Posts Tagged Germany

Schweinsteiger fit for late World Cup stage

German national soccer player Bastian Schweinsteiger attends a news conference in Santo Andre near Porto Seguro, Brazil, Sunday, July 6, 2014. Germany faces Brazil on upcoming Tuesday in Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, in the semifinals of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

PORTO SEGURO, Brazil (AP) — Bastian Schweinsteiger’s fragile left knee has been a matter of concern for weeks and the reason the Germany midfielder started the World Cup on the bench. Now he’s fit again just as the tournament gets into the decisive stage and Germany faces host Brazil in the semifinals.

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Without Neymar, Brazil plays on against Germany

Brazil's Neymar watches as Colombia's goalkeeper David Ospina clears the ball during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Brazil and Colombia at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Even without Neymar, Brazil’s show must go on.

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France needs to build on World Cup success

France's head coach Didier Deschamps waits for the start of the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Germany and France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — With no competitive games for two years, France coach Didier Deschamps may struggle to gauge just how much progress has been made by his young team after its run to the World Cup quarterfinals in Brazil.

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Hyped France attack fails to deliver at World Cup

France's Karim Benzema sits on the pitch after the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Germany and France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. France lost 0-1. (AP Photo/Francois Xavier Marit, pool)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Despite the hype about its attacking flair, France failed to deliver the goals in the World Cup quarterfinals.

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Reshuffle pays off for Germany at World Cup

France's Karim Benzema, center, kicks up dust as he is challenged by Germany's Mats Hummels, left, and Toni Kroos during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Germany and France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Joachim Loew’s decision to return captain Philipp Lahm to right back in a reshuffled lineup paid off immediately Friday, galvanizing the defense and earning Germany a place in the semifinals of the World Cup.

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