There has been much said about the Confederations Cup, a tournament that creates mixed feelings for football fans. For some, it is a summer gathering, a FIFA indulgence that holds no real value and provides little more than an annoying
Miami Schwarz und Weiß, 9th February 1999 Unlike many who would start and finish their international career with a single cap, Marco Reich’s one and only appearance for the Nationalmannschaft was not the usual forgettable five-minute run on and off.
Get past the “Group of Death”. Overcome one of the many “lesser” teams that have punched above their weight. Check. Knuckle down and put a threatening European rival out of commission. Check. It has not been an easy ride, but
Amsterdam, 23rd February 2000. Germany are facing the Netherlands, and among the eleven players in Erich Ribbeck’s starting lineup is a twenty-four year old left-sided VfL Wolfsburg midfielder of Hungarian descent making his international debut. That man is Zoltán Sebescen.
Here’s a little bit of trivia for you: who is the only Nationaltrainer to have been awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz – the Federal Cross of Merit – for something other than his work with the Nationalmannschaft? Answer: Jupp Derwall, who received