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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.

Jun 17, 2014

German media heap praise on Loew’s team for Portugal rout

By Erik Kirschbaum

(Reuters) – German media was full of praise on Tuesday for a sterling performance by Joachim Loew’s team in their opening 4-0 World Cup win over Portugal that instantly wiped away fears they might have lost their edge.

From the Black Forest in the south to the Baltic Sea in the north, newspapers and commentators expressed awe over the way hat-trick hero Thomas Mueller and his team mates destroyed Portugal – considered their toughest Group G opponents.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-German media heap praise on Loew’s team for Portugal rout

June 16 (Reuters) – German media was full of praise on Tuesday for a sterling performance by Joachim Loew’s team in their opening 4-0 World Cup win over Portugal that instantly wiped away fears they might have lost their edge.

From the Black Forest in the south to the Baltic Sea in the north, newspapers and commentators expressed awe over the way hat-trick hero Thomas Mueller and his team mates destroyed Portugal – considered their toughest Group G opponents.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Beckenbauer will answer FIFA questions, wants ban lifted

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Franz Beckenbauer said on Sunday he was ready to answer questions from FIFA about an investigation into World Cup bidding by June 27 and believed that should remove any justification for its 90-day ban on him.

In a statement released via Twitter on Sunday, his spokesman Marcus Hoefl said that Beckenbauer’s readiness to answer the questions by FIFA’s ethics committee lifts any reason to uphold the ban issued by soccer’s world governing body on Friday.

Jun 15, 2014

Beckenbauer will answer FIFA questions, wants ban lifted

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Franz Beckenbauer said on Sunday he was ready to answer questions from FIFA about an investigation into World Cup bidding by June 27 and believed that should remove any justification for its 90-day ban on him.

In a statement released via Twitter on Sunday, his spokesman Marcus Hoefl said that Beckenbauer’s readiness to answer the questions by FIFA’s ethics committee lifts any reason to uphold the ban issued by soccer’s world governing body on Friday.

Jun 14, 2014

German style can win over Brazilian fans: Podolski

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – The tropics of northern Brazil are a long way from home for Lukas Podolski and his Germany team mates yet the forward is hoping their attacking style will win over many Brazilians for their opening World Cup match against Portugal on Monday.

Brazil’s language and cultural ties to Portugal might put Germany in the role of ostensible outsiders in the Group G match in Salvador.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-German style can win over Brazilian fans – Podolski

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 14 (Reuters) – The tropics of northern Brazil are a long way from home for Lukas Podolski and his Germany team mates yet the forward is hoping their attacking style will win over many Brazilians for their opening World Cup match against Portugal on Monday.

Brazil’s language and cultural ties to Portugal might put Germany in the role of ostensible outsiders in the Group G match in Salvador.

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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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