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Post by blutgraetsche on Mon Jul 14, 2014 3:35 pm

Argentina was so horrible with their finishing because they shat their pants in front of Neuer, that's the simple truth. His presence is something else, no other goal keeper comes even close. Lahm was great yesterday also, but it was Schweinsteiger who was the leader. It's no coincidence that the other players gave him the cup for most of the time after the match, they knew who had inspired them the most.

Bastian had no one helping him in the centre of the pitch. He lost his partner Khedira, he had Kroos playing his worst game of the tournament, yet he still battled it out with everything thrown at him, including cynical, brutal fouls by Mascherano and Aguero who could and should have seen red for it. You must be truly blind not to see the monster of a performance he pulled off yesterday. Either blind, or just extremely biased.

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Post by messiah on Mon Jul 14, 2014 3:47 pm

the only player I have heard anyone talk about having a great game is mascherano.

micheal cox

"This pattern of the game was only exaggerated once Argentina switched to a diamond at half-time, and Alejandro Sabella put on Sergio Agüero for Lavezzi. Now, even more, Argentina encouraged Germany to attack down the flanks but Sabella’s side had the more promising moments. Again, everything went down the right: Higuaín was flagged offside early in the second half, Manuel Neuer pole-axed the Argentina striker when sweeping into his left-back position, and Messi later curled a ball past the far post from his trademark inside-right position.

The game was crying out for a late, game-changing substitution but if anything both managers had already played their joker: André Schürrle had replaced the injured Christoph Kramer midway through the first half, Agüero had been introduced at half-time.

By extra time it was more about tiredness than tactics and it was no coincidence the game’s final two attacking substitutes had the best two chances. It was simply about composure: Rodrigo Palacio chested down and prodded wide of the post but Mario Götze chested down and fire"

Only in german must they be talking about germany being the better side and bastian being the best player.

Argentina had the better of the game and Mascherano MOTM no bias.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2014/jul/13/germany-argentina-world-cup-final-2014-tactics

at the worst the game was even
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Post by blutgraetsche on Mon Jul 14, 2014 3:50 pm

Nobody said that Mascherano didn't have a great game, too. I explicitly wrote that he would have deserved the golden ball instead of Messi because he was Argentina's best player in the knock-out stages, including yesterday.

But that still doesn't take anything away from Bastian. Just watch the match again, see how many crucial tackles he made, how often he helped out in the defence, the smart passes, the leading by example to wake up his team mates when the going got tough. Whatever though, I and billions of people knew what we saw.
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Post by blutgraetsche on Tue Jul 15, 2014 10:31 am

Bastian Schweinsteiger: archetypal nearly man now the toast of Germany

‘Schweini’ was floored six times by the Argentinians in the World Cup final. Six times, he got up. Afterwards, though, he wanted the praise to be lavished on Joachim Löw

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Four years ago Bastian Schweinsteiger came back with a nice memento from South Africa: Frank Lampard’s England shirt from Germany’s 4-1 win in Bloemfontein. The Bayern midfielder liked the red top so much that he wore it in a kick-about with friends in Munich’s Englischer Garten, the city park. “I have tremendous respect for him as a personality and as a player,” Schweinsteiger told the Guardian last October, noting that the now former Chelsea stalwart had made a point of congratulating him for winning the 2013 Champions League at Wembley.

The 2-1 triumph against Borussia Dortmund 14 months ago had turned “Schweini,” as everybody calls him, from an archetypal nearly man – he had played in two losing European Cup finals before, in 2010 and 2012 – into a bona fide legend at the Bavarian club. Sunday night at the Maracanã he went one better. The 29-year-old, who turns 30 on 1 August, emerged from the dressing room a full-blown national hero, with a Germany flag wrapped round his waist like a sarong and another souvenir – a shirt signed by all surviving members of the three previous World Cup-winning Germany teams that national manager Joachim Löw had hung up by way of motivation.

Was there a democratic vote as to who would keep it, he was asked. Schweinsteiger just shook his head. He was wearing that top because he had earned that privilege with a performance of raw courage and steely authority at the heart of Germany’s team, more or less by himself. His midfield partner Sami Khedira had, of course, missed out because of a calf injury just before kick-off and Toni Kroos had had a less influential game.

Schweinsteiger’s black, red and gold warrior look was topped off by a deep cut underneath his right eye that had been stapled together on the touchline in extra-time, with his legs twitching uncontrollably in the process. In total he was floored six times by the Argentinians in the final. Six times he got up again. Germany were not necessarily the better side on the night. But spurred on by the indestructible, indefatigable Schweinsteiger, – they went beyond the limit, as Löw put it – they forced the issue before penalties.

“I’m empty, my legs are gone,” admitted Schweinsteiger after he had run 15km, more than anyone else on the pitch. It was not in vain. Asked what the World Cup meant to him, the man praised as the Comandante after the 7-1 win against Brazil by O Globo, talked about “the beginning of this team”, under Jürgen Klinsmann at the World Cup in Germany, and remembered the rapturous reception the inexperienced and incomplete side had received at the fan fest at the Brandenburg Gate after finishing third in that competition. (Three more tournaments with three near misses were to come).

“They gave us so much love that day in Berlin and now they got it all back,” he said. “That’s the best things [about winning the World Cup]: that we have made all these people at home happy by making that final step.” Why did they win now, after failing in 2006 (World Cup, semi-final), 2008 (Euros, final), 2010 (World Cup, semi-final) and 2012 (Euros, semi-final)? Schweinsteiger thought for a moment and then replied that “the players on the bench” had played a special part. “It’s incredibly difficult to make sure that everybody’s happy. But [Löw] has found some incredible words to make it happen, to bring us all together. Write nice things about him. He deserves it. He got so much stick.”

Schweinsteiger, too, had come in for a lot of criticism over the last couple of years , as far as his Germany performances were concerned. An ankle injury stopped him from performing at the Euros two years ago. Löw kept faith with him, saw his team get knocked out by Italy and effectively had to coach in the shadow of that disastrous result in Warsaw until last month. Schweinsteiger was again seen as a risk before the games in Brazil. He had two operations on his ankle in 2013-14; “His time is coming to an end,” wrote Sport-Bild.

