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TEVEZ LEAVES CITY

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero recently lost his compatriot Carlos Tevez, whose move to Juventus in a £10 million deal, was one of the high points of the summer. Tevez has been one of the standout performers for the club since his move from Manchester United. Even though he has created several problems during his short stay at the Etihad stadium, he undoubtedly was a major reason in the club winning the Premier league and FA Cup titles the last three years. Despite this, Aguero has said that the club will miss the services of Tevez, but they have enough quality across the squad.

As a replacement for Tevez, City brought in two more strikers in the form of Alvaro Negredo and Jovetic. Former Sevilla striker Negredo has been particularly impressive since the start of the season. He scored in the club’s recent 2-0 win over Hull City. He also scored on his debut against Cardiff, but that ended in a disappointing 3-2 defeat for his team. Even though Tevez was a player that was great to the club, Aguero feels that they should now move on and look forward to the new signings.

Aguero himself was a £ 38 million signing from Athletico Madrid a few seasons ago.

“Carlitos has moved on and he was a great team-mate. He’s going to be missed but we wish him the best in his next step. But I always keep a close eye on Spanish football and Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo were two of its brightest stars. Having them in our side makes us stronger – the same applies to Fernandinho and Stevan. They are amazing players,” said Aguero.

City have made an indifferent start to the new season. Even though they have won two out of the three matches, they have been defeated in the other encounter.

LOEW MUST REMAIN

German football federation president Wolfgang Niersbach has revealed that he wants manager Joachim Loew to remain in his position after the end of the 2014 World Cup. The former assistant manager only has a contract up until this tournament and it has been widely speculated that he will leave the national team at the end of it. Even though Loew was heavily praised for his work he carried on from Jurgen Klinsmann, there have been several criticism for the inability to win a major trophy despite possessing a strong squad.

Germany have been one of the best teams at international level in the last few tournaments, but they have been overshadowed by Spain who have been totally dominant. Loew has managed to bring in a group of players who will keep playing for the next decade. Players like Mario Gotze and Thomas Müller are expected to be part of the next era of German domination, but the football Federation wants the team to win a major trophy in order to show for the progress. Niersbach has revealed that he is keen to keep Loew as the national team manager.

Loew extended his contract after the 2010 World Cup. Several losses in the final stage of major tournaments have spoilt his reputation in recent years.

“I really do like the way we are going with Loew. And I know that the DFB board of directors have the same feeling. The most important thing for me is that the coach and the team get on well together and I can see a highly professional job being done. Maybe we qualify in September already and then we can consider whether we do it like in 2008 or like in 2010,” said the German football Federation president.

Germany will next be facing Paraguay in a friendly match.

WENGER LINKED TO DEUTSCHLAND

There have been reports that the German Federation is not happy with the work of manager Joachim Loew, which has led to the rumours linking him with a move to Arsenal in the summer. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger only has just over 12 months left on his contract and he has been refusing to sign a new deal. This summer has been extremely difficult for the Frenchman, as he has faced a barrage of criticism from the fans and the media for failing to win a trophy in the last eight years. The team are also in danger of losing out on a top four spot this season.

Even though Germany have made it into the finals of several tournaments in recent years, they have faltered in every one of them. As a result, there has been a lot of criticism of the manager Low, who continues to be linked with several other clubs like Real Madrid as well. He is widely expected to receive the sack if Germany did not win the Confederations cup in the summer. The officials from the German Federation have confirmed that contract talks with Low are set to begin in the next few months, thus ending any speculation of him moving to Arsenal.

“There is no question we want Joachim to remain in charge beyond the World Cup finals, and we would like to have a decision on his future before we head for Brazil,” said Joachim Loew. The manager himself has not been commenting about his future, thus prompting situation that the matter is not all done and dusted. Perhaps, he faced his biggest criticism after the 4-4 draw with Sweden a few months back. Germany managed to lose a four goal advantage in the match to draw the encounter. The team are top of their World Cup qualifying group.

