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      24.06.2012 09:52
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      A ruthless attacking machine with real flair

      Germany have always had a reputation as a dour and unexciting team who teutonically battle through games either winning with a workmanlike performance or on penalties, well all that changed after the World Cup of 2006 held on German soil, when Jurgen Klinnsmann's side turned stereotypes on their head and the whole nation seemed to really let themselves go and enjoy the experience.

      Under Joachim Loew Germany have developed a style of play that isn't as fluid as the Spanish team, but they have more direction and pace in attacking positions offering options which Spain can't match. They have easily the hardest group in the tournament playing Holland, Portugal and Denmark, but they should progress. Having won every single game in qualifying and so far in the tournament, they look strong, and despite having a team with an average age of 24 boast incredible experience.

      Germany are in many ways a wonderful template for England, having gazed at their naval during a period of relative failure they improved youth development to a point where they are almost overflowing with talent, some have questioned whether Podolski and Klose should play for Poland or Ozul for Turkey, but all are German through and through and their presence simply highlights the growing multiculturalism of this amazing country.

      Enclosed is a team summary:

      Goalkeeper

      In Manuel Neuer, Germany have the best young goalkeeper in the world, Neuer is a leader and a formidable last line of defence, strong on crosses, great a stopping shots and physically imposing in one on one situations. Neuer is vocal and demanding and rubs many opposition players (And German fans) up the wrong way), but he is a winner and gives confidence to the ten men in front of him. I will be interested to see how Neuer reacts to a game against Spain during the tournament, he clearly upset Real Madrid players with his cockiness during the Champions League and many will be keen for revenge (As Sergio Ramos so directly stated on Twitter following Bayern's Champions League final loss).

      Defence

      The weakest area for this wonderfully attacking team, Jerome Boateng is a strong yet limited defender, Per Metersecker has steadied the ship at Arsenal but his clear weakness is his lack of pace, Matts Hummel is an exciting defender who likes to bring the ball out of defence in a manner similar to Beckenbauer or Matthias Sammer, he is elegant and composed, but occasionally lacks concentration defensively, he also spends a lot of time covering for either Metersecker or Boateng, Phillip Lahm is still probably the best right back in the world and his attacking forays could be a huge threat during the tournament, he is intelligent, covers the whole flank brilliantly and similar to Dani Alves at Barcelona is one of the constant threats for his team from a relatively obscure position.

      Midfield

      Germany have plenty of options in midfield, fthe Real Madrid pair Mesut Ozil and Sami Kherdera have proven experience at the highest level, Ozil had a great season and is a wily, skilful creator with an explosive burst of pace. Khedera is likely to sit back in front of the back four and allow his colleagues to bomb forward, he is a smart, simple player with the ability to do the dirty jobs others can't. Bastian Schweinsteiger will perhaps make the mark he has promised for so long, effortless in defence and attack he can do anything on a football pitch, smart, arrogant and wily, he is a commanding midfielder who the rest of the team will look upon to lead them during the hard times. Some have suggested every great German team has a player like Schweinsteiger, with memories of Beckenbauer, Matthaus, Bernd Schuster and many others. He is one of the keys to the team, industrious, fearless, composed, confident, he has 93 caps at 27 years of age and his experience will be useful as we now hit the business end of 2012.

      The Bayern Munich midfielders Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller will hope to figure somewhere in the team, Kroos for his dynamic play, Mueller for his ability to find a goal from nowhere.

      Many are excited by the opportunity to watch the precoucious Mario Goetze of Dortmund who offers endless attacking options with pace, verve and ability, his counter attacking skills suit the team perfectly and he is an equal to Ozul and an impact sub who in years to come will become a main player, Marco Reus also had a great year in the Bundesliga and showed against Greece what an exciting player he is, full of pace and slippery running skills, his interplay with the creative midfield hub was a joy to watch and if he can improve the end product he will become one of the most productive and exciting wide players in the world.

      Attack

      In attack Germany have Lukas Podolski of Arsenal who has a fantastic goalscoring record at International level and offers the pace to suit their counter attacking style, they also have predators in Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose, neither are the quickest or most agile, but both have an amazing ability to find the net and with the German midfield, will have more than enough chances to score goals.

      All three are goalscorers but one needs to consistently score goals to give confidence to their team mates, so far the job has been entrusted t Gomez who can blow hot or cold, but Germany have created so many chances that he should score a few more goals in this tournament.

      Team Tactics

      Germany will win the tournament by playing fast attacking football, they can't hold the ball and play pretty passing football like Spain, they can however move the ball from one end of the pitch to the other quickly with players who can match pace and skill and an ability to spot an opening.

      The average age of the team is 24, but they are a mature team with reams of experience, they have a large contingent of current and ex Bayern Munich players, which is also positive as they will know their colleagues and the style of play, the only question is how the Bayern players will react to losing the league and Champions League so late on, this could be damaging or provide motivation for success.

