We celebrate Germany’s victorious World Cup campaign – now exactly a year ago.

4 July 2014

Germany 1 – 0 France
Rio de Janeiro

Germany are through to the last four – with a victory over France

Goalscorer Mats Hummels receives particular praise from Joachim Löw, as does Per Mertesacker who has to step down in a starting eleven reshuffle, with again much praise forthcoming for his tactical decisions.

Jogi was later to comment on how Per’s attitude typified the superb team spirit in the side, a team spirit that Jogi himself had done so much to create and develop.

We began to dare to ask ourselves the question: Could Germany could be back at the Maracana in nine days’ time?

Later that day they learned their next opponent: Hosts Brazil!

I had the pleasure of watching the match from a sunny Brighton Beach!