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Klinsmann shakes up USMNT coaching staff for World Cup run

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Jurgen Klinsmann is bringing in some help for the upcoming World Cup and moving a long-time assistant out of the fold.

Berti Vogts will join the U.S. Men's National Team as a special adviser and Under-20 men's coach Tab Ramos will replace assistant coach Martin Vasquez, who will transition "to other responsibilities within U.

Philipp Lahm’s Adaptability Will Inspire Bayern Munich and Germany To New Heights

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One my most vivid footballing memories from years gone by was watching the first game of the 2006 World Cup.

It was a marvelous encounter between the hosts Germany and Costa Rica, and it began with a stunning goal from a 22-year-old left-back called Philipp Lahm. Ever since that excellent strike, I've always paid especially close attention to Lahm; from his performance in that World Cup opener right up until his most recent showing against Arsenal in the Champions League just shy of eight years on.

Julian Green Has Decided to Pick USMNT Instead Of Germany, Says Source: Nightly Soccer Report

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German-American winger Julian Green has reportedly decided to play for the US Men's National Team instead of Germany, according to a report tonight inBild, a German publication. Additionally, the USSF has confirmed that Green will practice with the USMNT in Frankfurt ahead of its upcoming friendly against Ukraine.

Germany Away Shirt For World Cup 2014: Official [PHOTOS]

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adidas has unveiled the new away jersey for the German national team in collaboration with the German football Association (DFB). At the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, national coach Joachim Löw's team will play for the first time in jerseys with black & red horizontal stripes. Özil, Schweinsteiger, Müller & Co.

Germany Away Shirt for World Cup 2014: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photograph of Germany's away/change for FIFA World Cup 2014 has been leaked on the Internet.

The red and black hooped shirt is designed and manufactured by adidas, and features a distinctive design that's accentuated by the three white adidas stripes that are running down the sleeves.

The shirt features a similar buttoned-up collar design to Manchester United's home shirt this season.

Sami Khedira Sees His World Cup Hopes Plunged Into Doubt After Being Ruled Out For Six Months: Daily Soccer Report

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German star midfielder Sami Khedira was injured yesterday during a friendly against Italy, and his World Cup future is now in doubt after being ruled out for six months.

Khediratore his anterior cruciate ligament. In a post-match interview with the German team doctor, he revealed that"Sami has to be treated surgically, we hope that he will be healthy again for the start of World Cup.

Where to Buy the Germany World Cup Shirt For Brazil 2014

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adidas have officially unveiled the World Cup shirt that Germany will be wearing at Brazil 2014.

The new Germany shirt features three red bands on the upper chest, representing the three times when Germany won the World Cup (1954, 1974 and 1990). The attention to detail by adidas is superb — including everything down to the intricate design on the cuffs, and "Die National Mannschaft" on the back of the collar.

Mesut Ozil and Julian Draxler Model Germany’s World Cup 2014 Shirt: Official [PHOTOS]

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The German football federation (DFB) have unveiled official photographs of Germany's World Cup 2014 home shirt designed by adidas.

The German players along with the DFB and adidas unveiled the new Germany kit in Munich today. As part of the unveiling,Thomas Mueller and Julian Draxler took a bus through Munich (see photo below), while Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Schalke's Julian Draxler wore the kit in front of the photographers on a pitch.

Germany Home Shirt for 2014 World Cup In Brazil: Leaked [PHOTO]

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A photo of Germany's home shirt for World Cup 2014 has been leaked by German newspaper Hamburger Morgen Post.

Germany's home shirt for Brazil 2014 is a modern tribute to the stylish shirt that Germany wore in the 1990 World Cup when they won the tournament in Italy (see video below).

Designed by adidas, Germany's new home shirt is scheduled to be officially unveiled next week.

Belgium, Germany and Switzerland Qualify For 2014 FIFA World Cup: Watch Belgium’s Celebrations [VIDEO]

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On a busy day of World Cup qualifier action, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland will be heading to Brazil next summer to compete in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

All three nations got the results they needed to book their tickets to Brazil. They'll be joining the countries who have already qualified, which are Brazil, the United States of America, Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, Iran, Italy, Japan, Netherlands and South Korea.

