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Jul 8, 2014

Analysis – Sparkling German blend is toast of the World Cup

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – It takes years for a fine wine to mature and the Germany team that ripped Brazil apart 7-1 in an astonishing World Cup semi-final has become a rare vintage with coach Joachim Loew finally getting the blend right.

On a day that rocked world football, Loew, in charge since 2006, managed to find the right mix of players, distilling what no doubt is the finest Germany team in decades.

Jul 8, 2014

Soccer-Sparkling German blend is toast of the World Cup

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 8 (Reuters) – It takes years for a fine wine to mature and the Germany team that ripped Brazil apart 7-1 in an astonishing World Cup semi-final has become a rare vintage with coach Joachim Loew finally getting the blend right.

On a day that rocked world football, Loew, in charge since 2006, managed to find the right mix of players, distilling what no doubt is the finest Germany team in decades.

Jul 7, 2014

Ref who missed Suarez bite in limelight for Brazil v Germany

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – The Mexican referee who missed Luis Suarez’s bite in the World Cup had encouragement from Brazil but a warning from Germany on the eve of Tuesday’s semi-final which he will also officiate.

Marco Rodriguez refereed the Uruguay v Italy group game when striker Suarez bit defender Giorgio Chiellini off the ball.

Jul 7, 2014

Neymar’s absence could make Brazil stronger, says Loew

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – The absence of Brazil forward Neymar and captain Thiago Silva in their World Cup semi-final against Germany on Tuesday could make the hosts stronger, Germany coach Joachim Loew said on Monday.

Neymar is out of the tournament with a back injury suffered in the quarter-final victory over Colombia in what is seen as a massive blow to the hosts’ chances of winning a sixth title.

Jul 7, 2014

Soccer-Neymar’s absence could make Brazil stronger, says Loew

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 7 (Reuters) – The absence of Brazil forward Neymar and captain Thiago Silva in their World Cup semi-final against Germany on Tuesday could make the hosts stronger, Germany coach Joachim Loew said on Monday.

Neymar is out of the tournament with a back injury suffered in the quarter-final victory over Colombia in what is seen as a massive blow to the hosts’ chances of winning a sixth title.

Jul 7, 2014

Soccer-Ref who missed Suarez bite in limelight for Brazil v Germany

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 7 (Reuters) – The Mexican referee who missed Luis Suarez’s bite in the World Cup had encouragement from Brazil but a warning from Germany on the eve of Tuesday’s semi-final which he will also officiate.

Marco Rodriguez refereed the Uruguay v Italy group game when striker Suarez bit defender Giorgio Chiellini off the ball.

Jul 7, 2014

Fourth substitute good option for coaches-Germany’s Loew

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Having a fourth substitution during extra time at the World Cup knockout stage would be welcomed by coaches, especially when teams have to play consecutive games over 120 minutes, Germany coach Joachim Loew said on Monday.

Loew said players were feeling the impact after a long season in Brazil’s month-long World Cup with kick-off times in early afternoon adding more strain.

Jul 7, 2014

Soccer-Fourth substitute good option for coaches-Germany’s Loew

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 7 (Reuters) – Having a fourth substitution during extra time at the World Cup knockout stage would be welcomed by coaches, especially when teams have to play consecutive games over 120 minutes, Germany coach Joachim Loew said on Monday.

Loew said players were feeling the impact after a long season in Brazil’s month-long World Cup with kick-off times in early afternoon adding more strain.

Jul 7, 2014

Four key battles in World Cup semi-final Brazil vs. Germany

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Here are four key battles in Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany in Belo Horizonte’s Mineirao stadium.

Brazil defender Dante v Germany striker Miroslav Klose: This could be the most decisive battle in the game with the central defender shouldering the burden of responsibility in the hosts’ backline following the suspension of captain Thiago Silva.

Jul 7, 2014

Soccer-Four key battles in World Cup semi-final Brazil v Germany

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 7 (Reuters) – Here are four key battles in Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany in Belo Horizonte’s Mineirao stadium.

Brazil defender Dante v Germany striker Miroslav Klose: This could be the most decisive battle in the game with the central defender shouldering the burden of responsibility in the hosts’ backline following the suspension of captain Thiago Silva.

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