Germany manager Joachim Loew says that he is fully aware of the threat from Slovakia in the last 16 stage of the Euro 2016.
He is aware of the threat because Germany only recently suffered a humiliating defeat just before the start of the tournament. The 3-1 loss in the pre-tournament preparations may not have affected the morale of the squad too much, but it seems to have given Slovakia a lot of confidence. The team has managed to reach the last 16 despite finishing third in the group behind Wales and England.
The presence of quality players like Marek Hamsik and Martin Skrtel makes them a formidable opposition. This combined with Germany not being at the best in recent months makes this a mouthwatering tie.Loew has already been accused of allowing the players to rest on their laurels following a remarkable World Cup 2014. Germany managed to end their long trophy drought by winning the competition in style. However, they have started the Euro 2016 in mediocre fashion and are likely to face a lot of competition towards winning the title itself. Loew has given Germany a major boost by confirming that midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is likely to start the game after recovering from his recent injury problems.
Samir Khedira and Mario Gomez may miss the semi-finals on Thursday after they left the field injured in the match against Italy.
Germany managed to reach the semi-final after beating Italy in the penalty shootout but may miss out on two important players.
They will be facing the winner of the match opposing France to Iceland in what promise to be an exciting game.
Samir Khedira had to leave the pitch only after 16 minutes after he collided with Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. It is believed that the Juventus midfielder suffers from a muscular injury, and we will have to wait for medical reports to find out the extent of the injury.
Mario Gomez suffered a similar injury in the 72nd minute and had to be substituted. However, it is believed that Gomez has a higher chance of featuring in the next game than Samir Khedira. Continue reading
Germany was crowned as the champions of football after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Joachim Low is hoping that he can continue pushing his national team to more titles and win the upcoming international competitions but trying to accomplish this task is going to be a huge mountain for Joachim Low and his squad.
One of the biggest challenges that lie in the way of the German national football team from winning the approaching competitions is that a number of influential figures have left the international stage and this is the case of: Phillip Lahm, MiroslavKlose and Per Mertesacker.
Another noticeable departure from the German national team was the assistant coach of Joachim Low, Hansi Flick who has been working alongside Low for over 6 years.
Ever since the 2014 FIFA World Cup reached it’s end, Germany has not appeared to be as dominant as they used to be. Joachim Low and his squad still are a formidable team and one of the best in the world of football but they just aren’t as dominating as a few years ago. This is evident by the matches that Joachim Low has lost against: Republic of Ireland, England and Poland.
Even with these defeats, Germany still managed to finish at the top of Group D with 22 points and the German national side are qualified for the 2016 UEFA Euro’s. Continue reading
Gianni Infantino has requested people not to be harsh to FIFA just because of the perceptions.
The chief wants the work of the current regime to be taken into consideration and then, any judgement to be passed.
Recently, with a couple of members of an important FIFA committee resigning in their act of disapproval to the calls of the chairman, declaring him as bullish as the last chairman, the credibility of the game’s top organisation has been hit again. Continue reading
Germany boss Joachim Loew claimed that he is worried about the numerous injuries suffered by his team just ahead of the Euro 2016.
Germany come into the tournament as the world champions after having lifted the title in Brazil two years ago. The title victory in Brazil was claimed as a major success for the nation, who seemed to have a bright future due to the plethora of youngsters in the squad. Even now, Germany has a long list of players at the prime of their careers. Hence, it would be a major disappointment if Germany did not win the Euro 2016.
Reaching the final in 2008 was the closest that the European nation has come towards winning the title in recent decades. Germany has not been crowned as the European championship since 1996. The nation has won three European titles until now. The Euro 2016 is seen as a great opportunity to add titles to the crown. The last few weeks, though, has implemented a doubt within the mind of coach Joachim Loew due to the long list of injury problems affecting his squad now. Bastian Schweinsteiger, Emre Can, Julian Draxler, and Jerome Boateng are some of the players currently struggling with injuries. Their presence at the Euro 2016 remains touch and go. Continue reading
As excitement builds ahead of the much-anticipated 2016 European Championships, world champions Germany are the bookmakers’ choice to win it. So what are the chances of the tournament front-runners being able to handle the expectation and follow up their recent World Cup triumph with European glory this summer?
