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Toni Kroos, a vital cog in Germany’s engine

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany host France on Tuesday in a key friendly to prepare for next year’s World Cup with Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos poised to return to the world champions’ engine room.

The 27-year-old missed Friday’s goalless draw against England at Wembley with illness, but is back fit and ready to partner Juventus star Sami Khedira in the heart of Germany’s midfield.

Toni Kroos, a vital cog in Germany’s engine

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany host France on Tuesday in a key friendly to prepare for next year’s World Cup with Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos poised to return to the world champions’ engine room.

The 27-year-old missed Friday’s goalless draw against England at Wembley with illness, but is back fit and ready to partner Juventus star Sami Khedira in the heart of Germany’s midfield.

Prove yourselves, Loew tells Germany

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Berlin (AFP) – Joachim Loew has told his Germany side to prove themselves in Tuesday’s friendly against France as the defending champions sharpen their preparations for next year’s World Cup.

Security will be tight in Cologne as the friendly takes place almost two years to the day since the Paris terror attacks of November 13, 2015, when 130 people were killed and over 400 injured.

Prove yourselves, Loew tells Germany

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Berlin (AFP) – Joachim Loew has told his Germany side to prove themselves in Tuesday’s friendly against France as the defending champions sharpen their preparations for next year’s World Cup.

Security will be tight in Cologne as the friendly takes place almost two years to the day since the Paris terror attacks of November 13, 2015, when 130 people were killed and over 400 injured.

Prove yourselves, German stars told for French test

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Berlin (AFP) – Joachim Loew has told his Germany side to prove themselves in Tuesday’s friendly against France as the defending champions’ sharpen their preparations for next year’s World Cup.

Security will be tight in Cologne as the friendly takes place almost two years to the day since the Paris terror attacks of November 13 2015, when 130 people were killed and over 400 were injured.

Prove yourselves, German stars told for French test

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Berlin (AFP) – Joachim Loew has told his Germany side to prove themselves in Tuesday’s friendly against France as the defending champions’ sharpen their preparations for next year’s World Cup.

Security will be tight in Cologne as the friendly takes place almost two years to the day since the Paris terror attacks of November 13 2015, when 130 people were killed and over 400 were injured.

Loew to test German World Cup hopefuls

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany’s friendly against France on Tuesday offers Joachim Loew a chance of revenge, but the coach appears to be looking forward to the 2018 World Cup rather than back at Euro 2016.

“There are certain players that I want to see tested against the best,” Loew said ahead of the meeting in Cologne with Les Bleus, whose 2-0 victory in the Euro semifinals was Germany’s last defeat.

Loew to test German World Cup hopefuls

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany’s friendly against France on Tuesday offers Joachim Loew a chance of revenge, but the coach appears to be looking forward to the 2018 World Cup rather than back at Euro 2016.

“There are certain players that I want to see tested against the best,” Loew said ahead of the meeting in Cologne with Les Bleus, whose 2-0 victory in the Euro semifinals was Germany’s last defeat.

Germany’s Loew ‘not losing sleep’ over Neuer injury

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany coach Joachim Loew insisted Thursday he is not losing sleep as goalkeeper Manuel Neuer struggles to recover from a fractured foot, with just seven months to go before the World Cup.

“I haven’t been in contact with him for the last two weeks, but from what I do know, it doesn’t worry me and it doesn’t disturb my sleep,” Loew said at a press conference in Berlin.

Germany’s Loew ‘not losing sleep’ over Neuer injury

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany coach Joachim Loew insisted Thursday he is not losing sleep as goalkeeper Manuel Neuer struggles to recover from a fractured foot, with just seven months to go before the World Cup.

“I haven’t been in contact with him for the last two weeks, but from what I do know, it doesn’t worry me and it doesn’t disturb my sleep,” Loew said at a press conference in Berlin.

Germany’s coach Loew wary of ‘strongest England in years’

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany head coach Joachim Loew launched a charm offensive ahead of Friday’s international friendly at Wembley by insisting this is the strongest England side in recent years.

The Germans have won all of their last six matches against old rivals England at the iconic Wembley, a run stretching back to 1982.

Germany’s coach Loew wary of ‘strongest England in years’

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany head coach Joachim Loew launched a charm offensive ahead of Friday’s international friendly at Wembley by insisting this is the strongest England side in recent years.

The Germans have won all of their last six matches against old rivals England at the iconic Wembley, a run stretching back to 1982.

Real Madrid target Werner plans to join ‘big club’

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Berlin (AFP) – Timo Werner has admitted he wants to join a “big club” amidst reports Real Madrid are interesting in signing the Germany striker, who makes his Champions League debut on Wednesday.

Werner will play the first Champions League match of his career at Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena when RB make their debut in European football’s top club competition against last season’s semi-finalists Monaco.

Real Madrid target Werner plans to join ‘big club’

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Berlin (AFP) – Timo Werner has admitted he wants to join a “big club” amidst reports Real Madrid are interesting in signing the Germany striker, who makes his Champions League debut on Wednesday.

