European football powerhouse Germany have continued their impressive run as expected in the World Cup qualifying campaign.
The coach Joachim Low made several changes to the usual lineup but the team thrashed San Marino 7-0.
Julian Draxler was the skipper. He scored in the 11th minute before Wagner doubled the tally. Wagner got another in his first competitive game for Germany and then Amin Younes added another to make it 4-0 before the break.
Arsenal defender ShkodranMustafi scored the fifth after the break before Julian Brandt added his. It was Brandt’s first international goal for Die Mannschaft. Wagner scored with a header five minutes from time to complete a hat trick.
Low started Barcelona first choice Marc-Andre terStegen. The keeper is one of the five changes to the team that played a 1-1 draw against Denmark on Tuesday. Joshua Kimmich was impressive on the night as well.
The result see Germany restore their five point lead in Group C. Northern Ireland follow after their 1-0 victory against Azerbaijan courtesy of stoppage time goal by Stuart Dallas. In the same group, Czech Rep played a 1-1 draw against Norway. This leaves Czech four points from Northern Ireland. Theodor Gebre Selassie scored in the first half but a penalty from Alexander Soderlund restored parity. Continue reading GERMANY CONTINUE 100 PERCENT RECORD IN QUALIFIER
Grand Final hero and Johnny Warren Medalist Milos Ninkovic has agreed to remain with the latest A-League winners Sydney FC for at least another year, according to reports in Australia.
The club just equalled a three-time record after defeating Melbourne Victory to win the Hyundai A-League Championship.
Barely two days after Sydney lifted the title, there were reports that Ninkovic would extend his deal with the club. The Serbian is set to be the international marquee player for yet another year as he agreed to stay.
“Sydney FC has undoubtedly raised the bar with our record breaking season and we want to continue to set the benchmark. Milos Ninkovic has had a fantastic season and is a key player in the success we have achieved at Sydney FC.
“We want to build a legacy in football in this country and by keeping our very best players, we are taking a huge step towards that aim,” the chair of the club Scott Barlow said confirming the deal. Continue reading NINKOVIC STICKS WITH SYDNEY FC
It could have turned out to be the darkest day of German Football if the ill intention of the terrorists had been fulfilled on Tuesday, but, fortunately, the damage remained limited to just an injury to a player for which everyone should be thankful to the almighty.
When Borussia Dortmund, one of the top flight teams in Germany, was transported to their home stadium to take on the visitors Monaco in the first leg of the Round of 8 tie of the European Cup, three back to back blasts took place in a space of few seconds as the bus was crossing through a locality called Hoechsten.
It was absolutely horrifying for the players being seated in the bus at that time as they had no idea what happened and what it was going to lead to. One of the players named Roman Burki shared his experience and according to him, the first reaction of the players was just to get into a safe position somehow and most of them got down on their chests as nobody was sure how many more blasts were in store. Continue reading German Football Impact by Terrorist Attack
Germany legend LotharMatthaus says that Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil is on his way to becoming one of the world class midfielders.
Only a few months ago, the former Germany captain claimed that Ozil was too inconsistent and was even going into hiding at several times during a game. The 28-year-old midfielder came to Arsenal in £42 million deal from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013. His statistics with the gunners has been almost identical to his days at the Spanish club. Many have criticised the decision of manager Arsene Wenger to sign the player, as many feel that the money could have been well spent elsewhere.
Ozil is entering into the final 18 months of his contract with Arsenal and there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding his future. The midfielder has claimed that he would stay at the Emirates Stadium only if the future of Wenger was sorted out. It is highly anticipated that he leaves Arsenal, he will be heading to Manchester United to be reunited with his former boss Jose Mourinho. Continue reading Matthaus Admits Mesut Ozil Is World-Class
European football heavyweights Germany thrashed Northern Ireland 2-0 in a Group C 2018 World Cup qualification clash.
Die Mannschaft are now the favourites to qualify from the group. Former Real Madrid star Sami Khedira and Arsenal summer target Julian Draxler inspired the Germans to the victory over the Irish side.
The visitors scored the first through Draxler. The young talent curled home a stunning effort before Khedira got another four minutes later. Germany had lots of chances to raise the goals margin but they failed to worsen the embarrassment on their hosts. Man City summer addition Ilkay Gundogan threw away an effort and Khedira lost an opportunity to grab a brace.
The Martin O’Neill-led side put up a decent show but they couldn’t handle the German machines. However, they remain set to pick up the runners-up spot in the group, despite being three points behind Azerbeijan.
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Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus has not been selected in the Germany squad that will be participating at the Euros 2016 in France.
The midfielder who has only recently returned from injury has not been considered for the tournament in France while Bastian Schweinsteiger has been selected in the team.
This is the second major tournament that Marco Reus will be missing in a row. Indeed, the Borussia Dortmund midfielder also missed the 2014 World Cup and was hoping that he will be able to make it this time to the Euros. The midfielder who is currently 27 years old will be hoping that he can participate in the next World Cup.
Manchester United midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger has been selected despite not playing since March. Some pundits believe that this is a gamble by the German coach Joachim Low, but the latter believes that his experience might prove useful in France. Bastian Schweinsteiger suffered an injury to the knee while he was playing for Germany in March and has been undergoing intensive treatment in order to be ready for the Euros. Continue reading Marco Reus not selected for the German squad at the Euros