A heat wave continues to bear down on Europe - with high temperatures in Gremany. Meanwhile, wildfires are burning in Spain.
Good things don't really come in threes in the Netherlands. Germany in 1974, Argentina in 1978 and Spain in 2010: three World Cup finals, all defeats. But the Oranje could lay all these ghosts to rest in Brazil.
Germany has moved to the top of the rankings published by soccer's world governing body FIFA for the first time in over two decades. This comes just days after the national team captured Germany's fourth World Cup.
Even if Beijing would prefer Chinese football fans support the national team, they opted to cheer for Germany. And their support didn't only come after Germany won the final match, says DW's Frank Sieren.
Bayern Munich had a large representation in Germany's 2014 World Cup squad, so are the Bundesliga record champions largely the reason for Joachim Löw's success or is there more to it?
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