But they were wrong. After sitting out the first game against Portugal (4-0) and coming on to steady the ship against Ghana (2-2), he started all the five other matches and got better with each one. “I have to thank the coach for looking after my fitness and allowing me to feel my way into the tournament,” Schweinsteiger said on Sunday night.

At the final whistle Schweini and Löw embraced warmly. They looked at each other; no words were needed. Together they had fulfilled the promise of 2006 – at last.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2014/jul/14/bastian-schweinsteiger-germany-world-cup
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Post by blutgraetsche on Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:19 pm

Joachim Löw to a million fans celebrating in Berlin: "Ohne Euch wären wir nicht hier. Ihr seid alle Weltmeister!"


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Re: DIE WELTMEISTER!!

Post by debaser on Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:55 pm

did he not slip in a little 'fuck you to the doubters' Razz
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Post by blutgraetsche on Tue Jul 15, 2014 1:02 pm

No. The big "fuck you" was the title itself. The humble pie of Lampard-esque proportions has already been eaten by me and 79.999999 million Bundestrainer...

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Post by 110% on Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:47 pm

messiah wrote:the only player I have heard anyone talk about having a great game is mascherano.

micheal cox

"This pattern of the game was only exaggerated once Argentina switched to a diamond at half-time, and Alejandro Sabella put on Sergio Agüero for Lavezzi. Now, even more, Argentina encouraged Germany to attack down the flanks but Sabella’s side had the more promising moments. Again, everything went down the right: Higuaín was flagged offside early in the second half, Manuel Neuer pole-axed the Argentina striker when sweeping into his left-back position, and Messi later curled a ball past the far post from his trademark inside-right position.

The game was crying out for a late, game-changing substitution but if anything both managers had already played their joker: André Schürrle had replaced the injured Christoph Kramer midway through the first half, Agüero had been introduced at half-time.

By extra time it was more about tiredness than tactics and it was no coincidence the game’s final two attacking substitutes had the best two chances. It was simply about composure: Rodrigo Palacio chested down and prodded wide of the post but Mario Götze chested down and fire"

Only in german must they be talking about germany being the better side and bastian being the best player.

Argentina had the better of the game and Mascherano MOTM no bias.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2014/jul/13/germany-argentina-world-cup-final-2014-tactics

at the worst the game was even

Good link  ok 

mascherano not even mentioned, was he playing   Very Happy 

Got his yellow for fouling Klose, after passing the ball to him. He was also the one marking Howedes when he hit the post. Could have been sent off 3 times if refs were giving 2nd yellow cards. But maybe I am nitpicking, because overall he had a good game.

Here's a link that includes a rating for mascherano:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup/10965162/Gonzalo-Higuain-ranks-lowest-after-crucial-miss-Argentina-World-Cup-final-player-ratings.html
It says Schweinsteiger won this particular midfield battle

I would argue that schweinsteiger did as much defensively as mascherano and far more in attack. Schweinsteiger was also the most fouled player, mainly by mascherano.

If I am not mistaken Gotze was given motm  Very Happy 

Anyway it is not only in Germany that they are talking about Germany being the better side, it's in every country in the world except Argentina.
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Post by blutgraetsche on Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:48 pm

'Marginal' Schweinsteiger proves vital

Before Joachim Low and his players left for Brazil at the beginning of June, the Deutscher Fussball-Bund presented the squad with a good luck charm. It was a shirt signed by all of Germany's World Cup winners to date. Prior to each of their games over the next month, the kit man would unpack and hang it up in the dressing room as a source of inspiration. Trivial though it may sound, earning the right to scribble their own autographs on that white, black and red jersey attained a meaning within this group.

Late on Sunday night, Bastian Schweinsteiger entered the mixed zone at the Maracana wearing it. "We haven't yet voted on who gets to keep it," he said. "I thought it was cool." And it most certainly was, in a meta kind of way: the talisman as worn by a talismanic figure for Germany. To think as well that Schweini had been termed "Die Randfigur" -- The Marginal Figure -- by magazine 11 Freunde after Die Nationalmannschaft opened their World Cup campaign by routing Portugal 4-0 in Salvador without him on the pitch.

They remarked how he had sat at the very end of the bench -- "as far as possible from Low." Did it symbolise a slide down the pecking order? "What will become of him?" the magazine asked. "What would be the added value to the team?" They didn't see how Schweinsteiger could get back into it. "Lahm sees the game like no other, Khedira is the better tackler and Kroos has the ability to speed up the game with his irresistible passing."

As a judgement, it seemed rushed but questions about Schweinsteiger had been raised before the tournament. In an article titled "The End of a Football God," a Sport Bild columnist claimed he was "too slow" and "too inflexible" for Pep Guardiola's system at Bayern Munich. With the revolution expected to be more radical rather than in retreat after the Catalan's first season, would he be a casualty?

By now, however, Schweinsteiger is used to being written off. He has overcome it before and can do so again. Contrary to the speculation, Low wasn't leaving the 29-year-old out in the cold. He was allowing Schweinsteiger time to recover and get fit following a series of patella tendon injuries and other niggles this season. Not prepared to let his own body limit him or the pain to put up insurmountable barriers to his place in the team, it would be a case of mind over matter.

On the eve of the tournament, Schweinsteiger had spoken at length to Bild on the subject of willpower. To him, this attribute in particular had been central to Germany's successes in the past. The players who'd signed that shirt all had it. "There are, for example, many incredibly good technical young players who have all the tricks and can do 1000 kick ups," Schweinsteiger explained, "but most of them still don't make it to become professional footballers. Talent is not enough. You need absolute belief and great perseverance to get to the top."

That's the difference. "Because although we have become technically perfect footballers in Germany, without passion and willpower -- our typical German virtues -- we will not win anything in Brazil. It is a tournament of willpower." As a kid coming through at Bayern, Schweinsteiger recalls his youth coach Hermann Gerland demanding that his players eat grass. "What he means is that you have to be willing to cover meters for your teammates. Meters that hurt."

Schweinsteiger didn't have to look far to find exemplars of that philosophy at Säbener Staße, Bayern's training ground. Jens Jeremies in particular made a strong impression on him. "I can still remember him playing in the 2001 Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid with huge knee problems, putting his health on the line for the team because his will to get to the final and win the title was so great," recalled Schweinsteiger. He would make the same effort in Brazil, the same hard yards. L'Équipe considered his performance in the final "heroic."

