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Jun 18, 2014

Kroos no longer going AWOL for Germany in big games

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Toni Kroos has been billed as the most promising midfielder of his generation for year years but the 24-year-old had the unfortunate habit of disappearing in Germany’s biggest matches before he turned in a brilliant performance against Portugal.

With two assists and an eye-popping 96 percent accuracy rating with 76 of his 79 passes on target in the 4-0 win on Monday, the midfielder was at the heart of Germany’s attack and had arguably the best of his 45 matches for the national side.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Kroos no longer going AWOL for Germany in big games

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 18 (Reuters) – Toni Kroos has been billed as the most promising midfielder of his generation for year years but the 24-year-old had the unfortunate habit of disappearing in Germany’s biggest matches before he turned in a brilliant performance against Portugal.

With two assists and an eye-popping 96 percent accuracy rating with 76 of his 79 passes on target in the 4-0 win on Monday, the midfielder was at the heart of Germany’s attack and had arguably the best of his 45 matches for the national side.

Jun 18, 2014

Germany hopeful Hummels will be fit to face Ghana

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany defender Mats Hummels is undergoing extensive treatment for a thigh injury but it is still uncertain whether he will be fit for Germany’s next World Cup match against Ghana on Saturday, assistant coach Hansi Flick said on Wednesday.

Flick also indicated that if Hummels is fit, Germany would field the same starting line-up on Saturday against Ghana that thrashed Portugal 4-0 in their Group G opening match.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Germany hopeful Hummels will be fit to face Ghana

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 18 (Reuters) – Germany defender Mats Hummels is undergoing extensive treatment for a thigh injury but it is still uncertain whether he will be fit for Germany’s next World Cup match against Ghana on Saturday, assistant coach Hansi Flick said on Wednesday.

Flick also indicated that – if Hummels is fit – Germany would field the same starting line-up on Saturday against Ghana that thrashed Portugal 4-0 in their Group G opening match.

Jun 17, 2014

Injured Hummels may miss Ghana match, Germany says

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Defender Mat Hummels may miss Germany’s next World Cup match against Ghana on Saturday after suffering a thigh injury in the team’s opening match, the German FA (DFB) said on Tuesday.

“Hummels suffered a contusion in his right thigh with bleeding into the muscle,” the DFB said in a statement on its website (www.dfb.de) after the results of a magnetic resonance imaging testing in a local hospital were announced. “It will depend on the further healing when he will be able to resume training or whether he can plan in the second Group G match against Ghana in Fortaleza on Saturday,” the DFB said.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Injured Hummels may miss Ghana match, Germany says

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 17 (Reuters) – Defender Mat Hummels may miss Germany’s next World Cup match against Ghana on Saturday after suffering a thigh injury in the team’s opening match, the German FA (DFB) said on Tuesday.

“Hummels suffered a contusion in his right thigh with bleeding into the muscle,” the DFB said in a statement on its website (www.dfb.de) after the results of a magnetic resonance imaging testing in a local hospital were announced.

Jun 17, 2014

Germany players all smiles after win before meeting wives

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – The sun was again shining on Germany’s training camp on Tuesday and there were smiles on the faces of the players being put through their paces after Monday’s 4-0 win over Portugal in their World Cup opener.

There was another reason, besides the win and the return of sunshine after several days of rain, that the players were in such high spirits, they are getting their first free afternoon in Brazil to spend time with wives, girlfriends and family.

Jun 17, 2014

Germany defenders miss training as injuries examined

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany defenders Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng were taken to a local hospital – instead of training – on Tuesday for examinations to injuries suffered in the 4-0 win over Portugal on Monday, Germany team spokesman Jens Grittner said.

Hummels injured his right thigh in the 73rd minute of their Group G opener after colliding in the air with Eder and had to be helped off the pitch. Boateng hurt his right thumb in the first half but played through to the final whistle.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Germany players all smiles after win before meeting wives

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 17 (Reuters) – The sun was again shining on Germany’s training camp on Tuesday and there were smiles on the faces of the players being put through their paces after Monday’s 4-0 win over Portugal in their World Cup opener.

There was another reason, besides the win and the return of sunshine after several days of rain, that the players were in such high spirits – they are getting their first free afternoon in Brazil to spend time with wives, girlfriends and family.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Germany defenders miss training as injuries examined

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 17 (Reuters) – Germany defenders Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng were taken to a local hospital – instead of training – on Tuesday for examinations to injuries suffered in the 4-0 win over Portugal on Monday, Germany team spokesman Jens Grittner said.

Hummels injured his right thigh in the 73rd minute of their Group G opener after colliding in the air with Eder and had to be helped off the pitch. Boateng hurt his right thumb in the first half but played through to the final whistle.

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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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