RB Leipzig have become one of the surprise teams in the Bundesliga this season.
The newly promoted club have emerged as the proper title challengers to giants Bayern Munich. It has been a huge surprise that they have been able to maintain a top three place even until March. The club have made only seven points behind table leaders Bayern Munich, while they have a six-point advantage over third placed Borussia Dortmund. One of the perks of being in such great form is the players getting noticed at a national team levels. It is the case withTimo Werner. He is the top scoring German in the Bundesliga charts with 14 goals to his name.
Sergei Gnabry of Bremen comes second with 10 goals, but Werner has truly caught the attention more thanGnabry.Timo Werner has scored 14 goals 20 appearances for RB Leipzig. Incredibly, Werner will not be turning 21 until the first week of March. He was signed from Stuttgart in the summer for around € 10 million. Continue reading
Germany national team coach Joachim Loew believes that former Bayern Munich winger Mario Gotze can make a huge impression on the national team despite his club career not going not as well is planned in the last couple of years.
Gotze made the switch from archrivals Dortmund to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2013 for a whopping transfer fee of £ 35 million. Even though he was initially a huge part of the Pep Guardiola team that dominated the Bundesliga, Gotze soon found himself out of favour as a result of the club’s continued failures in the European stage.
After failing to secure much first-team football towards the end of his Bayern days, Gotze made the return to Dortmund for the € 22 million in the summer. Even then, he has been blighted by injuries and poor form and has featured in only 11 league games this season. Continue reading
The former assistant coach Hans-Dieter Flick, 51, has stepped down from his role as sporting director of the German Football Association, according to reports from the European country.
Flick, who is also nicknamed Hansi
has been in the game for some time now. He assisted Joachim Low, the national team coach from 2006 until the team claimed their world cup victory in 2014.
At the end of the tournament in Brazil the former Bayern Munich midfielder became the sport director, but the DFB recently confirmed that they had hesitantly accepted his decision to step down two years early.
Flick said that his departure is not coming as a result of any sporting career, but that he is leaving for specific reasons that have to do with his family.
“There are currently no other sporting ambitions, nor are there any problems. The only reason for leaving is my personal desire to concentrate more on my family in the near future,” he said. Continue reading
Germany coach Joachim Loew has ruled out the possibility of returning to the Bundesliga once his stint with the national team comes to an end.
The World Cup winning coach’s only experience of managing a club team in Germany is his two-year stint with VFB Stuttgart before the turn of the century. Since then, he has been exclusively involved with the national team; first as an assistant manager to JurgenKlinsmann and then taking over the full-time job in 2006. He is one of the longest serving managers in international football, but he has also brought about success during this period.
Apart from leading Germany to finals of European championships, the national team achieved the crowning glory in the form of the World Cup title in 2014. This is likely to remain his best achievement to late, as Germany have been able to win the honour after several decades. Continue reading
After a disappointing Euro 2016 display, during which host nation France managed to knock Germany out in the semi-final stages, the German national side has managed to bounce back from that pain to sit at the top of their qualifying group for World Cup 2018.
Strictly speaking, it is not yet a mathematical certainty that they will qualify from their group, but Continue reading
Former United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann lost his job as the manager of the men’s national team on Monday after five years in charge.
The German used to be the golden boy of German, English and American football being a World Cup winner with Germany, a Premier League veteran and successful coach in America taking the national side into the last 16 in the 2014 World Cup.
Klinsmann lost his job as the US record poor results in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. The 4-0 loss to Costa Rica during the international break was the last straw that broke the camel’s back. The sharp decline would definitely make his profile not as impressive.
Klinsmann used to be popular before and during the 2014 World Cup. He preached fitness and aggression, forcing US players to partake in a boot camp before their trip to Brazil for the World Cup finals. His insistence made him leave out star player Landon Donovan from the squad, as he did not reach the required level of stamina. They faced Germany, Portugal, and Ghana in the group stage yet they qualified, earning praises from all quarters. Tim Howard was the national hero even as they lost to Belgium in the knockout phase.
Klinsmann did not build on the 2014 success and it came crashing down. His appointment was in the summer of 2011. He coached the team through 98 games, winning 56 percent and losing 16.3 percent. After the heights of the 2014 World Cup, US Soccer gave him a new four-year deal and the post of technical director but the urge to dictate affairs did not end well. The axing of popular Donovan and the way Klinsmann managed the situation caused tension in the players’ camp.
The poor performances in the Hex forced his sack as the US place last. Three teams get auto qualification with the fourth slugging it out in a play-off. Bruce Arena has been called on to salvage the team.
Germany manager Joachim Loew has confirmed that the national team will not be chasing goal records when they take on San Marino in the next World Cup 2018 qualification match.
The German national team managed a whopping 13-0 score over San Marino back in 2006. Teams usually switch off after having scored a certain number of goals, but it was not the case against the lowly ranked team. Regarded as one of the minnows in world football, San Marino have suffered plenty of heavy defeats in their history, but the loss against Germany stands out.
There is a good possibility of a similar scoreline occurring a decade after the famous result. It has sparked speculation that Germany would try to break the 104-year-old record of the most number of goals in a single FIFA game, which currently stands at 16. Incidentally, Germany holds the record after having scored this astonishing number of goals against the Russian national team.
Loew, though, has confirmed that goals and records will not be on the minds of the German players. The reigning World Cup champions have made a brilliant start to the qualification campaign for the next World Cup in Russia. They have won all their four matches without conceding even a single goal
“To break the record is not the aim. Our aim is to be focused, not to be arrogant, create chances and score goals and take a clear result back home with us.When you see when they concede goals it is in the 70th or 75th minute onwards. Until then they defend well and they trail 1-0 or so.The San Marino players learned their trade in Italy so they can defend rather well,” said Loew. One of the reasons why records may not be broken is the lack of several key players for selection.
Germany and Manchester City’s sensational midfielder, IlkayGundogan has high hopes of making his comeback to the international scene.
This was after he was forced to miss out for almost a year due to injuries. The 2018 World Cup isn’t on his mind yet.
On the 8th of October, Germany, who are World Champions will go head on with Czech Republic. In three days after that, they would play host to Northern Ireland in their World Cup Qualifiers match.
Gudongan will be looking forward to win his first cap then since November 2015. He had signed for Manchester City in the close season but ended up missing the 2014 World Cup and the Euro 2016 as well due to injury.
The 25 year old was quoted saying,
“It is great to be here again. I did not realize it was actually such a long time since my last game. But I know the feeling of a comeback well from the past few years. I just want to enjoy the moment and if I am needed, I will be there. I will give it all I can and I cannot ask for more at the moment.” Continue reading
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski have been part of the German national team for more than a decade.
After the recent conclusion of the Euro 2016, these two players have also decided to concluded their international careers with immediate effect. Even though this has come as a shock to many of their fans, this decision was expected with both players entering into the 30s. It allows manager Joachim Loew to look at various younger alternatives going into the World Cup 2018 qualification campaign. Prior to the qualification campaign, though, Germany have decided to award both players an opportunity to say their final goodbyes.
Schweinsteiger and Podolski will be featuring in one final game as confirmed by the German national FA. Schweinsteiger made 120 appearances for the national team and helped them win the World Cup 2014 title. However, he faces an uncertain future with regard to club and international career. After just announcing his international retirement, Schweinsteiger found himself training alone at United and is most likely to be sold before the end of the transfer window. Since his debut in 2004, Podolski has made 126 appearances and has also received the World Cup medal. Despite playing in the Turkish league with Galatasaray, Podolski has always been a first-team regular at international level.
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.