With Khedira tweaking his calf in the warm-up, the responsibility on Schweinsteiger's shoulders only grew. Stand-in Christoph Kramer was making his first start of the tournament. He'd need talking through it, though the Borussia Monchengladbach youngster soon had to go off after sustaining a concussion and can't remember any of the first half. Toni Kroos also did not perform to the standard he'd set against Brazil. Instead of providing for his teammates as he'd done over and over again in the semi-final, this time he put Gonzalo Higuain through with a wayward header. Luckily for him, the Argentina forward missed.

While some around him were losing their heads, Schweinsteiger kept his projecting an aura of calm and assurance. A warrior to the end, he remained cool even in the heat of battle. More passes were completed via his "Chosen One" labelled boots than anyone else on the pitch and yet Schweini wasn't content to let the ball do all the running. An inner voice, Gerland's voice, told him to eat grass and he did, clocking up 15.3km.

Rather than a football game, Suddeutsche Zeitung thought Schweinsteiger was competing in an Ironman triathlon. "He gets up again and again, with blood on his face, with cramp in his legs." Blood from the cut under his eye opened up by a clash with Sergio Aguero. Cramp after forcing Messi out wide and away from danger again and again. Schweinsteiger was immense and when the final whistle went at the end of extra time, one couldn't help but admire his spirit.

They say a measure of someone's character is how they respond to setbacks. Schweinsteiger has had to react to more than most. On the losing side against Inter in the 2010 Champions League final, he missed the last penalty in the shoot-out that decided the 2012 edition as Bayern capitulated to Chelsea in front of his own fans at the Allianz Arena. Some players never come back from that, nor do they get the opportunity to. But Schweinsteiger returned a year later to win it.

On the international stage too, he has had to come to terms with it maybe never happening for him. Knocked out by Italy after extra time in the 2006 semifinal, an unhappy ending in Dortmund to "the summer's tale," Germany lost to Spain in the Euro 2008 final and the 2010 World Cup semifinal before succumbing to Italy again in the last four of Euro 2012. Involved in all of them, Schweinsteiger's career could have been distinguished by the same lack of fulfilment and near misses that characterised Michael Ballack's -- a runner up in the 2002 Champions League and World Cup finals [he missed the latter through suspension].

Instead through great determination and resolve, it is complete. Schweinsteiger has written his name in history. Now, he can pen it on the shirt.

http://www.espnfc.com/blog/world-cup-central/59/post/1950566/thought-to-be-marginal-for-germanybastian-schweinsteiger-proved-essential
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Post by blutgraetsche on Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:18 pm

http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/gesellschaft/mueller-und-schweinsteiger-veraeppeln-journalistin-a-981014.html

(German) article to that hilarious interview by Müller, telling the Colombian reporter in a strong Bavarian dialect that he doesn't give a shit about the golden boot, that they're world champions now and that they can put that golden boot where the sun doesn't shine.

What I hadn't seen so far however is that Schweinsteiger "translated" to those reporters what he had said afterwards, since nobody could really understand him. He told the Colombian reporter: "Müller said that you're good looking and that he is happy to have won the world cup."

lol! Hug


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Post by abundance on Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:47 pm

lol! 
ehheh yea I did catch that before as well, Schweini is such a nice bloke =D
Here's a clip including his "translation"
http://www.ilgiornale.it/video/sport/m-ller-risponde-male-reporter-e-schweinsteiger-ci-mette-1037537.html
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Post by blutgraetsche on Tue Jul 15, 2014 5:39 pm

Thank you for the link. Awesome... lol!
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Post by blutgraetsche on Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:57 pm

Germany's win validates new model

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"Nobody deserved it as much as we did," Joachim Low said on Sunday night, about an hour after his team had won the World Cup. The fans watching the interview at home couldn't have agreed more, as they knew exactly what he was talking about.

He wasn't talking about the final or the tournament. He was talking about the last eight years. When Low added, "It was due," his listeners thought back to the painful semifinal defeat on home soil in 2006. They also remembered the single goal that decided the Euro 2008 final against Spain.

Then they thought about 2010, when the most enjoyable German team in living memory narrowly missed the final. And of course Euro 2012 and yet another lost semifinal was still fresh in their minds. That's why they all nodded when they heard the national coach. Yes, nobody deserved it as much as the Germans did.

But what about the rest? What about all the other, less tangible things people from other countries have been asking us German writers and journalists about during this tournament? What about the symbolism, the hidden message? In brief: What does it all mean? Nothing. It's just football, folks.

I can't even count the times I have been asked if this new, young, multicultural team stands for a new, young, multicultural country. It's a good question, because it's not as if this element never played a role. It was certainly on many people's minds when the under-21 side won the European Championship in 2009. Six players from that team were also on the pitch in Rio on Sunday night, as Wolfgang Niersbach, the president of the German FA, proudly pointed out.

More important, though, was the makeup of that 2009 side. The players in the squad had cosmopolitan backgrounds: Russian (Andreas Beck), Polish (Sebastian Boenisch), Ghanaian (Jerome Boateng), Nigerian (Dennis Aogo, Chinedu Ede), American (Fabian Johnson), Spanish (Gonzalo Castro), Tunisian (Sami Khedira, Anis Ben-Hatira), Iranian (Ashkan Dejagah), Turkish (Mesut Ozil).

Not all of them made the transition to the German senior team, some even later chose to play for another country. But it was the most multicultural team that had ever represented Germany at football and so it was widely seen as also being representative of social change. Four players from this side also were key members of the German team at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa: Neuer, Boateng, Ozil, Khedira.

That means if Germany had gone all the way in South Africa and won the title there would have been some symbolism attached to the victory. People would have looked at the team and seen their success as the success of a thoroughly multicultural society. But now, five years later, that's not the main subject. We have come to take this factor for granted. It's old hat.

A similar thing can be said about the often-heard fact that Sunday's win is somehow particularly important because it's the first World Cup won by the reunified Germany. One, the country won a major trophy only six years after reunification, the European Championship in England.

Two, some other World Cups would have been much more crucial in this regard. In 2002, Germany's most important player came from the former East Germany, Michael Ballack. The same went for the best man in the final, Bernd Schneider. And there were also some other players, such as Thomas Linke or Jens Jeremies, who had been born on the other side of the wall when it still stood.

