Germany’s Joshua Kimmich battles with Slovakia midfielder Marek Hamsik in the side’s last-16 clash, which the world champions won 3-0. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

A decade after that remarkable tussle in the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup and four years after the game at the same stage of Euro 2012 in Warsaw,(...)

Poland forward Arkadiusz Milik puts the ball wide of the goal during the Euro 2016 Group C clash against Germany at Stade de France in Paris. Photograph:   Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Germany 0 Poland 0 Could Northern Ireland, dark horses coming into light, top this group? They will have every opportunity to do so when they play (...)

Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates with Joachim Loew after scoring his side’s second goal during their Ruro 2016 clash with Ukraine. Photo: Getty Images

Germany 2 Ukraine 0 One game gone and, as usual, three points chalked up. Germany began this major tournament in familiar fashion, easing their way(...)

Marco Reus has been left out of Germany’s squad for Euro 2016. Photograph: Afp

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus has been left out of Germany’s final 23-man squad for Euro 2016. The 27-year-old, who missed the 2014 World C(...)

 Bastian Schweinsteiger has been included in Germany’s provisional squad for Euro 2016 despite a lengthy absence with a knee injury. Photograph: Getty

Bastian Schweinsteiger has been included in Germany’s provisional 27-man squad for Euro 2016 despite having not played for Manchester United since Mar(...)

Chelseas Willian (centre) celebrates with Cesar Azpilicueta (top) and Branislav Ivanovic (left) after scoring the second against Schalke 04  in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Bernd Thissen / EPA

Schalke 0 Chelsea 5Roberto di Matteo had been right to suppose sentimentality would go ignored against the team he had guided to Champions League succ(...)

 Ulf Schott: “After the World Cup in France, however, everybody said, ‘okay, yes, we have to do far more’.”

Ulf Schott is no evil genius, but from his office at the Deutscher Fußball-Bund’s headquarters in a leafy part of Frankfurt, Schott and the youth depa(...)

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(...)

 Thomas Müller works on his basketball skills before the Germany squad started  practice at Castelo Stadium in Fortaleza ahead of their World Cup Group G match against Ghana. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

His side was Europe’s most prolific in qualifying and if Joachim Löw was ever concerned about the fact they also conceded more than other group win(...)

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.

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(...)