Confederations Cup 2017
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Germany survived a whirlwind assault by Chile and capitalised on a mistake by the South Americans to claim a 1-0 win in a pulsating, bad-tempered Confederations Cup football final in the Russian city of St Petersburg on Sunday.
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Julian Draxler has been awarded the Golden Ball at the 2017 Confederations Cup as Germany beat Chile in the final on Sunday.
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FIFA confirmed the player's success as Timo Werner earned the Golden Boot. 
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The Golden Glove award went to Claudio Bravo, per FIFA.
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Germany secured the title with a 1-0 victory in Russia, fielding a team of youngsters and burgeoning talents.
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There can be no doubt about it: Germany are the best footballing nation in the world. Two days after their under-21 squad won the European Championship, a weakened senior team – eight of whom are eligible for the youth side – beat Chile in a thrilling game to lift the Confederations Cup.
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When Joachim Löw travelled to Russia without Marco Reus, Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Sami Khedira, Mats Hummels and Jérôme Boateng, the German manager was heavily criticised. “I feel vindicated,” he said before the match. Following his team’s performance in Saint Petersburg Löw has every right to gloat. Twelve months out from the 2018 World Cup the reigning champions are strong favourites to become only the third side in history to defend their title successfully.
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This Confederations Cup might never be defended, with the eighth edition likely to be the last. The competition - featuring the regional champions, World Cup holders and next World Cup hosts - failed to spark much interest outside competing countries.
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Qatar, the 2022 World Cup hosts, also cannot stage the Confederations Cup in 2021 because it would have to be played in November or December due to the extreme summer heat and would disrupt a second European club season.
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