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Europeans clash – Germany Vs. England in FIFA World Cup

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Who does not love a game of football where the players combine agility with speed while tackling opposing players? With FIFA World Cup 2010 on, the football fever takes on a new meaning. The event opened with an inauguration ceremony made colorful with such celebrated music artistes like Alicia Keys, Shakira, Black Eyed Peas, John Legend and Angelique Kidjo performing at a concert on June 10 in South Africa. This year, the football lovers have witnessed some rare thrills. A fast-paced action is awaited on Sunday, June 27 when England meets old rival Germany in a Stage 2 match.
The English are not just masters at sophistication. England’s national football team is the jointoldest franchise in the world. This is a distinction matched only by Scotland with the two playing against each other in the world’s first international football match in 1872. Being one of the United Kingdom’s Home Nations, FIFA statutes allow the England football team to compete in all key professional tournaments, except Olympic Games. Head Coach Fabio Capello trains the present team which plays in the home ground of Wembley Stadium in London. England won the FIFA World Cup in 1966 thus becoming one of the seven national teams to do so. In 1990, they finished the World Cup with a fourth place. For the UEFA European Championship, they reached the semifinals twice in 1968 and 1996. England’s most memorable encounters have been against Germany and Scotland.
The German national football team is recognized as one of the three most successful national teams at international tournaments. Germany has been the winner of three World Cup tournaments and three European Championships thus being one of the three most successful national teams to achieve this feat. They have earned second place in four World Cup championships and three European Championships. Germany is listed as the only country to win both the men’s and women’s World Cups.
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Thursday, July 1st, 2010

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Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

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Old foes face Bloemfontein showdown
When England face Germany on Sunday, one of the greatest footballing rivalries will be renewed.

• Top Five: England v Germany
• Podolski: No reason to fear England
• Schweinsteiger trains
• Cacau ruled out of clash

The spectre of penalties will loom large over the England players, having suffered semi-final defeats on spot-kicks to a German team at both the 1990 World Cup and Euro 96, not to mention England’s unenviable position of having the worst record on penalties in world football. But if England are to continue a run of form which sees them unbeaten against Germany in three meetings on foreign soil then the focus must be on winning the match, and not any shootout.

The history between the two nations is well documented, with England’s one and only World Cup win coming against West Germany at Wembley in 1966. The Germans had the Indian sign over England for 34 years, including a showdown at the 1970 World Cup, a draw at the 1982 World Cup and those infamous shootouts, before England finally gained a competitive victory over Germany at Euro 2000.

The days of Germany ruling the roost over England now seem to be a thing of the past, with England winning 5-1 in Munich in a World Cup qualifier in 2001 and coming away victorious from Berlin in an international friendly in November 2008. Germany have also had their share of success in that time, though, so there is every reason to suggest this game will be a tight affair.

England are at full strength going into the game, with all 23 squad members taking part in training. With Ledley King back from a groin injury and Jamie Carragher available again following suspension, Fabio Capello has options at the back. England kept a clean sheet in picking up their first, crucial win over Slovenia on Wednesday and put in a much-improved overall performance, so it seems unlikely there will be any changes to the starting-line-up, with Matthew Upson keeping his place alongside John Terry.

The pressure will be on Wayne Rooney to finally get on the scoresheet after a disappointing campaign and, while there were positives against Slovenia, England’s top players must improve to oust Joachim Low’s side.

While England may put out an unchanged side, Germany have decisions to make. One is made for them as Miroslav Klose comes back from a one-match ban while Cacau, who started in his place against Ghana, will miss the match with a stomach strain.

More concerning is the fitness of Bastian Schweinsteiger, the lynchpin who, alongside Sami Khedira, has held the midfield together for Mesut Ozil to provide the attacking impetus. But Schweinsteiger has a thigh muscle injury and, with the England game coming just four days after the last group game, he may not have sufficient time to recover. If Low is forced to deploy Toni Kroos in his place, it could be pivotal, but Schweinsteiger took place in full training on Saturday.

Germany also have issues at left back. Bayern Munich’s Holger Badstuber played there in the first two games but came in for much criticism. Jerome Boateng was then brought in to start against Ghana but he was replaced in the 73rd minute by Marcell Jansen and also faces a race against time to prove his fitness. Low will probably not decide who plays there until Sunday.

Germany player to watch: Miroslav Klose. Second only to Gerd Muller in Germany’s all-time scoring chart, Klose went into the finals with questions to answer after a dismal season with Bayern Munich. A goal in the first game against Australia relieved some of the pressure but he was then controversially sent off against Serbia. England have yet to face a quality forward yet in the finals, with Robert Green’s gaffe against USA the only goal conceded, and despite Klose’s troubles, he is a tournament performer and his display could be the difference.

England player to watch: Jermain Defoe. With only one goal against a major nation, and that being in an international friendly against Netherlands, questions remain over Defoe’s pedigree on the biggest of stages. Goals against Andorra, Kahzakstan and Trinidad & Tobago and all well and good, but Germany will not allow the same time and space. His match-winning performance against Slovenia provided a timely boost, and his ability to shake off the shackles of the German back line may shape England’s hopes.

