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Jun 2, 2014

Germany drop Volland, Schmelzer, Mustafi from World Cup squad

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will travel to this month’s World Cup in Brazil with only one out-and-out striker to end their 18-year wait for an international title after coach Joachim Loew cut Kevin Volland from his final 23-man squad on Monday.

Hoffenheim forward Volland joined defender Shkodran Mustafi and left back Marcel Schmelzer, still nursing a knee injury, as the three players left out of the final squad after being included in a provisional selection for a training camp in Italy.

Jun 2, 2014

Soccer-Germany drop Volland, Schmelzer, Mustafi from World Cup squad

BERLIN, June 2 (Reuters) – Germany will travel to this month’s World Cup in Brazil with only one out-and-out striker to end their 18-year wait for an international title after coach Joachim Loew cut Kevin Volland from his final 23-man squad on Monday.

Hoffenheim forward Volland joined defender Shkodran Mustafi and left back Marcel Schmelzer, still nursing a knee injury, as the three players left out of the final squad after being included in a provisional selection for a training camp in Italy.

May 24, 2014

Germany’s Reus, Goetze itching for action in Brazil

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s versatile attacking midfielders Marco Reus and Mario Goetze are hoping their time to shine in the national team will come at the World Cup in Brazil next month after both players endured a disappointing maiden tournament at Euro 2012.

The 24-year-old Reus and Goetze, 21, are considered the best players of their generation in Germany but they have yet to leave their mark in a major tournament for their country.

May 24, 2014

Soccer-Germany’s Reus, Goetze itching for action in Brazil

BERLIN, May 24 (Reuters) – Germany’s versatile attacking midfielders Marco Reus and Mario Goetze are hoping their time to shine in the national team will come at the World Cup in Brazil next month after both players endured a disappointing maiden tournament at Euro 2012.

The 24-year-old Reus and Goetze, 21, are considered the best players of their generation in Germany but they have yet to leave their mark in a major tournament for their country.

May 21, 2014

Bayern renew call for goalline technology in Bundesliga

BERLIN (Reuters) – Bayern Munich have again called for the introduction of goalline technology in the Bundesliga, only days after the double winners benefited from a lack of it during the German Cup final on Saturday.

Bayern beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 with both goals scored in extra time but the losing side were aggrieved that a Mats Hummels header midway through the second half was not allowed to stand.

May 21, 2014

Soccer-Bayern renew call for goalline technology in Bundesliga

BERLIN, May 21 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich have again called for the introduction of goalline technology in the Bundesliga, only days after the double winners benefited from a lack of it during the German Cup final on Saturday.

Bayern beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 with both goals scored in extra time but the losing side were aggrieved that a Mats Hummels header midway through the second half was not allowed to stand.

May 21, 2014

Germany to tune World Cup challenge at Alpine retreat

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Germany launched their World Cup preparations on Wednesday with the start of a 10-day training camp in the Italian Alps aimed at fine-tuning a team bidding for a first international title in 18 years.

Germany coach Joachim Loew, in charge for his fourth tournament and second World Cup since taking over in 2006, has invited 27 players in his provisional squad which will be cut back to 23 by June 2.

May 21, 2014

Soccer-Germany to tune World Cup challenge at Alpine retreat

May 21 (Reuters) – Germany launched their World Cup preparations on Wednesday with the start of a 10-day training camp in the Italian Alps aimed at fine-tuning a team bidding for a first international title in 18 years.

Germany coach Joachim Loew, in charge for his fourth tournament and second World Cup since taking over in 2006, has invited 27 players in his provisional squad which will be cut back to 23 by June 2.

May 19, 2014

Party animal Van Gaal the perfect fit for United

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Dutch coach Louis van Gaal is a man who rarely goes unnoticed and he should feel right at home attempting to following in the massive footsteps of Manchester United club legend Alex Ferguson.

Emotional during victories and resembling a red-hot volcano ready to explode after defeats, the 62-year-old, who was named United manager on Monday, thrives in the spotlight.

May 19, 2014

Soccer-Party animal Van Gaal the perfect fit for United

May 19 (Reuters) – Dutch coach Louis van Gaal is a man who rarely goes unnoticed and he should feel right at home attempting to following in the massive footsteps of Manchester United club legend Alex Ferguson.

Emotional during victories and resembling a red-hot volcano ready to explode after defeats, the 62-year-old, who was named United manager on Monday, thrives in the spotlight.

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