World Champions Germany have been ousted in the semifinal stage of the 2016 European Championships after suffering a 2-0 defeat at the hands of hosts France, as Antoine Griezmann stole the show at the Stade Velodrome, in Marseille, on Thursday.
World champions Germany enter their Euro campaign off the back of a largely unimpressive run of form and amidst whispers of a squad considered weak in striking and defensive areas. They will be looking to change the narrative against an obdurate Ukranian side set up to play on the counterattack through two dangerous wingers.
In the macho world of international football, world champions Germany have taken a more spiritual approach and will again employ a yoga teacher, whose pupils include Madonna and Sting, to help prepare for Euro 2016.
Germany coach Joachim Loew said on Tuesday his players would remain affected "for a long time" by November's Paris terror attacks, adding that it would impact their preparations for Euro 2016 in France.
Tuesday's match between Germany and Netherlands was called off after a terror scare and the Vice-President of the German Football Association stated his support of the decision made by the police.
The biggest news ahead of the International friendly between Germany and Netherlands is that Die Nationalmannschaft captain Bastian Schweinsteiger will be rested for the clash between two of Europe's biggest heavyweights.
As Germany and Netherlands prepare themselves to renew the epic rivalry between themselves, the players, coaches, and fans would know that this match is much more about the battle on the football pitch.
The shell-shocked Germany team are considering whether or not to cancel Tuesday's international friendly against the Netherlands in the wake of the deadly terror attacks across Paris.
Terror rises it’s ugly ahead outside the Stade de France during a friendly match against Germany
Euro 2016 hosts France may well have exacted their revenge over Germany for their loss in the quarterfinals during the world cup, but terror attack in Paris has overshadowed Martial’s brilliant bit of skill on the field