Preview: Can Löw’s charges beat Chile?
Germany does not have a good track record when it comes to friendlies. They just do not seem to take friendlies too seriously. Joachim Löw, the man charged with leading the Germans to their first international trophy since Euro 1996, has chosen four debutants. Matthias Ginter of SC Freiburg is one of them. Andre Hahn of FC Augsburg is another.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga has been named as one of only two strikers in the squad alongside veteran Miroslav Klose. His performances have been impressive despite the overall performance of his fledgling team, Hamburger SV. The more surprising pick is perhaps Skhodran Mustafi considering that rarely does a German who does not feature in the Bundesliga get picked in the national side. The youngster features for UC Sampdoria in Italy’s Serie A.
Preview: Much more than just a friendly between two rivals
The German camp is currently trying to fully absorb the loss of one of their own to an ACL injury. Sami Khedira is set to miss the next six months of competitive football and might not be match fit ahead of the World Cup. Joachim Löw, while unhappy, is not too worried. He sent both Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer home from the camp to Bayern so as to experiment with the rest of the squad members.
The defensive midfield combination he will try will thus be devoid of both the stalwarts from the past three years, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira. Löw has also sent Mesut Özil back to Arsenal. He has been criticized for favoring the Bayern players ahead of Dortmund’s players as he has allowed the Bayern players additional rest by sending two of them back before the crunch fixture against BVB on Saturday. Löw replied in a rather straightforward manner. This is what he had to say according to ESPN:
Preview: German nightmares to be revived in Milan?
Germany will be without Mario Gomez going into this one. Bastian Schweinsteiger underwent ankle surgery recently and is set to be out as well. Miroslav Klose is a doubt after sustaining a shoulder injury for Lazio against Parma. Mesut Özil and Per Mertesacker are both trying to recover from illnesses to get themselves ready for this match. All permutations concerned, young Max Kruse might lead the line in this friendly for the Germans. Other alternatives would include starting Mario Götze or Thomas Müller as a falsche neun.
FIFA World Cup – 21 qualified nations as of October 2013
On October 15, seven countries added their names to the list of World Cup 2014 participants. The current 21 contenders are:
- Asia: Japan, South Korea, Iran, Australia
- CONCACAF: United States of America, Costa Rica, Honduras
- CONMEBOL: Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador
- UEFA: Spain, England, Russia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany.
Preview: Joachim Löw hoping to earn qualification with a win over Ireland
A victory will guarantee Germany a place in the World Cup to be held in Brazil next year. Should Joachim Löw’s fail to earn maximum points from the game, their fate will then be decided in the final match against Sweden, who gave the Germans a run for their money when the two sides squared off last year in October. A 93rd minute equalizer from Rasmus Elm rounded up an excellent come back from the Swedes as the match finished 4-4.
But Germany will fancy their chances against a Republic of Ireland side who they thrashed 6-1 last year at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Another thing which will be to Germany’s advantage is the departure of legendary manager Giovanni Trapattoni who after failing to make Ireland qualify for the World Cup parted ways with the Republic of Ireland national team.
A look at the Top 20
The Top 20 has experienced a considerable shake up. Robin van Persie’s Netherlands and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal have both gone four places down and are now ninth and 11th respectively.
Bosnia-Herzegovina, despite enjoying a great World Cup qualifying campaign this year, have gone from 13th to 18th. England’s Three Lions are just above them, having exited the Top 15 to be 17th in the ranking.
There is good news for Mario Balotelli’s Italy, though. The Azzurri are now considered as the fourth best nation in world football. Emerging European force Belgium have moved four places up to sixth – one rank above Luis Suarez’s Uruguay.
Preview: Germany out to impress without star duo
German national team manager, Joachim Low has chosen to omit Bayern Munich pair, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gotze from the friendly game against Paraguay. The star duo’s preseason has been hampered by injuries and the manager would rather not jeopardise anything for the national side as the final furlong of the World Cup qualifying campaign is about to begin.
Young Schalke attacker, Julian Draxler was set to start the game but after picking up an Achilles injury, he will not play any part in the game. Instead, Chelsea’s summer signing, Andre Schurrle is expected to start in the attack.
Women’s soccer rocks ESPN3, BBC and British EuroSport in summer 2013
The ‘Winning Ground’ is the title of the tournament’s official anthem. As women’s football continues to develop around the world, it appears all 12 contenders at the UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 Championship are winners – regardless of match results on the ground.
It is the last time that this tournament involves this number of teams. As many as 16 countries will compete in the next edition scheduled for 2017. This term, Italy and Norway are making a record 10th appearance. Like France, Finland, England, Denmark, Netherlands, Russia, Iceland, hosts Sweden and hot favourites Germany, they were present at the 2009 Women’s European Championship.
The Germans have claimed glory in the five previous tournaments and want to maintain their dominance on the continent. Which two nations will make it to the Grand Finale in Solna come July 28?
UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 was composed of three groups. The best two third-placed teams joined the top two of each group in the Last 8.
Group A: Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Finland
Group B: Germany, Norway, Netherlands, Iceland
Group C: France, England, Russia, Spain
UPDATE: Women’s Euro 2013 knockout stage matches – on TSN and TSN2 in Canada
Ideally, there should be no question about which league the winner should come from. Both the sides in the UEFA Champions League finale represented the Deutsche Fussball League of which one went on to become only the seventh side in history to win the coveted treble and the fourth side to win five European Cups.
Yet, football is dominated by media bias.…
Miami Beach, Florida (May 30, 2013) – USA vs Germany will receive huge attention in several parts of the world thanks to television channels such as Al Jazeera Sports HD2, Al Jazeera Sports +4, BTV Sports Channel (in China), ESPN, Fox Sports, SuperSport 6 Africa and ZDF. Live Soccer TV offers you an exclusive compilation of live listings to know where to watch the USA vs Germany friendly match live on Sunday, June 2, 2013. You can also tune in to LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) at 14:30 EST for live scores.
Klinsmann is not having the best of times as manager of USA’s national soccer team. However, intentions of throwing the towel are out of question. In the aftermath of Wednesday night’s 4-2 loss to emerging European side Belgium, the German man preferred to look at positives, stating:
USA will have a full set of players to choose from. The Germans will lack much of the spine of their team due to the absence of the Bayern München stars who are set to feature in the DFB Pokal finale such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Müller. They will also miss the Stuttgart stars who…
Max Kruse is set to start for Germany. Lars Bender and Roman Neustadtere will be the duo in defensive midfield. Rene Adler will keep in Manuel Neuer’s absence; Benedikt Howedes, Heiko Westermann, Per Mertesacker and Marcell Jansen will protect him. The only remaining questions concern the attacking midfield trio behind Kruse. Sidney Sam…
Miami Beach, Florida (April 4, 2013) – This week will not end without a feel of women’s soccer. Before Saturday’s Brazil vs Bolivia friendly, a mouth-watering fixture will put the Americans up against the Germans. LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) has listed three channels where USA vs Germany will be live this Friday.
The history between the U.S. WNT and Germany’s women soccer team is one marked with sweat, skill, goals and drama. Both nations will clash at the Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium in Offenbach, Germany. An estimated 20,000 spectators will be seated to watch this international friendly fixture. What more can be said of the Americans and the Germans’ right to be proud when it comes to women’s football?
Miami Beach, Florida (March 24, 2013) – A few days after Friday’s intense UEFA World Cup qualifying action, Europe’s teams will engage in another round of fixtures. The 2014 FIFA World Cup is everyone’s dream but several teams are in better position than others. The road to Brazil is an interesting one for all contenders. Hence, live coverage for the UEFA World Cup qualifiers is huge. Gol TV USA, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3 and Sportsnet World are some of the big channels listed by LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) for the fixtures on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.
Paulo Bento’s team will be in Azerbaijan, looking to add more to the vital point they earned in a 3-3 draw against Israel. What are the Portuguese’s chances of winning in the absence of suspended skipper Cristiano Ronaldo? Watch Azerbaijan vs Portugal live at 13:00 EST on Sportsnet in Canada and on ESPN Deportes or ESPN3 in USA.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is suspended after picking up yet another yellow card last week. Miroslav Klose is out due to a long term injury. Sven Bender has returned to the squad after partly recovering from flu; he had been bedridden for an entire week due to illness. His brother Lars Bender is out…
Miami Beach, Florida (March 20, 2013) – Germany are chasing three more points in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers but the Astana Arena in Kazakhstan – where Austria stumbled to a goalless draw in October 2012 – could prove to be a tricky venue. LiveSoccerTV.com (@LiveSoccerTV) gives you information on where to watch the Kazakhstan vs Germany around the world.
Germany are almost untouchable in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. If it was not for their mind-boggling 4-4 draw at home to Sweden, the DFB Eleven would be enjoying a perfect run. Still, they seat on top of Group C with a three-point cushion.
However, this advantage is minimal since they have played a game more than Sweden, the Republic of Ireland and Austria in second, third and fourth position respectively. The Germans will be looking to boost their morale with victory in Astana this Friday.
Kazakhstan has a full squad to choose from in this match. Joachim Löw can only wish for a full strength squad. Firstly, Marco Reus is suspended. Miroslav Klose is still recovering from a long term injury, leaving Mario Gomez as the only recognized center forward in the squad.
Holger Badstuber is also recovering from a long term injury.…
France’s Raphael Varane had to pull out of the squad due to injury. He was replaced by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa of Newcastle. Germany has had a whole host of withdrawals due to injury. Miroslav Klose’s injury against Genoa when playing for Lazio saw him ruled out for two months. Bastian Schweinsteiger…