18th World cup
FIFA Ranking: 2
Best result: 1
Bernd Leno hatte sich mit einem Abschied aus Leverkusen beschäftigt, um seine WM-Chancen zu erhöhen. Allerdings plant der Klub fest mit ihm.
Lars Stindl debütierte mit 28 Jahren für das DFB-Team und holte sich während des Confed Cups Tipps vom Bundestrainer. Er will sich weiterhin beweisen.
Schmelzer ist beim BVB absoluter Stammspieler. Doch auf eine Nationalelf-Nominierung hofft er seit 2014 vergeblich. Seine Chancen seien eher gering.
Die deutsche Nationalmannschaft ist auf der Torhüterposition bestens besetzt. Nun meldet auch Köln Timo Horn Ansprüche auf einen Platz im DFB-Kader.
Der Stuttgarter Automobilkonzern Mercedes-Benz wird ab Januar 2019 von Volkswagen als Generalsponsor abgelöst. Dies gab der DFB bekannt.
Trotz einiger finanzieller Bedenken hat sich die Stadt Dortmund nun als Austragungsort für die Europameisterschaft 2024 beworben.
The Bayern Munich star believes his former international team-mate can be a devastating force in Japan with his new club, Vissel Kobe
The Bayern star hailed his countries success at the Confederations Cup with a young squad as proof of the depth of talent
Nach zwei Jahren auf dem dritten Platz der FIFA-Weltrangliste konnte sich Deutschland mit dem Confed-Cup-Sieg wieder an die Spitze schieben.
Bereits im November beschlossen Deutschland und China das gemeinsame Fußball-Projekt zwischen den Ländern. Nun besuchten auch Merkel und Xi ein Spiel.
Jahrelang zierte der Mercedes-Stern die Kleidung der Nationalmannschaft. Damit könnte nun Schluss sein. Der DFB dementiert dahingehende Meldungen.
Das DFB-Team gewann den Confed Cup in Russland, viele der getesteten Spieler machen sich Hoffnungen auf die WM. Trainer Löw hat klare Vorstellungen.
Timo Werner sorgte beim Confed Cup für Furore und wurde als bester Torjäger ausgezeichnet. Auch Lothar Matthäus zeigt sich beeindruckt.
Deutschland ist zum ersten Mal Gewinner des Confed Cups. Die internationale Presse würdigt die junge Mannschaft für ihre Leistungen.
Durch seinen Fehler verschuldete Diaz beim Confed-Cup-Finale den entscheidenden Treffer. Nach dem Spiel entschuldigte er sich bei allen Chilenen.
Deutschland hat zum ersten Mal in der Geschichte den Confed Cup gewonnen. Bundestrainer Joachim Löw war nach dem Spiel begeistert von seinem Team.
Barcelona gratulierte seinem Keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen zum Gewinn des Confed Cup. Die deutsche Flagge war dabei nicht ganz korrekt.
Nach dem Sieg im Finale des Confed Cups gab es für Julian Draxler und Timo Werner auch noch jeweils eine individuelle Auszeichnung.
Die WM-Generalprobe geht an den Weltmeister. Ein Tor von Lars Stindl reicht der Löw-Truppe im Endspiel zum Titelgewinn. Die Analyse.
Harmonisches Verhältnis der Bayern-Stars? Im Finale des Confed Cup zwischen Deutschland und Chile geraten Arturo Vidal und Joshua Kimmich aneinander.
Die U21 ist Europameister, Löws B-Elf sorgt beim Confed Cup für Furore. Dennoch hebt der Bundestrainer den mahnenden Zeigefinger.
Nach aus deutscher Sicht erfolgreicher U21-EM und Confed-Cup versucht DFB-Teammanager Oliver Bierhoff, die allgemeine Euphorie ein wenig zu drosseln.
Live updates from the final, kicking off at 7pm BSTEmail Daniel here or tweet him here with your thoughtsRussia passes test but hosts need a team to get behind 7.30pm BST 20 min Vidal shoots from distance, Ter Stegen parries back into play, AND ALEXIS SANCHEZ PUSHES THE REBOUND WIDE. Oh! You would have backed @Alexis_Sanchez to score here - watch LIVE on @ITV pic.twitter.com/vFf9nLQo4u 7.29pm BST 28 min Germany are starting to break on Chile now. They’re still being dominated in general play, but are countering when attacks break down. 7.28pm BST 26 min “Same booze ban in Chile,” reassures Piotr Kozak “but you should have seen the queues yesterday in all the bottle shops ... and right now the air is thick with the smoke of barbecued beef and chorizo ... tis the tradition...”The other day, I heard someone say thoritho - and I wasn’t even at the Guardian. Worry not, he was promptly neutralised. 7.26pm BST 24 min Another lovely move from Chile, a long one-two between Vidal and Isla setting ther latter for a cross; he cuts back for the arriving Aranguiz, who tries to glance into the far corner off his instep, instead feathering nowhere. 7.24pm BST 23 min So how will Chile react? Hopefully with even more profound fury than we’ve enjoyed thus far. 7.23pm BST Oh, dear dear! Diaz turns on the ball just outside the Chile box, failing to note Werner over his shoulder. He snaffles possession and squares to Stindl, who fails to get down on his knees and score with his tongue, somehow managing to sidefoot home instead, and we have perhaps the least coming goal of all-time. 7.21pm BST 19 min Chile make to play it in then play it short, a man breaking off the wall to give them an advantage. Suddenly, Diaz backheels up the right side of the box for Isla, who swipes a shot so useless it skews across the face of the box. 7.20pm BST 18 min Vidal gets goalside of Goretzka, body between man and ball, then waits for the inevitable challenge; free-kick Chile, right of centre, 30 yards out. 7.19pm BST 17 min Chile move the ball across the face of the German box through Beausejour, Diaz and Vargas, whose poor touch sets the move back. But Vidal is quickly back dictating, and his pass for Diaz in the inside-left channel wins a corner; it comes to nothing. 7.17pm BST 16 min Imagine this Chile team in a Royal Rumble; I’m going Medel. 7.16pm BST 14 min Rudy finds Stindl down the right and his cross is a bazzer, looking for Werner; Aranguiz does really well to intercede at cost of a corner, which Mustafi heads over the bar. 7.15pm BST 13 min Rudiger, deep at left-back, snaps a dangerous pass into Goretzka who panics as it arrives and fails to kill it, turn, and spray a visionary forward pass. So Hernandez nips in and finds Vargas, who shoots from 20 yards; again, it fails to trouble Ter Stegen. 7.14pm BST 12 min Vidal is absolutely buzzing, haring across from left to centre-midfield whereupon he easily robs Werner and sets an attack underway. 7.13pm BST 11 min Germany have yet to venture out of their own half. 7.12pm BST 11 min “This Minerva ball?” emails Dom Thomas; “a thing of beauty”. I cannae find a legit photo of the artefact so you’ll need to google it I’m afraid. 7.11pm BST 10 min Basically, all Low needed to do was naturalise Marouane Fellaini and the Chile press is broken. What are they paying him for, exactly? 