Germany's new-look team made a promising return to the international stage with a 1-1 draw against Serbia in a friendly on Wednesday, showing signs of improvement following a disastrous 2018.
The Germans, knocked out of the World Cup in the group stage and relegated in the Nations League last year, had only one player from their 2014 World Cup victory in the starting line-up and their oldest outfield player was aged 24.
History was made in Germany when the magazine kicker chose Eintracht Frankfurt's sporting director Fredi Bobic as its Man of the Year in 2018. The famous magazine started the tradition back in 1990 but only players and coaches were elected, with the notable exception of Franz Beckenbauer, head of the 2006 World Cup organizing committee.
Never before were club officials given the honour, but the former international striker is highly respected for building the squad that won the German Cup last...