Germany sift through wreckage of World Cup debacle

first_img“We all made mistakes,” admitted defender Mats Hummels after the stunning 2-0 defeat left them bottom of Group F — and he meant the players, Loew and team director Oliver Bierhoff.After 12 golden years in charge crowned by the 2014 World Cup win in Brazil, Loew is considering his future after getting his tactics so badly wrong and placing faith in former stars past their prime.Germany’s coach Joachim Loew is pressure to go after the holders’ shock first round exit from the 2018 World Cup finals © AFP / Roman KruchininThe sight of Mexico pouring through a porous German midfield during the first half of the defeat in the opener against Mexico was the clearest example.Hardly anyone in the German setup leaves Russia with any credit.Bierhoff, for example, is blamed for choosing the isolated base camp at Vatutinki, southwest of Moscow, which caused unhappiness among the players.“You didn’t get the feeling that we were playing at a World Cup,” was captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s damning appraisal.Germany even had the shame of having to suspend two of their team officials for over-exuberant celebrations in front of Sweden manager Janne Andersson after the 2-1 win that appeared to have saved their skins.After Italy in 1950, Brazil in 1966, France in 2002, Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014, Germany join an infamous club of reigning champions knocked out in the group stage at the next World Cup.– ‘Stunned’ –“We’re all stunned — we’re shocked,” said Thomas Mueller, the pillar of the 2014 team who seemed strangely unable to influence events this time.Loew said he took responsibility for the failure, yet just 12 months ago he could do no wrong.He won the 2017 Confederations Cup, the World Cup warmup, with an inexperienced squad and seemed to be ready to make a spirited defence of their global title.Only last month, Loew signed a contract extension with the German Football Association (DFB) until 2022, but there are already calls for him to resign.Germany’s defender Mats Hummels (R) and Germany’s midfielder Mesut Ozil are just two of the 2014 World Cup winners who played poorly at the Russia 2018 finals. © AFP / BENJAMIN CREMELIf he goes, the 58-year-old’s misguided loyalty in senior players like Mueller, Hummels, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Jerome Boateng will have been a key factor in his downfall.All were shadows of their usual selves.If he stays, Loew will need to have a clearout and a rethink on how to nurture a new team.From the next generation of Germany starlets he unearthed at the Confederations Cup, only Timo Werner and Joshua Kimmich were rewarded with regular spots in the senior team.Loew only gave rising stars like Julian Brandt, Leon Goretzka, Sebastian Rudy and Niklas Suele first-team place when his 2014 winners were struggling, suspended or injured.Leroy Sane, the forward who shone for Manchester City last season, was cut from the final squad.Germany have stagnated, lacking tactical direction as Loew often toyed with different systems.Arrogance, something Loew was determined to keep out of his squad’s mindset, crept in.As German pundit Ralph Honigstein put it, “many players come across as one-man brand ambassadors”, more interested in gathering social media followers than focusing on football.A fierce debate in Germany over the divided loyalty of players did nothing to help cohesion after Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan — who have Turkish roots — met with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who Gundogan called “my president”.– Shattered myth –Germany pride themselves on being “a tournament team”, which knows how to rise to the occasion, but that notion was blown apart in Russia.Having sailed through qualification with a perfect 10 wins, the writing was on the wall with just one victory in six pre-World Cup friendlies, and even then a shaky 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia in the days before flying to Russia.Germany’s forward Thomas Mueller (R) says the squad is ‘shocked and stunned’ by the early World Cup exit. © AFP / SAEED KHAN“The last time we played well was autumn 2017,” admitted Hummels, referring to the 5-1 crushing of minnows Azerbaijan in October.The first chance to make amends is on September 6 against France in Munich in the new Nations League, but it shows how far Germany have fallen that if they win it will be only their third victory in 10 games.Loew refutes suggestions German football is about to enter a dark phase, insisting “there are enough young players, who are very talented and ready to develop”.“We have to draw the right conclusions and do better,” Loew said.For now however, Germany have to get used to the unaccustomed taste of failure.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mesut Ozil and Mats Hummels were two of Germany’s under-performing players © AFP / BENJAMIN CREMELVATUTINKI, Russian Federation, Jun 28 – World Cup holders Germany return home on Thursday desperately looking for answers following their historic exit, with head coach Joachim Loew set to suffer the consequences of a disastrous campaign.In one of the competition’s biggest ever shocks, Germany failed to reach the knockout stage of a World Cup for the first time for 80 years, but it was the meek manner of their capitulation against South Korea in their final game that really stung.last_img read more

