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Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-Mertesacker outburst reflects Germany’s great expectations

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 1 (Reuters) – The usually mild-mannered Per Mertesacker for once lost his temper, his angry riposte startling a German TV reporter who had dared ask the defender why Germany had laboured into the World Cup quarter-finals.

“What do you want from me? What do you want?” Mertesacker snapped after Germany’s 2-1 extra-time win over Algeria on Monday. “We’re in the last eight and that’s what counts.”

Jun 30, 2014

Africa’s contenders face European examinations

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Three-time World Cup winners Germany face Algeria in a last-16 clash tinged with history on Monday while France and Nigeria square off in another intriguing Europe against Africa contest.

The Germany-Algeria match in Porto Alegre is their first meeting since the 1982 World Cup, where Algeria beat West Germany in a group match but then were eliminated when Germany beat Austria 1-0 in a match that both teams appeared to collude to produce a result that allowed the two neighbors to advance.

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Africa’s contenders face European examinations

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 30 (Reuters) – Three-time World Cup winners Germany face Algeria in a last-16 clash tinged with history on Monday while France and Nigeria square off in another intriguing Europe against Africa contest.

The Germany-Algeria match in Porto Alegre is their first meeting since the 1982 World Cup, where Algeria beat West Germany in a group match but then were eliminated when Germany beat Austria 1-0 in a match that both teams appeared to collude to produce a result that allowed the two neighbours to advance.

Jun 28, 2014

‘Disgrace of Gijon’ irrelevant for Algeria match: Loew

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany coach Joachim Loew is fed up with analogies drawn between the 1982 World Cup when West Germany lost to Algeria – their next opponents on Monday – then coasted to a convenient 1-0 win over Austria to eliminate the Africans.

Noting that most of his players were not even born 32 years ago, Loew said it was also absurd to use terms like “revenge” and “vengeance” for a match between two teams who have not met since that game at the finals in Gijon, Spain.

Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-’Disgrace of Gijon’ irrelevant for Algeria match – Loew

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 28 (Reuters) – Germany coach Joachim Loew is fed up with analogies drawn between the 1982 World Cup when West Germany lost to Algeria – their next opponents on Monday – then coasted to a convenient 1-0 win over Austria to eliminate the Africans.

Noting that most of his players were not even born 32 years ago, Loew said it was also absurd to use terms like “revenge” and “vengeance” for a match between two teams who have not met since that game at the finals in Gijon, Spain.

Jun 28, 2014

Loew says Latin American passion has hastened European exits

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Latin American teams have been highly motivated in their home region and have coped better with the heat and humidity, helping explain why so many European teams were knocked out at the World Cup’s group stage, Germany coach Joachim Loew said on Saturday.

“The South American teams are obviously at home on their own continent and the Central American teams are also keen to prove to the world the great class they have and how strong they are,” Loew said.

Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-Loew says Latin American passion has hastened European exits

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 28 (Reuters) – Latin American teams have been highly motivated in their home region and have coped better with the heat and humidity, helping explain why so many European teams were knocked out at the World Cup’s group stage, Germany coach Joachim Loew said on Saturday.

“The South American teams are obviously at home on their own continent and the Central American teams are also keen to prove to the world the great class they have and how strong they are,” Loew said.

Jun 28, 2014

Loew says Germany must improve finishing in knockout round

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany can play much better than they did in the group phase of the World Cup with the team needing to improve its finishing, coach Joachim Loew told reporters at the team’s base camp in a remote resort on the Atlantic coast.

“A World Cup is a marathon and not a 100-metre dash where you go all out at the start with the best-possible performance – that’ll backfire,” said Loew.

Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-Loew says Germany must improve finishing in knockout round

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 28 (Reuters) – Germany can play much better than they did in the group phase of the World Cup with the team needing to improve its finishing, coach Joachim Loew told reporters at the team’s base camp in a remote resort on the Atlantic coast.

“A World Cup is a marathon and not a 100-metre dash where you go all out at the start with the best-possible performance – that’ll backfire,” said Loew.

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.

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