Germany U21 EURO Triumph Based Upon Imposing Pressing Game

Germany powered their way to the Under-21 European Championship, defeating a talent-laden Spain by a 1-0 scoreline in the final. There was a lot to like about the performance in a general sense, as they tried to impose themselves early before moving into an absorb-and-counter mode once Mitchell Weiser put them ahead, but it was […]

A Look at Toni Kroos’ Ability to Dominate from Deep at Euro 2016

At Euro 2016, a lot of teams have come into games with a defence-first mentality. They’ve tried to sit back, eliminate the pockets in front of their goalkeeper and, when the opportunity has presented itself, attack largely in transition. Some of the more favoured teams, when tasked with breaking down such deep defensive structures, have […]

Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt Adding Production to Potential

The list is a long one, and as it continues to grow longer, the news is only good for German football fans. From Schalke to Bayer Leverkusen and through to Borussia Dortmund, Germany and its clubs have become well versed in the process of unearthing potential stars. Guys like Mario Gotze, Andre Schurrle and Julian […]

Width, Tempo and Slickness Crucial to Germany’s Triumph in Scotland

As Scotland played host to Germany on Monday night, Hampden Park was at its loudest. The Germans had a role to play in this, of course, gifting the home side a pair of goals, both of which were equalisers, that right-winger Thomas Muller would later describe as “stupid.” Both came from set-pieces and both were […]

Amin Younes and Germany’s U21 Squad Aim to Emulate the Class of 2009

Germany’s U21 team currently find themselves in the Czech Republic, competing for the European Championships. For players such as Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who recently won the Champions League with Barcelona, and Maximilian Arnold, who claimed the German Cup with Wolfsburg, one could be forgiven for suspecting a lack of motivation. Even for the likes of […]