The Bearable Lightness of Being: How Germans Are Learning to Like Themselves

The Bearable Lightness of Being: How Germans Are Learning to Like Themselves

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 17, 2014

Germans discovered a new lightness of being in the run-up to their World Cup victory. It's a shift apparent not only in football. Increasingly confident and content, Germany is emerging from the dark shadows of its past, but its global role remains elusive. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Stadium Sticker Shock: Costs Explode for Russia's 2018 World Cup

Stadium Sticker Shock: Costs Explode for Russia's 2018 World Cup

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 16, 2014

Moscow wants to make Russia the "center of the sporting world," but the price tag will be steep. Four years before the 2018 World Cup, costs are exploding in the next host country, with the two most important stadiums each costing more than a billion euros. By Benjamin Bidder in Moscow more... Comment ]

Blood, Sweat and Tears: Team Spirit Leads Germany to 1-0 World Cup Win

Blood, Sweat and Tears: Team Spirit Leads Germany to 1-0 World Cup Win

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 14, 2014

Sunday's German World Cup win was no fluke, but a hard-won victory and a triumph of team spirit, best embodied by the indelible image of Bastian Schweinsteiger's bloody facial wound. By Sara Peschke and Rafael Buschmann in Rio de Janeiro more... Comment ]

World Cup Triumph: Germany Earned It

World Cup Triumph: Germany Earned It

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 14, 2014

Over the past eight years, Germany has worked hard to transform its football team. Sunday night's dramatic extra-time World Cup win shows that, while you can never plan for good luck, hard work and doggedness will go a long way in fostering it. A Commentary By Christian Gödecke more... Comment ]

Winning Mood: Germany Basks in World Cup Semifinal Triumph

Winning Mood: Germany Basks in World Cup Semifinal Triumph

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 09, 2014

Germany demolished Brazil on Tuesday in an extraordinary match that left the host nation reeling, its hopes of a World Cup victory brutally shattered. But despite delivering the most shocking result in the soccer tournament's history, Joachim Löw and his team aren't taking anything for granted. more... Comment ]

World Cup 2022: The Dark Side of the Qatar Dream

World Cup 2022: The Dark Side of the Qatar Dream

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 11, 2014

Qatar is spending billions to build hotels, subways, shopping centers and stadiums ahead of the World Cup in 2022. But those working on the projects are poorly paid and poorly housed. And some of them can't leave. By Christoph Scheuermann more... Comment ]

Philipp Lahm: Bayern Captain Takes Center Stage Under Guardiola

Philipp Lahm: Bayern Captain Takes Center Stage Under Guardiola

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 20, 2013

With the World Cup coming up, Germany and Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm is reveling in a new role for his club. He spoke to SPIEGEL about trying to live up to coach Pep Guardiola's lofty standards, and why he rarely suffers an injury. Interview Conducted By Rafael Buschmann and Detlef Hacke more... Comment ]

World Cup: German Team Builds Beachside Retreat in Brazil

World Cup: German Team Builds Beachside Retreat in Brazil

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 13, 2013

Unable to find a suitable location to set up shop in Brazil during the upcoming 2014 World Cup, the German football team has decided to simply build its own. The remote beachside camp will "help minimize strain" on players, the team manager says. more... Comment ]

Behind the World Cup: Brazil's Crumbling Football Dream

Behind the World Cup: Brazil's Crumbling Football Dream

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 05, 2013

It's known as a football mecca, but as Brazil prepares to host the World Cup it's clearer than ever that its infrastructure for the sport is crumbling. Now Brazilians have turned the global competition into a symbol for the country's mismanagement. By Jens Gluesing more... Comment ]

Belounis Returns: Footballer Escapes Qatar at Heavy Price

Belounis Returns: Footballer Escapes Qatar at Heavy Price

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 29, 2013

French footballer Zahir Belounis is back in his homeland after being trapped in Qatar against his will. He paid a heavy price for freedom, but is now vowing to fight back against his former club. By Stefan Simons in Paris more... Comment ]