Can Germany shake off the Confederations Cup curse at the World Cup in Russia next summer?

No team that has won the Confederations Cup has ever gone on to claim the World Cup the following year. But Germany will now be hoping to change that.

Germany beat Chile in Saint Petersburg on Sunday to lift the Confederations Cup and make it a happy week for Die Mannschaft – also champions of Europe at Under-21 level on Friday.

Nevertheless, history shows that winning the Confederations Cup is not a good omen when it comes to the World Cup a year later.

The Confederations Cup began in 1997, when Brazil won the trophy – only to miss out to France in Paris the following summer as Ronaldo suffered convulsions before the kick-off.

Mexico then claimed the trophy in 1999, with no World Cup the following year, but in 2001 France won the Confederations Cup. Big favourites 12 months on in Japan and Korea, however, Les Bleus failed to make it out of their group.

In 2005, a brilliant Brazil side thrashed Argentina 4-1 in the Confeds, but the Seleção lost to France in the quarter-finals in Germany a year later.

And in 2009, the South Americans added another Confederations Cup to their trophy cabinet, but it was Spain who won the game’s greatest prize in South Africa 2010.

Four years on, Brazil and Spain met in the final of the 2013 Confederations Cup and Luiz-Felipe Scolari’s side came out on top at the Maracanã. When it mattered most, though, the hosts were trounced 7-1 by Germany in Belo Horizonte at Brazil 2014.

Joachim Löw’s men claimed the trophy in Rio and his side will now look to do what no other team has managed to achieve next year: win the Confederations Cup and then the World Cup a year later…

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