The fact that there once had been East and West Germany was also very much on the agenda in 2006. In fact, it's why the country had been awarded the World Cup in the first place. A central element of the German FA's bid was that Germany wanted to present itself to the world as a modern, new, friendly, peaceful country one and a half decades after reunification.

It certainly succeeded. Off the pitch, that is. Because again the team fell a bit short on the pitch. Now, eight (or even 12) years later, this East-and-West thing is no longer a meaningful subject. It's another factor that we have come to take for granted. So much so, in fact, that the vast majority of normal fans wouldn't even be able to tell you that Toni Kroos is the only member of the current team who comes from what used to be the East. He was born two months after the wall came down.

But of course all this doesn't mean that Sunday's win isn't highly symbolic. That appeared to be on Low's mind because a few moments after saying that nobody had deserved it more than Germany, he added: "It wouldn't have been possible only with the proverbial German virtues. We had to add the footballing elements."

This innocent little comment may not mean much to non-Germans, but everybody in this country who follows football closely knew exactly what Low meant. For him, and not only for him, winning the World Cup was not a symbolic win for a reunified country or a multicultural society. It was a symbolic win for football.

When Low said, "It was due," he was talking about the past eight years -- but surely thinking about the past 16. In August 1998, the German FA launched the first of two massive "Talent Promotion Programmes." Many people have forgotten that this original programme was devised by none other than Berti Vogts, the man who seemed to represent the past rather than the future.

Four years later came the more famous and more heralded "Extended Talent Promotion Programme." It was presented to the public in July 2002 and launched in September. When former Bundesliga goalkeeper Jorg Daniel, the director of the project, held his presentation speech, he said: "If the talent of a century happens to be born in a tiny village behind the mountains we will find him from now on."

But talents alone don't win you a World Cup. You also have to mould them into a team and tell them how to play the game. And that's what Jurgen Klinsmann and Low did, starting in 2004. They gave the team a new identity and a new style. Over the ensuing years, people began to love this team like no German side since the Miracle of Berne heroes of 1954.

The team reached the height of their popularity between 2010 and 2012. But over the past two years, doubts grew. More than just a few pundits argued that Germany had learned how to entertain but forgotten how to win. The players were supposedly lacking willpower.

Low and his players have finally proved the critics wrong. And as his line about the footballing elements shows, the need to do so was very much on his mind during those weeks in Brazil.

Winning the World Cup was not primarily a victory for the reunified, multicultural, new Germany. It was a victory for and validation of a new German football.

http://www.espnfc.com/blog/world-cup-central/59/post/1949436/germany-world-cup-win-was-validation-for-new-model
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Re: DIE WELTMEISTER!!

Post by blutgraetsche on Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:38 pm

This current Germany team has reached the highest ELO rating ever, 2200 points, higher than Hungary 1954 (2166), Brazil 1962 (2153) and Spain 2010 (2142).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Football_Elo_Ratings
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Post by Fey on Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:20 pm

blutgraetsche wrote:No. The big "fuck you" was the title itself. The humble pie of Lampard-esque proportions has already been eaten by me and 79.999999 million Bundestrainer...

Well, you dont have to eat it all imo, perhaps two slices.

Yes, 16 years of hurt have ended..but..if you look at it pure statistically..he just did nothing special.

On average Germany reaches a final every 4.6 year. And wins a trophy every 8.5 years on average. And again they win the WC in an ugly shirt Very Happy

So basically he just kept the norm. I do think he should get praise for overachieving with the shite he had in 2008. And especially for what he did in 2010. That Balack injury was a bless, like many already thought.
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Post by blutgraetsche on Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:07 am

It was 18 years actually, the biggest drought since 1972, another reason why this title was so important.

Yeah, we've been consistent as fuck, always. But the special thing about this title is that it is a validation for the new approach that started more than a decade ago, a validation for "Team Football" basically. If the drought had continued for much longer, you can bet that the reactive forces in German football would have lobbied for a more "progressive" approach, they already did.

So we needed this, football really needed it.
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Post by Xavier on Wed Jul 16, 2014 3:04 am

Well to be fair this was a far more 'progressive' side than anything Loew has done since he took over... It turned out to be a good balance between the good things we did in qualifying and traditional German pragmatism (i.e., a return to training set pieces).

I was right in that Loew would never win anything in the style that he used in qualifying, and if he didn't learn to be more tactically flexible; I was wrong in that I did not think he would or could change in those ways... So I gladly join the humble pie eating team as well.

Anyway, all of that is in the past, Deutschland ueber alles!  cheers 

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Post by Formerly known as sheva7 on Wed Jul 16, 2014 5:39 am

Fey wrote:
blutgraetsche wrote:No. The big "fuck you" was the title itself. The humble pie of Lampard-esque proportions has already been eaten by me and 79.999999 million Bundestrainer...

Well, you dont have to eat it all imo, perhaps two slices.

Yes, 16 years of hurt have ended..but..if you look at it pure statistically..he just did nothing special.

On average Germany reaches a final every 4.6 year. And wins a trophy every 8.5 years on average. And again they win the WC in an ugly shirt Very Happy

So basically he just kept the norm. I do think he should get praise for overachieving with the shite he had in 2008. And especially for what he did in 2010. That Balack injury was a bless, like many already thought.

This time Mustafi injury was a bless. Germany improved a lot after Lahm started to play as a right back.
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Re: DIE WELTMEISTER!!

Post by blutgraetsche on Wed Jul 16, 2014 7:01 am

Xavier wrote:Well to be fair this was a far more 'progressive' side than anything Loew has done since he took over... It turned out to be a good balance between the good things we did in qualifying and traditional German pragmatism (i.e., a return to training set pieces).

I was right in that Loew would never win anything in the style that he used in qualifying, and if he didn't learn to be more tactically flexible; I was wrong in that I did not think he would or could change in those ways... So I gladly join the humble pie eating team as well.

Anyway, all of that is in the past, Deutschland ueber alles!  cheers 

PS: I wonder where Otto is???

Löw's dogmatism hurt us, no doubt about that. But the general idea of being a pro-active team, being able to control matches in midfield and not solely relying on counters was right and important. The reforms started more than a decade ago had to be validated, as it proves that success can be planned. Of course you also need a bit of luck, but we had our fair share of bad luck and disappointments over the years, too.

