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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.

Jul 2, 2014

Germany haven’t played well and must improve, says Koepke

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany have not played well at times in the World Cup and the weaknesses are being critically analyzed and discussed internally, assistant coach Andreas Koepke said on Wednesday.

“Obviously not everything has been ideal so far and we’re aware of that,” Koepke told reporters when asked about the withering criticism back home and in the media about the team’s struggles against Algeria, the United States, Ghana.

Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-Germany haven’t played well and must improve, says Koepke

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 2 (Reuters) – Germany have not played well at times in the World Cup and the weaknesses are being critically analysed and discussed internally, assistant coach Andreas Koepke said on Wednesday.

“Obviously not everything has been ideal so far and we’re aware of that,” Koepke told reporters when asked about the withering criticism back home and in the media about the team’s struggles against Algeria, the United States, Ghana.

Jul 2, 2014

Germany consider moving Lahm to full back

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany are open to the option of moving captain Philipp Lahm to full back where he excelled in the last two World Cups, assistant coach Andreas Koepke said on Wednesday.

Responding to debate in Germany after Loew’s team struggled to beat Algeria 2-1 in extra time in the last 16, Koepke said switching Lahm from midfield where he has failed to shine was a possibility.

Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-Germany consider moving Lahm to full back

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 2 (Reuters) – Germany are open to the option of moving captain Philipp Lahm to full back where he excelled in the last two World Cups, assistant coach Andreas Koepke said on Wednesday.

Responding to debate in Germany after Loew’s team struggled to beat Algeria 2-1 in extra time in the last 16, Koepke said switching Lahm from midfield where he has failed to shine was a possibility.

Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-Neuer the toast of Germany after Algeria heroics

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Manuel Neuer, the latest in a long line of outstanding German goalkeepers, took the plaudits on Tuesday after almost single-handedly keeping the Germans’ wobbly defense together in a 2-1 extra-time win over Algeria in the World Cup last 16.

In arguably his best performance for his country, Neuer stopped seven Algeria shots and defused a number of dangerous counter-attacks playing like a sweeper with an astonishing 19 touches of the ball outside the penalty area and 59 in total.

Jul 1, 2014

Mertesacker outburst reflects Germany’s great expectations

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (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 labored 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.”

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.”

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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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