Key battle: Germany’s left-back v James Milner. The fact that we do not know if Badstuber, Boateng, Jansen or even Lahm will play on the left for Germany must pose problems for Low’s organisation at the back. After playing like a rabbit in the headlights against USA, Milner was dangerous on the wing against Slovenia and provided the cross for Defoe to guide home the winner. If Milner can again impress, up against Germany’s “problem position”, England’s forwards may have plenty to feed off.

Trivia: Paul the Octopus is the sensation of Germany, correctly predicting all the team’s results at this World Cup – including the Serbia defeat. He picked Germany for this game.

Stats: England have played Germany four times at the World Cup, and each game has finished level after 90 minutes, with three extending to extra-time and one being decided on penalty kicks. England have taken 29 corners so far in the World Cup – more than any other team after the end of the group stage.

Odds: Germany (2.87), the draw (3.20) and England (2.62) with Bet365. Germany to win on penalties is 9.50 and England 10.00.

Prediction: A tough one to call, and perhaps the availability of Schweinsteiger could prove the difference between these teams.

Sunday 27th June 2010
Venue: Free State Stadium
Kick-off: 15:00
Gerrard – Rooney can still make big impact

England skipper Steven Gerrard has warned Germany that Wayne Rooney’s World Cup is ready to spark into life in Bloemfontein.

Rooney has so far struggled to make the expected impact in South Africa despite England advancing to the knockout stages.

The Manchester United striker failed to hit the target in all three group matches with United States, Algeria and Slovenia.

But Gerrard is convinced the explosive form of the 24-year-old in training is a clear sign Rooney is in the mood to punish England’s old rivals.

The Liverpool midfielder said: “The pressure is not just on Rooney but all the team – but top players put pressure on themselves. I’m sure Wayne does so in his own spare time.

“But it’s only a matter of time before Wayne scores in this tournament and hopefully that is on Sunday.

“I have every confidence that he will play well because he played well in the last game and he is looking really sharp in training.”

Coach Fabio Capello echoed Gerrard’s sentiments about Rooney.

The Italian said: “Wayne is training very well and scored a lot of goals. We hope it will be the same.

“Always Rooney is a very good player. He didn’t score in the last few games but always he is a very important player for us with his movement and everything he does during the game.”

Gerrard insists England will be ready for all eventualities – including the last 16 meeting going to penalties.

England suffered the heartbreak of losing the 1990 World Cup and Euro 96 semi-finals to Germany on spot-kicks.

He said: “We are very confident going into the game. We are on the back of a good performance against Slovenia.

“The mood is good, we have prepared hard for this game and we will do whatever it takes to get across the line into the last eight.

“It is going to be a very difficult game. Ideally we want to win the game in 90 minutes but if we have to go to extra-time and penalties, we will be ready.”

Capello has faith in his players to deliver the victory millions of supporters back in England are hoping for.

He said: “It is a very important game, one of the more important, because we want to go forward and play the next game.

“I know the value of Germany but I also know the value of my players.”

Germany coach Joachim Low failed to show up for the official press conference and no player was present either – contrary to FIFA regulations – with goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke conducting the briefing.

There was speculation that Germany were angry at not being allowed to train on the Free State Stadium pitch.

Instead they used the facilities at a nearby university complex before the press conference.

Kopke said: “This is not a protest at all. People were not able to get here on time.

“We were not able to use the stadium. We had to use another site and tried to be punctual (for the press conference).”

When pressed on what will be viewed as a snub by Low, Kopke became irritated.

He said: “We were not able time-wise to get here. We want to be well prepared, that is the reason.

“We were not able to practice on the pitch for logistics reasons. But it is the same for England. We are used to it. We did not practice in the actual stadium the last two times.

“It is not a protest, that’s the way it is. There is no point in asking the question again and again.”

Kopke is well informed about penalties, should it come to that again when a place in the quarter-finals is at stake.

He saved Gareth Southgate’s effort for England in the semi-final at Euro 96, on the way to his team winning the championship.

Kopke has no fears that current number one Manuel Neuer will rise to the challenge if needed.

Kopke said: “I think it would be great not to have to go to a penalty shoot-out. If we have to go for it, we are prepared. Manuel will of course get the info he needs. But I am not going to give any secrets away.

“We practise penalties but cannot simulate this situation. You have got 120 minutes behind you, the atmosphere is completely different.”

While Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jerome Boateng have both trained they remain doubtful through injury while Cacau will be absent after suffering an abdominal muscle strain.

Kopke said: “We will have to talk to our doctors and see if they can play. They need to be at 100% in terms of fitness.”

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McClaren heads for Germany as Wolfsburg win race to sign him

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

McClaren heads for Germany as Wolfsburg win race to sign him
Steve McClaren yesterday called time on “two fantastic years” in the Netherlands to join the German club Wolfsburg.

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