There is nothing wrong with defensive solidity, as it is the foundation of a successful attacking team. There is nothing wrong with being good at set pieces and training them, because it's another weapon in your arsenal that can decide tight matches. That Löw finally understood all this and learned from his mistakes of the past is something he should be praised for. It made him a better coach and he won the biggest price as a consequence.
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Post by blutgraetsche on Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:01 am

Thomas Müller speaks!

WM-Held Müller: So war es wirklich

Thomas Müller erzählt in seiner exklusiven WM-Kolumne in SPORT BILD erstmals, wie es zur Entscheidung über seine Rolle im Team in Brasilien gekommen ist.


Müller schreibt: „Es wird ja immer viel über meine Rolle diskutiert, was ich nun eigentlich bin: Stürmer oder Mittelfeldspieler? Ich sage: Ich war schon immer eine Mischung aus beidem. Wer mich kennt, weiß, ich bin offen für alles, in der Offensive flexibel einsetzbar und auf dem Rasen überall auffindbar. Ich will einfach immer den maximalen Zug zum Tor, egal, ob ich nun von rechts, links oder durch die Mitte komme. Auf welcher Position ich aber die Weltmeisterschaft beginnen würde, wusste auch ich lange nicht. Die Entscheidung fiel drei Tage vor dem Auftaktspiel. Der Bundestrainer bat mich vor der Partie gegen Portugal um ein Gespräch. Jogi Löw informierte mich, dass ich als zentraler Stürmer spielen solle. Für mich war es zu diesem Zeitpunkt ehrlich gesagt keine ganz große Überraschung mehr, denn schon beim Abschlusstraining vorm letzten WM-Test gegen Armenien hatte der Trainer mich in einem Vieraugengespräch darauf vorbereitet. Im Grunde war es ja für mich keine große Umstellung, denn der Bundestrainer hatte einen klaren Plan für die Offensive ausgearbeitet. Unser WM-Konzept für die Stürmer lautete: Wir spielen mit drei flexiblen Spielern. Sehr variabel und mit vielen Wegen in die Tiefe. Das hieß für uns: Immer spielen und gehen, kurz kommen und wieder steil gehen. Permanent durch Bewegung glänzen und nicht zwingend mit Wucht. Die Tage, in denen der deutsche Stürmer vorne mit dem Rücken zum Tor angespielt wird oder auf hohe Bälle lauert, sind gezählt.“

Müller über Neymar und Barca-Gerüchte

„Ich möchte an dieser Stelle noch ein paar Worte zu Neymar sagen. Anfang des Jahres hatten wir gemeinsam einen Werbespot gedreht und geschaut, wer die bessere Figur im Auto macht. Die Geschichte mit dem Wirbelbruch war natürlich sehr bitter für ihn, da er in einer tollen Verfassung und sicherlich der Schlüsselspieler der Brasilianer war. Im Sport gibt es Sensationelles aber auch viel Tragisches. Als Sportler muss man im Laufe der Jahre leider beides erleben. Ich kann mich gut in ihn hineinversetzen, da ich ja auch schon das ein oder andere erlebt habe. Er ist jung und wird wahrscheinlich noch mal die Gelegenheit haben, bei einer WM zu glänzen. Ich wünsche ihm gute Besserung und hoffe, dass er bald wieder vollkommen fit ist.

Und jetzt kann ich ja mal was zu den Barca-Gerüchten um mich verraten: Für den TV-Werbespot mit Neymar bin ich damals nach Barcelona geflogen. Beim Essen in einem Lokal wurde ich gesehen, und schon war das Gerücht im Umlauf, ich würde zum FC Barcelona gehen. Ich glaube, spätestens mit meiner Vertragsverlängerung beim FC Bayern bis 2019 sollte dies nun aus der Welt geräumt sein. Und was Neymar betrifft: Vielleicht sehen wir uns ja bald mal wieder irgendwo und können dann die WM, das Halbfinale und seine tragische Verletzung besprechen. Oder wir drehen noch mal gemeinsam einen Fernsehspot.“

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Post by blutgraetsche on Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:20 am

Papa von "La Mannschaft"

Joachim Löw hat mit dem WM-Triumph auch seine zahlreichen Kritiker widerlegt. Er ist dafür über seinen Schatten gesprungen und hat in der entscheidenden Phase Mut und Vertrauen in die eigenen Stärken bewiesen.

Sepp, Helmut, Franz und Jogi. Bald werden T-Shirts und Tassen zu erwerben sein, vielleicht auch Frühstücksbrettchen und ein Schlabberlatz für die Kleinsten. Mit den Vornamen der deutschen Weltmeistertrainer darauf.

Joachim Löw wird damit leben müssen, dass er wohl unter seinem Alter Ego gelistet sein wird. Als "der Jogi" hat ihn Jürgen Klinsmann damals der deutschen Öffentlichkeit präsentiert. Der Jogi war er jetzt zehn Jahre lang. Es wäre eigentlich an der Zeit, ihn wieder öfter als Herr Löw wahrzunehmen, nicht nur wegen des Erreichten. Aber dafür dürfte es längst zu spät sein.

Joachim Löw wird damit leben können. Er hat einiges ertragen müssen in den letzten Monaten. Er hat seinen Vertrag mit dem Deutschen Fußball-Bund im Oktober bis ins Jahr 2016 verlängert, bis nach der Europameisterschaft in Frankreich.

Es sollte ein Vertrauensvorschuss sein und als solcher wurde er von den handelnden Parteien auch wahrgenommen. Fast alle anderen haben sich vorgenommen, diesen Bundestrainer bei der Weltmeisterschaft deshalb nur noch genauer unter die Lupe zu nehmen.

Wandlungs- und anpassungsfähig

Die Endrunde hat jeder Menge Trainer den Job gekostet, insgesamt traten elf von Löws Kollegen zurück oder wurden rausgeworfen. Ungemach wurde auch ihm prophezeit, nach dem Triumph im Maracana hat sich die Gemengelage aber vollständig gedreht. Joachim Löw hat bei dieser WM bewiesen, dass er wandlungs- und anpassungsfähig ist.

