This was billed as a prestige friendly to end the calendar year, and seen by some as the third chapter in a three-part series that had started with the Mannschaft’s 3-0 win in Hamburg a year previously. Given the almost
So, it’s the final piece of what has been a dramatic and ultimately disappointing year for the Nationalmannschaft – and the third act of a three-part show against the Netherlands that started just around this time last year in Hamburg.
A settled team, a striker who really appears to have found his shooting boots, three more points, and a foot in the quarter-finals of the Euros… I don’t think that as supporters of the Nationalmannschaft we could have asked for
It will never get old. Every time the Nationalmannschaft gets one over these guys, I feel far better than if we had beaten Spain, Italy or even the Three Lions. It was close in the end and perhaps should have
OK, I’ve been holding off this one for a while – but the time has come to finally provide you all with some potted previews of the Mannschaft’s three group opponents for the upcoming Euro finals. Not too much depth:
Well, the draw for the finals of Euro 2012 has been made… OK, so it’s not as bad as the much-feared Spain-Portugal-France combo, but pretty tough all the same. Drawn in Group B based in the Ukraine, the Mannschaft have
So, finally – time for more analysis of the game against the Netherlands from earlier this week, as well as the usual player ratings. Although this was a only a friendly, the perfomance has to go down as one of
Kicker Online’s ratings for the game against the Ukraine were published today, and make for some interesting comparisons to those posted by myself and Bild. While Bild and I disagreed on most things but selected the same Man of the