7.09pm BST 9 min This Chile team are an absolute pleasure. A great tackle and a good save prevent Chile from taking the lead - watch LIVE on @ITV pic.twitter.com/W4fiZmjx9j 7.09pm BST 7 min Vidal is dominating the, er, “half-spaces”, and Diaz finds him in one 30 yards from goal. He advances, then drags a low shot which Ter Stegen fields low easily enough. 7.08pm BST 7 min Chile did this to Germany in the group game; I’m surprised yet not surprised that Jogi Low hasn’t devised a counter. 7.07pm BST 5 min Chile have started brilliantly psychopathically - again - and press Germany hard in centrefield, Vidal robbing Stindl and finding Aranguiz who pelts into the box. Rudiger, though, does very well to slide in with a shot imminent, blocking ... but only into the path of Vidal, whose leather lungs have caught him up with play. He shoots low and hard from about eight yards, but straight at Ter Stegen. Breathless gear so far. 7.05pm BST 3 min Nice from Chile, Vidal sliding Vargas into the box down its left-hand side; offside, reckon the officials to minor consternation. 7.04pm BST 1 min “Bit of chaos on the streets of Santiago right now,” emails Piotr Kozak. “Today Chile is holding its primaries for presidential and legislative chamber candidates.. and everyone’s trying to vote before the match ... which means the streets are all snarled up in traffic jams ... am now standing in a queue to vote ... most of those next to me are women ... looks like most of the guys sacrificed their civic responsibilities and stayed home for the final...”I was in Mexico for the Euro 2000 final, which coincided with their general election. This meant no booze - it’s banned on the two days to quieten tempers - and cutting from the match to the announcement of the result. Just what you need. 7.02pm BST 1 min Techno, techno, techno, techno; we’ve started. 7.01pm BST Reigning world champions Germany will become the number 1 team in the world if they win this game in normal or extra-time. Er, ok.... 6.59pm BST Here’s Kieran Pender, our man on the scene...“The crowd is building at the stadium of many names (Saint Petersburg Stadium to Fifa, Krestovsky Stadium to locals and Zenit Arena to its incoming tenants), and a full-house seems to be on the cards. Crowds have disappointed at the Confederations Cup, with many group stages matches being played at half-empty stadiums, but the lure of a thrilling final has brought out the locals. The South American finalist is well-supported - Chile brought the largest contingent of travelling fans - while German supporters are sparse. Whatever the name, this is an impressive stadium. The history of its construction, however, is less so”. 6.58pm BST The band stops but the players are still going, Arturo Vidal in particular exhibiting particularly outstanding kavanah. 6.56pm BST Anthem time. The Chile fans are giving it some and so are the players; there is nothing like tuneless team singing. 6.55pm BST Oh, man! #ConfedCup2017 pic.twitter.com/8Ov6kwSJY0 6.54pm BST Out come the teams! 6.54pm BST “I watched the third place play-off between Portugal and Mexico, though other commitments pulled me away at the end of normal time,” emails Kari Tulinius. “It was a pretty good game, all told, though I can’t imagine it was a fixture anyone involved had dreamt about playing as a little kid. Of course, the ultimate game no one grows up dreaming about playing is the World Cup third place play-off. Yet it is often the most entertaining match of a World Cup, if lacking in the inherent dramatic weight of the main show. The Confederations Cup is a bit like that, a competition of third place play-offs before the main show next year. Because of that I have high hopes for the final between Chile and Germany. Matches where there’s not much shame in losing and a bit of glory in victory are often entertaining.”What were these other commitments? I cannot fathom any that could possibly be worthy of such destruction. Belgium-France in 1986 was a jazzer, and it’s also true that Belgium had already won the one that mattered with perhaps my favourite of the genre. 6.48pm BST So, how is this game going to go? Answering my own question, Garry Cook-style, I wonder about that Germany de-fence - there might be three of them, but I’m not entirely convinced by any of those centre-backs. On the other hand, if Goretzka and Draxler can get a hold of midfield, they have far too much class for Chile. I’m going for “The Germans”. 6.44pm BST “Does the picture above indicate that FIFA has finally realised,” begins David Wall; the answer is, of course, “NO”. But he continues nonetheless: “...that the Telstar was the pinnacle of World Cup footballs (perhaps only challenged by the Tango), and will be going retro in next year’s tournament? No more of your Jabulanis, Fevernovas, Questras, or whatever else the random-name-generator throws up.”The Telstar was and is a boss, but the Tango remains the king. I also like the white one with red octagons used in Canon League Division 1 round about 1983. 6.39pm BST “It’s funny,” begins Mark Turner. “You go ‘de de de-de’, but I’ve always heard ‘Ba ba ba-ba ba-ba ba ba ba-ba, ba ba ba-ba ba-ba ba ba ba-ba’.Is this like the way different languages hear animal sounds in a different way?” 6.37pm BST So Germany make one change, Mustafi in for Henrichs; Chile make no changes. 6.34pm BST Chile (4-3-1-2, obviously): Bravo; Isla, Medel, Aranguiz, Jara; Hernandez, Diaz, Beausejour; Vidal, Vargas, Sanchez.Germany (3-5-2, natch): Ter Stegen; Ginter, Rudiger, Mustafi; Kimmich, Rudy, Goretzka, Draxler, Hector; Stindl, Werner. 6.11pm BST Choking up, here. Images from the #ConfedCup closing ceremony Not long until kick-off now #CHIGER pic.twitter.com/deHeKH5KSe 6.08pm BST De de de-de de-de de de de-de, de de de-de de-de de de de-de; roll up, roll up, feast your eyes on international football’s finest freakshow! And I say that not as criticism but as compliment; there might never have been a team as fit and fearsome as Chile’s whale-wrestlers, while Germany surely possess the deepest squad of all-time. The serenity of their progress here, without their first XI and with a variety of players configured in a variety of formations, has been remarkable; the question now is whether they have the nous and the nastiness to take a final from the double Copa América champions. We’re in for a treat. Continue reading...