Er hat sich als Meister der Improvisation erwiesen, Anlässe dafür gab es genug. Es lief nun wirklich nicht alles nach Plan in diesen fast 60 Tagen, die die Mannschaft zusammen war. Und erst recht nicht in den einzelnen Partien des Turniers.

Deutschland, und damit auch Löw, hatte seine kritischen Phasen. Gegen Ghana, als es in einem zweiten Gruppenspiel schon wieder schiefzugehen drohte. Oder gegen Algerien, das die Mannschaft so ziemlich auf dem falschen Fuß erwischte. Das Spiel gegen Frankreich stand auf der Kippe, im Finale gegen Argentinien war der Gegner phasenweise die gefährlichere Mannschaft.

Es gab die nachvollziehbaren Diskussionen, warum mit Shkodran Mustafi plötzlich einer erstaunlich oft spielen durfte, der eigentlich schon aussortiert war.

Und warum zwar zwei Jahre lang Zeit war, sich auf den Problemzonen in der Viererkette und im Angriff echte Alternativen zu schaffen, dies aber verpasst wurde. Stattdessen spielten bis zur Hälfte des Turniers jeweils Innenverteidiger auf der Position des Außenverteidigers - egal, wie der Gegner hieß und wie dieser sein Spiel ausgerichtet hatte.

Die Mischung passte

Am Ende gibt es nur eine Wahrheit und die heißt: Deutschland ist Weltmeister. Das sollten auch die Nörgler und Heckenschützen einsehen, die ihm in den entscheidenden Spielen seine persönliche Ergebniskrise unter die Nase gerieben haben.

Deutschland hat es wie keine andere Mannschaft verstanden, den Mittelweg zu finden, der bei einem Turnier dieser Kategorie als einziger zum Ziel führt. Diese Mischung aus Verspieltheit und Vernunft, aus Können und Kampf hat gezeigt, dass die verschiedenen Stilmittel sich nicht ausschließen müssen, sondern sehr gut neben- und miteinander koalieren können.

18 Tore hat die DFB-Elf auf dem Weg zum Titel erzielt, so viele wie keine andere. Im Schnitt waren das 2,6 Tore pro Partie, der Schnitt der restlichen 31 Teams lag bei nur 1,3 Toren. 4158 Pässe spielte Deutschland in seinen sieben Partien, also fast 600 pro Spiel. Auch das war Rekord. Knapp 121 Kilometer Laufleistung pro Spiel wurden nur von den Amerikanern überboten (124,2 km).

Die Modernisierung ausgebremst

Löw hat seiner Mannschaft nicht nur das schöne Spiel verordnet, dem sich diese Truppe auch schon verschrieben hatte, das sie aber in den entscheidenden Turnierphasen verlässlich im Stich gelassen hatte. Dieses Team war anders, obwohl sich die Namen der Protagonisten kaum verändert hatten. Er hat ihnen die so genannten deutschen Tugenden mit auf den Weg gegeben.

Löw hat sich nicht mehr treiben lassen von der Öffentlichkeit und der Schar an Experten. Er hat nicht mehr nur dogmatisch agiert, sondern pragmatisch. Löw hat sich ein Stück weit geöffnet und den Konsens zugelassen. Er hat seiner Mannschaft zugehört und er hat sie verstanden.

Und wenn dann Bastian Schweinsteiger vor dem Finale sagt, der WM-Titel "wird von einem cleveren Trainer gewonnen", spricht das Bände über das Verhältnis der Mannschaft zu ihrem Trainer.

Als "cleverer Trainer" hat er der selbst angestoßenen Modernisierung den Wind aus den Segeln genommen. Er hat gemerkt, dass längst genug erneuert wurde. Dass in diesem Zusammenhang aber einige Dinge auf der Strecke geblieben sind, die schon einmal gut funktioniert haben.

Die Blöcke zusammengeführt

Vielleicht war es auch ein wenig persönliche Eitelkeit, dass die so genannten deutschen Tugenden ein paar Jahre nicht mehr so sehr im Vordergrund standen. Aber sie sind ein gemeinsamer Nenner, und wenn es nur der ist, dass jeder im Kader diese noch als Garanten für den Erfolg am Fernsehen bestaunen durfte. Als Kinder oder Teenager sahen die deutschen Spieler, wie eine andere deutsche Mannschaft sich 1996 bis zum EM-Titel durchbiss.

Nicht mit bezauberndem Fußball, sondern mit Willen, Kampfkraft und einem besonderen Geist innerhalb der Gemeinschaft. Mit motivierten Ergänzungsspielern und ein paar einstudierten Standards. Das war nicht schön anzusehen. Aber es war widerstandsfähig und es war erfolgreich.

Löw und sein Trainer- und Betreuerstab haben für die WM 2014 das geschafft, was die Spanier seit einigen Jahren auch sehr gut hinbekommen: Dass sich die großen und in der heimischen Liga spinnefeinden Bayern- und BVB-Blöcke in einer entsprechenden Umgebung so zusammenraufen, dass eine echte Einheit entsteht.

Bei den Spaniern war es immer wieder erstaunlich, wie sich die Spieler aus Barcelona und Madrid plötzlich ergänzen und gegenseitig helfen konnten. Obwohl sie sich ein paar Wochen davor in einem der mittlerweile gefühlt unzähligen Classicos noch schonungslos die Knochen poliert hatten.

Jede Menge Lob

Auch das ist eine große Trainerleistung und vielleicht ist es in einer Zeit, in der die Spieler immer noch besser ausgebildet zur Nationalmannschaft stoßen und immer noch mehr auch Ich-AGs sind, die größte überhaupt. Wichtiger als jedes Spielsystem und jeder Freistoßtrick.

"Brasilien hat Neymar. Argentinien hat Messi. Portugal hat Ronaldo. Deutschland hat ein Team!", twitterte Englands Kapitän Steven Gerrard nach dem 7:1 über Brasilien und in Gerrards Mitteilung schwangen Ehrfurcht und Sehnsucht zugleich mit.

Arsenal-Trainer Arsene Wenger sprach mit größtem Respekt nur noch von "La Mannschaft", dem größtmöglichen Sinnbild für eine funktionierende Gemeinschaft.

Erinnerungen an Italien?

