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Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-Germany haven’t played well and must improve, says Koepke

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 2 (Reuters) – Germany have not played well at times in the World Cup and the weaknesses are being critically analysed and discussed internally, assistant coach Andreas Koepke said on Wednesday.

“Obviously not everything has been ideal so far and we’re aware of that,” Koepke told reporters when asked about the withering criticism back home and in the media about the team’s struggles against Algeria, the United States, Ghana.

Jul 2, 2014

Germany consider moving Lahm to full back

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany are open to the option of moving captain Philipp Lahm to full back where he excelled in the last two World Cups, assistant coach Andreas Koepke said on Wednesday.

Responding to debate in Germany after Loew’s team struggled to beat Algeria 2-1 in extra time in the last 16, Koepke said switching Lahm from midfield where he has failed to shine was a possibility.

Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-Germany consider moving Lahm to full back

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 2 (Reuters) – Germany are open to the option of moving captain Philipp Lahm to full back where he excelled in the last two World Cups, assistant coach Andreas Koepke said on Wednesday.

Responding to debate in Germany after Loew’s team struggled to beat Algeria 2-1 in extra time in the last 16, Koepke said switching Lahm from midfield where he has failed to shine was a possibility.

Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-Neuer the toast of Germany after Algeria heroics

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Manuel Neuer, the latest in a long line of outstanding German goalkeepers, took the plaudits on Tuesday after almost single-handedly keeping the Germans’ wobbly defense together in a 2-1 extra-time win over Algeria in the World Cup last 16.

In arguably his best performance for his country, Neuer stopped seven Algeria shots and defused a number of dangerous counter-attacks playing like a sweeper with an astonishing 19 touches of the ball outside the penalty area and 59 in total.

Jul 1, 2014

Mertesacker outburst reflects Germany’s great expectations

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – The usually mild-mannered Per Mertesacker for once lost his temper, his angry riposte startling a German TV reporter who had dared ask the defender why Germany had labored into the World Cup quarter-finals.

“What do you want from me? What do you want?” Mertesacker snapped after Germany’s 2-1 extra-time win over Algeria on Monday. “We’re in the last eight and that’s what counts.”

Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-Mertesacker outburst reflects Germany’s great expectations

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 1 (Reuters) – The usually mild-mannered Per Mertesacker for once lost his temper, his angry riposte startling a German TV reporter who had dared ask the defender why Germany had laboured into the World Cup quarter-finals.

“What do you want from me? What do you want?” Mertesacker snapped after Germany’s 2-1 extra-time win over Algeria on Monday. “We’re in the last eight and that’s what counts.”

Jun 30, 2014

Africa’s contenders face European examinations

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Three-time World Cup winners Germany face Algeria in a last-16 clash tinged with history on Monday while France and Nigeria square off in another intriguing Europe against Africa contest.

The Germany-Algeria match in Porto Alegre is their first meeting since the 1982 World Cup, where Algeria beat West Germany in a group match but then were eliminated when Germany beat Austria 1-0 in a match that both teams appeared to collude to produce a result that allowed the two neighbors to advance.

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Africa’s contenders face European examinations

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 30 (Reuters) – Three-time World Cup winners Germany face Algeria in a last-16 clash tinged with history on Monday while France and Nigeria square off in another intriguing Europe against Africa contest.

The Germany-Algeria match in Porto Alegre is their first meeting since the 1982 World Cup, where Algeria beat West Germany in a group match but then were eliminated when Germany beat Austria 1-0 in a match that both teams appeared to collude to produce a result that allowed the two neighbours to advance.

Jun 28, 2014

‘Disgrace of Gijon’ irrelevant for Algeria match: Loew

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (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

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.

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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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