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Jun 27, 2014

Schweinsteiger not a happy camper for Germany

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has not been a happy camper at the World Cup in Brazil.

The brooding 29-year-old jogged silently with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at Germany’s training session on Friday without a smile or a word in the direction of dozens of journalists, fuelling speculation he is perturbed by his role as a reserve.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-Schweinsteiger not a happy camper for Germany

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 27 (Reuters) – Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has not been a happy camper at the World Cup in Brazil.

The brooding 29-year-old jogged silently with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at Germany’s training session on Friday without a smile or a word in the direction of dozens of journalists, fuelling speculation he is perturbed by his role as a reserve.

Jun 27, 2014

Supersubs break records, hearts with late goals galore

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Substitutes have been lighting up the scoreboards at the World Cup with dazzling performances that have sparked their teams back to life and secured wins or draws that have made their coaches look like geniuses.

When Germany fell 2-1 behind to Ghana late in the second half of their Group G match, Miroslav Klose came off the bench to equalize with his first touch less than two minutes later.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-Supersubs break records, hearts with late goals galore

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 27 (Reuters) – Substitutes have been lighting up the scoreboards at the World Cup with dazzling performances that have sparked their teams back to life and secured wins or draws that have made their coaches look like geniuses.

When Germany fell 2-1 behind to Ghana late in the second half of their Group G match, Miroslav Klose came off the bench to equalise with his first touch less than two minutes later.

Jun 26, 2014

Cautious Germany win with attacking flair on hold

By Erik Kirschbaum

(Reuters) – With little of the style, pizzazz and attacking courage that has been their trademark for the last decade, Germany reverted to a colourless, old-fashioned, result-oriented soccer of yesteryear on Thursday to beat an unexpectedly dangerous U.S. team.

Their solid if unspectacular 1-0 victory over the Americans and their erstwhile mentor Juergen Klinsmann was good enough to win Group G with seven of the nine available points.

Jun 26, 2014

Soccer- Cautious Germany win with attacking flair on hold

June 26 (Reuters) – With little of the style, pizzazz and attacking courage that has been their trademark for the last decade, Germany reverted to a colourless, old-fashioned, result-oriented soccer of yesteryear on Thursday to beat an unexpectedly dangerous U.S. team.

Their solid if unspectacular 1-0 victory over the Americans and their erstwhile mentor Juergen Klinsmann was good enough to win Group G with seven of the nine available points.

Jun 25, 2014

German neck-biter Kahn understands Suarez

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Oliver Kahn, who once nibbled on the neck of a Bundesliga opponent and went after another with a kung-fu-style kick in the same game, believes he understands what is going on inside the head of Luis Suarez.

The former Germany goalkeeper escaped punishment for the twin outbursts against Borussia Dortmund in a 1999 Bundesliga match. A decade later Kahn admitted he was under so much strain at the time that he lost control.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-German neck-biter Kahn understands Suarez

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 25 (Reuters) – Oliver Kahn, who once nibbled on the neck of a Bundesliga opponent and went after another with a kung-fu-style kick in the same game, believes he understands what is going on inside the head of Luis Suarez.

The former Germany goalkeeper escaped punishment for the twin outbursts against Borussia Dortmund in a 1999 Bundesliga match. A decade later Kahn admitted he was under so much strain at the time that he lost control.

Jun 25, 2014

Argentina eye top spot, France look to secure last 16 place

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Argentina bid to secure top spot in World Cup Group F against a Nigeria side looking to reach the last 16 while France, almost assured of qualification from Group E, take on Ecuador on Wednesday.

Twice World Cup winners Argentina lead Group F with six points and have already qualified. To win the group they need at least a draw against the Africa champions, in second with four points and the only team yet to concede a goal.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Argentina eye top spot, France look to secure last 16 place

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 25 (Reuters) – Argentina bid to secure top spot in World Cup Group F against a Nigeria side looking to reach the last 16 while France, almost assured of qualification from Group E, take on Ecuador on Wednesday.

Twice World Cup winners Argentina lead Group F with six points and have already qualified. To win the group they need at least a draw against the Africa champions, in second with four points and the only team yet to concede a goal.

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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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