Und als wäre das nicht Lob genug gewesen, schaffte es Löw im Finale von Rio de Janeiro auch noch, einige böse Geister der Vergangenheit zu besiegen. Womöglich hat er sich an seine erste große Niederlage erinnert, an die beim Sommermärchen im Halbfinale gegen Italien.

Die Italiener hatten Deutschland in der Verlängerung überrascht, als sie plötzlich abwichen von ihrem eher zurückhaltenden Stil und offensiv wechselten und offensiv spielten. Deutschland hatte die Argentinier, bei denen mit Leo Messi, Gonzalo Higuain und später auch Kun Agüero gleich drei Spieler eher halbherzig an der Defensivbewegung teilnahmen, mit zunehmender Spieldauer müde gespielt.

Löw formulierte in der Pause vor der ersten Halbzeit der Verlängerung die Maxime, noch dominanter zu spielen, den Gegner noch mehr unter Druck zu setzen. In den 15 Minuten der folgenden Halbzeit durften die Argentinier nur noch 24 Pässe spielen, die Deutschen lieferten verglichen damit ein regelrechtes Gewitter an Zuspielen ab, am Ende waren es 132.

"...für alle Ewigkeiten"

Der Plan war riskant, aber er ging auf. Und jetzt sind sie alle Weltmeister. "Ich bin mehr als verliebt in dieses Team. Es ist eine tiefe Liebe", sagte Löw über seine Mannschaft. Wie es für ihn demnächst weitergeht, ließ er weiter offen.

Noch immer steht ein freiwilliges Ende als Bundestrainer im Raum. Nur eines steht jetzt schon für ihn fest: Dieses Turnier in Brasilien wird auch sein Leben verändern. Aber immerhin gibt es jetzt einen neuen, erfreulichen Ankerpunkt in seiner Karriere.

"Wenn ich später im Schaukelstuhl sitze auf meiner Veranda oder im Garten, da wird man immer wieder daran denken. Dieses tiefe Glücksgefühl wird für alle Ewigkeiten bleiben."

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Re: DIE WELTMEISTER!!

Post by blutgraetsche on Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:49 pm

How Manuel Neuer, Germany's 11th man, is revolutionising goalkeeping

Football formations only include 10 players but the game is played with 11. More teams should follow Germany's lead and employ a sweeper-keeper to utilise the whole space on the field

There is often much talk in football about the 12th man. Whether that is the fans singing their hearts out in the stands, the referee who appears to be giving everything to the opposition or a rogue beach ball that has bounced on to the pitch and has yet to be removed, it is said, this 12th man gives you the advantage. But it's a strange term to use when the teams are not even utilising the 11they have on the pitch.

When Germany faced Algeria earlier in the World Cup, many were quick to condemn their high defensive line and over-reliance on Manuel Neuer. The pundits were also critical when Germany played France in the next round. Alan Shearer seemed especially shocked and appalled, voicing his dismay that one ball over the top was all France needed to create a goalscoring opportunity. However, France did not exploit this apparent weakness and Germany progressed.

Die Mannschaft seem to have taken over Spain’s mantle. Their team is youthful and energetic, they often play with no out-and-out striker and they have a wealth of technically gifted players. The Spanish model has not just been replicated though, it has been improved.

The improvement has come through using the 11th man. The man that is almost always overlooked as a footballer, the one position on the pitch where, as a kid, you did not need any skill or ability, you simply needed to be big. This 11th man is, of course, the goalkeeper.

On a football pitch you are looking to gain any advantage you can. Like the opposition, you only have access to 11 players so you must use these players as efficiently as possible. If one of them has no role other than babysitting the net, then you’re already at a disadvantage.

Football is a lot like chess. You have the same number of pieces as your opponent, you face-off on the same playing surface and you both have the same aim. The great chess players know they need to get the most out of each of their pieces to win. This gives rise to the maxim: "The King is a fighting piece – use it."

With the king being the weakest and most important piece on the board, it would seem logical to ignore the maxim and do nothing but protect him at all times. But if you are to do that and your opponent uses their king as an attacking piece, essentially your opponent has one more piece than you. In tight games, against similar opposition, this small advantages can be the difference between victory and defeat.

By using your goalkeeper not just to protect your own goals but to actually participate in defending, building attacks and keeping the ball, you are utilising your 11th man. If your opposition are not doing this, you immediately have a man advantage.

There are teams that utilise the 11th man; in fact almost every team does, but you only see it for a very brief period of time. When a team is desperately hunting for a goal and the clock is ticking down to full-time the goalkeeper will become more involved in the game.

He leaves the safety of his six-yard box and lingers on the edge of his area; he sweeps behind his defenders who are camped on the halfway line; and he plays long, raking, diagonal balls to those further upfield. If he is able to play the role at this point in the match, why is he not able to do it earlier?

The conservative traditionalists within football see the reliance on a sweeper-keeper as a sign of weakness. The high defensive line and the involvement of the goalkeeper appear to be the last move of a desperate manager with nothing left to throw at the opposition. Perhaps the tactic has this reputation as it is only used in the dying moments of matches.

If anything, the use of the goalkeeper in the sweeper-keeper role is the opposite of desperation. Utilising the 11th man is a tactically intelligent innovation that is going to become more and more popular in the coming years.

Manuel Neuer's heat map in Germany's match against Algeria shows the extent to which he was involved. Covering almost the entire final third of the pitch, he was anything but a bystander.



Neuer is not only a world-class goalkeeper, but he is a footballer as well. In the sweeper-keeper role he is more than just a net guard. His defensive skills, covering any through balls and sweeping up behind his back line, allow the defenders to push forward. This in turn restricts the space the opposition have in the middle of the pitch and forces the game into the opposition's half.

The tactic might not work for every team but Germany and Bayern Munich have a goalkeeper to revolutionise what it means to play between the sticks. Joachim Löw says Neuer could “play in midfield” and Toni Kroos, who occupies one of those midfield positions, calls him the team’s "11th outfield player".

Credit should not only be given Neuer, but also to the most progressive and revolutionary manager in the game today, Pep Guardiola. Six months ago Andy James wrote about the evolution of Neuer and how Guardiola was turning him into a footballer, rather than a goalkeeper. I bet even James is surprised at the extent and speed of the evolution.

