Germany seems to be really slacking with a 2-2 draw against Japan. It is either the Japanese are getting really good or the German players need a new strategy.
A somewhat impressive game against Costa Rica, and without their captain and star player Ballack. Klose had a great game and Podolski will get better as the tournament advances. Maybe Germany is not as bad as we thought after all.
According to this review Ballack could have played, but perhaps did not want to take any chances / give the other goal keeper a shot:
|WORLD CUP ROUNDUP: BALLACK WAS FIT TO PLAY|
CBC Sports Online presents this quick roundup from Friday June 9 at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
German football team in Calcutta
The German football team Bayern Munich is to become the first major European club to play a match in India.
The Germans came out strong against Australia and then fell flat on their faces. They need to beat Ghana to advance:
Ghana vs. Germany - 23 Jun 2:30pm (AST)
A German football fan looks on as her country plays in the FIFA World Cup 2010.
German Football (Hover)
Germany gets lucky break and beats England 4-1 (AP)
International Football Related News
Germany and Argentina will meet in the quarterfinals of the World Cup after both put on powerful performances -- and benefited from contentious refereeing decisions -- on Sunday. Germany cruised past England 4-1 in a match which hinged on a bad referee's decision. Frank Lampard's long-range shot rebounded off the bar and clearly crossed the line, but the goal that would have leveled the...
Source: Yahoo! Sports - World Soccer News
It was a definite goal, and was certainly called wrong when the decision was made. Whether this had anything to do with the low morale of the team's continuing downward spiral or not I don't know, but what I do know is that England had quite a few chances where they could have taken control of the ball and didn't.
In my opinion, Germany didn't get a 'lucky break', they were clearly the better team on the day!