Crossing guard saluted as hero

first_imgLANCASTER – Linda Verde School crossing guard Laura Share says she was just doing her job, but school officials and sheriff’s deputies are hailing her as a hero. The 54-year-old Lancaster resident ordered five children out of the way – then jumped to safety herself – when a flatbed truck ran a red light on Avenue I at 5th Street East, broadsided a parent’s van and fled. “We have a lot to be thankful for that she had her wits about her. She thought very quickly and saw that the truck was coming and was able to anticipate what it was going to do ahead of time,” Principal Tara Brown said. “It could have been a very fatal situation for those kids who were crossing, and it wasn’t, and that was because she was able to think on her feet. I know the parents of the children are thankful that she is so good at her job.” Sheriff’s officials said Share was faced with a situation that required a split-second decision. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I would say in our opinion she probably saved the lives of some children. Her quick actions and recognition of an immediate hazard was what saved those kids,” sheriff’s Lt. Steve Fredericks said. “She’s a hero,” Lancaster School District Superintendent Steve Gocke said. “It was a major deal. Otherwise the Sheriff’s Department would not have taken notice of it.” Share was recognized by the district after a presentation by Fredericks at the board meeting last Tuesday. The experience left Share wondering what all the fuss was about. “It was kind of feeling weird. What I did was tell five kids to go back to the corner. It’s my job, that’s what I’m supposed to do. That’s what I’m doing,” said Share, who has been a crossing guard for three years and also works as a noon duty aide. Share can expect more plaudits. She will be recognized by the city of Lancaster at a meeting in December, and she is being recommended to be honored by the Sheriff’s Department, Fredericks said. The incident occurred about 3 p.m. on Sept. 15. Share had walked into the crosswalk on a green light holding up her stop-sign paddle and motioned for the third- and fourth-graders to step off the curb. “I walked out and told the kids to start coming. Then I noticed this truck was coming really fast. I thought, ‘He is going to run the red light and hit the kids if I don’t make them go back,”‘ Share said. “I yelled, ‘Go back, go back!”‘ The children retreated to the sidewalk, and Share jumped out of the truck’s way as it sped past, passing between her and the children. The eastbound truck hit a southbound van containing a women and her two children on their way to Linda Verde to pick up two more children, Share said. The van occupants were not injured. “He hit it hard. It tipped and turned in the opposite direction,” Share said. Share ran back to the corner where the children stood and saw the truck driver pull over at some distance down the road, get out of the truck, look at the van, then get back in and drive off. Avenue I’s speed limit there is 50 mph. It was not known how fast the truck was going. The truck driver, Shawn Matthews, 30, of Rosamond returned to the scene about a half-hour later with his brother driving him back. Matthews did not have a valid license, Fredericks said. Matthews has been charged with misdemeanor hit-and-run and being an unlicensed driver and is awaiting trial. “We have a serious problem out here in the valley with both unlicensed drivers and with vehicle-versus-pedestrian collisions, and this certainly could have been a tragic collision. However, we are conducting task force operations to help combat this problem,” Fredericks said. Share said she has had her share of close calls from vehicles running red lights. She maintains constant vigilance at the Avenue I and 5th Street East intersection, which deputies say is one of the more demanding in the city with the potential of high-speed traffic approaching from all four directions. “When I’m in the intersection, I am continuously looking in every direction,” Share said. Even with cars at a complete stop, she constantly checks to make sure that cars coming behind them are stopping and won’t hit the cars in front of them. She received no training for her job. She said a man named Joe manned that corner for 20 years so she went out there for a couple of days and observed him. Despite the danger, Share said she won’t quit because of the children, who give her hugs and call her Miss Laura. “It crosses my mind sometimes, but then I think about the kids. Personally, I think most people wouldn’t take the position, and then I think the kids will have to cross without anybody,” Share said. “I can’t stop working. I want to protect these kids.” Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mack earns D-IV title