      Overall

      For me Loew has created a beautifully balanced side whose only weakness is in defence, they have the power and pace to overwhelm teams on the counter attack but need to play on the offensive to relieve pressure from their leaky back line.

      They had a tough group, but on paper and in qualifying were the strongest European team, they have youth, pace, skill and mental strength, they are exciting to watch and play to win, having been in Germany for the 2006 World Cup I believe that changed their mentality and the fans fell in love with their team again, unlike some of the more dour teams of the past, if this team win the tournament they will light it up with fast paced breaks, spectacular goals and outstanding teamwork.

      The biggest challenge is of course their nemesis, Spain, a team who control the ball and don't allow teams much time to damage them, but I believe we have seen cracks in their back line recently and while the domination can hurt teams, this Spain team lack pace and athleticism which the Germans have in abundance, the German defence won't be outpaced as Spain seem to be playing with 6 midfielders and the German midfield with Podolski and Klose tucking in should match them for numbers, while asking enough questions to unsettle the Spanish, equally Spain like to attack and push on and Germany are outstanding on the counter attack. If Gomez can be ruthless and put away his chances I think Germany could just break the Spanish ascendancy finally.

      Having said this, Greece won the European Championships the same year they held the Olympics playing organised football and being given little hope, so while my head says Germany, a little piece of my heart is still holding out hope that England might finally achieve something, sneaking in when none of us expect it.

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        29.06.2008 12:00
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        The Germans are in the final again.

        Nickname(s) Die Mannschaft (The Team)
        The European Giant

        Head coach Joachim Löw
        Captain Michael Ballack
        Most caps Lothar Matthäus (150)
        Top scorer Gerd Müller (68)

        The bloody Germans are there again, their sixth European Championship Final out of 13 attempts, the little Spaniards the only thing in their way from title number four. This is Spain's first journey past the Q/Fs for 24 years. There's just something deliciously arrogant and relentless about the Germans that you have to admire and they just know how to win these things. They have yet to fail to qualify for the World and Euros in their long history. And if they don't do well its very much see you in two years time pal. They are not scared of losing and so they just keep winning, although this is their first semi-final success in Europe since Euro96. But it's that irrational fear of them that seems to be their biggest plus. Their World Cup record is also pretty impressive too with three wins from seven finals. They are in the top three of the most successful international teams of all time. They are also one of only three teams to hold both the World and European Championship.

        = = = The record in major tournaments = = =

        -The European Championships-

        1960 Did Not Enter
        1964 Did Not Enter
        1968 Did Not Qualify
        1972 Champions
        1976 Final
        1980 Champions
        1984 Rounds
        1988 Semi-finals
        1992 Final
        1996 Champions
        2000 Rounds
        2004 Rounds
        2008 Final

        -The World Cup-

        1930 Withdrew
        1934 Third place
        1938 Round
        1950 Banned
        1954 Champions
        1958 Fourth place
        1962 Quarter-finals
        1966 Final
        1970 Third place
        1974 Champions
        1978 Second Round
        1982 Final
        1986 Final
        1990 Champions
        1994 Quarter-finals
        1998 Quarter-finals
        2002 Final
        2006 Third place

        Part of their strength comes from consistency, only ten managers in their 100 years history, five of those in the last ten years as club management became more important to national team management. They just stick with the same players over and over again and if you look at their most capped players below you will recognize many of them. Germany can boast of having the first and only goalkeeper to win the Player of the Tournament award following a World Cup, that being Oliver Kahn in 2002. Harald "Toni" Schumacher was runner-up for the award in 1986. They just have that concrete strength in all positions, big and tall guys that are not the bets player sin the world but so effective as that arrogant wall of success. Be it the commanding Ballack-38 goals from midfield in 86 appearances- or the nimble but powerful Podelski and the Arian blonde muscle of Schwienstieger, its all there to overpower the lesser nations. Even if they have started poorly in the tournaments you know they will be there or there abouts. Germany's real strength is they pick on the opposing sides weakness and always exploit it. They are not the best team in the finals but the best closers.

        -Most Capped Players-

        Goals in brackets...

        1 Lothar Matthäus 150 (23)
        2 Jürgen Klinsman 108 (47)
        3 Jürgen Kohler 105 (2)
        4 Franz Beckenbauer 103 (14)
        5 Thomas Häßler 101(27)
        6 Berti Vogts 96 (1)
        7 Sepp Maier 95 (0)
        = Karl-Heinz Rummenigge 95 (45)
        9 Rudi Völler 90 (47)
        10 Michael Ballack 86 (38)

        -The Final-

        This will be Germanys tenth final of the Euros and Worlds confined in thirty years, averaging one final every tournament, which you can't get better than that. This is Spain's first final since Euro 64, which they did win well. Spain are England in disguise.
        It will be waves of relentless attacks and one long bombardment for the smaller Spanish team if they don't start well. If they go into their bunkers and put on the tin hats then I can't seem them keeping out the Germans. If it goes to penalties the Germans haven't lost a shoot out for 32 years, the 76 Final to Czechoslovakia. They haven't missed a penalty since 1992.

