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Sunday, 16 November 2014

German World Cup hangover

Since being crowned World Champions in Brazil, Germany have seen a massive dip in form seeing them lying only second in Euro 2016 qualifying group D, behind a confident Polish side.

The retirements of key figures Philip Lahm, Klose and Mertesacker are a loss but with the strength the Germans posses they would have expected to top their current group with relative ease but so far that is not going to plan.

In a matter of months the Germans have gone from ripping Brazil apart in the World Cup semi-final to losing 2-0 to Poland and only drawing at home to the Republic of Ireland.

Considering Germany defeated the Republic of Ireland 6-1 in Ireland’s Aviva stadium in the World Cup qualifying campaign and can now only draw with them at home must be a worry for the Germans.

In their last fixture Germany only managed to score 4 goals, one was an own-goal, at home to group whipping boys Gibraltar, while Ireland and Poland both scored 7 when faced with the newly established team.

After the Gibraltar game the Germans even received some jeers from their supporters acknowledging the poor performances from their side as of late.

'I think there were a lot of award ceremonies and celebrations….Now we need to get all of this out of our heads at the end of this World Cup year, draw a line and prepare properly for our next tournament.' Joachim Low said after the Gibraltar game.

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