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Jul 5, 2014

Soccer-Germany reap rewards from increased focus on set pieces

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 5 (Reuters) – Set pieces have helped propel Germany into the semi-final of the World Cup, dispelling any doubts coach Joachim Loew had about the value of time spent practising deadball situations.

Loew admitted before the tournament that he was sceptical about the value of spending a lot of time practicing set pieces but has evidently changed his mind after the success so far.

Jul 5, 2014

Germany sorry about Neymar injury

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – The loss of Brazil forward Neymar to injury is a setback for the entire World Cup tournament, Germany assistant coach Hansi Flick said on Saturday.

Brazil will face Germany in the semi-finals on Tuesday and Flick believes the hosts have enough top players to compensate for the loss of their talisman.

Jul 5, 2014

Soccer-Germany sorry about Neymar injury

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 5 (Reuters) – The loss of Brazil forward Neymar to injury is a setback for the entire World Cup tournament, Germany assistant coach Hansi Flick said on Saturday.

Brazil will face Germany in the semi-finals on Tuesday and Flick believes the hosts have enough top players to compensate for the loss of their talisman.

Jul 5, 2014

Mertesacker, Schweinsteiger on sidelines at training

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany’s Per Mertesacker, suffering with a slight bout of flu, was the only player in the squad not taking part in a light training session on Saturday at their World Cup base in northeastern Brazil.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, who coach Joachim Loew had indicated might be exhausted after playing the last three matches, was not involved in drills on the pitch with his team mates and instead worked out on an exercise bike in the shade.

Jul 5, 2014

Soccer-Mertesacker, Schweinsteiger on sidelines at training

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 5 (Reuters) – Germany’s Per Mertesacker, suffering with a slight bout of flu, was the only player in the squad not taking part in a light training session on Saturday at their World Cup base in northeastern Brazil.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, who coach Joachim Loew had indicated might be exhausted after playing the last three matches, was not involved in drills on the pitch with his team mates and instead worked out on an exercise bike in the shade.

Jul 3, 2014

At World Cup it’s ‘Bayern Munich ueber alles’ with 14 goals

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Bayern Munich players are leaving their mark at the World Cup, putting behind them a disappointing 2013/14 season by their own lofty standards, leading the unofficial scoring table for clubs.

A total of 14 goals have been scored by their players led by Thomas Mueller (Germany) with four goals followed by Arjen Robben (Netherlands) and Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) with three goals each.

Jul 3, 2014

‘Nervenstaerke’- the secret of Germany shootout success

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany have gone to penalty shootouts four times in previous World Cups and emerged the winners all four times while converting 17 penalties in 18 attempts – what’s the secret behind that uncanny success?

“A lot of that has to do with ‘Nervenstaerke’,” said Germany goalkeeping coach Andreas Koepke, using a term that means ‘strength of nerves’ but sounds better in German.

Jul 3, 2014

Soccer-’Nervenstaerke’ – the secret of Germany shootout success

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 3 (Reuters) – Germany have gone to penalty shootouts four times in previous World Cups and emerged the winners all four times while converting 17 penalties in 18 attempts – what’s the secret behind that uncanny success?

“A lot of that has to do with ‘Nervenstaerke’,” said Germany goalkeeping coach Andreas Koepke, using a term that means ‘strength of nerves’ but sounds better in German.

Jul 3, 2014

Schuerrle wants to start after sparking Germany win

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Andre Schuerrle is hoping his strong performance for Germany against underdogs Algeria will lead to a starting berth against France in the World Cup quarter-finals on Friday.

Schuerrle, who scored Germany’s first goal early in extra-time in their 2-1 victory in the round of 16 on Monday, sparked his struggling teammates after coming off the bench at halftime. He had played just 29 minutes before that in two group matches.

Jul 3, 2014

Soccer-Schuerrle wants to start after sparking Germany win

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 3 (Reuters) – Andre Schuerrle is hoping his strong performance for Germany against underdogs Algeria will lead to a starting berth against France in the World Cup quarter-finals on Friday.

Schuerrle, who scored Germany’s first goal early in extra-time in their 2-1 victory in the round of 16 on Monday, sparked his struggling teammates after coming off the bench at halftime. He had played just 29 minutes before that in two group matches.

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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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