        Ballack looks like he's out of the final, but Villa is an equally huge loss for Spain. It's set up to be Fàbregas and Torres final but we know Germany are the better winners. Germany are not great defensively, and don't have a dominant central defender, the suicidal attacking left-back Lamm exposing them more. If Spain plays down the middle they have a chance. Torres is due a goal. The Germans will bomb the wings and the raids to come are Spain's real weak link, Schweinsteiger the man to hurt them. But the fact that Ballack may not be there controlling things means for me Spain will be champions in a very exciting game.

        -The Squad-

        01Jans Lehmann Stuttgart
        12 Robert Enke Hannover
        23 René Adler Bayer Leverkusen

        Defenders

        2 Marcell Jansen Bayern Munich
        3 Arne Friedrich Hertha Berlin
        4 Clemens Fritz Werder Bremen
        5 Heiko Westermann Schalke
        16 Philipp Lahm Bayern Munich
        17 Per Mertesacker Werder Bremen
        21 Christoph Metzelder Real Madrid

        Midfielders

        6 Simon Rolfes Bayer Leverkusen
        7 Bastian Schweinsteiger Bayern Munich
        8 Torsten Frings Werder Bremen
        13 Michael Ballack (captain) Chelsea
        14 Piotr Trochowski Hamburg 12
        15 Thomas Hitzlsperger VfB Stuttgart
        18 Tim Borowski Werder Bremen
        19 David Odonkor Real Betis

        Strikers

        9 Mario Gómez VfB Stuttgart
        10 Oliver Neuville Borussia Mönchengladbach
        11 Miroslav Klose Bayern Munich
        20 Lukas Podolski Bayern Munich 53
        22 Kevin Kurányi Schalke 04 49

        01 Jan's Lehmann Stuttgart
        12 Robert Enke Hannover
        23 René Adler Bayer Leverkusen

        Defenders

        2 Marcell Jansen Bayern Munich
        3 Arne Friedrich Hertha Berlin
        4 Clemens Fritz Werder Bremen
        5 Heiko Westermann Schalke
        16 Philipp Lahm Bayern Munich
        17 Per Mertesacker Werder Bremen
        21 Christoph Metzelder Real Madrid

        Midfielders

        6 Simon Rolfes Bayer Leverkusen
        7 Bastian Schweinsteiger Bayern Munich
        8 Torsten Frings Werder Bremen
        13 Michael Ballack (captain) Chelsea
        14 Piotr Trochowski Hamburg 12
        15 Thomas Hitzlsperger VfB Stuttgart
        18 Tim Borowski Werder Bremen
        19 David Odonkor Real Betis

        Strikers

        9 Mario Gómez VfB Stuttgart
        10 Oliver Neuville Borussia Mönchengladbach
        11 Miroslav Klose Bayern Munich
        20 Lukas Podolski Bayern Munich 53
        22 Kevin Kurányi Schalke 04 49


        And finally...

        England's nemesis are the Germans, of course, but it wall all meant to be so different in Euro 2008, England the clear favorites. Check out this link below form the BBC from June 2000... And who is Martin Taylor?

        http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/2641675.stm

        -Some facts dfrom these links...

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

        http://www.oleole.com/germany/germannationalteam/history/nhibu.html

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          03.07.2006 12:27
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          Entertainers who should win this tournament

          I'm sorry to say that it looks likely that Germany could win this tournament. They will surely emerge as strong favourites after knocking out Argentina, who for me were the best team pen to paper in this group. However, due to bad tactics and making bad substitution decisions, Argentina lost this game on penalties. They simply let Germany come at them after scoring the goal, the sort of tactics that Erikson did with England, its no wonder the coach has resiggned.

          Credit to Germany, who are prooving that they are a strong force, despite hosting the tournament had been writen off at the start of the tournament. Once again they managed to score all their penalties and i fancy them to beat Italy in the semi finals and go on to beat France, France should beat Portugal.

          Germany have played entertaining football throughout this tournament and i feel England should look at the way they have played and try to play more like them when it gets to Euro 2008.

          Klose has once again proven he is a natural goalscorer, particulalry with his head, scoring with his head yet again against Argentina. Its nice to see Klinnsman prooving his critics wrong after the criticism he received for lliving in Canada.

