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Friday, October 2, 2015

Germany Men's National Soccer Team News

October 2, 2015 - roster named for Ireland & Georgia matches
  • Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen)
  • Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Emre Can (Liverpool), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim)
  • Midfielders: Karim Ballarabi (Bayer Leverkusen), Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund), Christoph Kramer (Bayer Leverkusen), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United).
  • Forwards: Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Max Kruse (Wolfsburg), Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schurrle (Wolfsburg)
September 7, 2015 - İlkay Gündoğan scores winner over Scotland
"Scotland 2-3 Germany. The hosts twice came from behind but succumbed to İlkay Gündoğan's effort for the world champions, who are now in sight of the finals. İlkay Gündoğan finished off a superb move to ensure qualifying Group D leaders Germany took a huge step towards UEFA EURO 2016 despite conceding two equalisers in Scotland. As expected the world champions dominated possession in the early stages and they made the breakthrough within 20 minutes. Predictably, it was their talisman Thomas Müller who found a way through the packed Scots defence, his shot taking a deflection off Russell Martin to wrong foot David Marshall." - UEFA

September 4, 2015 - Mario Götze scores brace in win over Poland
"Germany 3-1 Poland... Germany inflicted Poland's first defeat of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying as the lead changed hands in Group D, early strikes from Thomas Müller and Mario Götze giving them the decisive advantage in this top-of-the-table contest in Frankfurt.... There would be no reprieve in the 82nd minute, though, Götze prodding in Germany's third following Fabiański's save from Müller." - UEFA

August 28, 2015 - roster named for Poland & Scotland matches
  • Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona/ESP), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hanover 96) 
  • Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Emre Can (Liverpool/ENG), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia/ESP), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim) 
  • Midfielders: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen), Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund), Christoph Kramer (Bayer Leverkusen), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/ESP), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Özil (Arsenal/ENG), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray/TUR), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schürrle (VfL Wolfsburg), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United/ENG) 
  • Strikers: Mario Götze (Bayern Munich), Max Kruse (VfL Wolfsburg), Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim)
June 13, 2015 - Andre Schurrle scores hat-trick in win over Gibraltar
"Andre Schurrle scored a hat-trick as Germany eased to a 7-0 win over minnows Gibraltar in Euro 2016 qualifying on Saturday.... The breakthrough eventually arrived courtesy of Wolfsburg forward Schuerrle in the 28th minute before the massive gulf between the sides was finally laid bare in the second half. Max Kruse, the Borussia Moenchengladbach forward who will be a teammate of Schuerrle’s at Wolfsburg next season, replaced Mario Goetze late in the first half and made it 2-0 two minutes after the restart. Ilkay Gundogan and Karim Bellarabi added further goals before the hour mark and Schuerrle netted twice more to complete his hat-trick, leaving Loew relaxed enough to concentrate on filing his fingernails in his seat in the dugout. Kruse added his second of the evening to make it 7-0 with nine minutes left, leaving Germany well placed before a double-header of games at home to Poland and away to Scotland that is likely to prove decisive." - Fox Sports

May 26, 2015 - roster named for USA & Gibraltar matches
  • Goalkeepers: Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover)
  • Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim), Antonio Ruediger (VfB Stuttgart)
  • Midfielders: Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen), Ilkay Guendogan (Borussia Dortmund), Patrick Herrmann (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Moenchengladbach/Bayer Leverkusen), Mesut Oezil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Inter Milan), Andre Schürrle (VfL Wolfsburg), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)
  • Strikers: Mario Götze (Bayern Munich), Max Kruse (Borussia Moenchengladbach/VfL Wolfsburg)
March 29, 2015 - Marco Reus & Thomas Mueller score in win over Georgia
"Germany got its European Championship qualifying campaign back on track with a hard-fought 2-0 win in Georgia on Sunday. First-half goals from Marco Reus and Thomas Mueller gave World Cup winner Germany its first away win in Group D.... Reus, who twice also hit the crossbar, scored in the 39th minute when he was free to scoop the ball inside the near post after Mario Goetze tried forcing his way past a number of defenders. Mueller sealed the result five minutes later with a low drive into the bottom corner." - Yahoo