Mit dem Nationalteam begeistert Joshua Kimmich während des Confed Cups die deutschen Fans. Nun fordert er auch bei Bayern regelmäßige Einsatzzeiten.
Während seines Besuchs im Aktuellen Sportstudio wurde Basketballer Dirk Nowitzki von DFB-Teammanager Bierhoff zur Nationalmannschaft eingeladen.
Noch immer sind viele Fragen in der Korruptions-Affäre um die WM 2006 offen. Sepp Blatter hat nun sein Dementi zu den Berichten erneuert.
Noch einen Schritt ist Deutschland vom Confed-Cup-Titel entfernt. Löw zieht vorab bereits ein positives Fazit. Er sehe "keine Verlierer" im DFB-Kader.
Für Arturo Vidal gibt es vor dem Finalspiel im Confed Cup gegen Deutschland nur eine Marschrichtung: Gewinnen und den Pokal nach Chile holen.
Das Finale des Confed Cups wird von dem Serben Milorad Mazic gepfiffen. Dieser pfiff auch schon Champions League und einige Deutschland-Spiele.
Im Finale des Confed Cups gegen Chile will Bundestrainer Löw auf ein bewährtes Gerüst zurückgreifen - Überraschungen sind jedoch nicht ausgeschlossen.
Stefan Kuntz's side defeated Spain 1-0 to win the trophy, with Germany's young players showing a bright future lies ahead for Die Mannschaft
Mario Götze fiel zuletzt mehrere Monate wegen einer Stoffwechselerkrankung aus. Dennoch hat ihm Bundestrainer Joachim Löw nun den Rücken gestärkt.
• Germany Under-21 1-0 Spain Under-21• Mitchell Weiser scores game’s only goal in the 40th minuteGermany stunned the hot favourites Spain to become European Under-21 champions for only the second time, thanks to Mitchell Weiser’s deft first-half header. With a side packed with top-quality players and boasting the tournament’s two best performers in Saúl Ñíguez and Marco Asensio, La Rojita had been tipped to make short work of opposition who were without seven eligible players who are in action for the senior side at the Confederations Cup in Russia.But in a superb display of organisation and commitment from Stefan Kuntz’s side, Weiser’s goal five minutes before the break was enough to seal victory that will certainly not go down well at the Spanish football association’s headquarters in Madrid. Winners in 2011 and 2013, the side were expected to make up for their failure to qualify for the tournament two years ago but instead will have to settle for second place this time around. Related: England lose to Germany on penalties in European U21 Championship semi-final Related: Germany v Spain: European U-21 Championship final – as it happened Continue reading...
Live updates from the final, kicking off at 7.45pm BSTEmail Paul with your thoughts or Tweet him here, if you fancyEd Aarons: Saúl answers call for Spain’s next generationEngland’s U-21 players now need Premier League experience 8.03pm BST 17 min: Deulofeu skins Toljan down the left wing, feinting one way and then darting the other. He then opens fire from the corner of the box, but it’s diverted behind for a corner. Which yields nothing, owing to Asensio’s poxy delivery. 8.00pm BST 14 min: Gerhardt fires in a low cross from the left. Gnabry controls it brilliantly, taking the pace out of it while teeing himself up for a thumping volley. But he thumps it into the sidenetting! It was a tight angle, in fairness. “What with the lack of words for the Spanish anthem their being outsung ain’t nothing new,” suggests Nicholas Kelleher. The absence of words is an invitation to be creative: humming, dance and mime are among the options eschewed today. Inauspicious for a side supposedly full of flair. 7.58pm BST 12 min: Corner to Spain. Asensio sends it into el mixer. It comes out the far side but they send it back in again and Bellerin leaps well to apply a dainty header, which glides inches wide! 7.55pm BST 9 min: Arnold sends a shot swirling just wide from 25 yards. Suddenly Spain aren’t looking so chipper. 7.53pm BST 7 min: That’s more like it from Germany! They work the ball wide to Wesier, who lashes in a shot/cross from an acute angle, forcing the keeper to tip it over for a corner. Arnold curls it in. It’s cleared but Germany regain possession and then fire in another cross, which Meyer meets about 15 yards out. He sends an curling header goalward .... and it strikes the outside of the post and goes behind! 7.50pm BST 5 min: Spain are looking ominously good. They’re pinging the ball around with imagination, speed and finesse. Germany, who danced around England, are being made to look quite lubberly. 7.49pm BST 3 min: Llorente pesters Arnold into conceding a corner: Spain’s frantic pressing paying early dividends there. They take the corner short and it comes to nought. A strange decision given how woeful Germany’s attempt to defend corners against England were. What’s Spanish for ‘get it into the mixer, son”? Don’t tell me the concept doesn’t exist in Spain. 7.47pm BST 2 min: Germany spend the first minute acquainting themselves with the ball, trying to develop a relationship with it, earn its trust. But Spain are determined interlopers and soon get between the would-be lovers. 7.45pm BST 1 min: The 2017 U-21 European Championship final is go! By my watch, there are 90 minutes left. 7.43pm BST Germany gain an important psychological edge by outsinging their rivals during the anthems. They really laid down a marker there. 