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  • #31
    Müller slams Germany strikers

    Legendary Germany forward Gerd Muller has launched a scathing attack on the nation's current crop of strikers, claiming they would not have stood a chance of playing alongside him in his heyday.

    The 63-year-old, who is assistant to Mehmet Scholl in Bayern Munich's reserves, scored 365 goals in the Bundesliga and 68 goals in just 62 caps for Germany in a glittering career. But he has criticised Miroslav Klose, Mario Gomez and Lukas Podolski ahead of next week's crucial World Cup qualifier with Russia.

    "When you see what strikers we have in the national team today - in my day, they would not have even been allowed to even sniff the ball,'' the 1974 World Cup winner told DSF television.

    Only one German striker is deserving of a place in coach Joachim Low's attack, according to Muller, and that is his namesake Thomas Muller, who is making a good impression in his first season as a professional with Bayern Munich.

    "He is an incredible young lad,'' Muller said. "He can use both his left and right foot, like me. He is quick, strong in the air and he is one that can be taken to the World Cup.''

    However, Low has defended the three strikers he is almost certain to name in his squad this week, insisting times have changed since Muller hung up his boots.

    "I have the utmost respect for players like Gerd Muller, Franz Beckenbauer and Gunter Netzer and they are role models today, but you cannot make comparisons over decades,'' he told Bild newspaper.

    "It has become incredibly difficult for strikers. Football has developed particularly in the art of defending. Nowadays, strikers don't even get five minutes worth of the room that the strikers used to get over 90 minutes in a game.''
    Gerd Muller slams Germany strikers - FIFA World Cup 2010 - ESPN Soccernet


    • #32
      Jogis got a strong point. Regardless, Thomas must feel pretty good getting an endorsement like that from Gerd!


      • #33
        I think its important to know the seedings just in case Germany ends up playing the playoff for the WC:

        Europe's World Cup playoff teams to be seeded

        The eight teams in Europe's World Cup playoffs that could include the likes of former champions France and Germany will be seeded according to the rankings, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Tuesday.

        There will also be a separate draw to determine which teams play the second legs at home, Blatter told a news conference after a FIFA executive committee meeting in Rio de Janeiro.

        "We have decided on seeding the teams into two groups of four, taking the FIFA world rankings into account, with the top four in one pot and the others in another pot," Blatter said. The ranking will be that published on October 16.

        "There will be a separate draw to decide home and away," he added of the two-legged ties to determine four extra European berths at the 2010 finals in South Africa.
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        As it seems, it would be like this:

        Seeded: Germany/Russia, Croatia, France/Serbia, Greece/Switzerland.
        Unseeded: Sweden/Portugal, Slovenia/Czech, Bosnia-H, R.Ireland.


        • #34
          On 6th October, 2009 The Under-21 played a friendly against Slovenia. The Germans won 3 - 0. Julian Schieber of VfB Stuttgart was on target twice for the team of DFB coach Rainer Adrion.

          Today the Under-21 played a friendly against Israel, the game ended 0 - 0.

          The squad was:

          21 Oliver Baumann 02.06.1990 SC Freiburg - -
          1 Tobias Sippel 22.03.1988 1. FC Kaiserslautern 6 -
          12 Sven Ulreich 03.08.1988 VfB Stuttgart 2 -

          28 Holger Badstuber 13.03.1989 FC Bayern München 5 1
          5 Felix Bastians 09.05.1988 SC Freiburg 6 -
          4 Benedikt Höwedes 29.02.1988 FC Schalke 04 20 3
          15 Mats Hummels 16.12.1988 Borussia Dortmund 18 2
          24 Sebastian Langkamp 15.01.1988 Karlsruher SC 3 -
          29 Marcel Schmelzer 22.01.1988 Borussia Dortmund 9 -
          2 Daniel Schwaab 23.08.1988 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 21 -

          26 Jens Hegeler 22.01.1988 FC Augsburg 4 -
          10 Toni Kroos 04.01.1990 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 9 2
          3 Stefan Reinartz 01.01.1989 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2 -
          16 Sebastian Rudy 28.02.1990 VfB Stuttgart 3 -
          18 Sidney Sam 31.01.1988 1. FC Kaiserslautern 3 -

          11 Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting 23.03.1989 1. FC Nürnberg 2 -
          25 Thomas Müller 13.01.1989 FC Bayern München 4 -
          31 Christopher Nöthe 03.01.1988 SpVgg Greuther Fürth 1 -
          9 Julian Schieber 13.02.1989 VfB Stuttgart 4 4
          7 Kevin Schindler 21.05.1988 FC Augsburg 12 2

          30 Kim Falkenberg 10.04.1988 SpVgg Greuther Fürth 2 -
          19 Kevin Pezzoni 22.03.1989 1. FC Köln 2 -
          7 Kevin Schindler 21.05.1988 FC Augsburg 12 2
          8 Lars Stindl 26.08.1988 Karlsruher SC
          Last edited by Snake; 14-10-2009, 04:09.


