German public seems not Panicking

There is no rush in the German public to buy tickets of the coming Finland fixture which is going to be the final hurrah for one of their favourite sons, Bastian Schweinsteiger.

More than forty thousand seats are available in the stadium the match has been designated to, but, not even 50% of the total seats have been reserved up to this point and Joachim Low reckons it will really be a sorrowful situation if the seats happen to be empty on the evening of the match.

As stated by Low, what may happen to be the reason for a poor turn-out is that it’s not the best of the timings for a match like this as people have had a full dose of Football with a couple of big competitions taking place in the recent times in the form of Euro and Olympics and the domestic season has got off to a start too.

Low revealed that he got a call from Schweinsteiger earlier this month and as soon as he heard from him about his decision, he right away made the promise to the playmaker that the farewell match was surely going to be organized for him.
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Germany Player Visits Refugee Camp

Germany might be quiet on the football front recently, but its players are still remembered as one of the best players in the Premier League. One such instance is Ozil.

He is considered one of the best players in the English Premier League. Being a star and associated with Germany and Arsenal club, Mesut Ozil does wonders wherever he goes. He recently visited a Zaatari Refugee Camp. Located in Jordan, it was a courtesy gesture from his end to extend his goodwill and provide necessary donations to the refugees.

Mesut is best known for his midfielder position in Arsenal. He was on tour of the camp and was told about the conditions that the refugees were facing at the camp by UNHCR which is the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees. He was greeted by the children with much enthusiasm. This visit was part of the social development program where soccer players participate in. The Asian Football Development Project has been running several programs for Northern Jordan and the camps here since 2012. A Syrian football coach stated that an Ozil’s visit showcased the fact that stars like him did think about refugees in Syria and what is happening to them. With a player like Ozil coming to the camp it provides a lot of motivation for the children. The fact that such people care is a big thing for many. Read more »


Liverpool player and Frankfurt-born Emre Can was one of the winners at the German Football Ambassador awards in Berlin.

The main prize went to Gernot Rohr for promoting Germany through international football. He won the public prize at the 2016 German Football Ambassador awards, following in the footsteps of three World Cup winners.

The 22-year-old has become an integral figure at the Premier League giants under the guidance of German coach Jürgen Klopp. Can, a combative and dynamic midfielder, was developed at Bayern Munich before spending a year at Bayer Leverkusen. He was soon picked up by Liverpool who activated a release clause in his contract. After taking over from Brendan Rodgers in October, former Borussia Dortmund coach Klopp has made German international Can a key player in the side.

Past winners of the award include Sami Khedira in 2013, Andre Schurrle in 2014 and Mesut Ozil last year. The German Ambassador honors players and coaches who promote a positive image of the country with their actions abroad. Emre Can won the prize after 57,000 votes were cast online, with Toni Kroos and Miroslav Klose finishing second and third respectively. The Liverpool player will be presented with a cash donation, which he will use for a social project in the United Kingdom.

Gernot Rohr received the main honor on the night in recognition of more than 40 years of service to international football. The 62-year-old has coached in France, Switzerland, Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso, his most recent job before leaving in December 2015.

He said:

“I live as a German in France, but I feel European.

“This award makes me proud and especially the handing over by my former teammates. I’m very pleased.” Read more »


The Swiss men national football team hope for a better outing against Belgium prior to the regional tournament in France. The team has lost the last two friendly played as build-up to the Euro tournament starting June, this year.

The Schweizer Pati were defeated by the Irish team in Ireland in an international friendly prior to a subsequent defeat at home to Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Republic of Ireland intensified efforts for the Euro 2016 finals campaign with the match against the Swiss. An early header from Ciaran Clark gave the Irish team the victory in Dublin. Clark who plies his trade with Premier League team, Aston villa, is struggling in the English league but got his game on in the game against the Swiss.

Within two minutes, he scored via a header to send the over 35,ooo fans into wild celebration. The international friendly which was played in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, was one in which the Irish used to extend their run to one defeat in seven games stretching since September last year.

The Swiss started their euro 2016 preparations with a friendly against Estonia which they won by a lone away goal. Next was the loss to Slovakia by three goals to two away as well. The team also traded tackles with Austria in November last year, testing new formations and players. Read more »

Antonio Conte is excited about being drawn with Spain

The coach of the Italian national football team, Antonio Conte said that he feels excited and stimulated about being drawn in the same group as Spain for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Spain has recently been going through a downhill road of underwhelming results as they still haven’t appeared to be able to completely bounce back from their early exit in the 2014 World Cup.

Nonetheless, even though Spain is clearly struggling and are not going through their best of times, Vicente del Bosque has at his disposal some of the best players in the world including the likes of: Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, David Silva, CescFabregas and Isco just to name a few of their main stars.

With this amount of talented players, Spain still is considered to be a huge threat but Antonio Conte is happy about this challenge.

Italy’s Antonio Conte said: “It is a tough group, however, I prefer to think that Spain could boost us,” Conte said after the draw in St Petersburg.I don’t like the word ‘difficult’. It will be a stimulating challenge against one of the strongest in the world. I am sure that we can do well and we can have good performances.Spain is not the best draw, but Germany would have been worse. On paper, Italy and Spain are the best teams; however, it will be decided on the pitch.” Read more »

Schweinsteiger states that his team will not be underestimating Gibraltar

Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger states that his team will not be underestimating Gibraltar when they take on the minnows in an upcoming Euro 2016 qualifying match.

After recently suffering a shock 2-1 defeat against the United States, Germany will be pumped up in order to get a result. This match is heavily important for the Germans, as it represents their ability to stay above Scotland in the Euro 2016 qualifying race. They also need to keep up with Poland, who have a one-point advantage. Germany have suffered only one defeat in the qualification campaign so far, but it has proved very costly indeed.

Poland have been undefeated so far and it has helped them get an unlikely lead in the group D. Should the group finish the same way, Poland will have a great opportunity to keep their advantage in the Euro 2016 finals since they are likely to get a slightly easier group. The match against Gibraltar could end up in a thrashing, as the opposition have conceded a whopping 27 goals in the six games so far. They have managed just one goal in reply. Despite these statistics, Schweinsteiger says that the team is expecting a competitive game on Sunday. Read more »

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