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Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-’Disgrace of Gijon’ irrelevant for Algeria match – Loew

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 28 (Reuters) – Germany coach Joachim Loew is fed up with analogies drawn between the 1982 World Cup when West Germany lost to Algeria – their next opponents on Monday – then coasted to a convenient 1-0 win over Austria to eliminate the Africans.

Noting that most of his players were not even born 32 years ago, Loew said it was also absurd to use terms like “revenge” and “vengeance” for a match between two teams who have not met since that game at the finals in Gijon, Spain.

Jun 28, 2014

Loew says Latin American passion has hastened European exits

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Latin American teams have been highly motivated in their home region and have coped better with the heat and humidity, helping explain why so many European teams were knocked out at the World Cup’s group stage, Germany coach Joachim Loew said on Saturday.

“The South American teams are obviously at home on their own continent and the Central American teams are also keen to prove to the world the great class they have and how strong they are,” Loew said.

Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-Loew says Latin American passion has hastened European exits

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 28 (Reuters) – Latin American teams have been highly motivated in their home region and have coped better with the heat and humidity, helping explain why so many European teams were knocked out at the World Cup’s group stage, Germany coach Joachim Loew said on Saturday.

“The South American teams are obviously at home on their own continent and the Central American teams are also keen to prove to the world the great class they have and how strong they are,” Loew said.

Jun 28, 2014

Loew says Germany must improve finishing in knockout round

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany can play much better than they did in the group phase of the World Cup with the team needing to improve its finishing, coach Joachim Loew told reporters at the team’s base camp in a remote resort on the Atlantic coast.

“A World Cup is a marathon and not a 100-metre dash where you go all out at the start with the best-possible performance – that’ll backfire,” said Loew.

Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-Loew says Germany must improve finishing in knockout round

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 28 (Reuters) – Germany can play much better than they did in the group phase of the World Cup with the team needing to improve its finishing, coach Joachim Loew told reporters at the team’s base camp in a remote resort on the Atlantic coast.

“A World Cup is a marathon and not a 100-metre dash where you go all out at the start with the best-possible performance – that’ll backfire,” said Loew.

Jun 27, 2014

Schweinsteiger not a happy camper for Germany

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has not been a happy camper at the World Cup in Brazil.

The brooding 29-year-old jogged silently with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at Germany’s training session on Friday without a smile or a word in the direction of dozens of journalists, fuelling speculation he is perturbed by his role as a reserve.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-Schweinsteiger not a happy camper for Germany

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 27 (Reuters) – Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has not been a happy camper at the World Cup in Brazil.

The brooding 29-year-old jogged silently with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at Germany’s training session on Friday without a smile or a word in the direction of dozens of journalists, fuelling speculation he is perturbed by his role as a reserve.

Jun 27, 2014

Supersubs break records, hearts with late goals galore

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Substitutes have been lighting up the scoreboards at the World Cup with dazzling performances that have sparked their teams back to life and secured wins or draws that have made their coaches look like geniuses.

When Germany fell 2-1 behind to Ghana late in the second half of their Group G match, Miroslav Klose came off the bench to equalize with his first touch less than two minutes later.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-Supersubs break records, hearts with late goals galore

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 27 (Reuters) – Substitutes have been lighting up the scoreboards at the World Cup with dazzling performances that have sparked their teams back to life and secured wins or draws that have made their coaches look like geniuses.

When Germany fell 2-1 behind to Ghana late in the second half of their Group G match, Miroslav Klose came off the bench to equalise with his first touch less than two minutes later.

Jun 26, 2014

Cautious Germany win with attacking flair on hold

By Erik Kirschbaum

(Reuters) – With little of the style, pizzazz and attacking courage that has been their trademark for the last decade, Germany reverted to a colourless, old-fashioned, result-oriented soccer of yesteryear on Thursday to beat an unexpectedly dangerous U.S. team.

Their solid if unspectacular 1-0 victory over the Americans and their erstwhile mentor Juergen Klinsmann was good enough to win Group G with seven of the nine available points.

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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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