          • #35
            Germany Meet Argentina In International Friendly Ahead Of 2010 World Cup

            Germany will twice meet the Albicelestes in the coming three years, though their fixture before the World Cup next summer clearly catches the eye...

            Germany have arranged an international friendly with Argentina in the build-up towards the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The sides will meet on March 3 at Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena.

            According to the German FA (DFB), the fixture will be repeated in August 2012.

            "I am really pleased Argentina have agreed to this game," Germany coach Joachim Loew told the DFB's official website.

            "Although they had a few problems in the South American World Cup qualifying campaign, they are still one of the strongest teams in the world in my eyes.

            "We will have to be at our best against Argentina, and the game in Munich is a real test for our team ahead of the nomination of the squad for the World Cup in South Africa."

            Germany have also arranged friendly matches with Chile and Ivory Coast next month. They will stage a get-together in early 2010, when Loew will assess the fitness and form of the players he has in mind for the World Cup finals.


            • #36
              Kießling to get Germany chance

              When Joachim Löw announced his squads for the World Cup qualifying matches lately, you were definitely surprised not to see Stefan Kießling among the selected players. The Bayer 04 Leverkusen hitman is currently on top of the Bundesliga goalscoring list, sharing that spot with Werder Bremen's Claudio Pizarro. His six goals have also helped Leverkusen to the top of the table.

              It seems like Joachim Löw no longer wants to do without such impressive services. The Germany coach said he would give different players a chance next month, when Germany takes on Chile (November 14th) and the Ivory Coast (November 18th).

              Kießling's team mate René Adler will probably not feature in those matches. The in-form goalkeeper has done enough to impress Löw, so Bremen's Tim Wiese (against Chile) and FC Schalke 04's Manuel Neuer (against Ivory Coast) will get their opportunity to shine.

              Meanwhile several other up and coming Bundesliga talents can hope to make their debut in these matches. Löw has closely followed the amazing rise of Thomas Müller, who has been a regular for FC Bayern München all season. The 20-year-old has been preferred over several stars for the Bavarian giants, so why shouldn't he get his chance for Germany?

              Werder Bremen's Aaron Hunt is another potential candidate according to Löw, who is eagerly awaiting the World Cup group stage draw on December 4th when Germany will learn who they'll face first in the South Africa tournament.
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              • #37
                Yesterday Germany under-21 beat San Marino 11-0
                Bayern players Holger Badstuber and Thomas Muller both scored. While for Bayern product Mats Hummels scored a hat-trick.

                San Marino [0 - 11] Germany

                4' [0 - 1] M. Hummels
                11' [0 - 2] E. Choupo-Moting
                31' [0 - 3] D. Schwaab (pen.)
                33' [0 - 4] H. Badstuber
                44' [0 - 5] A. Schürrle
                49' [0 - 6] S. Sam
                56' [0 - 7] M. Hummels
                58' [0 - 8] T. Müller
                69' [0 - 9] R. Sukuta-Pasu
                71' [0 - 10] M. Hummels (pen.)
                82' [0 - 11] P. Bargfrede


                • #38
                  I think San Marino should just give up, youth and senior team.


                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Scooter View Post
                    I think San Marino should just give up, youth and senior team.
                    Quitters never win... winners never quit.

                    Who knows. Maybe in 15 years they'll get better but that's the point. They'll get better.


                    • #40
                      Originally posted by René View Post
                      Quitters never win... winners never quit.

                      Who knows. Maybe in 15 years they'll get better but that's the point. They'll get better.
                      That is exactly what has happened in the Central American and South American football teams. In the las years teams like Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Venezuela have raised their game a lot and not long ago they were as shitty as San Marino.


                      • #41
                        Yeah, but sometimes is better to not play at all than get humiliated. Their tiny population does not help either. They have to be extremely lucky for these types of teams to win or even tie a game. I personally would not like for my country to get beat up by every national team they play against.


                        • #42
                          Atleast Malta is better than San Marino


                          • #43
                            Actually i like this teams they always manage to amke us happy LOL if it weren't SAn MArino Germany would propapbly never score eleven or 13 goals to another so let them be they give us good publicity and by the way only Germany wins in this high by these teams not everyteam


                            • #44
                              Originally posted by René View Post
                              Quitters never win... winners never quit.

                              Who knows. Maybe in 15 years they'll get better but that's the point. They'll get better.
                              Well the last time Germany played San M I think the score was 13-0 and now our youngsters beat them only 11-0... so technically they will be getting better.


                              • #45
                                Löw extends contract

                                Germany's national team coach Joachim Löw has extended his contract with the German Football Association (DFB) until 2012.

                                "We came to the agreement that we would extend our successful collaboration beyond the 2010 World Cup," said DFB-President Theo Zwanziger.

                                With this contract extension, the DFB has given a clear sign that they trust Löw to also take Germany to the 2012 European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine. Hansi Flick will remain as the assistant coach, Andreas Köpke as Germany's goalkeeping coach and Oliver Bierhoff as team manager.
                                Bundesliga - Die offizielle Webseite