For the fourth time, we have chosen to present Strenesse Menswear modelled by the best players on the German football scene – photographed by the best contemporary photographers of our time. This year Michel Comte is behind the camera.

After Jesse Frohmann, Bryan Adams and Ellen von Unwerth, the Swiss photographer is the latest to portray the German national football team wearing the new Strenesse Men Collection by Gabriele Strehle. The result is a stunning series of photographs full of powerful black-and-white and colour portraits that also brilliantly capture the personality of each individual player. Comte effortlessly succeeds in revealing what lies behind the football star image. Hardly surprising, given his biography; after moving from Zürich to New York the photographer worked with numerous magazines and built up a reputation for sensitive portraits of stars including Sharon Stone, Demi Moore, Kim Basinger and Jeff Koons.

The shoot is inspired by the 2012 UEFA European Football Championships, starting on 8 June. As the official fashion outfitter of the German A-Team since the 2006 World Cup, Strenesse AG supplies the team, management and coaches with outfits for official occasions off the pitch. This year the players in the Under 21 team can now also be seen in Strenesse. The outfits, ranging from formal to casual, were designed in close collaboration with the team management. The agreement over this successful partnership was extended last year and will run to 2014.

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