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German football continues to grow


German football continues to grow


Bayern Munich defeated Stuttgart 3-2 in a thrilling German Cup final in Berlin on Saturday to wrap up a historic treble, a feat which capped off an outstanding year for German football.

Almost the entire Mannschaft was on display when the Bavarians took on Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final on May 25, most of them having come through the two clubs’ academies.

In 2000, the German FA decided to invest heavily in regional centres, a move which national team coach Joachim Low is now benefiting from.

The 53 year old told journalists the great shift to youth was made in 2008 but his employers arguably instituted the reforms that have produced more technically proficient players after Germany’s disappointing exit at Euro 2000, a performance which seems to have been completely forgotten by German fans.

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