GERMANY INTERNATIONAL EMRE CAN WINS GERMAN FOOTBALL AMBASSADOR PRIZE

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

SWITZERLAND HOPES FOR BETTER OUTING AGAINST BELGIUM

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

From 4 Clubs of Germany only 1 Advanced to Champions League

There were a total of 4 German clubs that managed to get their way into the Round of 16 in the Champions League; this was a very good amount of clubs that were representing Germany as it showed why the German nation was crowned as the champions of the world after winning the 2014 World Cup.

From those 4 German clubs, only 1 managed to advance into the quarter-finals as Bayern Munich is the only survivor that can continue competing in what is considered to be the most difficult European tournament for clubs.

Bayer Leverkusen was defeated by Athletic Madrid, Borussia Dortmund was destroyed after losing 5-1 against Juventus and Schalke 04 couldn’t get past Real Madrid.

Wolfgang Nierbach is the president of the German Football Association and he has stated that this is a sign of just how much teams have been improving and that the German teams have no time to rest if they want to continue being considered as the best in the world.

Wolfgang Nierbach said: ’’This exit confirms what we had said after the glorious World Cup. There is no time to rest, no time to ease off. We have to keep at it if we are to remain at the top. I hope Bayern can now make it to the final in Berlin.”

Schalke 04 almost managed to create a huge upset and take out Real Madrid from the Champions League but with an aggregate score of 4-5, the German side just narrowly avoided to secure their qualifying ticket to the quarter-finals.

For the past years, Bayern Munich has been the team that represented Germany best at the bigger stages as the squad has 6 players which performed in the finals of the 2014 World Cup. Manuel Neuer, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller, Philipp Lahm, Mario Gotze and Jerome Boateng are those players.