Hamburg (AP) - It is the 113th minute in the final against Argentina. Mario Götze takes the ball after a buttery pass from André Schürrle with the chest, turns and hurts him in the trap with left into the goal. Germany is football world champion.
That was five years ago. Since then a lot has happened in German football. The former heroes are no more, at least most of them. What has become of the gold kickers?
After the debacle at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, only four out of 23 world champions are a topic for national coach Joachim Loew. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer from the record champions FC Bayern Munich continues to be the first choice. Also include Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain) and Matthias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach) after the change to the current DFB team.
The big names of yesteryear no longer matter. For Jérôme Boateng, Thomas Müller (both Bayern Munich), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Sami Khedira (Juventus), André Schürrle (Borussia Dortmund) and Benedikt Höwedes (Lokomotiv Moscow) is no place in rebuilding the national team. The same goes for Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96) and Kevin Grosskreutz (KFC Uerdingen).
Philipp Lahm, Miroslav Klose, Per Mertesacker, Roman Weidenfeller, Bastian Schweinsteiger (Chicago Fire), Mesut Özil (Arsenal FC) and Lukas Podolski (Vissel Kobe) have all but ended their competitive careers in the national team. Low hopes for a possible return to the DFB team are Mario Götze (Borussia Dortmund), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Mönchengladbach) and Erik Durm (Eintracht Frankfurt).
Current DFB squad