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            09.06.2006 12:13
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            Lack of competition will outway home advantage

            Will Germany win the World Cup for the first time in their history? West Germany won the cup three times (1954, 1974 and 1990) but as the unified Germany they only reached the final in 2002 for the first time only to be beaten by Brazil. So in fact it is true to say that England have won the World Cup more times than Germany.

            As the host nation in this tournament they no doubt have some advantage. It was thirty-two years ago that West Germany became the fourth nation to win the cup on home soil. So far six nations have made the same achievement, the most recent being Argentina in 1978 and France in 1998.

            The present Germany team have not looked all that convincing so far during the run up to this tournament. There has been a lack of goals up front and the defence has not looked all that solid. Earlier this year they were hammered 4:1 in a friendly against Italy. Nevertheless, the West German sides of the past had a tremendous success rate at World Cup tournaments. Between 1966 and 1990 they reached the final five times. And their arrival in the final of 2002 came just nine months after the famous 5:1 defeat to England in the qualifiers.

            Jurgen Klinsmann, the present team coach, has said that he would love to emulate Franz Beckenbauer and lift the World Cup as both a player and manager. One advantage that perhaps Germany do have is that all their players play football in their own country. Klinsmann's team is built around the midfield talent of Michael Ballack. He is likely to be accompanied by Torsten Frings of Werder Bremen, Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern Munich and former Aston Villa player Thomas Hitzlsperger. Miroslav Klose who will lead Germany's attack, only played 11 minutes as a substitute during Euro 2004 and never scored a goal. However, he scored 25 league goals whilst playing for Werder Bremen last season and is in very good form. Lukas Podolski will probably play as a striker alongside him up front and they both should pose considerable question for opposition defences.

            A major disadvantage the Germans have is their lack of competitive football. Their last competitive match was played in the European Championships when they were eliminated in the first round. However, with their home advantage they should as usual manage to get comfortably through the first group stage. But their lack of competition and perhaps a little too much over reliance on Ballack could be their downfall.

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              Germany 1 England 5. A complete one-off. A freakish result even. Germany fielded their worst side in years. The national side is at crisis point. Really? As difficult as it may be to accomplish, let’s get back down to earth just for a second. For a team in supposed turmoil then what on earth are they still doing on top of the group table? If Rudi Voller’s side were at such a crossroads, a) how come they managed to beat England at Wembley in the first place, and b) how come they are still the realistic favourites to qualify for Korea2002 without the necessity of a play-off? It’s the usual story of a media witch-hunt and fickleness of the general public after witnessing this spectacular off day. Make no bones about it, Germany are definitely a side in transition in light of two below par performances in both France 98 and Euro2000, but to suddenly say they are a shambolic outfit is hardly justified. The main ingredient the Germans are lacking at the moment is a degree of squad continuity that runs through the spine of the team if explored closer. In years gone by Germany has regularly been able to call upon suitable replacements for those exiting the international scene. After all, this is a nation who have produced world-class forwards such as Riedle, Klinsmann, Voller, Rumminegge and of course the greatest of all Gerd Muller. Saturday’s selection pitched together a choice between Jancker, Neuville and Diesler, none of them proven international scorers and lacking an ally in Oliver Bierhoff, whose performances for the national side have deteriorated as a result of a poor spell at Milan having looked one of the world’s best in a free-scoring stint beforehand at Udinese. Germany in many years have experimented with their forward line with competent club level players such as Kuntz, Bobic, Kirsten, etc but since Kilnsmann’s departure they have found it hard to fill the void of a striker with a handsome record of find
              ing the net for his country. Back in Italia 90, some poor opposition aside, Klinsmann and Voller were untouchable. Their 2001 incarnation in the form of Jancker and Neuville is anything but, the former a Wanchope clone who can mix brilliance with utter buffoonery, the latter hinting at promise but evidently lacking confidence if his current strike rate is anything to go by, complimented by Diesler’s miss when it mattered to most to effectively set England on their way. It seems that while the majority ply their trade for Bayern Munich in achieving success in a fairly mediocre division, this performance at club level cannot be translated to a higher degree on the international stage – an attribute usually accredited to England’s overpaid, under-performing contingent. Nick Barmby is reportedly the Premier League’s wealthiest earner but he looked well out of his depth come Saturday and yet still overshadowed the opposing middle line. The same therefore goes for the German midfield. Comparing the respective sides as they lined up on Saturday and in their last World Cup meeting in 1990, the flair of Gascoigne is now Beckham’s platform while Owen looks to emulate the often match-rescuing skills of Lineker at his best. In days gone by, the Germans could easily call up the likes of Matthaus, Littbarski and Haessler and later on Moller and Effenberg, all who possessed sublime skills with a tough edge based on the much vaunted but realistic German trait of ruthless efficiency. Matthaus in particular has never been easy to replace, in recognition of the fact that he probably outstayed his welcome too long in the national XI. Memhet Scholl is probably the pick of the current German midfield, but his absence was all too evident; Dietmar Hamman was roundly sounded out as being as ineffective as colleague Steven Gerrard was instrumental in this midfield battle. Whether Owen Hargreaves’ defection to the English team bears fruit remains t
              o be seen, but already the Germans must be thinking what a huge loss in an under-strength area this could be. Defensively, gone are the days of solid no nonsense rearguard action from the likes of Italia 90’s Buchwald, Augenthaler and Kohler. Matthias Sammer has also gone unreplaced and the natural lead in the mould of Franz Beckenbauer looks a long way off. While in some parts the media were eager to highlight the unconvincing performances of Ferdinand and Campbell in the face of such a weak attack, the way England sliced through the German defence with unerring ease was a far cry from a back four usually ultra stable in snuffing out opposition offensives. Christian Ziege often looks uncomfortable in trying to make the role of Andreas Brehme his own, and then there’s Oliver Khan. Promptly championed as the best goalkeeper in the world ™ after saving penalties in the European Cup final against Valencia, Khan still insists on looking decidedly dodgy when the mood suits him. Having vied for the number 1 jersey for so long with previous incumbent Andreas Kopke, who seemingly dropped off the face of the earth to give the Munich man his berth, Kahn flapped and dithered like the novice he often suggests he is. Comparing him to Italia 90’s Bodo Illgner, an overlooked and underrated custodian who did more than most to cement his country’s victory 11 years ago, Kahn should be thankful that England aside, the rest of the group tails off into minnow territory bearing in mind the threat of Greece, Albania et al, are unlikely to be installed as new World Cup favourites in the foreseeable future. Germany 1 England 5. Just watch them win the group and huff and puff their way to going close in the finals as England fail as gallantly as they are obliged to do.