March 25, 2015 - Lukas Podolski scores equalizer in draw with Australia
"Substitute Lukas Podolski grabbed an 81st-minute equaliser to rescue a 2-2 draw for World Cup winners Germany in an entertaining friendly against Asian champions Australia on Wednesday. Podolski, who has been mainly on the bench for Inter recently, stroked the ball home from close range with his left foot nine minutes after coming on to score his 48th goal for his country. Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak had made up for gifting Germany the lead by putting his side 2-1 up with a brilliant curling free kick in the 50th minute. Earlier, Marco Reus gave the hosts the lead before James Troisi levelled." - The Guardian

March 19, 2015 - roster named for Australia & Georgia friendlies
  • Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96)
  • Defenders: Holger Badstuber Jerome Boateng (both FC Bayern), Jonas Hector (1. FC Köln), Benedikt Höwedes (FC Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia CF)
  • Midfielders: Sebastian Rudy (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), Karim Bellarabi (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Ilkay Gündogan (Borussia Dortmund), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid CF), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid CF), Thomas Müller (FC Bayern), Mesut Özil (Arsenal FC), Lukas Podolski (FC Internazionale Milano), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schürrle (VfL Wolfsburg), Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Götze (both FC Bayern)
  • Strikers: Max Kruse (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
November 18, 2014 - Toni Kroos scores in win over Spain
"Spain 0-1 Germany: Toni Kroos scores last-minute winner for world champions after Thomas Muller is forced off with knock. Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos scored the only goal of the game in Vigo on Tuesday night as the reigning world champions beat the team whose crown they won in Brazil this summer.... Del Bosque took off three of his World Cup winners at half time with Sergio Ramos, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique all replaced and then brought on Kiko Casilla in goal for the last 15 minutes. His brief debut turned sour as Kroos showed his class with two minutes left scoring from distance to give Germany the win." - Daily Mail 

November 14, 2014 - Thomas Mueller scores brace in win over Gibraltar
"World champions Germany sauntered past minnows Gibraltar 4-0 in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday to bounce back from a rocky start but coach Joachim Loew was far from pleased with the performance. Thomas Mueller struck twice before Mario Goetze added another in the first half with Yogan Santos netting an own goal in a low-key second period as the hosts, who lost to Poland and drew with Ireland in their last two qualifiers, eased off." - Reuters

November 10, 2014 - injury updates
"Forward Marco Reus has pulled out of Germany's European Championship qualifier against Gibraltar on Friday and a friendly against Spain next week. The German Football Federation says Reus injured his left ankle in Borussia Dortmund's 1-0 Bundesliga victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach Sunday. Reus missed the World Cup because of an injury. Germany also will be missing Chelsea's Andre Schuerrle, Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, Schalke's Julian Draxler and Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger for the next two matches." - Thompson Citizen

November 7, 2014 - roster updates
"A group of 23 players, including 15 World Champions, have been called up to the Germany squad for the final two international fixtures of the year against Gibraltar (14.11.2014) and Spain (18.11.2014). German football fans are likely to be most pleased about the return of recuperated midfielders Marco Reus and Sami Khedira to the side. Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen) and Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke) are also back in the squad, as is Hoffenheim's Kevin Volland. The biggest surprise is defender Jonas Hector, however, who may well make his debut against Gibraltar. 'We want to get to know Jonas Hector better; he's in good form for Cologne,' coach Joachim Löw said. Hector has been part of one of the most stable defenses in the league at Cologne this season, something that will have gone down well with Löw, who is still trying to find solutions for the international retirements of Per Mertesacker and Philipp Lahm." - Deutsche Welle