7.40pm BST The teams march out on to the pitch. The crowd are happy and loud; Spain are in their traditional red shirts, blue shorts and black socks; Germany are in their traditional white shirts, black knicks and white socks; all is right with the world. 7.36pm BST “Never mind about Boothroyd’s prognosis, what do you think will happen,” hollers Graham Linsley. I’m touched that you care, Graham. I think Spain will win. By an absolute bin-load if Germany defend as cackfootedly as they did against England. Let’s say 4-1. 7.32pm BST Here’s Boothroyd’s prognosis: “I think it’s going to be an open game because both teams are going to want to dominate possession. I think the team that defends well while they’re on the attack will win the game. But it could also come down to a setpiece.” He doesn’t appear to be suggesting that either of the teams should sit back and wallop the ball forward to a lone front man whenever they get it. Lessons may have been learnt. 7.29pm BST Aidy Boothroyd is a-punditin’ in the Sky Sports studio today. But he’s not wearing his waistcoat so I’m not sure how seriously he’s taking the job. 7.26pm BST If Spain win today, it will be their fifth triumph in this tournament, bringing them level with Italy’s record. If Germany prevail, however, it will be that country’s second victory, giving them the same tally as England. 7.13pm BST Welcome to the future. Spain’s youngsters have swaggered to this final with such brio that they look to embarrassing senior opponents across the world for years to come. They are strong favourites to win today, even though Germany - without of their best youngsters - outclassed England in the semi-final and would have trounced Aidy Boothroyd’s team if not for shoddy finishing. Their chances of finishing better today have been hampered by the absence of their best striker, Selke, who is only fit enough for a place on the bench. So Philipp will move further forward to serve as a striker and, hopefully for him, have his sights aligned better than they were in the semi, when he bungled a slew of chances (before, naturally, scoring in the shootout). 7.06pm BST Germany: Pollersbeck; Toljan, Stark, Kempf, Gerhardt; Haberer; Weiser; Meyer, Arnold, Gnabry; Philipp Subs: Schwäbe, Vlachodimos, Anton, Jung, Dahoud, Silke, Platte, Klünter, Kehrer, Amiri, Oztunali, Kohr 9.36am BST Paul will be here shortly. Here’s Ed Aarons on the tournament’s star so far, Spanish midfielder Saúl Ñíguez:Saúl Ñíguez, like several of his Spain team‑mates who will contest the European Under-21 Championship final on Friday night, has a point to prove. For the second and final time the Atlético Madrid midfielder, whose brilliant hat-trick destroyed Italy in the semi-final on Tuesday, will attempt to win this competition, at the end of an international youth career that started in 2009 for the under-16 side.Saúl, 22, will win his 48th cap at youth level in Krakow against Germany having secured only one title – the European Under-19 Championship in 2012 after La Rojita surprisingly failed to qualify for the Under-21 finals last time, when Saúl was suffering from a debilitating kidney injury. He also missed out on selection for the star-studded team who won a second successive tournament at the 2013 edition, from which Álvaro Morata, Thiago Alcântara, Isco and Koke are firmly established in the senior set-up. Continue reading...
The podders muse on the ever-mighty Germans. Plus, the Garcia report, the Portuguese witch doctor scandal and Sunderland finally appointing a managerOn the penultimate Football Weekly of the close season, AC Jimbo is joined by Paolo Bandini, James Horncastle and Iain Macintosh to get well and truly jazzed about this magical summer of football.We begin by discussing Germany who stand on the brink of conquering both Poland and Russia (careful), having knocked England out of the U21 Euros – on penalties, of course – and swatting aside Mexico in the Confederations Cup. A Saúl-inspired Spain will provide stiff opposition in the Euros, while they’ll have to get past Chile and Claudio Bravo in the Confeds final on Sunday night. Would you bet against them? Continue reading...
Goretzka ist heiß begehrt. Doch auch wenn die Bayern mit dem Mittelfeldspieler schon einig sein sollen, gibt Schalke nicht auf.
Deutschland gewinnt das Confed-Cup-Halbfinale gegen Mexiko und zieht zum ersten Mal ins Endspiel ein. Goal hat die Stimmen zum Spiel.
• Germany 4-1 Mexico• Germany face Chile in Sunday’s finalGermany have advanced to the Confederations Cup final with a resounding 4-1 victory against Mexico in Sochi. Despite almost a dozen of their best players being absent from the squad, the world champions’ next generation were clinical against valiant opposition.On a humid evening by the Black Sea, 37,923 spectators took the Fisht Stadium towards capacity for the first time this tournament. Germany threatened from the opening whistle and within six minutes they had taken the lead. Benjamin Henrichs, 20, made a dangerous run down the right side before picking out Schalke’s Leon Goretzka, who calmly finished from the edge of the area past the Mexico goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa. Related: Claudio Bravo saves three penalties to send Chile to Confederations Cup final Continue reading...
