‘Wembley Suits Us’ – Germany Relish Facing England In Last 16

(L-R) Germany’s midfielder Toni Kroos, Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Germany’s forward Kevin Volland and Germany’s defender Antonio Ruediger react after the UEFA EURO 2020 Group F football match between Germany and Hungary at the Allianz Arena in Munich on June 23, 2021. (Photo by Matthias Hangst / POOL / AFP)

 

 

Manuel Neuer says Germany are relishing a return to Wembley to face England in the last 16 of Euro 2020, 25 years after breaking English hearts at the tournament.

Germany were facing elimination from Group F on Wednesday until second-half replacement Leon Goretzka fired in the crucial late equaliser to seal a 2-2 draw with Hungary which put Joachim Loew’s side into the last 16.

Germany now face Gareth Southgate’s England in London next Tuesday for a place in the quarter-finals.

“It was a thriller, tough on the nerves,” said relieved Germany goalkeeper Neuer.

“England will be a completely different game. We want to go further. And Wembley suits us,” he added with a grin.

 

Hungary’s midfielder Andras Schafer (R) scores his team’s second goal past Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group F football match between Germany and Hungary at the Allianz Arena in Munich on June 23, 2021. (Photo by KAI PFAFFENBACH / POOL / AFP)

 

England will be looking to avenge their Euro 96 semi-final defeat to Germany at Wembley when the hosts lost on penalties while the Germans went on to beat the Czech Republic in the final.

Hungary took a shock lead in Munich through captain Adam Szalai. Kai Havertz headed in Germany’s second-half equaliser, but the visitors scored again less than two minutes later through Andras Schaefer.

Goretzka spared Germany’s blushes when the Bayern Munich midfielder came off the bench and smashed in the equaliser six minutes from time.

“I am delighted, we have no doubts now and are full of confidence,” said Goretzka.

Germany coach Loew admitted his side made plenty of mistakes, but vowed “we will be better against England, I can promise that.”

Manuel Neuer Signs New Bayern Deal Until 2023

Bayern Munich’s German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer attends a training session at the football team’s training grounds in Munich, southern Germany, on May 20, 2020. Manuel Neuer has extended his contract with the club until 2023 it was announced on May 20, 2020. PHOTO: Christof STACHE / AFP

 

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has signed a new deal with Bayern Munich that ties him to the club until 2023, the Bundesliga champions said on Wednesday.

The announcement ends weeks of speculation over the Bayern captain’s future, with widespread reports that talks between player and club had hit the rocks.

“During the weeks of the shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic, I didn’t want to make a decision because nobody knew if, when and how Bundesliga football would continue,” Neuer said in a statement.

“I look to the future with great optimism. I feel very comfortable and at home in Bavaria.”

Last month the Bild daily reported that Neuer and his agent Thomas Kroth were demanding a five-year deal with a salary of 20 million euros ($22 million) per season.

Neuer had revealed his irritation both at the status of the talks and that details were being leaked to the media.

A World Cup winner in 2014 with Germany, Neuer joined Bayern from Schalke in 2011 and has won almost everything with the Bavarian giants, with seven Bundesliga titles, five German Cups and the 2013 Champions League to his name.

The 34-year-old is on course to win his eighth league crown with Bayern after a 2-0 win at Union Berlin on Sunday that maintained his team’s four-point lead at the top of the table as the Bundesliga became the first major European league to return from the coronavirus shutdown.

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Bayern Fear For Neuer’s Fitness After Injury Returns

Bayern Fear For Neuer's Fitness After Injury Returns
Bayern Munich’s German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer makes a save during the German first division Bundesliga football match against Borussia Dortmund in Munich, southern Germany, on April 6, 2019. Christof STACHE / AFP

 

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer may face another spell on the sidelines after being substituted with a calf injury during Sunday’s win over Fortuna Duesseldorf.

Neuer picked up the injury early in the first half of Bayern’s 4-1 win, pulling up after making an apparently innocuous pass.

He was immediately taken off, and Bayern coach Niko Kovac confirmed after the game that it was the same calf problem which saw Neuer miss two games earlier this month.

