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“Week of Football” starts with a defeat for Portugal

“Week of Football” is the new format for the qualification process for the 2016 UEFA European Championship. The qualifying matches no longer take place on one day but spread out over a week. The European Football Association (UEFA) believe the new regulation promises better marketing opportunities. Consequently football fans have to get used to Germany, for instance, playing on Sunday, England on Monday and Italy only on Tuesday ...

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Loew starts to reform the World Cup winning team

Joachim Loew knows exactly what he has in Thomas Mueller. Nothing with the 24-year-old can surprise him anymore. “He can’t puzzle me further. I have experienced so much with him”, said the German national coach, when he spoke of “match winner” Mueller. The Munich player, who had prompted the 2-1 (1-0) win over Scotland with two goals at the start of the European Championship qualifications, possesses a distinctive hunger for goals. Loew had also been creative with his newest discovery. Thus once again he unveiled a surprise for most of the 60,200 spectators in Dortmund ...

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Donovan shines in final season

For over two thirds of the current Major League Soccer (MLS) season, the headlines in North American football were dominated by DC United, the surprise package of the campaign. The team from the capital city Washington was back in the limelight after a number of years of mediocrity. But the club then suffered a setback in their 25th game when they came up against an inspired Landon Donovan. The 32-year old top star of US football has found peak form in the last weeks of his fantastic career ...

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Early exits for many top clubs

The 1st round proper of the 2014/15 DFB Cup produced a record that, as far as Germany’s top clubs is concerned, borders on the disastrous. Nine first and second division clubs were knocked out by lower league opposition. One top tier club failed to progress on each of the four match days from Friday to Monday (15 to 18 August). The last one to suffer the ignominy of a first round loss was the five-time cup winners FC Schalke 04 who went down 2-1 at third division Dynamo Dresden ...

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German internationals turn night into day

After the great victory the German dressing room became overcrowded. Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel was accompanied by Federal President Joachim Gauck to lead the triumphant celebrations with the German World Cup champions and the World Cup trophy. National coach Joachim Loew had a bottle of beer in his hand while the players remembered their colleagues, such as the Bender twins, who didn’t make it to the tournament. A photo was taken with the shirt of Marco Reus, then the party began. The German squad and around 35 team staff celebrated heartily at the hotel on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro until dawn ...

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A historical triumph to reach the final

The German national team reached a FIFA World Cup™ final for the eighth time with a sensational, unique triumph. They humiliated the host team of Brazil, the hot favourites to take the title, 7-1 (5-0) in the semi-final with a grand, almost perfect performance in front of 64,000 stunned spectators in Belo Horizonte. Only the Netherlands or Argentina can prevent the DFB team’s fourth World Cup title, after 1954, 1974 and 1990, in the final in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday ...