Germany’s national team manager Joachim Loew has admitted that the team’s preparation for the Euro 2016 will be affected in the wake of the recent Paris attacks.
Terrorists carried out attacks on the French capital with suicide bombs and so on. This left a huge path of destruction with several people dead. The attack comes just a few months prior to the Euro 2016. The European Championship is one of the major international tournaments for the European nations. After having recently been crowned as the world champions, Germany will be looking to assert their superiority by claiming this title from the clutches of Spain.
The Spaniards have won the last two European championships, but they come into this tournament on the back of doubts about their ability. Germany are seen as the favourites to win the title ahead of the tournament, but Loew says that his team are yet to recover fully from the horrors of recent weeks. The destruction caused by the attacks will be felt during the tournament and it will take a long time for the nation to recover according to Loew. He says that his players will find it difficult to concentrate on the match at this difficult time. Continue reading Joachim Loew has admitted that the team’s preparation for the Euro 2016 will be affected
German icon Franz Beckenbauer has lavished the praise on Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur by saying that the facilities of the North London club have amazed him a lot.
The former Bayern Munich defender was speaking ahead of the friendly game between Tottenham and Real Madrid. Both clubs have a lot of history especially in terms of player movement. Two former Tottenham players – Gareth Bale and Luka Modric – form the core of Madrid’s team. Both these players came to the club with a lot of potential but became world-class players during their few years at White Hart Lane.
One of the reasons appears to have been the facilities available at North London. These are only expected to improve when Tottenham move to the new stadium in a few years. The club’s current White Hart Lane has a capacity of just over 35,000. The new stadium is almost expected to double this capacity with reports suggesting that it will be slightly bigger than the Emirates stadium of Arsenal, which can hold 60,000. Tottenham have always had a great history in terms of developing young players and this can only improve in the coming years with the facilities available according to Beckenbauer. Continue reading Franz Beckenbauer has lavished the praise on Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre TerStegen has managed to win the treble in his first season had the Spanish club. His list of trophies won this campaign includes the Champions League along with the la Liga title.
He has been impressive in goal and has been able to keep his position in the team ahead of Claudio Bravo. The 32-year-old goalkeeper came on the back of an impressive campaign with Chile at the World Cup 2014, but he has been unable to break into the first-team due to the impressive performances fromTerStegen. They have certainly not gone unnoticed, as Germany manager Joachim Loew stated that he is impressed.
Despite a stunning campaign, it remains to be seen ifTerStegen will be able to break into the national team during the presence of Manuel Neuer. The 23-year-old has been given a glimmer of hope with the recent wobbles shown by the Bayern Munich star.TerStegen continues to remain in the under 21 squad and it may not be long before he is called up for the senior team. Germany have an impressive line-up of goalkeepers at the moment and their situation has been compared to that of Spain, who had Iker Casillas, Victor Valdes, and Pepe Reina all fighting for a first-team spot during the peak. Continue reading TerStegen has managed to win the treble in his first season
Germany’s performances post their World Cup glory have not been top class if they are analysed honestly.
They have had a couple of shocking results, but, there is no sense of panic in the team management.
According to Oliver Bierhoff, one of the key men in the decision making set up of the World Champions, the head coach is trying to deploy a new system and the players need time to adjust to it.
In most of the games recently, Germany has not played a central striker upfront. Their formation has been 3-4-3 which is pretty different from what it was in Brazil.
And, this formation does not seem to be working at all. The results versus Poland and Ireland were largely due to it. The players looked clueless. Most of them were unsure what they were supposed to do and in such situation, when the individuals don’t clearly know what kind of role they are performing, it’s always difficult to put on a good team effort.
According to Bierhoff though, it’s about a bit of patience at this point of time. Continue reading Germany performances not been top class