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Arsenal Midfielder Gedion Zelalem About to Jump Off the U.S. Soccer Radar: Nightly Soccer Report

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Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem looks set to break the hearts of US soccer fans as he appears set to jump off the US soccer radar to pursue an international career with Germany instead of the United States, according to a report by NBC Sports writer Richard Farley.

The talented midfielder, who made his Arsenal senior debut aged 16 in January, has been called up to Germany's U-17 squad, and if he plays for that team, he won't be able to switch to the US for his international playing career.

English Football Is Reversing Its Recent Negative History on Homophobia

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Four months after retiring from the sport, Thomas Hitzlsperger today revealed that he is gay.

In a newspaper interview with Die Zeit, the former Aston Villa, Everton and Germany midfielder said:

"I am expressing my sexuality because I want to promote the discussion of homosexuality among professional athletes.

Manchester United looking to sign Real Madrid assist machine Mesut Ozil

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Mesut Ozil of Real Madrid (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

In the interest of attempting to continue the improvements to their central midfield, Manchester United has been linked with another major name that could do just that for them. According to TalkSport on October 9, 2012, Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil was tipped as a possible January transfer target for the Red Devils.


Mesut Ozil Pulls Out of Germany Squad to Face England: Daily Soccer Report

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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has had to pull out of Germany's squad to face England tomorrow. Ozil has been given the time off to rest after training sparingly last week prior to Germany's friendly against Italy. Germany's coach wants to give other footballers an opportunity to play, so he's sent Ozil home along with Lahm and Neuer.

USA vs Germany: Joachim Low claims USA will make 2014 World Cup

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The United States Men's National Team have a long month of June ahead of the them. After failing to truly get after Belgium in their friendly earlier in the week they now face an even more challenging friendly against highly rated Germany. Although it is a home match, the Americans know that there is little that is anticipated to distract one of the world's top national teams from having only one goal in mind, getting a result in preparation for 2014 World Cup Qualification.

SWOL Exclusive: Tony Meola talks USMNT ahead of Germany and WCQ

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US Soccer Legend Tony Meola (Image via @TMeola1)

The United States Men's National Team played to a disappointing 2-4 loss against Belgium earlier this week. Despite a few good moments, for the most part Jürgen Klinsmann's side were not up to par and looked off their game.

However, the team have only until Sunday night to set the record straight ahead of their three match World Cup qualification as they host Germany in Washington DC at RFK Stadium.

A Philosophy to be Admired: Germany and Borussia Dortmund

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Marco Reus #11 of Borussia Dortmund celebrates with teammates (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Astronomical transfer fees have been a mainstay in today's footballing climate. The likes of Chelsea and Manchester City have paved the way for clubs to expend over the odds for immediate success.

Former Chelsea star Michael Ballack official retires from football after lengthy failed search for new club

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Michael Ballack of Bayer Leverkusen (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

German international legend and former Bayern Munich and Chelsea star, Michael Ballack has announced this week that his retirement from the game is no permanent and that he will be hanging up his boots indefinitely.

Ballack announced the ending of his career in a press conference on October 2, 2012 with Goal.

WW: German National Team Flies Home, Joe Hart and Andy Caroll Head To Ibiza, Falcao In Miami

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The last thing you'd want to do after getting unexpectedly booted out of Euro 2012 is to stay within the confines of your hotel room or see the city. So naturally, the German national team scheduled the earliest flight out of Poland yesterday morning their wives and girlfriends in tow and arrived at the Frankfurt airport to be greeted by rain and smiling men carrying umbrellas.

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Arsenal Star Lukas Podolski Celebrates 10 Years with Adidas

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Lukas Podolski is nearing a return from his lengthy injury spell that saw him hobble off injured against Fenerbahce in the Champions League Qualification playoff at the Emirates several months back.

The talented German could be back in contention for a spot in Wenger's squad come the end of the month, but he's currently in Germany with the national team celebrating a special landmark with adidas.

