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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.

Jun 23, 2014

Germany rejects Klinsmann criticism of unfair advantages

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany rejected criticism on Monday from U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann that FIFA deliberately scheduled matches and locations to benefit favorites because the Germans have an extra day to recover ahead of Thursday’s clash.

Assistant coach Hansi Flick also dismissed Klinsmann’s argument that the U.S. had a longer journey to their second Group G match in Manaus, but sidestepped whether the top seeds in the draw got preferential treatment in the scheduling.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Germany rejects Klinsmann criticism of unfair advantages

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) – Germany rejected criticism on Monday from U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann that FIFA deliberately scheduled matches and locations to benefit favourites because the Germans have an extra day to recover ahead of Thursday’s clash.

Assistant coach Hansi Flick also dismissed Klinsmann’s argument that the U.S. had a longer journey to their second Group G match in Manaus, but sidestepped whether the top seeds in the draw got preferential treatment in the scheduling.

Jun 23, 2014

Germans rule out convenient draw v U.S.

SANTO ANDRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany will go all out to beat the United States in their final World Cup Group G match and would not dream of settling for the draw that would send both teams through, defender Mats Hummels and assistant coach Hansi Flick said on Monday.

“That would be extremely unsportsmanlike to even entertain any thoughts in that direction,” Hummels told reporters at the German base camp.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Germans rule out convenient draw v U.S.

SANTO ANDRE, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) – Germany will go all out to beat the United States in their final World Cup Group G match and would not dream of settling for the draw that would send both teams through, defender Mats Hummels and assistant coach Hansi Flick said on Monday.

“That would be extremely unsportsmanlike to even entertain any thoughts in that direction,” Hummels told reporters at the German base camp.

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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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