Germany, Euro 2016

This was a tournament where we all laughed, cried, mourned the slow start, appreciated the small victories, the clean sheets. This was a tournament where little things mattered, we may not have been spectacular, World Champions they call us, but we played as a team, the support was wonderful, on and off the pitch.

It was a tournament where the details came to light, where so many others that were often overshadowed, showed what they are worth. Thank youJoshua Kimmich for playing far beyond your age, for being brave enough to handle attackers that were of mad speeds, for being bold to stand in front of Buffon and take that spotkick.

Thank you Mesut Özil and Toni Kroos, often uncredited and criticized, for all that hard work, certainly the team would not look the same without you.

To Bastian Schweinsteiger, danke schön Kapitan, your work rate and relentless running up and down the pitch is so invaluable.

To the one and only lord Manuel Neuer who are we without you?

To Benedikt Höwedes, Mats Hummels, Jérôme Boateng, you kept our clean sheets intact, but you also were not just the defensive bedrock because your visionary passing ensured we had build-ups of play that led to our goals. You help us cope with set pieces, it was unfortunate that Mats Hummels was carded and that Jérôme Boateng was injured (against France) but you guys did your best and we are incredibly proud of you.

To Jonas Hector, you were quietly bossing your zone each time and the work rate you put in was magnificent. Though people didn’t even know which club you came from and though you may not have been shot to stardom as others may have been, you’ve been rock solid and deserve all the credit you can get. Not to forget too, that decisive penalty against Italy.

To the rest of our subs, you are super subs, and your support on and off the field was incredible, whether you guys got to play this tournament or not (Julian Weigl/Jonathan Tah) or whether it was for one game Emre Can&Leroy Sané, you all played your hearts out and we are forever proud of you.

Lastly, to Thomas Müller, people throw criticisms at you every single game, the media is relentless with the way they count the minutes you haven’t scored, but trust me when I say that all the Germany Football Team – Die Mannschaft fans are and will always be behind you, our Raumdeuter, and you always will be our ‘space invader’.

To Germany Football Team – Die Mannschaft, thank you for a wonderful tournament, see you again in 2018, maybe this time the young boys will step up more than they already have and do us prouder, even prouder. But for now, Vielen Dank für alles!

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