Germany reach their first Confederations Cup final after a thoroughly entertaining end-to-end affair in Sochi 8.53pm BST And that’s that! Germany, who have made eight World Cup finals and six European Championship finals, reach their first Confederations Cup final! It’s not totally clear how they held Mexico to just the one goal - and an other-worldly strike that was too - but they did. And they were certainly worth four going forward. They deservedly take their place in the final, where they will be favourites against South American champions Chile. But Mexico did themselves proud tonight, even if that scoreline suggests otherwise. What a match that was! If we get games as half as good as this at next year’s World Cup, we’ll be doing pretty well. 8.52pm BST 90 min +3: Hernandez has a low lash from distance, the ball only just evading Germany’s right-hand post. It took a deflection, too, so there’s a corner, which leads to Jimenez blasting a header straight at ter Stegen. What a wild finish! 8.51pm BST And in the first, Germany put to bed any idea of an improbable Mexican comeback. Mexico pile forward, but Werner counters at pace. The ball ends up at the feet of Can, on the edge of the D. He slides a pass towards Younis to his left. Younis threads a gorgeous diagonal shot past Ochoa and into the bottom right, and Germany are in the final for sure! 8.49pm BST 90 min: It’s probably too little, too late, of course. But Fabian slips just as it looks he’s going to take possession of a long ball down the middle, Germany in the midst of a panic! It’s hacked clear. There will be three minutes of added time. 8.48pm BST Can, trying his luck seeing he’s already been booked, trips Marquez from behind in the midfield. The free kick’s tapped right to Fabian, who from 35 yards sends a hysterically swerving riser into the top right! Ter Stegen was at full stretch! That is astonishing! 8.46pm BST 87 min: It’s not as though Mexico haven’t had their chances. The corner lands on the head of Marquez, ten yards out. But he can’t keep it on target, the ball sailing miles over the crossbar. 8.45pm BST 86 min: Lozano launches a sortie down the right this time. He tears into space, and crosses at pace. Hernandez is waiting, willing to sidefoot home. But Ginter is there to hack the ball over the bar. Corner. 8.43pm BST 84 min: Corner for Mexico down the right. Layun curls it with pace to the near post, where Marquez batters a header towards the top right. Surely that’s going in? Nope! Ter Stegen somehow parries it, and Ginter heads away. And it turns out there’s been a bit of pushing anyway, so the flag goes up. But ter Stegen wasn’t to know, and what a save that was! 8.42pm BST 82 min: Layun races down the right and whips in yet another fine cross. Fabian and Rudiger clatter into each other. They both roll around in pain. Poor Fabian’s taken a proper whack upside the head. Rudiger, not so much. Another interpretative dance piece examining the concept of pain. 8.39pm BST 81 min: The Germany captain Draxler is replaced by Younes. 8.39pm BST 80 min: Brandt spins away from trouble in the middle of the park, romps upfield, one-twos with Werner to his right, and very nearly gets a shot away from the edge of the Mexico box. But he can’t quite get the ball under control. That would have been some introduction. 8.37pm BST 79 min: Stindl is replaced by Brandt. Choppy waters for Mexico. 8.37pm BST 77 min: Hernandez dribbles at pace down the right, and very nearly breaks clear of Ginter. But the German defender sticks out a telescopic leg and toes the ball away from Hernandez just as the striker looks like busting into the area. How have Mexico not scored today? 8.35pm BST 75 min: Draxler diddles Layun down the left with an outrageous piece of skill, sending the ball one way and scooting past the other. He cuts inside, enters the area and ... well, it’d have been some goal, but the shot’s not up to much. Mexico go up the other end and nearly reduce the arrears to a couple, Lozano reaching the byline on the left and cutting back for Jimenez, who sends the ball twanging off the crossbar with a fine diving header from eight yards. Ter Stegen was beaten all ends up! 8.33pm BST 74 min: Can very nearly breaks clear down the inside-left channel, but he doesn’t have the pace to work enough space to shoot. 8.32pm BST 73 min: Rudiger goes down like a sack of spuds after being pushed lightly in the chest by Hernandez. The Mexico striker then demands the referee take a look at the TV replay system, presumably with some sort of punishment for poor acting in mind. Two grown men here. The referee, tired of it all, waves them both away. 8.30pm BST 71 min: Emre Can has only been on the field for four minutes, and already he’s in the book. Rightly so, for standing on Marquez’s boot. 8.29pm BST 70 min: With that in mind, Mexico suddenly pick up the speed. Hernandez sprays a pass wide right for Layun, who smashes a fine effort towards the top right from a tight angle. Ter Stegen parries round the post for a corner. From the set piece, the ball falls towards Alanis and Araujo on the edge of the six-yard box. They get in each other’s way, allowing Ginter to hook clear. 8.28pm BST 69 min: Mexico stroke it around the middle awhile, but it’s far too late for patient probing. 8.26pm BST 67 min: Fabian has another crack, this time from 20 yards. It sails wide right. And then a couple more changes: Mexico swap Jonathan dos Santos for Marquez, while Germany take off the two-goal hero Goretzka and send on Can. 8.25pm BST 65 min: Draxler and Werner exchange passes down the left, both running at pace in the powerful style. They drift inside, flying in formation, and it looks like Draxler will work space to shoot from the edge of the box. Instead he falls over, and rather brazenly looks for a free kick. Nope! Germany come again, Henrichs hooking in from the right, the ball deflecting off Alanis and nearly dropping to Werner. Ochoa gathers. 8.22pm BST 63 min: Fabian replaces Giovani dos Santos. And he very nearly makes an instant impact! Hernandez, to the right of the Germany D, slips a diagonal pass inside. It’s meant for Jimenez on the penalty spot, but rolls to Fabian on the left-hand corner of the six-yard box instead! It’s a tight angle, though, with ter Stegen in the road, and he lashes his shot into the side netting. A goal for Mexico now, and you never know. 8.21pm BST 62 min: Werner very nearly outstrips Moreno for pace down the inside-right channel. Not quite, but the two came together, and if the ricochet had gone Werner’s way, it’d surely have been 4-0. 