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Jun 21, 2014

Germany’s lack of leader nearly costs them again

By Erik Kirschbaum

(Reuters) – Germany’s 2-2 draw against Ghana on Saturday once again exposed the team’s lack of a true leader, a charismatic player who will take charge when the chips are down.

Exciting, dominant, and entertaining as they often are, Germany’s lack of a ‘go-to’ player in times of trouble has haunted them through the last two World Cups and two European championships.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Germany’s lack of leader nearly costs them again

June 21 (Reuters) – Germany’s 2-2 draw against Ghana on Saturday once again exposed the team’s lack of a true leader, a charismatic player who will take charge when the chips are down.

Exciting, dominant, and entertaining as they often are, Germany’s lack of a ‘go-to’ player in times of trouble has haunted them through the last two World Cups and two European championships.

Jun 21, 2014

Germany’s humble Klose a soft-spoken scoring giant

By Erik Kirschbaum

(Reuters) – Miroslav who? The humble 36-year-old Germany striker Klose etched his Polish name into immortality on Saturday when he scored his 15th World Cup goal in the match against Ghana.

Equalling the record held by former Brazil striker Ronaldo with his 71st minute strike, Klose has quietly put his name into the history books with a remarkable lack of drama.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Germany’s humble Klose a soft-spoken goalscoring giant

June 16 (Reuters) – Miroslav who? The humble 36-year-old Germany striker Klose etched his Polish name into immortality on Saturday when he scored his 15th World Cup goal in the match against Ghana.

Equalling the record held by former Brazil striker Ronaldo with his 71st minute strike, Klose has quietly put his name into the history books with a remarkable lack of drama.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Germany and Argentina take centre stage on Saturday

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) – Germany and Argentina will aim to unleash their firepower on Ghana and Iran respectively as they return to centre stage on Saturday after opening their World Cup campaigns with wins.

Germany, who lead Group G after their impressive 4-0 victory over Portugal, face Ghana in the tropical heat of Fortaleza (1900 GMT). The African side, beaten 2-1 by the United States, need to get something from the game to revive their campaign.

Jun 20, 2014

Boatengs put brotherly love on hold again

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Kevin-Prince Boateng and half-brother Jerome grew up in the tough Berlin district of Wedding, learning about the subtleties of soccer and the inequalities of life in tiny caged-in cement playgrounds the size of an inner city basketball court.

The Boateng boys have come a long way from that under-privileged, run-down high-rise section of Berlin and will once again be applying those life lessons learned on the biggest stage at the World Cup on Saturday.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Boatengs put brotherly love on hold again

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 19 (Reuters) – Kevin-Prince Boateng and half-brother Jerome grew up in the tough Berlin district of Wedding, learning about the subtleties of soccer and the inequalities of life in tiny caged-in cement playgrounds the size of an inner city basketball court.

The Boateng boys have come a long way from that under-privileged, run-down high-rise section of Berlin and will once again be applying those life lessons learned on the biggest stage at the World Cup on Saturday.

Jun 19, 2014

Mertesacker set for 100th Germany cap defying critics

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Per Mertesacker said he never dreamed he would even come close to getting 100 caps for Germany, which he will mark on Saturday, and went out of his way on Thursday to praise former coach Juergen Klinsmann for shaking up the ‘Nationalelf’ a decade ago.

The towering Mertesacker, one of the cleanest defenders in the game who only rarely gets booked, said he was also proud that he managed to defy the many naysayers who thought his international career should have ended six years ago.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-Mertesacker set for 100th Germany cap defying critics

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 19 (Reuters) – Per Mertesacker said he never dreamed he would even come close to getting 100 caps for Germany, which he will mark on Saturday, and went out of his way on Thursday to praise former coach Juergen Klinsmann for shaking up the ‘Nationalelf’ a decade ago.

The towering Mertesacker, one of the cleanest defenders in the game who only rarely gets booked, said he was also proud that he managed to defy the many naysayers who thought his international career should have ended six years ago.

Jun 19, 2014

Germany defender Hummels still doubtful for Ghana match

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany defender Mats Hummels has resumed light training despite a severely bruised thigh but remains doubtful for Saturday’s Group G match against Ghana, a team spokesman said.

“He is able to do training sessions on an exercise bike but there is still no reliable forecast about whether Mats will be able to play on Saturday,” Jens Grittner told a news conference on Thursday.

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      "Erik Kirschbaum is based in Berlin. He has been covering politics, economics, entertainment and sport in Germany since 1989 from Frankfurt, Bonn and Berlin. He also has worked for Reuters in Vienna. Previously, he also worked for newspapers in Connecticut, Wisconsin and Nevada. He has also written two books."
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