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
The German national football team reached the top of the world and tasted glory during the 2014 World Cup. Joachim Low’s squad was rightfully claimed as the best team in the globe on July 12 of 2014 as they defeated Argentina at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
It seemed like there was nothing stopping Germany from riding their wave of success and begin to dominate the world of football as the future of the German squad appeared to be as bright as ever but the squad that lifted the most prestigious and coveted silverware during the summer of 2014 has now been displaying flashes of weakness.
Germany finished the year of 2014 with highs and lows as they defeated Gibraltar with a convincing scoreboard of 4-0 however, a month prior to this and Germany had suffered a shocking defeat when facing off with Poland as well as having to settle with a 1-1 draw with Republic of Ireland, all of these matches were part of Germany’s 2016 Euro’s group stages.
These setbacks and recent underwhelming results have positioned Germany in the 2nd spot of Group D as they have secured 7 points which is the same amount of points as Scotland and Republic of Ireland. Only the teams located in the 1st and 2nd spot of their respective groups will be able to progress into the next rounds of the competition and this group is especially competitive with almost any team having a genuine chance on progressing.
Even with the amount of points that the German squad has dropped, Joachim Low is optimistic that his team will not only be able to win the upcoming 2016 Euro’s but the tactician is hopeful on winning the 2018 World Cup title.
“I hope that we are able to confirm our World Cup success. That we can characterize an era in which we not only won the World Cup title, but we can recapture the feeling of success.And that in 2016 we can win the European Championship final in Paris and then focus on defending our title at the 2018 World Cup.” Germany’s Joachim Low told reporters.
Germany’s first match of 2015 is scheduled to take place on March 25 as they face off with Australia and Joachim Low will want to kick off this year on a positive note by claiming a victory.