8.20pm BST 61 min: That third goal has understandably taken the wind out of Mexico. Germany stream forward and win a corner. It comes to naught. But as things stand - with the Mexicans the only previous winners of this tournament still technically left standing - it looks as though we’ll have a new name on the trophy this year. 8.18pm BST This was a gorgeously simple team goal. Draxler, conducting in front of the D, slips a ball down the left channel for Hector, who hooks it into the middle, past the angle-narrowing Ochoa, for Werner to sweep into an empty net. A suspicion that Werner might have been offside when Draxler played the defence-splitting ball forward ... and he looks around towards the official sheepishly ... but he’s probably earned that decision after the recent non-penalty incident. 8.16pm BST 57 min: Lozano shows for the first time, whipping a delightful dipping cross from the left towards Hernandez at the far post. It’s too far ahead of the striker, but only just. Good luck in guessing which team will score next. 8.15pm BST 56 min: Germany take an awfully long time to get their set piece away. Eventually, an elaborately worked effort gives Draxler a little space just right of centre, 25 yards out. He looks to curl one into the bottom right with power, but the keeper’s always claiming that. 8.14pm BST 54 min: Goretzka makes good down the middle and is clattered to the ground from behind by Jimenez, who is booked for his trouble. A free kick, the best part of 30 yards out. 8.13pm BST 52 min: Werner is once again sent clear down the right by the excellent Henrichs. And once again he fails to convert. Though this time it’s not all his fault, and he’s got the right to feel a little aggrieved. While waiting for Ochoa to come off his line, the in-pursuit Moreno gives him a blatant shove in the back. It’s enough to confuse Werner into screwing a shot past the keeper and straight across the face of goal. That should have been a penalty. 8.11pm BST 51 min: Mexico have started the second half in the manner they ended the first. In control. On a quick break, three on two, Hernandez should slip Jimenez clear down the right. But his pass outside forces Jimenez to slow down. Jimenez still gets a shot away, checking inside and pearling one from the right-hand edge of the D. But it’s straight at ter Stegen. 8.09pm BST 50 min: ... Mexico nearly score. Giovani dos Santos fires a mid-height corner into the box. Jimenez flicks it on at the near post. Hernandez is too close to react, though; it smacks into his startled coupon and over the bar. 8.08pm BST 49 min: Germany look a bit sleepy. The impressive Layun strides down the right wing and earns a corner. From which ... 8.06pm BST 47 min: Mexico started the first half with some uncertain playing out from the back. This time Alanis plays a terrible ball inside for his keeper Ochoa, who bangs his clearance into a hard-pressing Werner. On another day, that would have ricocheted into the net. This time, Ochoa and Mexico get away with it. 8.04pm BST 46 min: Moreno tries to get Lozano involved immediately, but his raking pass down the left evades both the substitute and Hernandez. 8.03pm BST We’re off again! Mexico have made one change, swapping Javier Aquino out on the left for Hirving Lozano. And they get the ball rolling for this second half. 8.00pm BST And more from our man Kieran Pender: “In many ways this encounter mirrors yesterday’s semi-final in Kazan: open, attacking, end-to-end football. The only difference is that Germany were clinical in front of goal in the first 10 minutes, while last night neither Chile nor Portugal could find the net during 120 minutes. Both back-lines in action this evening have failed to record a clean sheet at the tournament to date, and it looks like that trend will continue. Mexico were unlucky not to grab at least one goal in that half, and this game is far from over.” 7.49pm BST Half-time reading: While we’re on a Fifa-tournament tip... Related: Ronaldo’s redemption: recalling the Brazil striker’s World Cup fairytale 15 years on | Amy Lawrence 7.49pm BST The four-time world champions are 45 minutes away from their first-ever Confederations Cup final. But the 1999 winners of this tournament are not done yet. Don’t leave us! 7.47pm BST 45 min: Draxler brings down Herrera in the midfield. A chance for Mexico to load the box. Herrera floats a dismal effort into the mixer; Rudiger rises to clear. There will be one added minute; it looks like Germany will make it back to the dressing room with their two-goal lead in tact. 7.45pm BST 43 min: A rare attack for Germany falls apart when Goretzka pointlessly runs the ball out of play in a good position down the right. To be fair, he’s got plenty of moral credit to fritter way tonight. 7.43pm BST 42 min: The set piece leads to another set piece, which leads to nothing. But Germany could do with hearing the half-time whistle here, as Mexico seriously threaten to eat into their lead. 7.42pm BST 40 min: The corner comes to naught, though Mexico are quickly coming back at Germany. Aquino, down the left, curls deep towards the far post. Hernandez and Jimenez are queuing up to convert from six yards. Ginter rather marvellously gets his eyebrows on the ball, deflecting a certain goal out for a corner. 7.41pm BST 39 min: Hernandez whips one up over the wall and back down. It’s probably going over the bar, but ter Stegen takes no chances. He tips over for a corner. 7.40pm BST 38 min: Mexico have done very well to get back into this game. Once again they string a few passes together in the German half. Giovani dos Santos sends a message to Rudy with a dropped shoulder, and he’s battered to the ground as he glides past. Free kick in a fairly central position, 25 yards out. 7.39pm BST 36 min: Mexico really should be on the scoresheet. Giovani dos Santos, on the edge of the German D, returns the favour to Hernandez, dinking a pass down the left channel. Kimmich miskicks as he attempts to clear, and suddenly Hernandez is free in the box! All he’s got to do is lift the ball over the advancing ter Stegen. Easier said and done, of course, when ter Stegen is channelling his inner Peter Schmeichel. A fine star jump does enough to put Hernandez off; the striker overcooks his chip, which sails harmlessly over the bar. 7.37pm BST 34 min: A simple ball rolled down the middle of the park, towards the German box. It looks like there’s no danger, but with his back to goal, Hernandez plays a clever little reverse dink down the right channel to release Giovani dos Santos. He’s one on one with ter Stegen, but his low drive is straight at the keeper, who hacks away with his feet. The ball breaks to Giovani’s brother Jonathan, who tries to steer a ball dropping near the penalty spot with his head. Bad choice. 