It’s of little surprise that the Germans are heading to France as favourites. They’re renowned for having serious tournament pedigree, and the history books show them to be one of the most successful footballing nations of all time, with four World Cups and three European Championships to their name. What’s more, Die Maanschaft have not finished outside of the top three in a major tournament since 2006. Continue reading
It has been a disappointing campaign for Mario Götze, who has been overlooked by Pep Guardiola consistently at Bayern Munich this season.
The midfielder arrived from Borussia Dortmund in 2013 and immediately went on to make numerous appearances for Bayern in his first campaign. His second was even more productive after ending up with a nine goals and four assists in just 32 appearances. For some unknown reasons,Götze has been on the sidelines throughout the campaign. He has made only 17 appearances in all competitions this season. His lack of gametime with Bayern is causing a major threat to his international career.
After recently playing a major role in Germany’s victory at the World Cup 2014, Joachim Loew has had to discuss about the future of the 23-year-old in his latest interview. Such has been the decline of the player in the last 12 months. He is now linked with a move abroad with the likes of Liverpool interested in him. If it is a case of the player falling out with the manager,Götze will wait before he decides on the move. Guardiola will be leaving Bayern Munich in the summer and he will be replaced by Carlo Ancelotti.Götze does not seem to be suffering from poor form after his squad in the 4-1 win for Germany against Italy. Continue reading
Reigning world champions Germany suffered a 3-2 defeat against archrivals England in what turned out to be an embarrassing game for Joachim Loew and his men.
Germany were expected to comfortably cruise to victory after gaining a two-goal advantage. Toni Kroos and Mario Gomez scored either side of the half-time break to ensure that Germany were in a strong position going into the final 30 minutes. However, England came back in spectacular fashion to stun the world champions, who are known for their efficiency worldwide. Tottenham forward Harry Kane has been in form over the last few months.
He pulled one back for England in the 61st minute. The equaliser came with 15 minutes of normal time remaining to Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy, whose surprising leap from nonleague football to internationals has been seamless. Loew was extremely disappointed to see his team suffer such a poor result just a few months before the start of the Euro 2016. Germany are one of the favourites to win the competition, as they come in with the tag of being the world champions. The result is sure to put some doubts into the mind of the fans and players. Loew hopes that his team can recover quickly when they face Italy in a friendly a few days later. Continue reading
Federico Macheda’s time in the English Championship club Cardiff City might be reaching it’s end as the Italian attacker has struggled trying to make an impact in the team of Russell Slade and his future is now being linked with Bristol City.
Injuries is something that has seriously affected Federico Macheda since he arrived to Cardiff City back in May of 2014, the Italian player has had to recover from surgery that he had in order to resolve a back problem. Even though Macheda is fully fit and ready to enter the pitch, he has been dropped to the sidelines and is serving as a substitute player more than anything else.
Macheda’s goal-scoring record since having arrived to Cardiff City isn’t a very impressive one as he has only scored 8 goals in 30 appearances.
Bristol City is positioned in the bottom drop zone of the English Championship League and they are looking for some offensive forces that can help pull them away from the relegation zone. This is an ideal opportunity for Bristol City to improve their attacking department while Cardiff City has the chance to offload one of their fringe players and Federico Macheda also has the chance of starting again with a new club where he might be able to spark his career to life. Continue reading
Bastian Schweinsteiger has come under fire in recent times following his mediocre performances for Manchester United, but that will not affect his place in the German national team according to manager Joachim Loew.
Schweinsteiger has been a key member of the German national team over the last decade. His importance has especially grown since the retirement of Michael Ballack. Schweinsteiger has never been known for his pace, but this has been the criticism being levelled at him United. The fast Premier League has made life difficult for the 31-year-old, who has scored only one goal in 21 appearances.
United did not primarily expect goals from the midfielder, but they were on the lookout for someone who can become the next Paul Scholes in the midfield. Schweinsteiger, though, is yet to provide even a single assist for his teammates in all competitions. The poor form of the midfielder is threatening to spoil his place in the national team. At just 31, he can realistically expect to be part of the next World Cup. For the time being, Germany are looking to become champions of Europe. They recently won the World Cup 2014 to confirm their status as the number one team in the world. Continue reading