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Revolt among the midget nations – Four coaches leave

Joachim Loew was not alone with his irritation. Other coaches were hit much harder after the fourth round of the qualification for the 2016 UEFA European Championship. The defeats cost three colleagues their job, they had to leave. “The revolt among the midget nations”, involving teams considered without any chance of qualifying for the Europeans, marked the events ...

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Title dreams in Mandarin

Shanghai. China’s head of state is dreaming of winning the football World Cup. Whilst the road is long, it is not totally without hope. There is enough talent amongst the 1.4 billion population and the country’s professional clubs are beginning to sift talented players at early age. The Chinese Football Association (CFA) is being supported by Continental which announced a four-year cooperation with the CFA at the end of September ...

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Only nine first division teams go into cup “hibernation”

At the end of two spectacular days of cup games, the time had come for Judith Rakers to take centre stage. The newsreader for the national ARD channel was not doing her accustomed job in the Hamburg studio but acting as “lady luck” when drawing the pairings for the next round just down the road in the Imtech Stadium. Her “lucky dips” in the glass bowl containing the 16 balls have produced some highly interesting matches in the third round which, this season, will be played a little later than usual on 3/4 March 2014 ...

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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 ...