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                There is only one way to describe the German football team, and it only takes two words to do so – ABSOLUTE SHAMBLES. The once mighty side, feared by everyone, have been in decline ever since they beat Argentina in Turin on 8th July 1990 by a n Andreas Brehme penalty to nil. That match gave the Germans their third World Cup Final victory, and at the time they were the most successful footballing nation ever, winning the trophy 3 times and being runners-up on 3 occasions. But only 11 years later, they were thrashed 5-1 at home by England, a team who have only ever won one major tournament, 35 years ago, and a team who have not beaten Germany since the World Cup final that year. Since 1990, Germany have played in 2 World Cups and 3 European Championships, winning just one of those competitions, Euro ’96. For another team this may have been a successful time – but not the Germans. Germany and, before them, West Germany are famous for their efficient style of play. Everyone knows that they are going to use a 3-5-2 formation, but they have always been able to raise their game whenever needed. Only one defeat in 60 World Cup qualifying matches (they lost 1-0 to Portugal having already qualified) before the England match shows that they will not be broken down easily – but that is exactly what England did. The German team have become a laughing stock for the rest of the world, and that was perfectly demonstrated by the English humiliation of them. The so-called ‘best goalkeeper in the world’ Oliver Khan is doing little to live up to his reputation. He conceded 3 against Liverpool while playing for Bayern Munich, and then just 8 days later 5 more, against England. And although there was some world-class finishing by Michael Owen in particular, a truly brilliant goalkeeper would have saved 2 if not the of England’s goals. But the goalkeeper can not be blamed totally fo
                r England’s goal-scoring spree. The blame really lies with Germany’s world famous back 3. Times have changed since the days of Lothar Matthaus and Matthias Sammer – a defence that even the best of strikers didn’t want to play against has turned into a defence which Sunday League teams would be relishing the prospect of facing. There seems to be no communication between the defence – their attempts at catching England offside were laughable. They were unable to cope with the Wimbledon-style long ball tactic, which England continuously used, and their attempts at tackling England’s forward men were almost non-existent. Without Mehmet Scholl, Germany are dreadful in midfield. Only Dietmar Hamann seems to be playing with any ability in an area which Germany need to be functioning well due to their traditional lack of striking prowess. And he seems to be brilliant at picking up bookings on a regular basis, something which is vital to avoid in international football. Sebastian Deisler is Germany’s big hope but he seems to fail on the biggest stage – firstly in Euro 2000, and then in the 5-1 drubbing by England. Up-front (traditionally Germany’s weakest area) has now been overtaken by the defence as the worst part of their game – and that is not a complement to a new found ability in front of goal. Carsten Jancker, who once failed a trial with Luton Town and cannot get a regular game for Bayern Munich, leads the front line. He is one of Germany’s better players, but by no means good. His strike partner is the German Andy Cole – Oliver Neuville has scored just once for his country in 27 appearances. After a disastrous Euro 2000 (even worse than England’s tournament) Germany appointed Rudi Voller, a man who played in the 1990 World Cup Final, and more importantly a man who did not really want the job on a full-time basis. Although he was to become an in
                stant hero in Germany, after a successful start to the World Cup 2002 qualifying campaign, it is unclear why. Germany beat Kevin Keegan’s poor England side, and got lucky with a win against Albania and draw against Finland. Therefore, when looking for someone to blame for Germany’s current predicament, the German FA must be high on the list – they appointed a man who had publicly stated that he did not want the job. As long as England do not slip up against Albania and Greece, Germany will find it very tough to qualify for the 2002 World Cup. They will be forced into a two-legged play-off, likely to be against the Ukraine. Ukraine are no the best team in the world but they do have two of the world’s better strikers – Sergei Rebrov and Andrei Schevchenko, who have easily enough talent to score as many goals past the frail German defence as England did. Holland are not going to make the next World Cup and, unless something drastic is done, Germany will join them as spectators.

