How much has changed for Germany since the World Cup debacle?
Germany prepares a freshen up after World Cup embarrassment
They went in as 9/2 favourites to retain their World title but it all ended in a group-stage humiliation.
A lot of soul-searching went on with many calling for Joachim Low to be fired.
But as we enter a new qualifying campaign and take in the new-fangled Nations League, Germany have had to move on swiftly.
The Coral News Team take a look at what’s being put in place to ensure Die Mannschaft stay united…
The next generation
There have been a few tweaks to the squad that travelled on their ill-fated trip to Russia. Mesut Ozil has retired from international football.
But Leroy Sane is back in and Low has called up rookies in Thilo Kehrer, Nico Schulz and Serge Gnabry who are in the nascent part of their international careers.
Mark Uth was also given his first call-up with Low experimenting in forward positions.
Kai Havertz withdrew from this week’s squad with injury, but is likely to play a big part in their European Championship qualifying campaign.
Low has kept faith with some experience, including Thomas Muller despite a disappointing few months.
Win back the fans
One of biggest criticisms of the German football association (DFV) and the national team after the World Cup was the detachment from the fans.
They’ve tried to re-address this in a more tangible way by inviting more open training sessions to re-engage with the fans.
However, it’ll take performances on the pitch over a longer period of time to repair the disconnect.
The Ozil situation did little to restore relations. Especially with both, players and high-profile personnel within the DFB attempting to dismiss the former talismans claims.
A younger, fresher squad who aren’t suffering from the hangover in Russia may be the way to go.
Let’s write history together
Die Mannschaft’s mantra was about maintaining their supremacy at the top of the world game and doing something no nation has done since Brazil in 1958 and 1962 – win back to back World Cups.
However, the team were noticeably disjointed, perhaps wrestling with an unfamiliar favourites tag.
They were stripped of their title before even getting in the ring. But now they have an opportunity to be united once again.
First up is the Netherlands and then a re-match with the World Champions France.
If Low is giving the full backing of the DFB and is prepared to usher in some of the exciting talent in the German ranks then the good times could roll yet again!
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