Germany is reaping the rewards of its youth development programme after they were eliminated from Euro 2004 after the group stages, says coach Joachim Löw .
The world cup winners are also benefitting from the rise of Bundesliga teams in the Champions League.
“In 2000 and 2004, German football was down and out, we went out in the group phases so we took decisive steps and invested more in the players education,” said Löw .
The head coach believes the squad, which has a average of 26, is well placed to win more honours in the future.
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Goetze, 22, who replaced the tournament’s record scorer Miroslav Klose, struck the winner with style on 113 minutes.