Werner will play the first Champions League match of his career at Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena when RB make their debut in European football’s top club competition against last season’s semi-finalists Monaco.

Germany rout Norway, but wait for World Cup berth

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Stuttgart (Germany) (AFP) – Timo Werner netted twice on Monday as Germany routed Norway 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier, but Joachim Loew’s team must wait until next month to confirm their Russia 2018 place.

The world champions have won all eight of their qualifiers so far to top Group C.

Germany rout Norway, but wait for World Cup berth

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Stuttgart (Germany) (AFP) – Timo Werner netted twice on Monday as Germany routed Norway 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier, but Joachim Loew’s team must wait until next month to confirm their Russia 2018 place.

The world champions have won all eight of their qualifiers so far to top Group C.

Russia in sight for Germany as Kane ends drought

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Paris (AFP) – Mats Hummels fired Germany to the brink of qualification for the 2018 World Cup on Friday with a late winner against the Czech Republic, while Harry Kane scored twice as England downed Malta 4-0.

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner struck after just four minutes for the world champions in Prague, but Vladimir Darida’s stunning second-half equaliser hauled the hosts level.

Russia in sight for Germany as Kane ends drought

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Paris (AFP) – Mats Hummels fired Germany to the brink of qualification for the 2018 World Cup on Friday with a late winner against the Czech Republic, while Harry Kane scored twice as England downed Malta 4-0.

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner struck after just four minutes for the world champions in Prague, but Vladimir Darida’s stunning second-half equaliser hauled the hosts level.

‘Not worth risking’ – Loew defends Neuer omission

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany head coach Joachim Loew said he is not prepared to risk captain Manuel Neuer for their World Cup qualifiers despite grumblings from the goalkeeper, who is back after injury.

Neuer was unhappy about being omitted when Loew named his squad for the Russia 2018 qualifiers against the Czech Republic in Prague on Friday and Norway four days later in Stuttgart.

‘Not worth risking’ – Loew defends Neuer omission

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany head coach Joachim Loew said he is not prepared to risk captain Manuel Neuer for their World Cup qualifiers despite grumblings from the goalkeeper, who is back after injury.

Neuer was unhappy about being omitted when Loew named his squad for the Russia 2018 qualifiers against the Czech Republic in Prague on Friday and Norway four days later in Stuttgart.

Werner double helps Leipzig floor Freiburg

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany striker Timo Werner netted twice as RB Leipzig came from behind to floor Freiburg 4-1 on Sunday and get their Bundesliga season on track.

All four Leipzig goals came after the break as they roared back after a poor first half on the back of losing their opening match of the season 2-0 at Schalke last weekend.

Werner double helps Leipzig floor Freiburg

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany striker Timo Werner netted twice as RB Leipzig came from behind to floor Freiburg 4-1 on Sunday and get their Bundesliga season on track.

All four Leipzig goals came after the break as they roared back after a poor first half on the back of losing their opening match of the season 2-0 at Schalke last weekend.

Loew calls on Confed Cup winners for Germany squad

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany coach Joachim Loew on Friday called up 17 members of his Confederations Cup-winning squad and only seven world champions for next week’s World Cup qualifiers.

Germany face the Czech Republic in Prague on September 1 and host Norway three days later.

With six wins out of six the 2014 world champions can secure their passage to Russia next year by taking three points in Prague as long as group rivals Northern Ireland fail to win both of their outings against San Marino and the Czechs.

Loew calls on Confed Cup winners for Germany squad

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany coach Joachim Loew on Friday called up 17 members of his Confederations Cup-winning squad and only seven world champions for next week’s World Cup qualifiers.

Germany face the Czech Republic in Prague on September 1 and host Norway three days later.

With six wins out of six the 2014 world champions can secure their passage to Russia next year by taking three points in Prague as long as group rivals Northern Ireland fail to win both of their outings against San Marino and the Czechs.

Kimmich bicycle kick earns equaliser for Germany ‘B’

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Brøndby (Denmark) (AFP) – Bayern Munich right-back Joshua Kimmich earned Germany a 1-1 draw against Denmark on Tuesday with an acrobatic bicycle kick in a warm-up for a World Cup qualifier and Confed Cup campaign.

Germany coach Joachim Loew opted to rest a clutch of stars including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boeteng in defence, Toni Kroos in midfield and Thomas Mueller in attack.

Kimmich bicycle kick earns equaliser for Germany ‘B’

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Brøndby (Denmark) (AFP) – Bayern Munich right-back Joshua Kimmich earned Germany a 1-1 draw against Denmark on Tuesday with an acrobatic bicycle kick in a warm-up for a World Cup qualifier and Confed Cup campaign.

Germany coach Joachim Loew opted to rest a clutch of stars including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boeteng in defence, Toni Kroos in midfield and Thomas Mueller in attack.

