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Jul 5, 2014

Mertesacker, Schweinsteiger on sidelines at training

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany’s Per Mertesacker, suffering with a slight bout of flu, was the only player in the squad not taking part in a light training session on Saturday at their World Cup base in northeastern Brazil.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, who coach Joachim Loew had indicated might be exhausted after playing the last three matches, was not involved in drills on the pitch with his team mates and instead worked out on an exercise bike in the shade.

Jul 5, 2014

Soccer-Mertesacker, Schweinsteiger on sidelines at training

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, July 5 (Reuters) – Germany’s Per Mertesacker, suffering with a slight bout of flu, was the only player in the squad not taking part in a light training session on Saturday at their World Cup base in northeastern Brazil.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, who coach Joachim Loew had indicated might be exhausted after playing the last three matches, was not involved in drills on the pitch with his team mates and instead worked out on an exercise bike in the shade.

Jul 3, 2014

At World Cup it’s ‘Bayern Munich ueber alles’ with 14 goals

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Bayern Munich players are leaving their mark at the World Cup, putting behind them a disappointing 2013/14 season by their own lofty standards, leading the unofficial scoring table for clubs.

A total of 14 goals have been scored by their players led by Thomas Mueller (Germany) with four goals followed by Arjen Robben (Netherlands) and Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) with three goals each.

Jul 3, 2014

‘Nervenstaerke’- the secret of Germany shootout success

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (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

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.

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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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