first_imgFor the first time in more than 30 years, the Panthers are section champions.The No. 2 seeded McKinleyville High softball team downed No. 5 St. Patrick-St. Vincent — Vallejo 11-1 in six innings in the North Coast Section Division-IV title game, Tuesday evening at McKinleyville High.Tuesday’s championship victory, the program’s first since 1988, finishes off a triple crown of sorts for the Panthers (23-3) as they end their 2019 campaign as champions of the Big 5 Conference, the Charles Lakin …last_img read more

Manipur varsity acting V-C apologises to Governor

first_imgActing Vice-Chancellor of the Manipur University K. Yugindro Singh has apologised to Governor Najma Heptulla for stating that she extended “overt support” to agitators during a recent stir at the varsity, a Raj Bhavan official said on Wednesday.Prof. Singh wrote to the Officer on Special Duty/Secretary to the Governor on October 8 and apologised for his “incorrect and inappropriate” remark, he said.Prof. Singh, in a letter written to the the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development on October 3, had claimed that Ms. Heptulla questioned his taking charge as V-C of the central university and expressed her support in favour of the agitators, during a meeting on September 21. “I, hereby, humbly and respectfully tender my unconditional apology to the Governor of Manipur for incorrect and inappropriate statements made by me, including breach of protocol and propriety, related to the Governor,” Prof. Singh said in the letter. He said during the meeting the questions asked by the Governor were not fully understood by him because of “mental stress”. “I had inadvertently made incorrect and inappropriate understanding of the questions of the Governor,” he said.last_img read more

Den Networks to sell 55% stake in Den Sports for Rs 43.32 cr

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 1 (PTI) Cable TV distribution company Den Networks will sell 55 per cent of Den Sports, which indirectly owns Indian Super League team Delhi Dynamos, to Wall Street Investments for Rs 43.32 crore.The company has “entered into an agreement with Wall Street Investments for selling off 55 per cent equity in Den Sports for a consideration of Rs 43.32 crore,” Den Networks informed BSE.It further added that “this includes the sale of shares from Den Network and preferential allotment by Den Sports”.Both firms entered into sales agreement on March 29, 2016.Prior to the agreement, Den was holding 100 per cent equity shares in Den Sports which in turn owns 100 per cent equity shares in Den Soccer.Den Soccer is the operating company which owns, controls and manages Indian Super Leagues team Delhi Dynamos.Den Networks shares today settled 13.82 per cent higher at Rs 98.85 apiece on BSE. PTI KRH PRB ABKlast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd expected to fine Pogba after Mourinho post

first_imgMan Utd expected to fine Pogba after Mourinho postby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are to fine Paul Pogba after his social media post celebrating Jose Mourinho’s sacking yesterday, it has been claimed.The Daily Mail says the photo of a smirking Pogba appeared on the player’s Instagram account on Tuesday with the message “caption this”.The post was deleted 10 minutes later but not before it was liked by more than 64,000 people and drew a response from Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville who wrote: “You can do one as well!” United bosses were angered by the post which they believe was in bad taste and disrespectful by the club’s £89million record signing. Pogba, who earns £300,000 a week at Old Trafford, is expected to be fined for his actions. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Curious Critters at Charlie Lake with the Charlie Lake Conservation Society

first_imgCHARLE LAKE, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Conservation Society (CLCS) is hosting Discover Curious Critters at Charlie Lake this Sunday, July 14th, 2019 at the Beatton Provincial Park.Join the CLCS and Student Rangers from 9 am to 3 pm at the park to dip net at the beach, do crafts and view displays. The Charlie Lake Conservation Society said “this event will encourage kids and their families to explore some of the creatures in and around Charlie Lake. We will be doing some netting and looking at the fish, plants and other critters. There will be displays and crafts.”last_img read more