October 2, 2014 - roster updates
"Germany coach Joachim Loew has called up newcomer Karim Bellarabi for the upcoming European Championship qualifying matches against Poland and Ireland. The Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder was born in Berlin but was also eligible to play for Morocco. Bellarabi is enjoying a breakthrough season, catching attention when he scored the quickest goal in Bundesliga history, nine seconds into a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the opening round of the season.... Defender Mats Hummels returns, along with 15 other players who won the World Cup title in Brazil. Hummels missed the opening European qualifier, a 2-1 win over Scotland, because of injury. Bastian Schweinsteiger, Sami Khedira, Benedikt Hoewedes, Marco Reus and Mario Gomez are all out with injuries and Kevin Grosskreutz was dropped from the 20-man squad. Max Kruse of Borussia Moenchengladbach returns to join Bayern Munich's Mario Goetze as one of the two strikers nominated. Kruse last played for Germany in November and was not included in the World Cup squad." - Idaho Statesman

September 7, 2014 - Thomas Müller scores brace in win over Scotland
"Bayern Munich's Thomas Müller scored two goals, as Germany began their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a narrow 2-1 win over a competitive Scotland. Müller netted either side of Ikechi Anya's equalizer....  Germany didn't miss a true center forward at all, as Müller was able to get his head to a series of crosses. In the 18th minute, he looped one in over Scotland keeper David Marshall with new man Rudy providing an excellent assist from the right side.... Germany pushed forward, but in the 66th minute Ikechi Anya - who plays in the second division in England - got behind the back four with great pace and fired in a low shot past Neuer to level. The lead lasted five minutes until it was Müller's time once more. The indefatigable forward pounced on a loose ball in front of goal and hammered it into the roof of the net." - Deutsche Welle

September 2, 2014 - Bastian Schweinsteiger named captain
"Bastian Schweinsteiger was named Germany captain on Tuesday, replacing the retired Philipp Lahm. The 30-year-old Schweinsteiger takes over from his Bayern Munich teammate, who is also 30 but stepped back from international soccer after winning the World Cup. 'Schweinsteiger has always taken on responsibility when he had to. I could always rely on him,' said Germany coach Joachim Low, who said the combative midfielder would remain captain for at least two years. 'He is very well respected in the team and among the coaching staff. His immense experience is also important'. Schweinsteiger has made 108 appearances for Germany since his debut in a friendly against Hungary on June 6, 2004.... Schweinsteiger will miss Germany's next two games because of a lingering knee injury and Low said goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will lead the side in Wednesday's friendly against Argentina." - USA Today

August 11, 2014 - Miroslav Klose retires
"Miroslav Klose has called time on his international career with Germany at the age of 36. The Lazio attacker played a key role in the country's successful World Cup campaign - scoring twice in five appearances as he became the tournament's all-time record goalscorer - and he has now decided to bid farewell to the national team. 'Winning the World Cup was a dream come true,' Klose stated. 'I've had a great time with the national team and enjoyed some amazing moments. There's no better way for me to end my time with the German team than by winning the World Cup. The team's success always came first for me. We have reached the objective that we set.' Klose ends his time with Germany not only as the World Cup's top scorer, with 16 goals, but also as Germany's all-time leading marksman, with 71 strikes to his name." - Goal

July 13, 2014 - Mario Goetze scores in extra time, Germany wins World Cup
"With two quick touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title. Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to one piece of individual skill. Goetze, who wasn't born when West Germany beat Argentina in the 1990 final, controlled a cross with his chest in the 113th minute and in one fluid motion volleyed the ball past goalkeeper Sergio Romero and inside the far post. It was a goal that gave Germany its fourth World Cup title in its eighth final, and left Argentina star Lionel Messi still walking in the shadow of his compatriot Diego Maradona, who led his country to the 1986 title. Goetze had come on as a substitute for Miroslav Klose at the end of regulation time and the 22-year-old midfielder's fresh legs made the difference." - CBS

July 8, 2014 - Germany kicks Brazil 7-1
"The Germans were merciless, playing with grace and unity and a raw power that saw them rip open the Brazilian defense as if it were a can of soup. Thomas Müller opened the scoring in the 11th minute, blasting home a corner kick from just six yards out. Miroslav Klose followed about 12 minutes later, knocking in a rebound to record his 16th career World Cup goal and become the tournament’s all-time leading scorer. By then, the mood at the Estádio Mineirão had already deflated, but the fans had no idea what was yet to come. In the next six minutes, Germany scored three more goals — a stretch roughly equivalent to a boxer landing three uppercuts in a row in the first round — which essentially ended the match before a half-hour had been played. Toni Kroos scored two of those goals; Sami Khedira added the other. 'I couldn’t change anything,' Scolari said. 'It was one goal after the other. There was nothing to be done during that breakdown.' The second half — yes, they played the second half — was more of the same. André Schürrle scored two more goals for Germany. Brazil kicked the ball around as if in a stupor. Spectators poured out of the stadium in agony, leaving a small German contingent who happily stayed in their seats and sang and sang." - NY Times

July 4, 2014 - Mats Hummels scores in 1-0 win over France
"Didier Deschamps’ team had the chances and they fought until the bitter end. Karim Benzema, their sharpest attacking threat, tricked through in injury-time only to be thwarted by a mighty swipe of Manuel Neuer’s hand. French regrets, though, will centre on the moment early in the contest when the defender Raphaël Varane did not do enough to prevent Mats Hummels from heading home from Toni Kroos’ free-kick. It was fitting that the quarter-final’s decisive snap-shot should have been shaped by a defender. Hummels deserved to be named as the man of the match." - The Guardian

July 1, 2014 - injured Shkodran Mustafi out for remainder of World Cup
"Shkodran Mustafi's World Cup is over after the Germany defender tore muscle fibres in his left thigh during Monday night's 2-1 win over Algeria. The Sampdoria central defender, who was in the starting XI deputising for Mats Hummels, who had the flu, had to leave the field in the 70th minute of the match to be replaced by Sami Khedira. Tests carried out on Monday evening confirmed the extent of his injury. 'He's not going to play any further part in this World Cup,' said Germany coach Joachim Low, who will now be keeping his fingers crossed that Hummels will recover in time to face France on Friday." - FOX Sports

June 30, 2014 - Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil score in extra time over Algeria
"All three goals came in extra time after Algeria dominated for long stretches during the opening 90 minutes. Germany substitute Andre Schuerrle scored in the 92nd minute and Mesut Ozil made it 2-0 in the 120th before substitute Abdelmoumene Djabou pulled one back in injury time for Algeria.... Germany finally took the lead when Thomas Mueller provided a cross from the left flank that was slightly behind Schuerrle. The Germany forward dragged his left leg and backheeled the ball into the far corner, leaving goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi with no chance.... Ozil thought he had put the result out of reach when he pounded in a rebound after a shot from Schuerrle was cleared off the line by defender Esseid Belkalem, but Djabou volleyed in a minute later to make the last seconds count." - SF Gate

June 26, 2014 - Thomas Muller scores in win over USA
"Thomas Muller moved level with Lionel Messi and Neymar at the top of the World Cup scoring charts with the goal which took Germany through to the last 16. The Bayern Munich midfielder scored his ninth goal in as many World Cup appearances 10 minutes into the second half to earn Germany a 1-0 win over the United States, who joined the group winners in the knockout stages on goal difference ahead of Portugal.... The Germans shifted up the gears to increase the pressure on the USA and, 10 minutes into the second half, they got their reward. Per Mertesacker's header was pushed out instinctively by Howard, but the ball fell out to Muller, who picked his spot in the bottom right-hand corner of the goal from the edge of the penalty area for his fourth goal of the tournament." - Irish Examiner

