Germany Wiretap

Thomas Müller 'Angry' Over Being Retired From Germany By Joachim Löw

Mar 7, 2019 7:57 AM

Thomas Müller is angry and surprised by the decision announced by Joachim Löw that his international career with Germany is over. Jérôme Boateng and Mats Hummels have also been retired by Löw.

Löw said he was looking for a “new beginning” after going out of the group stage of the 2018 World Cup and finishing last in their Nations League group and thus being relegated.

“Of course I was surprised by the decision of the coach,” Müller said in a video posted on Instagram. “A national team coach has to make sporting decisions, I don’t question that. But the longer I think about it, the more I’m angry about the way this has happened. I have no understanding for the suggested definitiveness of this decision.

“Mats, Jérôme and I are still capable of playing football on the highest international level. We have had a long and – most of the time – successful career with the DFB and I think it’s not a classy way if prefabricated statements from the DFB are published shortly after we learn about the coach’s decision.

“I think this has nothing to do with appreciation. I was always proud to wear the jersey, I’ve given everything, I wanna thank you for your support, it was an incredible journey.”

Michael Butler/The Guardian

Tags: Bayern Munich, Germany

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Bayern President Criticizes 'Disrespectful' Germany Reporting

Oct 19, 2018 10:20 AM

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has criticized the German media for "disrespectful reporting."

Bayern are currently sixth in the Bundesliga table.

Some in the media suggested Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels had become part of Germany's current problems.

Hoeness said it was "time the most important club in Germany took a clear stance" and added that they "will no longer respect disrespectful reporting."

"I am lost for words [over] what I had to read about Manuel Neuer," Rummenigge said. "If I have to read 'old boys football' about our centre-backs Hummels and Boateng, then I can only say one thing -- are you serious?

"No-one wastes any thoughts on values like dignity and decency. Polemics have no limit any more. This is true for media, pundits and most of all for pundits who once played football here."

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

Tags: Bayern Munich, Germany

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Germany Wins Right To Stage 2024 European Championship

Sep 27, 2018 10:32 AM

Germany has won the right to stage the 2024 European Championship, beating out Turkey.

Berlin’s Olympic Stadium will host the final of the 24-team tournament.

The nine other cities that will be used for games are Cologne, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich and Stuttgart.

Turkey’s bid was marked down for needing to upgrade airports, railways, roads and stadiums, particularly at a time when its economy is struggling. 

The Guardian

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Leroy Sane Leaves Germany Team Citing Personal Reasons

Sep 7, 2018 11:52 AM

Leroy Sane has left the Germany national team citing personal reasons.

Sane came off the bench in Thursday's UEFA Nations League draw against France.

Bild reported that Sane's girlfriend is expecting and thus the winger was allowed to leave the camp.

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

Tags: Germany, Manchester City

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Germany Drops From No. 1 To 15th In Latest FIFA Rankings

Aug 16, 2018 10:07 AM

Germany has dropped to 15th in the latest FIFA world rankings, which represents their lowest position in more than a decade. Germany entered the World Cup ranked No. 1.

Germany ranked No. 22 in March 2006 but finished the year No. 6 after finishing third in that World Cup in which they were hosts.

France are in the top spot after winning their second World Cup. Belgium rank second, followed by Brazil and Croatia.

Uruguay rose from No. 9 to No. 5, England moved up six places to No. 6 and Argentina dropped to No. 11.

ESPN

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Mesut Ozil Retires From Germany Team

Jul 23, 2018 9:11 AM

Mesut Ozil has announced his retirement from the Germany national team.

Ozil has Turkish ancestry but grew up in Germany and defended his right to meet Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a lengthy statement in which he also attacked the German football federation (DFB). “For me, having a picture with President Erdoğan wasn’t about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family’s country,” Özil wrote on Twitter.

“My job is a football player and not a politician, and our meeting was not an endorsement of any policies. The treatment I have received from the DFB and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt. I feel unwanted and think what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.”

Making direct reference to Reinhard Grindel, president of the DFB, Özil added: “People with racially discriminative backgrounds should not be allowed to work in the largest football federation in the world that has players from dual‑heritage families. Attitudes like theirs simply do not reflect the players they supposedly represent. In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win but I am an immigrant when we lose.

“It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect. I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t. I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten.”

Özil continued to criticize Grindel. “I will no longer stand for being a scapegoat for his incompetence and inability to do his job properly,” Özil wrote.

Tom Bryant/The Guardian

Tags: Arsenal, Germany, World Cup

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Germany Confirms Joachim Loew Will Remain As Manager

Jul 3, 2018 8:25 AM

Germany has confirmed that Joachim Loew will remain as manager.

