German Soccer Squad, World Cup (2010)


This photo shows the German national soccer team which competed at the FIFA tournament in South Africa in 2010. Almost half of the players had grown up in Germany as children of migrants, including Mesut Özil, who was born and raised as the son of Turkish migrants in the West German town of Gelsenkirchen, Jérôme Boateng, who was born and raised in Berlin as the son of a German mother and Ghanain father, and Sami Khedira, who was born and raised in Stuttgart as the son of a Tunisian father and German mother. The team served as a reflection of and inspiration for the power of diversity in German society, channeled through professional soccer.

The group picture was taken on June 2, 2010. Back row, from the left: Serdar Tasci, Thomas Müller, Mario Gomez, Holger Badstuber, Per Mertesacker, Stefan Kiessling, Marcell Jansen, Jerome Boateng, Sami Khedira; middle row, from the left: team manager  Oliver Bierhoff, goal keeper trainer Andreas Köpke, Arne Friedrich, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Denis Aogo, Miroslav Klose, Lukas Podolski, assistant coach Hans Dieter Flick, team coach Joachim Löw; front row, from the left: Piotr Trochowski, Marko Marin, Philipp Lahm, Hans Jörg Butt, Manuel Neuer, Tim Wiese, Toni Kroos, Mesut Özil, Cacau.


Source: Imago images/Ulmer Cremer. German national soccer team, group picture June 2, 2010.

© Imago images/Ulmer Cremer

German Soccer Squad, World Cup (2010), published in: German History Intersections, <> [November 29, 2023].