Saints and Sinners

Bottom of Bundesliga 2, St Pauli, once dubbed ‘the world’s coolest club’, are in danger of becoming a footballing irrelevance. But the team from the port city of Hamburg have been there before and weathered the stormy waters to survive and prosper.

One Night in Rio

German national team photographer Paul Ripke has documented Die Mannschaft’s World Cup triumph in a beautiful new book called ‘One Night in Rio.’

Pluck of the Irish Raises More Questions for Germany

“Germany had no clue how to find a loose brick in the Irish wall and this time there was no David Hasselhoff at hand to just sing it down.” What ever happened to the champions of 2014? After the triumph of Rio, Germany now has a hangover in the qualification round. The World Cup memories fade as scepticism grows, writes 11freunde’s Ron Ulrich.

Schalke’s Tunnel Vision

This is the players’ tunnel that awaits Ireland and Germany at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen. The pitch entrance was installed at the home of Schalke 04 this season as a tribute to the region’s mining tradition.

German View: ‘Worse Cop’ Roy vs ‘Gentleman’ Löw

In theory there should be no chance of Ireland winning against Germany. If you look on paper, you are playing against the world champions. But theory is not always right as Poland have proved, writes Fabian Biastoch, editor with Goal Germany.

Keano’s Memories

Ahead of Ireland’s qualifiers with Gibraltar and Germany, Roy Keane spoke of supporting Ireland as a youngster and tells a tale of watching the penalty shoot-out in Italia 90.

Keane Speaks

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane sits down to discuss the upcoming qualifiers with Gibraltar and Germany, and offers his thoughts on young Aston Villa starlet Jack Grealish.