Loew signed a contract extension in May that runs through the 2022 World Cup.

Germany was eliminated in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup.

The Guardian

Tags: Germany, Misc Rumor, World Cup

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World Cup Snapshot: Germany 2, Sweden 1

Jun 23, 2018 6:04 PM

What happened in one snapshot in the 2018 World Cup, Match 28, Group F: Germany 2, Sweden 1.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Germany, Infographic, World Cup

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World Cup Snapshot: Mexico 1, Germany 0

Jun 17, 2018 9:56 PM

What happened in one snapshot in the 2018 World Cup, Match 10, Group F: Mexico 1, Germany 0

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Germany, Mexico, Infographic, World Cup

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Leroy Sane Left Off Germany's World Cup Squad

Jun 4, 2018 5:21 PM

Leroy Sane has been dropped from Germany's 23-man squad for the World Cup.

Sane was expected to make the final squad, but Julian Brandt edged him.

"We have good players on the wing in Thomas Muller and Marco Reus. Julian Draxler played a good Confed Cup, and made progress there," Low said. "It was a tight race between Leroy Sane and Julian Brandt. Both have big qualities, both are good in the one-on-one duels.

"Julian Brandt was at the Confed Cup, had some strong games there, and put in good shifts in the training camp too. Leroy Sane is a huge talent, no doubt, and he will be back with the team in September."

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

Tags: Germany, Manchester City, World Cup

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Joachim Loew Signs Extension With Germany Until 2022
Joachim Loew had been linked to replacing Arsene Wenger as manager of Arsenal.

Reuters

Joachim Low Identified As Arsenal's Top Candidate
Arsene Wenger's standing with Arsenal has severely weakened over the past few weeks.

Mark Ogden/ESPN

Manuel Neuer Could Be Out Six Months Following Foot Surgery
Manuel Neuer was injured during training last month for a foot fracture that was initially expected to keep him out for the rest of 2017.

ESPN

Germany Beats Chile 1-0 To Win 2017 Confederations Cup
Joachim Low traveled to Russia without many of his regulars.

Kieran Pender/The Guardian

Joachim Low Considered Candidate For Real Madrid Job If Zidane Fired
Real Madrid could fire Zinedine Zidane if they finish 2017 without a trophy.

Joaquin Maroto/As.com

Joachim Low Signs Extension With Germany Through 2020
Joachim Low will be in charge of the national team for the next two major championships.

Press Association

Manuel Neuer Succeeds Schweinsteiger As Captain Of Germany
Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira were also mentioned as possibilities to lead Germany.

ESPN

Mesut Ozil Recommending EPL To German Teammates
Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013.

Mattias Karen/ESPN

Bastian Schweinsteiger Suffers Partial Tear Of MCL
Bastian Schweinsteiger suffered the injury during training with Germany on Tuesday.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Germany-Netherlands Match Canceled, Stadium Evacuated
A scheduled friendly in Hannover between Germany and the Netherlands has been canceled.

AP

Three Suicide Bombers Tried To Enter Stade De France
The police believe the attackers aimed to detonate his vest inside the stadium in order to provoke a stampede.

Joshua Robinson, Inti Landauro/Wall Street Journal

Explosions In Paris Outside France-Germany Match
Francois Hollande was in attendance at the match and had to be evacuated to safety.

New York Times

Mario Gotze Out 10-12 Weeks With Thigh Injury
Mario Gotze overstretched while battling for the ball with James McCarthy.

ESPN

Rafinha Withdraws From Brazil Squad, Hopes To Join Germany
Rafinha is Bayern Munich's right-back and Philipp Lahm suggested him as a possible replacement on the Germany squad.

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

Gedion Zelalem Called Up To Germany's U18 Camp
Jürgen Klinsmann believes Gedion Zelalem could already play for the United States' senior team.

ESPN

Joachim Löw Signs Extension With Germany Through 2018
Joachim Löw joined the Nationalmannschaft as Jürgen Klinsmann's assistant in 2004

ESPN

Mario Götze Credits World Cup Goal, Guardiola For Improvement
The arrival of Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich a year ago and his goal in the World Cup final has contributed to the strong season of Mario Götze.

Raphael Honigstein/The Guardian

EPL Chief: England Youth 'Lagging' Behind Germany
Richard Scudamore maintains that the English top flight is still the most attractive league in Europe due to their financial resources.

BBC

Germany To Play USMNT In 2015 Friendly In Cologne
Germany has scheduled friendlies for 2015 against the United States, Australia and the Netherlands.

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

Joachim Löw: Germany Has Been Influenced By Spain
Joachim Löw has said that Spain has been a footballing reference for Germany since their ascent in 2008.

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