New signings impress, the Gervinho Express, and RvP does something too

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When your stream is lagging behind your commentary, Arabic commentators are an immeasurable help. In normal circumstances, voice modulation and discernible enthusiasm can ruin an impending goal for you; but these brethren from the Middle East keep up such an impossibly high and jovial tempo throughout the game that it basically gives off the image of Arsenal punting it into the net every second.


From Mesut Ozil to Julian Draxler, Schalke Continue to Produce Quality Attacking Midfielders

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Schalke is one of the most popular soccer teams in Germany, and one of the top 20 biggest clubs in the world. Many great players have competed for Die Knappen including the legendary Spanish forward Raúl, current Germany stopper Manuel Neuer, German legends Olaf Thon, Fritz Szepan, Klaus Fischer and Belgian legend and current Belgian national team manager Marc Wilmots.

Video: Arsenal's Ozil Excellent in World Cup Qualifier

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New Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil played his first match since signing for the Gunners last night, as the German National Team took on Austria in World Cup Qualifying. While the Germans comfortably defeated the Austrians 3-0, Arsenal fans everywhere were sure to be watching the game to learn what they could expect from one man in particular.

Euro 2012

Euro 2012 : Germany Watch ‘Spiderman’ Ahead Of Italy Semi-Final, Andrea Pirlo Says Ozil ‘Biggest Threat’

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Germany vs Italy
Semi Final 2 | Warsaw

The German national team spent Tuesday afternoon watching 'The Amazing Spiderman' in 3D at a special screening in the team hotel in Gdansk. Tim Wiese, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, Andre Schuerrle, Marco Reus, Ilkay Guendogan and team manager Oliver Bierhoff were the only enthusiastic ones in the room with their geeky 3-D glasses on and sadly, the Bayern Munich gang of Schweinsteiger, Lahm and Gomez were nowhere to be seen at the event.

Nützlicher Wortschatz für das Spiel: Useful vocabulary for the game

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Watching Euro 2012 on a dodgy foreign satellite feed? We've got you covered. Tom Guest has taken it upon himself to make sure that if you're watching the big semi-final between die Mannschaft and Italy on German television, you too will be able to enjoy the wonders of football commentary.

POTD : German National Team’s Cyclists Strike Again!

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Cycling has grown into an inevitable daily routine for Germany's Benedikt Hoewedes, Mats Hummels and Lars Bender (as well as Lukas Podolski and the German National Team officials!) Why take a bus to the training ground when you can cycle and enjoy the lovely sights and sounds of Gdansk? Plus, they've only got a week left to really enjoy the city, regardless of the semi-final outcome!

Germany 4-2 Greece – Match Recap – Euro 2012 – 22 June 2012

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Germany cruised to a comfortable 4-1 win over Greece to book their sport in the Euro 2012 semifinals. The result was not a surprise as Germany were heavy favorites and very few gave Greece a realistic chance to advance.

It was a decent start both sides as Germany dominated possession and chances while Greece were able to keep it scoreless.

Germany v Greece – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 22 June 2012

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UEFA Euro 2012 favorites Germany begin the knockout stage with a quarterfinal match against Group A runner-up Greece. The match will take place at the Arena Gdansk in Gdansk, Poland with kickoff scheduled for 20:45 local time.

Germany manager Joachim Low

"Playing Greece will be akin to colliding with a rock.

Euro 2012: Germany’s Thomas Mueller Plays ‘Chef For The Day’ and Greece Game A Show Of Political Differences

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Germany vs Greece
Quarterfinal 2
Gdansk | 20:45

It rained at the PDE arena in Gdansk yesterday, which made it rather tricky for both the Germans and the Greeks to conduct their obligatory open training sessions. Luckily, for Thomas Mueller, the weather didn't get in the way of his special risotto-making session with German national team chef, Holger Stromberg.

Euro 2012: Ronaldo double lifts Portugal past winless Dutch, Germans cruise

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Cristiano Ronaldo had endured a rough European Championship tournament heading into Sunday's final group match against the Netherlands, but he picked the perfect time to wake up and start finding the net.

