Chris McGrath: Who are you calling Teutonic? How Podolski became the face of melting-pot Germany

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James Lawton: Germany's invincible force vs Spain's irresistible flair

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Fabio Capello may care to look away this morning when he learns that, had England made it to penalties against Joachim Löw's Germans 10 days ago, they would have encountered a side who had not bothered preparing for a penalty shoot-out. It is a sign of the breezy self-confidence with which Löw's side have advanced to another semi-final that they are not even contemplating the notion.

Sam Wallace: World Cup failure is chance for clubs to start creating adults not just footballers

Talking Football: Müller did not look stressed. Nor Ozil, Lahm, Boateng or Khedira. Yet they all play for a nation of 80 million people with enormous expectations

Lahm lauds team ethic after Germany nullify Messi threat

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James Lawton: Germany's perfect plan crushes Diego's dream

Argentina lived Maradona's dream for a few heady weeks here but yesterday they died by it. The new German World Cup contenders, like the ones from the past who won the tournament three times, do not do dreaming. They do planning and the relentless grooming of the best of their youth and now, once again, they loom large as the team who know better than any other on earth how to make the best of themselves at the highest level.

Banks of England: Hart to start as Capello must ring changes

World Cup-winning legend pulls no punches

Klose enjoys century duty to humble Argentina

Argentina 0 Germany 4: Inspirational display by Löw's Germans in Cape Town makes the world sit up and take notice

Country before club? Why Klose rallies to the cause

The days were sliding away towards the World Cup and the man who may yet become the greatest goalscorer in the tournament's history spent them bathed in sweat and anxiety.

England made it easy for Germany, says Maradona

Argentina v Germany, 3.00pm, Cape Town, BBC1

James Moore: Losing Streak (30/06/10)

Today's bets: Luis Fabiano to win the Golden Boot at 9-2 (Boylesports). Miroslav Klose 31-1 (Betfair)

German press revel in Wembley 'revenge'

A score has been settled with Germany's 4-1 win over England in the last 16 of the World Cup yesterday, according to the German press.

England showed lack of respect says Lahm

Philip Lahm accused England of not paying Germany enough respect and that is why they are heading home following a 4-1 defeat in the last 16 of the World Cup in South Africa.

Löw revels in tactics that tore up England defence

The Germany coach, Joachim Löw, hailed his young team's "magnificent" display in their 4-1 World Cup second-round demolition of England yesterday before explaining exactly how they targeted a suspect English rearguard.

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