Vote for soul of India Rahul tells voters

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday urged voters to vote for the soul of India and its future while slamming the Modi government for lying to the people in the past five years. He also denounced the Modi government over demonetization and Goods and Services Tax and also accused it of spreading distrust and hate. “No 2 crore jobs. No 15 lakhs in bank accounts. No acche din. Instead: No jobs. Demonetization, farmers in pain. Gabbar Singh Tax, Suit Boot Sarkar. Rafale. Lies… Distrust. Violence. Hate. Fear. You vote today for the soul of India. For her future,” he said. Polling is on for 91 seats in the first phase of parliamentary elections across 18 states and two union territories. Votes are also being cast for Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha.last_img read more

ExMLA not Parrikars son gets BJP Panaji bypoll ticket

first_imgPanaji: The BJP on Sunday announced the candidature of former MLA Siddharth Kunkolienkar for the Panaji Assembly bypoll scheduled for May 19.The bypoll was necessitated following the death of sitting MLA and former chief minister Manohar Parrikar on March 17. While there was speculation that Parrikar’s elder son Utpal would be given a ticket, a statement on the BJP’s website about Kunkolienkar’s candidature put an end to it. The BJP’s Central Election Committee secretary Jagat Prakash Nadda announced the candidature of Kunkolienkar on Sunday afternoon. Incidentally, Kunkolienkar had won the seat in the 2017 Assembly polls before vacating it on May 10 that year to allow Parrikar to contest and enter the 40-member Goa Legislative Assembly. Parrikar, who was then Union defence minister, was brought back to helm the state government after the BJP fell short of a simple majority and had to ally with other parties like Goa Forward Party and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, as well as Independents.last_img read more

EOW registers case against private company for cheating investors

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police Economic Offences Wing (EOW) had registered a case against the private company for cheating investors /homebuyers. Police said that the complainant in the case told them that in the year 2012 he saw the advertisement for the company’s project in the newspaper.”He contacted the company and on the next day, he met on the person in company’s office. That person told them about company project in Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida,” police said. After showing the brochure the person told the complainant that if he invests in the company’s project he (complainant) will get possession of the flat in two years. It was also told to the complainant that the company has all approval and licenses regarding the project. A dummy model was also shown. At the project site, the complainant show company’s hoarding. After that in December 2012 complainant booked one flat. The first payment made through cheque of Rs 4 lakh by the complainant. The money receipt came through the post in his house. The complainant told police that he had paid 30 per cent of money to the company. After two payments company issued allotment letter on his name and after third payment builder buyer agreement was signed. “The company said that the remaining payment will be taken after construction will start,” complainant further told the police. Later no work started by the company. “I called them through phone and sent email but the reply was not satisfactory from the company side,” the complainant told the investigating agency. In 2016, the complainant visited the construction site no hoardings were seen of the said project and also the company removed the project from their websites without telling him. All the investors in April 2017 went to the company’s office. The company’s official told them that the construction will take time. According to police, all other complaints received in the matter are also clubbed with main complaint. The number of complaints at present is sixteen and on the basis of the contents of complaint and pre-registration enquiry an offence under sections 406, 409, 420 and 120 B of IPC. Case against manager A case of cheating was registered with the Delhi Police after a woman who claimed herself owner of the media institute has said that centre manager had entered into a conspiracy with other members of the institute to commit financial frauds.last_img read more