Ronaldo notched a pair of goals during a masterful performance to help lead Portugal to a 2-1 victory against the Netherlands that secured Portugal's place in the Euro quarterfinals.

Germany Euro 2012 Shirts

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Germany qualified from Group B in relatively comfortable fashion, only hitting the higher gear when needed to progress in Euro 2012. They're now in the quarter finals where they will face Greece (second place in Group A). So far, Germany have been joined in the quarterfinals by Portugal, who will face the Czech Republic on 21st June.

Denmark 1-2 Germany – Match Recap – Euro 2012 – 17 June 2012

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Germany remained perfect in Euro 2012 with 2-1 victory over Denmark. The win makes Germany group B winners while Denmark finish in third place.

Germany took a 1-0 lead on a 19th minute Lukas Podolski goal but Denmark quickly replied with a 24th minute Michael Krohn-Dehli goal. Podolski was a great finish from close range while Krohn-Dehli's was a header following a corner kick.

Netherlands 1-2 Germany – Match Recap – Euro 2012 – 13 June 2012

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Germany remained on top of Group A with a strong victory over rivals the Netherlands. It was a disappointing loss for the Netherlands but they could still advance to the quarterfinals.

Both sides had a good start with chances early but the match eventually turned in the German's favor.

Euro 2012: Danes shock Dutch, Germany tops Portugal

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The toughest group in the European Championships just got even more interesting after the team considered the weakest in Group B pulled off a stunning upset that has shaken up the tournament.

Denmark shocked the Netherlands on Sunday, playing excellent defense and benefiting from sloppy attacking play from the Dutch to post a 1-0 victory.

Germany 1-0 Portugal – Match Recap – Euro 2012 – 9 June 2012

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The Euro 2012 favorites, Germany, opened the group stage with a 1-0 victory over Portugal. It was a close match with Germany have the better chances early but Portugal making a late surge.

After about 70 minutes of scoreless action, many thought striker Mario Gomez would be subbed up for Miroslav Klose but that didn't happen.

Germany v Portugal – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 9 June 2012

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UEFA Euro 2012 favorites Germany begin the tournament with a group stage match against Portugal. The match will take place at the Areana Lviv in Lviv, Ukraine with kickoff scheduled for 20:45 local time.

Germany manager Joachim Low

"It's time to start."

"We're really looking forward to it all kicking off.

EURO 2012: German National Team Of Hummels, Podolski, Goetze And Bierhoff Go Cycling In Gdansk Countryside

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The German national team cycled to their Euro 2012 training ground of Gdansk, Poland for the very first time yesterday to familiarise themselves with the area spanning their hotel and Die Mannschaft's headquarters. Among the squad's resident "Lance Armstrongs" were Mats Hummels, Lukas Podolski, Mario Goetze, Marco Reus and even team manager Oliver Bierhoff!

The Rest

NWSL Ticker: Portland nabs top player Angerer; LeBlanc heads to Chicago; and more

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The National Women's Soccer League is now home to the two best female soccer players on the planet.

German National Team goalkeeper Nadine Angerer announced Monday she will play for the Portland Thorns this coming season – and then hours later, she was named FIFA World Player of the Year.

USA vs Germany and Brazil vs England, International Friendlies: Open Thread

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Both Roy Hodgson and Jurgen Klinsmann are under pressure to make sure that their respective team produces a better performance than the one we saw mid-week against weaker opposition compared to what England and the United States will face today.

Below the equator, England plays Brazil at the first game to be played at the renovated Maracana Stadium, which will be the site for Confederations Cup games later this month as well as next year's World Cup Final.

The du Nord Futbol Show Podcast Ep. 9

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Episode 9 of the du Nord Futbol Show podcast has been set free into the wild from its rusty cage!


In this episode we cover the USA players in Europe, all the top MLS news including the return of Rock n Roller Juan Toja, the fantasy of the German national team players being born in America, CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, and tons upon tons of viewer mail.