German national team drops brand name Die Mannschaft after protests

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The German national team will no longer officially be known as Die Mannschaft (The Team) as this brand name will be dropped from now on after protests from fans and officials. The German Football Federation (DFB) said on Thursday that its supervisory board and shareholder assembly decided unanimously to stop using it as a brand name. The national team has long been known as Die Mannschaft, mainly abroad, but the official branding only came in 2015, a year after the World Cup title in Brazil. Poor results in past years have led to a rethinking process and fans have dismissed the name as overly …

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