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Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose only managed three goals apiece during the entire Bundesliga campaign last season. Within 30 minutes of Germany’s opening fixture against Australia, they’ve both scored. Just what is it about the World Cup and the Germans coming good?

Seriously, they look like world beaters. Something kicks in every four years, which explains why they’ve made at least the quarter-finals of the last seven World Cups. And in an opening weekend which hasn’t produced much in the way of memorable performances, this is (so far at half time) an ominous reminder of what we all knew would be taking place. The worst thing you can say about them is the shocking attire of the coaching staff, with their ill-fitting T-Shirts resembling one’s uncle trying to look cool at a family party.