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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.

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.

Jun 24, 2014

For Germany’s Mueller, 1982 scandal is ancient history

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Thomas Mueller wasn’t born until seven years after West Germany’s “Disgrace of Gijon” at the 1982 World Cup and he made it clear on Tuesday that the infamous “non-aggression pact” match against Austria is ancient history for him.

“How do you pronounce that word, Chi-con?, Gich-on? Gigon?” the 24-year-old midfielder said with an impish grin when asked about the match in the Spanish city of Gijon where West Germany and Austria appeared to collude for a result that helped both advance.

Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-For Germany’s Mueller, 1982 scandal is ancient history

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 24 (Reuters) – Thomas Mueller wasn’t born until seven years after West Germany’s “Disgrace of Gijon” at the 1982 World Cup and he made it clear on Tuesday that the infamous “non-aggression pact” match against Austria is ancient history for him.

“How do you pronounce that word, Chi-con?, Gich-on? Gigon?” the 24-year-old midfielder said with an impish grin when asked about the match in the Spanish city of Gijon where West Germany and Austria appeared to collude for a result that helped both advance.

Jun 24, 2014

Doubts grow about Lahm’s role in Germany team

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Doubts about the wisdom of starting captain Philipp Lahm as a central midfielder after he excelled in the last two World Cups as a defender for Germany have gained momentum after the 30-year-old failed to shine in their first two matches.

Even though Germany has a shortage of defenders and a surfeit of outstanding midfielders, coach Joachim Loew has insisted that he will keep Lahm as a holding midfielder against the United States in their Group G showdown match on Thursday.

Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-Doubts grow about Lahm’s role in Germany team

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 24 (Reuters) – Doubts about the wisdom of starting captain Philipp Lahm as a central midfielder after he excelled in the last two World Cups as a defender for Germany have gained momentum after the 30-year-old failed to shine in their first two matches.

Even though Germany has a shortage of defenders and a surfeit of outstanding midfielders, coach Joachim Loew has insisted that he will keep Lahm as a holding midfielder against the United States in their Group G showdown match on Thursday.

Jun 23, 2014

Germany defender surprised by strong U.S. in World Cup

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Three-times World Cup winners Germany and their legions of fans once thought they would have an easy time against the United States in their Group G match, but Mats Hummels said on Monday the Americans were a lot better than expected.

Soccer superpower Germany will be in for a battle against the United States and their German coach Juergen Klinsmann in the showdown, Hummels told a news conference at the German base camp on Brazil’s Atlantic coast in Santo Andre.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Germany defender surprised by strong U.S. in World Cup

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) – Three-times World Cup winners Germany and their legions of fans once thought they would have an easy time against the United States in their Group G match, but Mats Hummels said on Monday the Americans were a lot better than expected.

Soccer superpower Germany will be in for a battle against the United States and their German coach Juergen Klinsmann in the showdown, Hummels told a news conference at the German base camp on Brazil’s Atlantic coast in Santo Andre.

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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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