning 2-1 comeback win at VfB Stuttgart on Wednesday which cost the hosts the Bundesliga lead and took the champions closer to the top.
A last-minute goal from Argentine striker Diego Klimowicz gave Wolfsburg a 2-1 home win over Kaiserslautern to keep them top of the Bundesliga.
Kevin Kuranyi scored twice as Germany extended their unbeaten run against Switzerland to 16 games with a 2-0 win in a high-tempo and combative clash in Basel.
German Bundesliga leaders Werder Bremen have signed Brazilian defender Gustavo Nery from Sao Paulo.
Substitute Carsten Ramelow fired a last-minute goal to give Germany a 2-1 victory over Croatia in a friendly international between two Euro 2004 hopefuls.
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