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                  Did that really happen last night!.Did we slip into some sort of time portal, we beat Germany by five goals, and their defense was crap. Even the element in the support didn’t get the headlines as our boys are on collision course for Japan and Sushi and Ti Chi.Right up Mr Ericssons Street. The bit before…. Hundreds of bemused fans called into Radio Fives 606 wondering where their England travel club tickets were for the big match. They were heading out on Wednesday for the big weekend fare in a panic, in most cases ticketless. The FA announced that 500 fans/hooligans had been blocked or banned from the trip. Anyone with any football related offence would be picked of or deported. I wonder if that included a red card on the Sunday park football or speeding tickets. Its pretty clear that they don’t want anyone to go as disaster is imminent again. Apparently the said fan club is the biggest group or organized thugs who have the clearance to go ever!. We really need to worry about the hoolies that are already out there permanently. If you so much as blink in a squaddie bar when ten para are touching up your bird on the pool table you will be knackered. Well for those who made it and assembled to the rain lashed (no one riots in the wet) Munich stadium it was another grueling German examination surely to come. The England hoards shouted two world wars and one world cup. The German fans came back with Three times as many hospital beds and three world cups!.Let the contest begin. Match day…Only a little organized ruck in Frankfurt station with 30 arrests so far in the early hours. If it kicks of big time in Berlin then I can see England getting sanctions for the expected play-off in the Russia’s. Only the Turks get away without thuggery and more in this game. The English high streets are dotted with ear-ringed lads wearing the colors with the compulsory rough misses and pre-mach shopping
                  . If he’s going to sit and watch football all day then he can bloody well buy me some crap from Top Shop. Disgruntled shaven headed men with strained faces and flag of Saint George tops look edgy, they should be drinking with the unity of their mates on this day of all days. . Football shirted fathers trudge on to Macdonald’s for “that” queue. The tension is growing in Berlin with Cars being flipped and shoppers scattered. Grizzled fraulines complain to velvet suited German reporters about zee English thugs and ze tattoos. The BBC has over 160 people out there as its there only live event this year and won’t miss a thing. The big numbers of journos and TV are sniffing violence not football. No surrender to the real IRA doesn’t ring out as even these embarrassing morons know they are one of the same. No one changes their war cries with the times. Warehouseman Gary snarls at the media enjoying the fame in his meaningless existence. Carpet cutter Darren leads the mob from all parts of Britain to a heaving bar .The media follow with portable cameras in hand for tomorrow’s headlines and photos. No good images yet from a minor irrelevant incident to condemn in tomorrow’s newscast headlines. This is what the media is really about.Report the news,make the news. But theres no story here as the lads are just getting beered up for the conflict and the battle on the park. This is the biggest game there is in soccer and they are for that buzz now. Later when the floods ping out and the halogen dies the bottles will fly and strangled screams will fill the neon night. Flashing sirens and press cameras, blooded police and fans will use the father’s memories of fifty years ago to agitate delinquent hate and false rivalry. Beck’s leads them out on a fragile groin. Maybe theres enough in the give to get one of those awesome free kicks off before its collapse. We cant b
                  lame it on Posh Spices ring can we?. The Germans enter the cauldron man for man as arrogant as ever bouncing balls and rising to the roar. One defeat at home in World Cup qualifiers ever, none in Munich. Doesn’t bare well for Svengerland. Five minutes gone and it’s the same old story. Poor defending, one nil Germany, what a Janker!.But Beck’s microphone is working and he’s controlling the English flow like a true captain. Liverpool’s Barmby lays of a cushioned header beating the German off side retreat (they don’t do that often) from a Gary Neville pass and little Owen hooks early corrective surgery. Brilliant work by Liverpool and Manchester Uniteds dazzling attack combine for a second. Owens legs a blur onto a Gerrald 30 yarder and its 2-1 England.We are on top now and they ain’t going to score three today. But the other team are as the little scouse midfielder smashes in trademark number three from thirty yards. Are we really leading the old enemy by two clear goals at half time. The exuberant nation pops the kettle switch or can of Fosters in disbelief and euphoria. The expectant second half blitz came with the stoic back four surviving some . The normally lethargic Seamen’s stunning save looks like it was the critical moment in any German come back. England are rampant now as the Germans put their egos way and contemplate an unthinkable play-off place. They get so desperate that they bring on a black guy, the first in their history to the derision of the baying crowd and their plight. The German manager heir Rudy Voller who looked like a cheap scouse comedian was ready to take the last taxi Munich.You couldn’t hear a bottle drop in the Bavarian capitols front room. Owen again jumps on the end of a raking pass to crown a stunning performance with the fist hatrick in this fixture sine that equally famous one of 66. It’s been a bad week f
                  or Hurst who has had to say PR like the ball didn’t cross the line to try and drum up bidders for his medal. He’s so desperate to pay the bills for the standard of living he’s accustomed to. The cringing agony was complete with him and the remaining members appearance on World Cup Weakest Link.Boy those guys headed the ball too much. There was just time for Heskey to beat Khan one on one, that’s how poor their back four were folks. 5-1 and the towns and cities of England are alive with car horns and EN GER LAND, ENG ER LAND ENG ER LAND……. Somehow England fans celebrating just isn’t sexy . The Italians do that car honking horn thing so much better. Bit like watching a copper try and Samba at the Notting hill carnival. Still Mrs Thatcher said it right to her dispirited cabinet after the penalty shoot out in 1990.They have beaten us at our national sport, but we have beaten them twice at theres this century. From losing only one game at home in history in a qualifier they have now had their biggest defeat in sixty years. Sven Goran Ericssons brilliant tactics to pepper their right back sector worked a treat with Liverpool players scoring all five and making three. This manager is indeed something special and he has a seriously better game of poker than Keegan. We have a plus four-goal difference going into the homwe game against Albania at Newcastle (needing a win. Without a victory here ,last night is pretty irrelevant, well almost. Just a single goal victory here and a similar home win against Greece will leave the Germans needing seven against the Fins. How sweet is that going into a final game. To be honest I felt FIFA did the big teams an unneeded favor this week by printing play off venues and combinations. It gave teams like England license to play because of the comparatively easy opposition in those games. It definitely helped us knowing Belarus were on the tabl
                  e.It certainly did Iceland the world of good who turned over the Checks 3-0!. I cant say goodbye with out saying well done Ireland for beating Holland.One more point and you will join us for the trip behind the bamboo curtain. Cheerio to Brian Moore to.Good bloke im.