7.34pm BST 32 min: Draxler is caught snoozing 25 yards from his own goal, allowing Giovani dos Santos to steal away with the ball. He’s got time and space to shoot, on the edge of the D, so the subsequent low drag, miles to the right of the target, is something of a thundering disappointment. 7.33pm BST 31 min: A period of possession for Mexico in Germany’s final third. A lot of forensic probing. Eventually Jimenez and Layun combine well to confuse Hector down the right. The low cross Layun delivers is extremely dangerous, but fortunately for Germany, Hernandez has dozily wandered offside. 7.30pm BST 29 min: A slight lull, the first of the match. So here’s a quick word from the Guardian’s man in Sochi, Kieran Pender: “While venues at the Confederations Cup have generally been half-full at best, group stage crowds at Fisht Stadium in Sochi were particularly disappointing. Situated within an area used for the 2014 Winter Olympic, the stadium is almost 40 kilometres from Sochi itself, which even then only has a population of around 400,000. Tonight’s attendance is an improvement - perhaps 75% capacity - and the fans were in full voice prior to kick-off. Let’s hope they don’t bore too quickly - the Mexican wave has been making an appearance in the opening minutes of some matches. Although, given one of the participating teams, it would be apt...” 7.29pm BST 27 min: Herrera sashays down the middle and lays off for Jimenez on the edge of the box. That’s the intention, anyway, but Hector closes the Mexican down just before he can shoot. Once again, though, there were gaps appearing in that German defence. This is not over. 7.28pm BST 26 min: Mexico come back at Germany quickly, though, Jonathan dos Santos having a blast from 25 yards in a central position. It’s blocked pretty much at source. Draxler responds with a quick break down the Germany left, but he out-dribbles himself upon reaching the Mexico box. Then the Mexicans go back upfield themselves. Giovani dos Santos shovelling a cross in from the right, his brother Jonathan very nearly meeting it six yards out with a spectacular slide. This is a lot of end-to-end fun! 7.26pm BST 24 min: Another deep cross from the right by the full back Layun forces Henrichs to sidefoot out for a corner near his own left-hand post. Calm defending of a dangerous ball. The corner is dealt with easily enough by Germany. 7.24pm BST 22 min: Layun finds a bit of space down the right and curls one to the far post. Alanis strains every muscle in his neck, hoping to lunge forward and meet the ball, but the cross is just a wee bit too high. There is still hope for Mexico: Germany don’t look particularly strong at the back, like that’s breaking news in this tournament. 7.23pm BST 21 min: Again Mexico respond to danger by going on the attack. Jimenez and Hernandez diddle their way down the right wing, but their intricate passing comes to an end on the edge of the German box. “Have the Germany fans started a Mexican wave?” wonders Peter Oh, a raised eyebrow trying to start one off. 7.21pm BST 19 min: It should be 3-0. Henrichs, in a deep position on the right wing, rolls a simple pass down the wing to release Werner. He’s one on one with Ochoa, albeit facing a tight-ish angle. Still, he should probably draw the keeper and dink the ball over him and in, but elects to blast instead. The keeper is able to parry round the post, a fine save he should never have been allowed to make. The corner is met by the head of Kimmich, but it flies harmlessly over the bar. 7.19pm BST 18 min: Kimmich slides a teasing pass down the centre and very nearly releases Stindl into the box. Aquino, tracking back, slides in to concede a corner out on the right. The set piece comes to absolutely nothing. 7.17pm BST 16 min: This game is very open. Both sides are paying little more than lip service to keeping it tight at the back. This won’t end 2-0. 7.15pm BST 14 min: Jonathan dos Santos wants to watch himself. He’s already clattered Stindl once; now he slides in again with studs showing. No contact, and dos Santos at least appears in control, so the referee isn’t too fussed. But after Mexico’s appalling start, it’d be no surprise if someone’s head goes. 7.14pm BST 12 min: Mexico are looking dangerous down the flanks. Jimenez opens his legs and strides down the right and reaches the byline, but his hook back into the centre isn’t anywhere near a green shirt. The ball’s recycled by Mexico, and Alanis romps in from the left to have a dig from the best part of 30 yards. Nope! Ter Stegen saves that with one hand in his pocket. 7.12pm BST 11 min: ... nowt. But it’s a start. Small acorns for the Little Pea and his colleagues. 7.12pm BST 10 min: Mexico might as well go for it now. At least thats what they appear to have decided. Hernandez races down the right and loops a dangerous cross into the mixer. Germany have had trouble with these, this last couple of weeks. But Jimenez can’t quite get his nut on it. No matter. Mexico come again, this time down the left. Aquino whips a fine ball to the far post, forcing Henrichs to chest out for a corner. From which ... 7.10pm BST One minute and 49 seconds later, Goretzka makes it two. Werner picks the ball up in the middle with Mexico again light at the back. He drifts a little to the right, then slips a ball down the channel for Goretzka, who enters the area and clips a delicious finish over the advancing Ochoa and into the unguarded net! Mexico already have half an idea how Brazil felt three years ago. 7.08pm BST Mexico have fallen behind in every game so far in this tournament. And they’re behind again. This was so simple, as Germany broke quickly upfield. Henrichs romped down the right and fizzed a low pass inside for Goretzka on the edge of the D. Goretzka met the ball first time, carefully guiding a pass with the outside of his foot into the bottom left. What a lovely finish! 7.06pm BST 5 min: A poor Herrera pass in the midfield is intercepted by Rudy, who quickly feeds Stindl with a pass forward. Stindl is clumsily hacked down from behind by Jonathan dos Santos. You’ve seen yellow cards for that; the clock and the referee’s patience is the Mexican’s friend here. 7.05pm BST 4 min: It’s all a bit scrappy now, but Mexico have a chance to finally get their foot on the ball, and stroke it around the middle accordingly. A pleasant respite after that breezy German start. 