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Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-Too much pressure caused Brazil meltdown, say Germans

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 9 (Reuters) – Germany coach Joachim Loew believes Brazil’s players were overwhelmed by the pressure of trying to win the World Cup at home, a sentiment expressed by several current and former players after their 7-1 semi-final mauling.

Germany, who have had a sport psychologist with the team since 2004, have also gone to great lengths to shield their players from the pressures at the World Cup, setting up their base at a fortress-like purpose-built compound on a remote beach in rural north-eastern Brazil.

Jul 9, 2014

Hummels re-injures knee but expects to be ready for final

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany defender Mats Hummels is undergoing treatment for a knee injury but should be fit to play in the World Cup final on Sunday, team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Wednesday.

Hummels asked to be taken off at halftime in the World Cup semi-final against Brazil on Tuesday due to the injury. He first hurt his knee in Germany’s 4-0 win over Portugal at the start of the tournament.

Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-Hummels re-injures knee but expects to be ready for final

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 9 (Reuters) – Germany defender Mats Hummels is undergoing treatment for a knee injury but should be fit to play in the World Cup final on Sunday, team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Wednesday.

Hummels asked to be taken off at halftime in the World Cup semi-final against Brazil on Tuesday due to the injury. He first hurt his knee in Germany’s 4-0 win over Portugal at the start of the tournament.

Jul 9, 2014

Germany’s Kroos finally delivers to silence critics

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany midfielder Toni Kroos not only silenced Brazil’s fans with his scintillating performance in Tuesday’s astonishing 7-1 World Cup semi-final victory but also countless critics back home as well.

Annoyed by lingering accusations that he might have been largely to blame for Germany’s lackluster semi-final defeat by Italy two years ago at Euro 2012, Kroos played arguably the best of his 50 matches for Germany on Tuesday.

Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-Germany’s Kroos finally delivers to silence critics

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 9 (Reuters) – Germany midfielder Toni Kroos not only silenced Brazil’s fans with his scintillating performance in Tuesday’s astonishing 7-1 World Cup semi-final victory but also countless critics back home as well.

Annoyed by lingering accusations that he might have been largely to blame for Germany’s lacklustre semi-final defeat by Italy two years ago at Euro 2012, Kroos played arguably the best of his 50 matches for Germany on Tuesday.

Jul 9, 2014

Germany receive heroes welcome from Brazilians near base

SANTA CRUZ CABRALIA Brazil (Reuters) – Brazilians in a northeastern town near Germany’s training base adopted an “if you can’t beat them, join them” approach to Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final defeat by throwing their support behind the side that had thrashed them 7-1 just hours earlier.

Several hundred Brazilians waited for hours in the pouring rain to cheer the Germany players as they disembarked their team bus shortly after midnight and boarded a ferry for the crossing to their quarters in Santo Andre.

Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-Germany receive heroes welcome from Brazilians near base

SANTA CRUZ CABRALIA, Brazil, July 9 (Reuters) – Brazilians in a northeastern town near Germany’s training base adopted an “if you can’t beat them, join them” approach to Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final defeat by throwing their support behind the side that had thrashed them 7-1 just hours earlier.

Several hundred Brazilians waited for hours in the pouring rain to cheer the Germany players as they disembarked their team bus shortly after midnight and boarded a ferry for the crossing to their quarters in Santo Andre.

Jul 8, 2014

Germany’s soft-spoken Klose sets scoring record

By Erik Kirschbaum

(Reuters) – Germany striker Miroslav Klose became the World Cup’s all-time record scorer with his 16th goal during their semi-final against Brazil on Tuesday, eclipsing former Brazil striker Ronaldo in the record books with his 23rd minute strike.

The 36-year-old, playing in his fourth World Cup, had already equalled Ronaldo on 15 goals with his dramatic strike in Germany’s 2-2 draw against Ghana in the group stage before moving ahead on Tuesday in the match in Belo Horizonte.

Jul 8, 2014

Soccer-Germany’s soft-spoken Klose sets scoring record

July 8 (Reuters) – Germany striker Miroslav Klose became the World Cup’s all-time record scorer with his 16th goal during their semi-final against Brazil on Tuesday, eclipsing former Brazil striker Ronaldo in the record books with his 23rd minute strike.

The 36-year-old, playing in his fourth World Cup, had already equalled Ronaldo on 15 goals with his dramatic strike in Germany’s 2-2 draw against Ghana in the group stage before moving ahead on Tuesday in the match in Belo Horizonte.

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.

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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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