Kimmich grabs late equaliser for Germany ‘B’

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Brøndby (Denmark) (AFP) – Bayern Munich right-back Joshua Kimmich earned Germany a come-from-behind 1-1 draw against Denmark on Tuesday in a warm-up for a World Cup qualifier and Confederations Cup campaign.

Germany coach Joachim Loew opted to rest a clutch of stars including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boeteng in defence, Toni Kroos in midfield and Thomas Mueller in attack.

Kimmich grabs late equaliser for Germany ‘B’

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Brøndby (Denmark) (AFP) – Bayern Munich right-back Joshua Kimmich earned Germany a come-from-behind 1-1 draw against Denmark on Tuesday in a warm-up for a World Cup qualifier and Confederations Cup campaign.

Germany coach Joachim Loew opted to rest a clutch of stars including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boeteng in defence, Toni Kroos in midfield and Thomas Mueller in attack.

Germany boss warns of ‘dangerous game’

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Berlin (AFP) – Joachim Loew, who has rested all of his Germany stars for this month’s Confederations Cup, says football’s governing bodies are risking over-loading the sport’s top players with too many games.

“It’s a dangerous game – we mustn’t pull too hard on the rope,” Germany’s head coach warned in Thursday’s interview with SID, an AFP subsidiary.

Germany boss warns of ‘dangerous game’

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Berlin (AFP) – Joachim Loew, who has rested all of his Germany stars for this month’s Confederations Cup, says football’s governing bodies are risking over-loading the sport’s top players with too many games.

“It’s a dangerous game – we mustn’t pull too hard on the rope,” Germany’s head coach warned in Thursday’s interview with SID, an AFP subsidiary.

Germany’s Loew wants 2021 Confed Cup scrapped

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany coach Joachim Loew said he would “not be sad” if the Confederations Cup is scrapped for 2021, warning his stars are playing too many international tournaments.

Loew has effectively selected a Germany B team for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia from June 17 to July 2, naming just three members of the squad which won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Germany’s Loew wants 2021 Confed Cup scrapped

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany coach Joachim Loew said he would “not be sad” if the Confederations Cup is scrapped for 2021, warning his stars are playing too many international tournaments.

Loew has effectively selected a Germany B team for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia from June 17 to July 2, naming just three members of the squad which won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Germany’s Hoewedes ruled out of Confed Cup

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany defender Benedikt Hoewedes will miss June’s Confederations Cup in Russia to undergo surgery on a long-standing groin injury, his club Schalke 04 confirmed on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old Schalke captain, who was part of Germany’s World Cup-winning side in 2014, has delayed an operation to see out the rest of the season with the Royal Blues.

Germany’s Hoewedes ruled out of Confed Cup

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany defender Benedikt Hoewedes will miss June’s Confederations Cup in Russia to undergo surgery on a long-standing groin injury, his club Schalke 04 confirmed on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old Schalke captain, who was part of Germany’s World Cup-winning side in 2014, has delayed an operation to see out the rest of the season with the Royal Blues.

Loew sees Nagelsmann as possible Germany successor

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany’s World Cup-winning head coach Joachim Loew has named rising Bundesliga star Julian Nagelsmann, 29, as a possible future successor to take charge of the national team.

Hoffenheim’s Nagelsmann is the youngest head coach in Bundesliga history and was last week named coach of 2016 in Germany.

Loew sees Nagelsmann as possible Germany successor

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany’s World Cup-winning head coach Joachim Loew has named rising Bundesliga star Julian Nagelsmann, 29, as a possible future successor to take charge of the national team.

Hoffenheim’s Nagelsmann is the youngest head coach in Bundesliga history and was last week named coach of 2016 in Germany.

Loew frustrated by bench-warming Germany stars

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Berlin (AFP) – Joachim Loew says Germany duo Joshua Kimmich and Andre Schuerrle need more matches - and to spend less time on the bench - for their Bundesliga clubs ahead of next year’s World Cup defence.

Neither Kimmich nor Schuerrle are first-choice starters for their clubs with both facing stiff competition at Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund respectively.

Loew frustrated by bench-warming Germany stars

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Berlin (AFP) – Joachim Loew says Germany duo Joshua Kimmich and Andre Schuerrle need more matches - and to spend less time on the bench - for their Bundesliga clubs ahead of next year’s World Cup defence.

Neither Kimmich nor Schuerrle are first-choice starters for their clubs with both facing stiff competition at Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund respectively.

Germany aim to ‘ruthlessly’ extend record run

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Baku (AFP) – Record-breaking Germany face Azerbaijan on Sunday with head coach Joachim Loew insisting their simple goal is to “ruthlessly” secure World Cup qualification as quickly as possible.

The defending champions are currently five points clear in Group C and a fifth straight win would take them a step closer to Russia 2018.

Germany aim to ‘ruthlessly’ extend record run

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Baku (AFP) – Record-breaking Germany face Azerbaijan on Sunday with head coach Joachim Loew insisting their simple goal is to “ruthlessly” secure World Cup qualification as quickly as possible.

The defending champions are currently five points clear in Group C and a fifth straight win would take them a step closer to Russia 2018.