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                    1. Rudi Voller Peter Shilton paid for his in champagne, Terry McDermott, Phil Thompson, Graeme Souness, Kevin Keegan and Craig Johnston greased theirs daily, but Rudi Voller was and remains queen of the perm. Peroxide with grey highlights, Voller's cut made him a German style icon and elevated him to the top of this style category - landing the worst haircut in football ever prize. The style's greatest moment came in the 1990 World Cup, it collected and held, glue-like, the spit of Frank Rijkaard, leading to the Dutchman's famous red card. Voller remains one of the most popular men in Germany. 2. Alexei Lalas If you're going to be a ginger Detroit rocker cum footballer, you might as well look like this - which is why Lalas only makes no 2. It's a shocking set of facial hair devices - but whatever you think about him, Lalas is totally true to himself: bad haircut, bad musician, bad footballer. He does, though, take some credit for spending two years in Italy with Padova (after aborting a move to Coventry) without toning it down. He built a reputation in Serie A as a foul-mouthed New Age traveller, but enjoyed it. 'It was great, man, playing in Italy,' he explains. He gave up football in 1998 after meeting Pele ('Fuck, I mean, he's the man, all that sort of stuff just blows me away') to work with his band full time. His first major album, Ginger, was released in November that year. 'We just blew it out in 2 weeks in the studio,' he said . 'Man, it rocks.' 3. David Seaman Seaman has needed a haircut from a proper, sensible £8 a go barber for the past 19 years. Instead, the England keeper uses the likes of Belgravia's Errol Douglas - a celebrity stylist - and turns up at Highbury week in week out looking like a drug weakened advertising executive in shorts. This seasons adventure made the problem worse. In 1998, he was named the most stylish sports star at the Elle s
                    tyle awards. Two years on he's a 37 year old with a ponytail. On leather loving Emmanuel Petit, Roberto Baggio and even snooker's Peter Ebdon, it didn't look so bad. On Seaman, say the Helsinki press, it's a Soho porn merchants dream.

