Fans celebrate at a public screening of the World Cup final in Berlin. Photograph: Reuters

Everyone is familiar with Germany’s fabled engineering brains, the ones that turn out high-end cars, kitchens and, for decades, dominated German footb(...)

Germany’s Mario Götze scores the winner past Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero as  Ezequiel Garay looks on at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: David Gray / Reuters

Germany 1 Argentina 0 (after extra-time) It came later, much later, than the one that decided the final they fought out in Rome’s Olympic stadi(...)

 Striker Alexis Sanchez has joined  Arsenal from Baracelona. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Alexis Sanchez is ready to tackle the biggest challenge of his football career head on by helping fire Arsenal to success next season. The Chile inter(...)

Alexis Sanchez is understood to have instructed his representatives to tie up negotiations with Arsenal over his move from Barcelona. Photograph:  Jose Coelho/EPA

Arsenal remain confident of pushing through a €38 million deal for Chile winger Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona and expect to complete the signing of Fr(...)

 German coach Joachim Low  is eyeing a World Cup final place. Photograph: Martin Rose/Getty Images

Germany coach Joachim Löw has warned hosts Brazil that his side will mean business when the teams meet in the World Cup semi-final, proclaiming: “We’r(...)

 Jerome Boateng and Per Mertesacker  celebrate their team’s second goal in extra time during the  World Cup. Photograph:   Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Per Mertesacker has hit out at critics bemoaning Germany’s performance in their win over Algeria and believes qualifying for the World Cup quarter-fi(...)

Germany’s Andre Schurrle scores the first goal in extra-time against Algeria in Porto Alegre. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Germany 2 Algeria 1 (after extra-time) Germany got there in the end. It had not been pretty for much of the first half and it was a war of attr(...)

Pepe clashes with Germany’s Thomas Müller in the incident which led to the Portugal defender’s sending off in the opening Group G World Cup clash in Salvador. Photograph: Ali Haider/EPA. 1:25

Germany 4 Portugal 0 More than 500 years after the Portuguese first came ashore here in Salvador, their latest assault on Brazil is in danger o(...)

Germany’s Marco Reus lies injured on the pitch during the international friendly between Germany and Armenia at the Coface Arena in Mainz. Photograph:  Thomas Eisenhuth/EPA

Germany’s World Cup hopes suffered a severe blow on Saturday when midfielder Marco Reus was ruled out of the tournament with an ankle injury sustai(...)

German players (l to r) Mario Götze, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Özil, Julian Draxler and Per Mertesacker on a training ground at St. Leonhard in Passeier, Italy last month. Photograph: Andreas Gebert

Manager: Joachim Löw Best finish (as West Germany and Germany): Champions (1954, 1974, 1990) World Cup record: P 62, W 36, D 14, L 12 History: They’re(...)