LOEW BACKS NEUER

German national team manager Joachim Low failed to criticise his goalkeeper Manuel Neuer after the match against Kazakhstan. The Bayern Munich goalkeeper lost possession inside the penalty area while trying to outfox the opposition who was pressing hard. As a result of this, Kazakhstan managed to score in the match. Even though Germany were 3-0 up at that stage, the fans started whistling the goalkeeper every time he touched the ball from then on in. Joachim Loew has said that the fans need not have displayed this attitude against one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

The former Stuttgart man is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world and he almost helped his current club Bayern Munich to win the Champions League. This whistling could have been due to the experience suffered by the German fans of losing a four goal advantage in a recent match against Sweden. Germany removed any doubts about the victory with yet another goal late in the match through Borussia Dortmund striker Reus. Earlier, he had scored the first goal of the match in the 23rd minute. His club team mate Gotze extended the advantage a few minutes later before Gündogan scored the third goal after just 32 min.

“I didn’t like that Neuer was whistled at after his mistake. He is up there with the best keepers in the world and made one mistake. That he was accompanied by irony for the rest of the game, I think that is unsportsmanlike,” said the Germany manager after the match. The error from the goalkeeper allowed the opposition to score a goal early in the first half through Schmidtgal. As a result of this crucial victory, Germany have now opened an eight point advantage at the top of the World Cup qualifying table.

LOEW DELIGHTED

The German national team manager Joachim Loew has said that he is extremely delighted that the former Barcelona manager Guardiola has decided to join a German team in the form of Bayern Munich. Guardiola has been one of the most sought after managers in the world after his incredible four years with Barcelona. During this time, he managed to win 14 trophies including two Champions League titles. He has also managed to transform Barcelona into one of the most attractive football teams around the world. He had been courted by the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.

However, Bayern Munich were able to persuade Guardiola to come to Germany with an incredible squad and facilities at their disposal. The arrival of such a top manager to German football is a positive aspect according to Joachim Loew, who has come under increasing pressure over the last few months. The German national team have been conceding a lot of goals, while their inability to cope with pressure in the final stages of a major tournament also coming under the spotlight. Germany will be taking on France in a friendly match hoping to get back to winning ways. After this match, they have World Cup qualifying encounters against Kazakhstan in home and away matches.

“I think he will try to implement his vision of football. He personifies a clear philosophy which has been instilled in him since a young age in Barcelona. We will see if he has as much success here. The impending arrival of the former Barcelona boss is of great value for German football. We can rejoice about having such a coach in the Bundesliga,” said the German national team manager. Joachim Loew has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer, with the Spanish club set to lose José Mourinho.

MISTAKES MADE

Germany’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Italy in the semi-final of the Euro 2012 was his mistake according to the German manager Joachim Loew. The former assistant manager has come under intense criticism in recent months due to the inability of the team to perform well in the final stages of a major competition. Despite having made it into the finals and semifinals of major competitions since 2006, the team has been unable to record even a single trophy. Germany were with a great chance of winning the Euro 2012 because they came into the competition as the favourites.

However, they were defeated in the semi-final of the competition by the Italian team, who were not fancied to even get to this stage of the competition. Mario Balotelli scored both goals for Italy, while the Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil rescued a goal for the Germans. Loew has now said that he is willing to take blame for the defeat because he approached the game in a manner. Due to the experiences in many matches since then, Loew feels that he would have done differently had he got the opportunity to do so. The 52-year-old has come under intense pressure in recent times especially after the 4-4 draw with Sweden in which Germany threw away a four goal lead.

“With the knowledge I have today, I would probably approach the Italy game differently. I had a clear plan for that game and of course I have to now admit that the plan did not work. Against Sweden, I got (Mario) Goetze and (Lukas) Podolski to drop deeper to try give us more security and that did not work. The year 2012 was constructive for all of us and I have certainly learned from it,” said Loew in a recent interview.

HAPPY WITH DEFENCE

The German national team manager Joachim Loew has said that he is extremely happy with the defensive performance of the team in the 0-0 draw with Netherlands. Germany were coming into the match on the back of 4-4 draw with Sweden, which has increased the criticism of the manager. Germany were cruising comfortably for a physical in the match before they allow Sweden to score four goals in the 30 minutes. As a result of this poor defensive performance, the manager decided to bring in changes to the first team. He also had to make changes as a result of injuries and suspensions to a number of first-team players.

He played without a striker in this match, which increased the defensive performance of the team, but blunted their attack. However, Joachim Loew has said that he is pleased with the outcome of the match. He has praised the discipline and the work done by the defence in order to keep a clean sheet following the Sweden match. Loew also has expressed his surprise at the way Netherlands played, as the opposition were also extremely cautious in order to not concede goals. Netherlands were coming on the back of a poor Euro 2012 showing and the new manager Louis van Gaal has already made substantial changes.

