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Philipp Lahm: Germany must stay calm

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Germany vs. Mexico: Can El Tri upset holders?

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Joachim Low sticking to his convictions as Germany's World Cup in precarious place

While examining Raf Honigstein's projected XI for Germany against Sweden, the FC crew explain why Joachim Low needs to make changes to his lineup.
Germany's Mario Gomez admits that the team are feeling the pressure to qualify for the World Cup round of 16 after their Mexico defeat.
Germany's Thomas Muller has called for positivity ahead of their remaining World Cup group games if they are to progress.
Germany's Manuel Neuer insists the squad get on well as a team despite not having a wealth of World Cup experience.

MOSCOW -- Joachim Low's hair appeared to have turned a little greyer in the past few days, but his message at the pregame news conference in Sochi was one of impending renewal and affirmation. "I am sure there will be a reaction tomorrow," he said, adopting the firm yet gentle tone of a school teacher reminding his star pupil that previous failure in an exam was not a true reflection of his ability.

For all the "justified criticism" (Low's words) he and his men had been subjected to since the...

 By Chris Wright

Germany ace Sami Khedira shuts down Swedish journalist's prank

Germany's Thomas Muller has called for positivity ahead of their remaining World Cup group games if they are to progress.

As we know only too well, even the most studiously planned jokes aren't always guaranteed to hit the mark and deliver the level of laughs you hoped for.

Swedish journalist Ludvig Holmberg found that out to his cost when he attempted to prank the Germany players at their World Cup training camp in Vatutinki.

With the Germans losing to Mexico in their opening game and set to face Sweden in their second, Holmberg tried to rib Sami Khedira by offering him and his teammates an early plane ticket...

Germany's Thomas Muller should be dropped? He doesn't think so

World Cup winner Phillipp Lahm thinks Germany need to stand united following opening game loss to Mexico.
Germany's Manuel Neuer insists the squad get on well as a team despite not having a wealth of World Cup experience.
Raphael Honigstein joins the FC panel to discuss the ramifications of Germany's defeat to Mexico, Mats Hummels' postmatch comments and more.
Craig Burley believes if Germany are to rebound from their "Mexico wake-up call", they'll need to rethink both their tactics and starting XI.

MOSCOW -- Thomas Muller has fielded all sorts of questions at his two previous World Cups, but Wednesday lunchtime brought a novel line of inquiry.

"Would you be frustrated if you were put on the bench against Sweden [on Saturday]," asked a reporter at a news conference in Sochi. The FC Bayern forward's answer was relaxed and unspectacular -- "Of course I would be, I'd expect every player to feel the same" -- but the fact the potential quandary had been put to him in the first place was indicative...

 By Ian Darke

Opponents of VAR are wrong and other World Cup observations

It's Day 7, and not only does that mean it's the second round of group games, but it's also time to check out who's leading in Ballsupski anti-fantasy football and which famous celebrity will be celebrating their birthday in front of the TV today.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- If you grew up anywhere west of Berlin, there is a tendency to think of Russia as a scene in a James Bond movie: vast and mysterious, with a language impenetrable to all but the smartest students. It is an offbeat setting for a World Cup.

Yet football's ability to cross divides and cultures is a thing of wonder. It warmed the heart to see the Russian people going wild on the Nevsky Prospect, St Petersburg's answer to Broadway, after the hosts had virtually assured a place...

Philipp Lahm: Germany must stay calm to get past on- and off-field issues

World Cup winner Phillipp Lahm thinks Germany need to stand united following opening game loss to Mexico.
Germany's Manuel Neuer insists the squad get on well as a team despite not having a wealth of World Cup experience.
Raphael Honigstein joins the FC panel to discuss the ramifications of Germany's defeat to Mexico, Mats Hummels' postmatch comments and more.
Craig Burley believes if Germany are to rebound from their "Mexico wake-up call", they'll need to rethink both their tactics and starting XI.

MOSCOW -- Predictably, the German ambassador had to get involved in this, the most political of World Cups and, on Monday, he did.

The ambassador for Germany's Euro 2024 bid, to give him his official title, happens to be the World Cup-winning captain of four years  ago, but Philipp Lahm commented on the Nationalmannschaft's awful defeat to Mexico with such diplomatic finesse that one could be forgiven for thinking the 34-year-old had recently graduated from the foreign ministry's school for...

 By Ian Darke

Germany, Argentina, Spain and Brazil learn World Cup won't be easy

Raphael Honigstein joins the FC panel to discuss the ramifications of Germany's defeat to Mexico, Mats Hummels' postmatch comments and more.
The FC crew take a comprehensive look at how Iceland stifled Argentina and revisit La Albiceleste's continued dependence on Lionel Messi.
Steve McManaman breaks down Neymar's performance as the FC crew react to Brazil's draw with Switzerland in their World Cup opener.
The FC crew agree Spain and Portugal's draw in their opening match at the World Cup proved they are both a class above the rest of Group B.

ST. PETERSBURG -- All those World Cup previews are proving -- not for the first time -- that predictions can make fools of us all. Who would have thought, for example, that Brazil, Germany, Spain and Argentina would play their first games and not muster a win between them?

First impressions can be misleading, of course. In 2010, Spain lost their opener against Switzerland but went on to lift the trophy; four years later, Italy started with a win against England but failed to get out of the group...