The German national team was last in a final more than nine years ago. Cross Schürrle, shot Götze, Germany beats Argentina 1-0 and is world champion. Back then on the sidelines in the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro: assistant coach Hansi Flick.

Now Flick has reached his next endgame, but one that he probably would have liked to do without. This Saturday (8:45 p.m., RTL) the DFB team he oversees meets Japan. If the game is lost and the team fails to impress against France three days later, he will no longer be in office.

Access to all STERN PLUS content and articles from the print magazine


Already registered?