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Jul 7, 2014

Germany want fourth World Cup to fill hole in their soul

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – History weighs heavily on the shoulders of soccer players from Germany, a country that latches on to the glory of its three World Cup titles with special reverence – in part due to a shortage of national heroes after its belligerent 20th century.

Winning trophies, and especially the World Cup, is special in countries almost everywhere but for Germans the dreams, aspirations and identity of the entire nation are closely linked to their success or failure in the four-yearly tournament.

Jul 7, 2014

Soccer-Germany want fourth World Cup to fill hole in their soul

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 7 (Reuters) – History weighs heavily on the shoulders of soccer players from Germany, a country that latches on to the glory of its three World Cup titles with special reverence – in part due to a shortage of national heroes after its belligerent 20th century.

Winning trophies, and especially the World Cup, is special in countries almost everywhere but for Germans the dreams, aspirations and identity of the entire nation are closely linked to their success – or failure – in the four-yearly tournament.

Jul 7, 2014

Brazil crowd turns against Germany near base camp

SANTA CRUZ CABRALIA Brazil (Reuters) – Brazil fans near Germany’s World Cup base on the Atlantic coast turned against Joachim Loew’s squad as they departed on Monday on the eve of their semi-final against the host nation.

Crowds of local residents from the town of Santa Cruz Cabralia, who had been cheering and applauding Germany’s players in recent weeks as they left for matches and returned home, showed their allegiance by chanting “Brazil, Brazil, Brazil”.

Jul 7, 2014

Soccer-Brazil crowd turns against Germany near base camp

SANTA CRUZ CABRALIA, Brazil, July 7 (Reuters) – Brazil fans near Germany’s World Cup base on the Atlantic coast turned against Joachim Loew’s squad as they departed on Monday on the eve of their semi-final against the host nation.

Crowds of local residents from the town of Santa Cruz Cabralia, who had been cheering and applauding Germany’s players in recent weeks as they left for matches and returned home, showed their allegiance by chanting “Brazil, Brazil, Brazil”.

Jul 7, 2014

Germany scours university data for tips to beat Brazil, coach says

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – That no European team has won any of the previous six World Cups in Latin America is not a daunting prospect for Germany as they head into Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final against hosts Brazil, according to assistant coach Hansi Flick.

Three-times World Cup winners Germany are confident that two years of meticulous university research combined with their own scouting and preparations for the conditions will give them an edge against five-times winners Brazil on their home turf.

Jul 7, 2014

Soccer-Germany scours university data for tips to beat Brazil, coach says

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 7 (Reuters) – That no European team has won any of the previous six World Cups in Latin America is not a daunting prospect for Germany as they head into Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final against hosts Brazil, according to assistant coach Hansi Flick.

Three-times World Cup winners Germany are confident that two years of meticulous university research combined with their own scouting and preparations for the conditions will give them an edge against five-times winners Brazil on their home turf.

Jul 6, 2014

Germany happy with Ozil’s wider role

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany’s coaching staff fended off criticism of Mesut Ozil on Sunday and said they are more than satisfied with the way he has adapted to his new role in the team.

The 25-year-old previously played at the heart of Germany’s high-scoring 4-2-3-1 system, catching the eye with some brilliant goals and delightful passing.

Jul 6, 2014

Soccer-Germany happy with Ozil’s wider role

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 6 (Reuters) – Germany’s coaching staff fended off criticism of Mesut Ozil on Sunday and said they are more than satisfied with the way he has adapted to his new role in the team.

The 25-year-old previously played at the heart of Germany’s high-scoring 4-2-3-1 system, catching the eye with some brilliant goals and delightful passing.

Jul 6, 2014

Referee must be strong in semi-final, says Loew

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – The current Brazil team bear little resemblance to their artistic sides of the past and Germany coach Joachim Loew hopes Tuesday’s semi-final referee takes a tough stance against any attempts to disrupt the flow of the game.

“I watched the Brazil-Colombia match and there were countless fouls by both teams, fouls where players just jumped into someone else’s back to disrupt play,” Loew told German television.

Jul 6, 2014

Soccer-Ref must be strong in semi-final, says Loew

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 6 (Reuters) – The current Brazil team bear little resemblance to their artistic sides of the past and Germany coach Joachim Loew hopes Tuesday’s semi-final referee takes a tough stance against any attempts to disrupt the flow of the game.

“I watched the Brazil-Colombia match and there were countless fouls by both teams, fouls where players just jumped into someone else’s back to disrupt play,” Loew told German television.

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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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