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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.

Jul 6, 2014

Brazil may excel without Neymar, says Schweinsteiger

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger said on Sunday he was saddened Brazil’s Neymar will not feature in their semi-final but believed the hosts may play above themselves with the whole nation behind them.

He added Germany were looking forward to a classic game on Tuesday against Brazil, who won the 2002 World Cup final in the only previous clash between the pair at a major tournament. Schweinsteiger only wished it could have been the final.

Jul 6, 2014

Soccer-Brazil may excel without Neymar, says Schweinsteiger

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 6 (Reuters) – Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger said on Sunday he was saddened Brazil’s Neymar will not feature in their semi-final but believed the hosts may play above themselves with the whole nation behind them.

He added Germany were looking forward to a classic game on Tuesday against Brazil, who won the 2002 World Cup final in the only previous clash between the pair at a major tournament. Schweinsteiger only wished it could have been the final.

Jul 5, 2014

Germany shielded from public at beachside fortress

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany have spent most of their time at the World Cup behind the high walls of their ‘Campo Bahia’ fortress on the shores of the Atlantic – largely avoiding contact with fans, locals and the media.

With their uniquely meticulous style of doing things, the Germans have created an almost impermeable cocoon around their exclusive resort with its 14 luxury villas, shielding their players from the outside world and its distractions.

Jul 5, 2014

Soccer-Germany shielded from public at beachside fortress

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 5 (Reuters) – Germany have spent most of their time at the World Cup behind the high walls of their ‘Campo Bahia’ fortress on the shores of the Atlantic – largely avoiding contact with fans, locals and the media.

With their uniquely meticulous style of doing things, the Germans have created an almost impermeable cocoon around their exclusive resort with its 14 luxury villas, shielding their players from the outside world and its distractions.

Jul 5, 2014

Germany reap rewards from increased focus on set pieces

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (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 practicing deadball situations.

Loew admitted before the tournament that he was skeptical 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

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.

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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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