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  • December 19, 2011
    The New Germans

    In world soccer, stereotypes of national style serve as crutches for casual observers. The Germans were long considered to be masters of joyless, mechanical soccer, with function not just dominating form, but leaving it for dead. Yet watching them over the last 18 months has been a revelation as they’ve lately, and quietly, broken with their mold. “Classic" Germany is dead, and pleasingly so