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                    Germany have steadily gone downhill after great success in the European Championships in 1996 when they won the final convincingly. I believe that they need to introduce some new younger players into the squad and try to change their style of play. At present I do not find watching this team play football. They have the oldest squad in Europe, and didn't do well at all in Euro 2000, but they should improve, and hopefully bring in some younger players so that they stand a chance of winning some more trophies soon. The current squad has been let down in my view as the manager has chosen the wrong players, including many over 35's who simply didn't perform well Euro 2000. I was glad when England beat Germany 1-0, but we then lost to them at home! I think that the majority of the German players that have joined Premiership clubs have improved a lot, and a some of the top German players: Babbel, Ziege, and Hamman for example! Prospects for 2002? Well, if Germany can bring some younger players into the squad I'm sure they could all develop into great players. One of the greatest German players in recent history was the brilliant Jurgen Klinsmann who played for Spurs many a time and was famed for his fantastic shooting ability and great celebrations! I think he's at a managing position somewhere now.

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                      There was a time when Germany were one of the most feared teams in the world. They have won so many tournaments in their history it is a shame that they are doing so poorly at the moment. It is not the same having a major tournament where Germany go out in the first round. They still have a good squad so I don't know where things have gone wrong in recent years. They don't seem to be getting any young players coming through the ranks so they have to depend on the older players. As was shown in the last tournament they were not good enough. Germany have had their troubles in the last couple of months. Their future manager had some big court case and in the end he did not take up the job. Not the sort of thing the German FA needed! Hopefully they will be back to their best soon. They recently had a good result against England so maybe they have turned the corner.

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                      I liked this team b4, and very much, what they had is really perfect, especially in 1990, they have Klinsmann, one of the best strikers in 90s, and Mathus of cuz. At that moment, their 3-5-2 was the best in the world. But they should know, nothing can be forever,soer... the age for 352 has been finished, so, they should consider to change to 3-4-3, fortunately, this is what they are doing and what they used to beat England. They are still a poor team now, but it got 2 won in the group, so they have done what they need. Next year, we will see if they get better or not.

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                      After Euro 2000, everyone thought that Germany was no longer a football force! I disagree! Germany has always been a force though the years, but in Euro 2000 they had massive problems from the media! The Media was always dragging them down which in turn made them play poorly during Euro 2000! Before the England game, all Germany's Media was behind Germany, saying that they would win? Why the change in heart? Because Rudi Voller was now apart of the team, assitant manager! Germany's fans, media, players etc respect Voller and he respects them! With Voller in the team Germany could work their stocks off in this World Cup!

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                      After Euro 2000, the German press absolutely murdered their team and continued to slag off their team who they kept saying were 'too old and not good enough' Well after their defeat to England, all faith was lost and as far as they were concerned, were no longer a force in international football. However, under new coach Rudi Voller they have transformed from an aging team with no youngsters to a 'full strength in all areas' squad. With the change from 4-4-2 to 3-5-2 and after dropping Lothar Mattheaus, they have performed much better and achieved more recognisable results for a team like Germany. Without Klinsmann, Mattheaus, Hassler and such like, you'd think that there was no future but young stars have risen quickly to form a team that I'm sure will win an international competition in the next few years. With Germany beating Finland 2-0 in their World Cup qualifying group and now gaining 3 further points against England at Wembley you could say that they have a good chance of qualifying now and who would bet against them to go all of the way? I certainly wouldn't.

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                      Being a patriotic Englishman,you may understand why Germany is not exactly my favourite country in the world. And so how delighted I was when we finally beat them in our only highlight of Euro 2000. That aside, the Germans look like they have reached their lowest point in a decade. I think when you have to field 39 year-olds at the back then the standard of football is on a bit of a decline! The Germans only have a couple of players that will be able to escort them to the next World Cup (if they qualify) - the rest will be hanging up their boots.

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                      Germany had an awful euro 2000, they were out-played by Turkey, beaten by England and thrashed by Portugal, Yet, their two nil victory over Greece, will do some to ease the pain of euro 2000. But, the real test will come in a months time against England, when two crunch matches, home and away against England, could decide who finishes top or second of the group. Germany still have a good team, and you can never write the Germans off.

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                    Head coach: Joachim Löw, team manager: Oliver Bierhoff, assistant coach: Hans-Dieter Flick, goalkeeper coach: Andreas Köpke. Germany managed to end the 2006 World Cup on a high, not only with a 3-1 win over Portugal in the battle for third place, but also with several awards: Miroslav Klose was awarded the Golden Boot for his tournament-leading five goals, and fellow striker Lukas Podolski won the 'Best Young Player' award. Furthermore, four of Germany's players (Jens Lehmann, Philipp Lahm, Michael Ballack and Miroslav Klose) were selected for the 'Mastercard All-Star Team'. In addition, at 14 goals scored, the German side put away more goals than any other team. At the end of their tournament, more than 500,000 people celebrated the team's return by giving them a heroes welcome at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. All in all, Germany had a much better World Cup than many - at home and abroad - ever believed possible.