His career was set to explode after he won the World Cup for Germany in 2014. It didn't work out like that, but he's now enjoying a second act.
Germany are adamant that they won't panic following Tuesday's humiliating defeat, but it's fair to wonder whether or not they need a new coach.
After Spain's 6-0 thrashing of Germany, we run down the biggest shock defeats for some of major footballing nations around the world.
The votes have been cast and we have our winners -- who is the GOAT for the 13 key national teams? Here are the results!
Germany FA chief Oliver Bierhoff compared his country's 6-0 loss to Spain in the Nations League to the 7-1 drubbing Die Mannschaft laid on Brazil.
Spain forward Ferran Torres scored a first career hat-trick as his side crushed helpless Germany 6-0 at home on Tuesday.
They once ruled the world but now Spain are sixth in the FIFA rankings and Germany are 14th. We assess the state of these two European powerhouses.
Timo Werner scored either side of the break to steer Germany from behind to a 3-1 victory over Ukraine in their Nations League match on Saturday.
A newlook Germany side earned a 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic in a friendly on Wednesday but wasted a bagful of chances and failed to impress.
Germany twice had to come from behind to earn a rollercoaster 3-3 draw against visitors Switzerland in an exciting Nations League group game.