The tactic is both dangerous and brilliant. Guardiola has a philosophy, and every player, position and move has to fit into that philosophy and compliment it as a whole. It is a grand design, with each individual cog aiding the movement and progression of the other pieces around it. You could not remove this sweeper-keeper tactic and simply install it at say Chelsea, for example, because it would not work. The team needs to be geared towards an aim, and each position allows the team to function.

After inheriting a treble-winning team it was hard to imagine what Guardiola could possibly do. His former club, Barcelona, revolutionised club football, so expectations were high. Guardiola is not content with stability and continuity. As a manager he looks to push the boundaries, radicalise and perfect. Morphing Lahm into a defensive midfielder and having Neuer play as a sweeper-keeper are just two examples of how he is constantly looking to develop new tactics.

What we saw against Algeria was the future of goalkeeping. A player whose main task is to keep a clean sheet must also now hold other responsibilities. The future of football is a future where each position has a variety of functions. Defensive midfielders will not only break up attacks, strikers will not just score goals and goalkeepers will not just prevent the opposition from scoring. Neuer may be the first modern, complete sweeper-keeper, but he will not be the last.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/these-football-times/2014/jul/16/manuel-neuer-germany-revolutionising-goalkeeping-world-cup-bayern-munich


Pep shouldn't get credit for this though, as Neuer has always played like this, it's one of his major strengths. And the sweeper keeper is not new, but the radical way Neuer interprets that role is. So it's more evolution than revolution.
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Re: DIE WELTMEISTER!!

Post by Super Progress on Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:01 pm

Xavier wrote:Well to be fair this was a far more 'progressive' side than anything Loew has done since he took over... It turned out to be a good balance between the good things we did in qualifying and traditional German pragmatism (i.e., a return to training set pieces).

I was right in that Loew would never win anything in the style that he used in qualifying, and if he didn't learn to be more tactically flexible; I was wrong in that I did not think he would or could change in those ways... So I gladly join the humble pie eating team as well.

Anyway, all of that is in the past, Deutschland ueber alles!  cheers 

PS: I wonder where Otto is???
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Post by blutgraetsche on Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:03 pm

lol!

No matter how you spin it Super, this was not a win for "Team Progress". Never ever.
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Re: DIE WELTMEISTER!!

Post by Fey on Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:59 pm

No trolls from Otto or Kroos Sad

I wish Kroos was still in his humiliation phase(thats puberty for Germans, the want to hump and dominate everything)

And I wish Otto was still pro Germany!
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Post by blutgraetsche on Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:20 pm

Otto must be very confused these days. Can't really enjoy the WC title, as Löw and many players he hates won it. On the other hand, he's been waiting for this as long as all of us...
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Re: DIE WELTMEISTER!!

Post by Hlebagone on Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:37 pm

Doesn't someone have time to go back and find all the quotes from the German posters.

Think it's easy to become obssessed with one aspect of football, to the detriment of overlooking others. Otto became obssessed with the dominant, mental fortitude of German football, and started overlooking the other technical aspects that are equally, if not more important. On the other hand, it's debatable that Germany would have won if Schweinsteiger wasn't laying it all down on the field. Best football teams have always been a blend mental fortitude and technical prowess.
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Post by blutgraetsche on Thu Jul 17, 2014 6:52 am

That's of course all true, wasn't even the debate, as we all know how important the mental aspect of the game is. I think otto's obsession goes far beyond football though, he basically believes German society to have gone to the dogs as there are no alpha males left pissing in every corner to mark their territory (although Großkreutz kinda defies that ...). This leading by example that was so obvious in the final by the likes of Schweinsteiger is something that makes his blood boil, as he terribly misses the Effenberg-esque shouting and screaming at his team mates, something this new generation of players simply does not. They key people of this world cup success, Löw, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Neuer etc., are those he hates most.

That's the major difference to other fans who all were very critical of Löw over the years (for good reason), but never questioned the players in that way, on the contrary. Plus, we stick to football.
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Post by blutgraetsche on Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:57 am

blutgraetsche wrote:This current Germany team has reached the highest ELO rating ever, 2200 points, higher than Hungary 1954 (2166), Brazil 1962 (2153) and Spain 2010 (2142).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Football_Elo_Ratings


1st in the FiFA rankings now, too. I think this is a first that we are first in both, at least it must have been a while.

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01 Germany 1724 1 Up
02 Argentina 1606 3 Up
03 Netherlands 1496 12 Up
04 Colombia 1492 4 Up
05 Belgium 1401 6 Up
06 Uruguay 1330 1 Up
07 Brazil 1241 -4 Down
08 Spain 1229 -7 Down
09 Switzerland 1216 -3 Down
10 France 1202 7 Up
11 Portugal 1148 -7 Down
12 Chile 1098 2 Up
13 Greece 1091 -1 Down
14 Italy 1056 -5 Down
15 USA 989 -2 Down
16 Costa Rica 986 12 Up
17 Croatia 955 1 Up
18 Mexico 930 2 Up
19 Bosnia and Herzegovina 917 2 Up
20 England 911 -10 Down


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Post by blutgraetsche on Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:07 am

Ozil pays for Brazilian kids' operations

Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil has confirmed that he has "supported the surgery" of 23 children in Brazil in the wake of his side's World Cup triumph.

Ozil, 25, helped fund operations for 11 sick children in the World Cup host nation before the tournament and Germany's successful World Cup campaign has inspired him to donate more money.

Joachim Low's victorious squad are believed to have received bonuses of 300,000 euros per player following their 1-0 victory of Argentina on Sunday.

Ozil confirmed his charitable intentions on his official Facebook page, writing: "Prior to the #WorldCup I supported the surgery of eleven sick children [in Brazil].

"Since the victory of the #WorldCup is not only due to eleven players but to our whole team, I will now raise the number to 23."

It had been reported that Arsenal star Ozil was planning to give some of his winnings to help the relief effort in Gaza in the wake of the recent conflict in the region, but his agent Roland Eitel was quoted in the International Business Times as saying: "The claim that Mesut donated money to Gaza is not true.

"Maybe in the future, who knows? He donated money to causes in Brazil and he is now on holiday."


http://www.espnfc.com/fifa-world-cup/story/1952293/mesut-ozil-uses-world-cup-bonus-to-pay-for-brazilian-kids-operations

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