“We had this opportunity to play a strong team and it was a very meaningful game, and it was positive. We showed good discipline and good defensive work, which after our recent games, especially Sweden, was most important. I was a bit surprised by the way they played – maybe they were a bit scared of us countering them so they sat deep and you don’t usually expect that from Holland,” said Loew after the match. Germany’s next match will be in a friendly against France in February.

LOEW HOPES FOR BETTER YEAR

The under pressure Germany manager Joachim Loew has said that he is hoping that the German national team finally end the disappointing year on a high when they take on Netherlands. Germany have endured a disappointing 2012 after they lost out on the semifinals of the Euro 2012, while they were recently guilty of squandering a four goal advantage in the group match against Sweden. As a result, it has increased the pressure on the manager Joachim Loew, who was once hailed as the untouchable. Germany, however, have been successful against Netherlands in recent seasons.

They will be looking for the third win against the Dutch, who come into this match in decent form. More than the Euro 2012 loss, Joachim Loew has been severely haunted by the match against Sweden. After seemingly getting an unassailable 4-0 advantage of the match, Germany managed to surrender the lead and draw the match 4-4. Due to the fact that Germany will also be without a number of high profile players like Bastian Schweinsteiger and Miroslav Klose for this match, it is expected to be extremely even this time around. Joachim Loew has called for the players to produce a good performance and end the season on a high.

“We want to finish the year on a good note, and win over our fans with a good performance,” said the Germany manager ahead of this match. “Germany is definitely under pressure after the 4-4 against Sweden. They are desperate to restore some pride,” said the Dutch national team star player Arjen Robben. Following this match, Germany will be playing against France in the friendly match. The 4-4 draw with Sweden has thrown this group wide open as of now, but Germany are expected to qualify comfortably when the World Cup qualifying campaign concludes next season.

NO EURO 2012 HANGOVERS

The German national team manager Joachim Loew has said that he is confident that the team will not suffer any hangovers from the Euro 2012. Germany will be starting the World Cup qualifying campaign with a view of continuing their impressive run in major tournaments in recent years. They will be playing against Faroe Islands and Austria in the first two matches of the World Cup qualification. Even though they seem extremely easy matches on paper, the German national team manager reckons that it would be anything otherwise. As a result, he has called for the best performance from his players.

He has also removed any doubts lingering within the German fans that the team is still suffering from the hangover of the Euro 2012. Despite being one of the favourite teams to win the tournament, Germany suffered a shock defeat in the semi-final of the competition to Italy. Since then, there has been a lot of criticism for the manager Joachim Loew, who has failed to get Germany a major trophy despite being close on numerous occasions since the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Germany are once again the favourites to lift the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

“The players have put their disappointments behind them and there is real hunger for success. That goes for the coaching staff as well. We completed the last qualifies in a rousing manner. This time it will be more difficult, the group is very even. There won’t be any pushovers. We have to improve when we don’t have the ball. I place value on the way we develop going forward, but we must be more active off the ball and make sure we don’t give our opponents any time,” said Joachim Loew ahead of the match with Faroe Islands on September 6.

GERMAN SIDE LACKS IDENTITY

The Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has said that one of the main problems with the German national team at the moment is that it does not have a true identity. The German national team has been modified a lot in the recent seasons, with the addition of many young players like Sami Khedira and Ozil. As a result of the high quality youngsters included in the squad due to the changes in the youth policy of the nation, they have been able to reach finals and semifinals of major competitions without any trouble. However, winning the matches has been a major problem for the German national team in the final stages.

Germany last won a major trophy back in 1996. Even though they may have come extremely close on many occasions in the last five years, Matthias Sammer reckons that it will not happen before the German national team identifies itself with its true identity. The current national team manager Joachim Loew has made the national team extremely exciting to watch with beautiful passing football. However, Matthias Sammer reckons that it does not reflect the true identity of German football and the national team will be able to take advantage of its quality only if they find it.

“Do Germany actually have a footballing identity at the moment? Apart from saying we’ve got some good lads coming through? I don’t see one. Right now, I can’t really define our football. You can define Spain, Italy and some other nations, but I’m having problems with Germany. What do we stand for? At the moment it’s for good young players, but overall, we could restart work on our footballing identity, because we should always look reality straight in the eye,” said the Bayern Munich sporting director in a recent interview.