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Focus on Hamburg cup duo

The eyes of Germany’s football fans will soon be focussing on Hamburg. “High Noon” in the second round of the German DFB Cup has however been delayed until 8:30 in the evening or to be more exact on two evenings. FC St. Pauli will start proceedings when they entertain last year’s beaten finalists Borussia Dortmund in their Millerntor Stadium on Tuesday, 28 October. In the round’s top game one day later on Wednesday, 29 October 2014, Hamburg SV will host cup holders Bayern Munich in the Imtech Arena ...

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World Cup jet lag for top favourites – major crisis at Oranje

They can’t thank Michel Platini enough in Holland. The President of the European Football Association (UEFA) had decisively pressed ahead with the increase of the European Championship finals to 24 teams despite many queries about the sense of the qualifying stage. Now, after just three rounds, the cumbersome obligatory task has become a sporting struggle for survival for many favourites. There have never before been so many upsets in the first few matches. Not only are World Cup champions Germany suffering from World Cup jet lag with only four points from three matches, in the Netherlands the clock shows “2 before 12” as Arjen Robben alarmingly stated ...

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Yellow alert in World Cup champions’ country

The euphoria over the World Cup title has evaporated. Three months after the great triumph in Rio de Janeiro the glitter surrounding the German national team is fading. The DFB team hit the hard fact of reality with a 1-1 (0-0) draw with Ireland, three days after a 2-0 (0-0) defeat by Poland in Warsaw. “We’ll hit back again next year”, national coach Joachim Loew promised after the draw in Gelsenkirchen, where Germany conceded the equaliser in the 94th minute after an inexplicably weak final phase ...

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Löw’s motto: the country needs new men

The fourth World Cup win for the “Deutschen Fußball-Bund” (German Football Association - DFB) has filled national coach Joachim Löw with pride. However the 54-year old, who has been in charge of the German team for the past eight years, still has a burning desire further success. The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is history and the new focus is the UEFA EURO 2016 in France where the DFB eleven will also be looking to return home with a fourth title ...

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Stress for the favourites ahead of the 2nd Week of Football

Some favourites are already under pressure even before the second week-long “festival” of football for Europe’s international teams gets underway. New this season, the Union of European Football Associations’ (UEFA) “Week of Football” will once again last six days. Beginning on Thursday, 9 October, it will end on Tuesday 16 October and will include 52 international matches in the qualifying competition for the UEFA EURO 2016. A number of surprising results at the start of the campaign have led to the first “casualties” ...