June 21, 2014 - Miroslav Klose goal salvages draw with Ghana
"When Miroslav Klose took to the field on 70 minutes, things looked bleak for Germany. Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan had put the Africans ahead 2-1 in Fortaleza, a lead that was by no means undeserved. And yet moments after Klose came on - along with Bastian Schweinsteiger - Germany's record international goalscorer netted his 70th goal for his country and his 15th in World Cup games. Those 15 match Brazilian striker Ronaldo's record tally, and the 36-year-old could hope to bag a 16th before leaving Ronaldo's homeland. 'Twenty [World Cup] games and 15 goals isn't bad, but we've got to play well against the US,' Klose told ARD television after the final whistle." - Deutsche Welle

June 16, 2014 - Thomas Muller scores hat trick in 4-0 win over Portugal
"Joao Pereira grappled with Mario Gotze in the penalty area, sending the Bayern Munich man tumbling to the deck, and Thomas Muller, the 2010 World Cup’s golden boot winner, stepped up to knock the ball past Rui Patricio from the spot.... Just after the half-hour mark it was 2-0 to the Germans as a corner from the right, taken by Toni Kroos, found Borussia Dortmund stopper Mats Hummels and the 25-year-old thumped his header into the back of the net.... The German star then added a third moments before the break as the ball fell kindly to him inside the penalty and from 13 yards he slipped the ball home.... Muller had been having an uneventful second half, but the joy of the 24-year-old is his ability to pop up in the right place at the right time and, when Patricio parried a Schurrle ball into the box, he was on hand to knock the ball across the line for his third goal of the evening." - talkSPORT

June 8, 2014 - Reus out, Mustafi in
"When disaster struck in Mainz and Marco Reus’ ankle decided to give the Borussia Dortmund star a summer break, some Germany players from the preliminary squad who had been discarded saw their World Cup dream revive. Kevin Volland must have thought his chance had come while Shkodran Mustafi was probably planning which club to hit first in Ibiza. Not many would have bet on Joachim Löw calling up a centre-back to replace the former Borussia Mönchengladbach winger but that’s exactly what he did and Mustafi is now in Brazil." - Bundesliga Fanatic

June 6, 2014 - Klose sets record, Reus injured in win over Armenia
"Miroslav Klose became Germany's all-time record goalscorer in a 6-1 demolition of Armenia on Friday night but the win was marred by an injury to Marco Reus. The Lazio forward came off the bench midway through the second half of the game in Mainz and headed home a Lukas Podolski cross in the 76th minute to take his international tally to 69, one ahead of the iconic Gerd Muller. However, of greater concern to coach Joachim Low will no doubt be the suspected ankle injury that forced Marco Reus off just before half-time that has put the Borussia Dortmund's World Cup hopes in doubt." - Goal

June 2, 2014 - World Cup roster named
Goalkeepers : 
  • Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
  • Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund)
  • Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover)    
  • Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich)
  • Erik Durm
  • Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund)
  • Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke 04)
  • Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund)
  • Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)
  • Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
  • Julian Draxler (Schalke 04)
  • Matthias Ginter (Freiburg)
  • Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich)
  • Christoph Kramer (Borussia Monchengladbach)
  • Sami Khedira (Real Madrid)
  • Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich)
  • Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
  • Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)
  • Andre Schurrle (Chelsea)
  • Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)
  • Miroslav Klose (Lazio)
  • Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)
  • Lukas Podolski (Arsenal)
June 1, 2014 - Thomas Muller & Andre Schurrle score in draw with Cameroon
"Germany were held to a 2-2 draw by Cameroon in a match that caught fire in the closing 30 minutes after a dull opening hour. Samuel Eto'o's strike kick started the game after a rather tepid beginning, though when Thomas Muller and Andre Schurrle replied for the hosts it seemed they would claim victory. However, Mainz's Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting found a leveller for the African side. Coach Joachim Low named a strong XI that included the likes of Marco Reus, Mesut Ozil and Mario Gotze but saw his side struggle to find top gear at Borussia Park.... The hosts made a lively start and Ozil should have scored within the first minute but could only slip Sami Khedira's pass wide of Charles Itandje's right-hand post." - Goal

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