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Early exits for many top clubs

The 1st round proper of the 2014/15 DFB Cup produced a record that, as far as Germany’s top clubs is concerned, borders on the disastrous. Nine first and second division clubs were knocked out by lower league opposition. One top tier club failed to progress on each of the four match days from Friday to Monday (15 to 18 August). The last one to suffer the ignominy of a first round loss was the five-time cup winners FC Schalke 04 who went down 2-1 at third division Dynamo Dresden ...

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German internationals turn night into day

After the great victory the German dressing room became overcrowded. Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel was accompanied by Federal President Joachim Gauck to lead the triumphant celebrations with the German World Cup champions and the World Cup trophy. National coach Joachim Loew had a bottle of beer in his hand while the players remembered their colleagues, such as the Bender twins, who didn’t make it to the tournament. A photo was taken with the shirt of Marco Reus, then the party began. The German squad and around 35 team staff celebrated heartily at the hotel on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro until dawn ...

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A historical triumph to reach the final

The German national team reached a FIFA World Cup™ final for the eighth time with a sensational, unique triumph. They humiliated the host team of Brazil, the hot favourites to take the title, 7-1 (5-0) in the semi-final with a grand, almost perfect performance in front of 64,000 stunned spectators in Belo Horizonte. Only the Netherlands or Argentina can prevent the DFB team’s fourth World Cup title, after 1954, 1974 and 1990, in the final in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday ...

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Team portraits

Here you can find team portraits about the participating teams of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

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Funeral atmosphere in Brazil

A funeral atmosphere had already descended on the country even before Brazil’s coach Luiz Felipe Scolari addressed the nation from the Estadio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte. “This was the worst defeat in Brazil’s history. The person who decided the line-up, the tactics, was me. It was my choice,” said the 65-year old to the 200 million Brazilians who had hoped he would lead their Selecao to another World Cup win as he had done in Japan in 2002 ...