It's been a testing twelve months for the German national team, but it looks like things are starting to move in a positive direction. A dismal showing in last summers World Cup which saw them exit the competition with just 3 points to their name, coupled with controversy surrounding some of Joachim Low's team selections had left them in a bit of a sorry state.
The 2014 World Cup winners departed Russia last year after mustering up just 3 points from their 3 games in a favourable group alongside Mexico, Sweden and South Korea. It was the worst campaign in the 4 times winners' history and it sent shockwaves around the nation - with a huge inquest into the senior squad launched.
Many expected Joachim Low to lose his job after such a disappointing showing, something which just isn't acceptable with the amount of stars he has at his disposal but the German Football Association decided to keep faith in the man who steered them to success in Brazil five years ago.
This has led to Low launching a fresh injection of younger players into the first team fold, which has been a major talking point amongst the fans. He publicly announced that three lynchpins in their recent success, Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels would no longer be considered for selection, instead choosing to gamble on some of the exciting youngsters he has available.
It was a massive gamble to go about business that way, but Germany are steadily improving. They're currently on a solid 4 game unbeaten run which came to a head on Sunday night when they recorded an impressive victory over the Netherlands away in Amsterdam.
You really feel that it was a massive night at the Johan Cruyff Arena for a number of reasons, mainly being that this young German side proved that they can mix it with some of the best sides in Europe. But was it a flash in the pan or is it an indication of things to come from them in the future?