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Loew Proves Criticism Wrong

Germany manager Joachim Loew created history by leading his team to World Cup success. The manager had come into the tournament with a lot of speculation about his future. He had previously failed to lead the German team past the final hurdle, while the defending came under intense scrutiny just ahead of the tournament. Loew, though, put behind every criticism and managed to lead Germany to their first major title in 24 years. Germany managed a 1-0 win over Argentina and won the final at the Maracana stadium in Brazil.

Loew was widely expected to step down from his role if Germany lost the final. As it is, the solitary goal from Mario Gotze in extra time was enough to seal the victory. Germany had many chances to score throughout the match, but they were finally relieved to beat the Argentine goalkeeper in extra time. After the immense success, Loew claimed that this is just the start of a wonderful year for the German national team. A number of players in this team are aged between 23 and 25. Loew reckons that they are yet to hit the peak.

Loew sees no reason why Germany cannot dominate world football for the next 5 to 7 years like Spain did after winning the Euro 2008.

“I think this title will give us a push for the future, we don’t have many players in the squad above 30. Look at Gotze, (Thomas) Muller, (Mesut) Ozil and (Marco) Reus, who wasn’t here – there are a lot of players who can still achieve a lot in their careers. The Bundesliga has a huge influence on the team and the training the young players get; we had an extremely young team in South Africa in 2010. In 2000 and 2004, German football was down and out, we went out in the group phases so we took decisive steps and invested more in the players’ education,” said Loew.

England Vs Italy 1-2 – Lego Football Goals & Highlights – FIFA World Cup 2014 – [High Quality]

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Loew Expects Injuries To Heal In Time

German national team boss Joachim Loew has claimed that he expects midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and defender Philipp Lahm to be fit for the World Cup. These players come on the back of a very long and hard campaign with Bayern Munich, which has prevented them from training with the group in the last few days of the training camp. There have also been reports that the German training camp has been resembling a hospital. Such allegations have been dismissed by Loew, who is under increasing pressure to deliver a major title with the national team.

Germany have come close to winning major tournaments since the 2006 World Cup. The country has been producing a number of talented youngsters like Toni Kroos over the years, but they are yet to end the trophy drought that has been going on for several years. Germany will be coming under a tough World Cup group stages since they will come up against Portugal, United States and Ghana. Loew surprised a few by naming a very young provisional squad, although some of the youngsters have been removed from the final 23 man squad.

One of the major absentees is Mario Gomez, which leaves the national team without top strikers other than Miroslav Klose, who is 36 years old. “(When you) see reports you would think that we are in a hospital here but that is not the case. We will travel to Brazil with a competitive and good team. The players are working very well and as it stands now I am very satisfied. Some are still injured and cannot fully train with the team but they are all training individually and I am very confident that it will work out. Philipp will start running on Tuesday and then we have to see every day,” said the manager.

Italy vs Paraguay (FIFA World Cup 2010)

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Loew Comes Out With Young Team

Germany manager Joachim Loew has come out with a very young looking team for the World Cup 2014, as the nation is looking to go that final step and win a major trophy. Germany have been one of the biggest producers of top-level footballers in the last few years. They have been utilising a very young squad for the last few major tournaments. Hence, they were expected to come into the World Cup 2014 with a lot of experience. Loew, who has receded several disappointments in recent major tournaments, has come out with a young squad with an average age of just under 25.

This has been achieved by a result of leaving out experienced players like Mario Gomez and also calling up youngsters like Max Mayer of Schalke. Loew has revealed that he has decided to leave out Gomez, who is currently playing with Fiorentina, due to his persistent injury problems this campaign. The forward has not featured much in the second half of the season after injuring his anterior cruciate ligament midway through the campaign. He has featured in 59 appearances for the national team and has scored 25 goals.

It is expected that some of the youngsters announced will face a cut when the final squad is announced on June 2.

Gomez will be extremely disappointed to miss out on the call up for the World Cup at 27 years of age, as he is at the prime of his career. The striker has the experience of playing in the top level football like Champions League. He, however, was guilty of missing a number of clear-cut opportunities in the recent major tournaments and this seems to have played in the minds of Loew. The German manager is under extreme pressure to deliver a trophy for the national team.

PSG DOMINATE

Paris St Germain have been dominating French football and is set to do so for the next decade due to the riches at the hands of the club. Since the takeover of the Qatari owners, they have spent more than 300 million pounds in transfer fees alone. This has allowed the club to bring in the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani. Even with the stars, it is a big job to get the club performing every week and this has been done seamlessly by Laurent Blanc. President Nasser Al-Khelaifi has now revealed that the club are considering offering a new contract for the former Manchester United man.

After taking over from Ancelotti in the summer, Blanc was expected to struggle with the plethora of big stars at the club. However, he has been able to deal the big egos quite brilliantly and get them 13 points clear at the top of the French league. Blanc’s work has not gone unnoticed, as the president plans to give him a new contract at the end of the season. Blanc has also managed to get the club into the quarter-finals of the Champions League. They are in a strong position to get into the semi-finals after managing to be to their opponents Chelsea 3-1 in the first leg with the second leg coming up shortly.

“An extension for Laurent Blanc? It will surely happen this week. He will remain at PSG. We want him to stay and he wants to stay. I believe everyone is satisfied with the job done by the technical staff. We play better football nowadays. I have huge respect for Carlo Ancelotti who is a great coach, but Laurent Blanc changed the style and quality of the game. I am very happy. I can confirm it: Laurent Blanc will stay at PSG,” said Al-Khelaifi.