7.04pm BST 2 min: Mexico are being pinned back already by a German side very much on the front foot. Heavy metal pressing. Eventually the ball’s hoofed upfield in a panic, and the wise old (!) Hernandez purchases a cheap free kick in the midfield to ease the pressure. 7.02pm BST And we’re off! Germany get the ball rolling in the modern style, Draxler alone by the centre spot and hoicking it backwards. Then forwards. Mexico try to play it out from the back. Moreno is nearly caught out by Werner, buzzing around, and the ball clanks out for a goal kick. There’s a splash of red on the ball. Can’t quite make out the design. Perhaps it’s been sponsored by Chick-fil-A. 6.58pm BST The teams are out! The world champions are in their world-famous white shirts and black shorts; Mexico wear their traditional green tops and white strides. The mascots are dressed in yellow and red, on account of being sponsored by McDonald’s. The anthems are sung. Not with any particular fervour, it has to be said. Nerves, no doubt. We’ll be off in a minute. 6.26pm BST Germany and Mexico last faced each other a dozen years ago to the day. That was at the 2005 staging of this very tournament. Playing off for third place, the teams drew 3-3 in normal time, Lukas Podolski, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Robert Huth each taking turns to give Germany the lead; Francisco Fonseca and Jared Borgetti (twice) pulling Mexico level each time. Michael Ballack eventually decided it in extra time. Who’d turn down another match like that this evening? 6.16pm BST Germany make four changes to the experimental version of their experimental team sent out against Cameroon. In come Jonas Hector, Benjamin Henrichs, Leon Goretzka and Lars Stindl; out go Niklas Sule, Emre Can, Marvin Plattenhardt and Kerem Demirbay.Mexico must do without their suspended captain Andres Guardado. Also missing from the starting XI that faced Russia: Diego Reyes, Hirving Lozano and Carlos Vela. Stepping up: Raul Jimenez, Giovani dos Santos, Javier Aquino and Oswaldo Alanis. 6.16pm BST Germany: ter Stegen, Henrichs, Kimmich, Ginter, Rudiger, Hector, Rudy, Goretzka, Stindl, Draxler, Werner.Subs: Trapp, Mustafi, Plattenhardt, Wagner, Demirbay, Can, Younes, Sule, Sane, Brandt, Demme, Leno. Mexico: Ochoa, Araujo, Alanis, Moreno, Layun, Giovani dos Santos, Herrera, Jonathan dos Santos, Aquino, Jimenez, Javier Hernandez.Subs: Cota Robles, Salcedo, Marquez, Diego Reyes, Fabian, Vela, Damm, Guardado, Peralta, Luis Reyes, Lozano, Talavera. 1.34pm BST It won’t be long before football does the decent thing, clearing the stage for cricket, tennis and golf. It is summer, after all. But before that, the 2017 Confederations Cup must reach its climax! And to be fair, this, the second semi-final between reigning world champions Germany and Concacaf Gold Cup holders Mexico, promises to be a doozy.Both teams are unbeaten in this competition so far, with two wins and a draw apiece. Germany have seen off Australia and Cameroon, and drawn with finalists Chile. Mexico meanwhile have beaten New Zealand and hosts Russia, and scrambled a draw against Portugal. Continue reading...
The Atlético Madrid midfielder has inspired Spain to the European Under-21 Championship final against Germany after the shame of failing to qualify in 2015Saúl Ñíguez, like several of his Spain team-mates who will contest the European Under-21 Championship final on Friday night, has a point to prove. For the second and final time the Atlético Madrid midfielder, whose brilliant hat-trick destroyed Italy in the semi-final on Tuesday, will attempt to win this competition, at the end of an international youth career that started in 2009 for the under-16 side. Related: Atlético Madrid’s Saúl Ñíguez recalls the night when he feared his career was over Related: Spain Under-21s reap benefit of experience England can only dream of Continue reading...
Löw erklärte den Confed Cup zum Perspektivturnier. Das DFB-Team kann auf hochtalentierte Spieler zurückgreifen. Klinsmann sieht eine goldene Zukunft.
Zwar setzt Deutschland beim Turnier in Russland fast ausschließlich auf junge Spieler, dies sieht der Trainer der Mexikaner aber nicht als Schwäche.
Obwohl es zum Videobeweis immer wieder Diskussionen gibt, halten fast 90 Prozent der Deutschen diesen für sinnvoll und fairer.
Joshua Kimmich vom FC Bayern äußert sich zu seinen Ambitionen in der DFB-Elf. Er möchte mehr Länderspiele als der Ex-Kapitän Philipp Lahm erreichen.
In einem möglichen Finale des Confed Cups könnte die DFB-Elf auf Portugal treffen. Emre Can fürchtet sich jedoch nicht vor dem Weltfußballer.
Im Halbfinale des Confed Cups kann Mexiko gegen Deutschland mit dem Bundesliga-Star Chicharito von Bayer Leverkusen planen.
Euro U-21 updates as Aidy Boothroyd’s side aim to make finalBoothroyd shakes off Hoofroyd taunts to find England vindicationAnd email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tweet @Paul_Doyle 11.11am BST Hello and welcome to the latest check point on English football’s uncertain road towards glory. After the U-20s won the World Cup and the U-17s reached the final of the European Championship, beating Germany today to reach the final of the U-21 European Championship would provide yet more evidence that English kids are alright and the senior team may soon benefit from an influx of young players with good skills, no complexes and a record of unprecedented success. Whatever happens, just don’t call it a golden generation.Aidy Boothroyd’s team have reason to be confident today. They have improved radically as this tournament has gone on, having been on the brink of elimination in their second match before an excellent turn-around against a strong Slovakian side, a victory that the young lions followed up with a comprehensive dismissal of an admittedly feeble Poland team. Germany should prove altogether tougher even if they, unlike England, did not win their group, having finished second behind Italy. Continue reading...
Dank eines sicheren 3:1-Erfolgs im letzten Gruppenspiel trifft das DFB-Team nun im Halbfinale auf Mexiko. Laut Owomoyela ist Deutschland Favorit.
Die deutsche Nationalmannschaft sucht noch ein Quartier für die WM 2018 in Russland. Manager Oliver Bierhoff schwärmt nun von der Hafenstadt Sotschi.