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“It is the same calf that has caused him problems recently,” said Kovac.

“We will examine him tomorrow, and we obviously hope it is nothing serious.”

Neuer has faced an ongoing battle with injury in recent years. Two metatarsal fractures kept him sidelined for most of last season, while injuries to his finger and his calf have seen him miss games this term.

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Germany World Cup Games Are Now Finals, Says Neuer

Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer attends a press conference at the team’s base camp in Vatutinki, near Moscow, on June 19, 2018, during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament.
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Germany captain Manuel Neuer said Tuesday their two remaining World Cup group games are now effectively “finals” as the holders fight to stay in the tournament.

The world champions are under intense pressure ahead of Saturday’s second Group F game against Sweden in Sochi and the South Korea match next Wednesday in Kazan after suffering a shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico on Sunday.

“From now on, we only have finals. The players have to show what they can do but I am convinced that we can do it,” said Neuer at the German team hotel.

Pre-World Cup talk from the German camp was about becoming the first team since Brazil in 1962 to defend the title.

Now the worry is whether Joachim Loew’s team can even reach the last 16.

“Complaining about what happened doesn’t change anything, we all know that,” said Neuer about the Mexico defeat.

“We have to try to put this behind us as quickly as possible.”

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Neuer Makes Germany’s World Cup List As Sane Excluded

Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer reacts after conceding the second Austrian goal during the international friendly footbal match Austria v Germany in Klagenfurt, Austria, on June 2, 2018.
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Germany have included 2014 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in their final squad for the 2018 tournament, even though he has only just returned from a long-term absence through injury.

But coach Joachim Loew omitted Manchester City striker Leroy Sane from his 23-player list despite a strong season with the Premier League champions.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer made his first appearance since September in the 2-1 defeat by Austria in a friendly on Saturday.

The 32-year-old who is considered key to Germany’s hopes of retaining the title had been sidelined for eight months after fracturing a metatarsal in his left foot last September in a recurrence of the same injury he suffered earlier in 2017.

Sane was cut from the squad with Timo Werner and the veteran Mario Gomez included as just two out-and-out strikers.

Germany 23-man squad:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona/ESP), Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA)

Defenders: Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Matthias Ginter (Moenchengladbach), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea/ENG), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)

Midfielders: Sami Khedira (Juventus/ITA), Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/ESP), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal/ENG), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City/ENG), Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)

Forwards: Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart)

Bayern Boss ‘Optimistic’ Neuer Will Go To World Cup

Jupp Heynckes                                                                                                          Photo: JOHN THYS / AFP

 

Bayern Munich coach, Jupp Heynckes, said Friday he is “optimistic” about the chances of Manuel Neuer being part of Germany’s World Cup defence despite eight months sidelined by injury.

“I am very optimistic that Manuel Neuer will go into camp with the national team,” said Heynckes.

Last September, Neuer fractured his foot for the second time in 2017 and has only played four times for the Bundesliga champions in the last 13 months.

Nevertheless, Germany head coach Joachim Loew is expected to name Neuer, his first-choice goalkeeper and captain, in his provisional World Cup squad on Tuesday.

The shot-stopper will have to prove his fitness in a fortnight-long training camp in north Italy from May 23, which includes an away friendly against Austria on June 2.

Germany must submit their final 23-man World Cup squad by June 4, four days before playing their final warm-up game against Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen.

Neuer recently returned to team training with Bayern, but is still not able to take full part.

Heynckes, who turned 73 on Wednesday, has said Neuer will not play against Stuttgart in Munich on Saturday, the last home league game this season.

On Friday, Neuer took part in “70 to 80 percent of the team training,” the Bayern boss revealed.

“He showed everything a goalkeeper needs, jumping for example.

“It is impressive the shots he is saving, that is very positive.

“We just have to wait now to see how things develop.”

Germany open the defence of their World Cup title against Mexico in Moscow on June 17, but Neuer faces a race against time to be fit.

“I don’t think it’s possible that I would participate in such a tournament without having some match practise,” said the 32-year-old.

Neuer’s last chance to play for Bayern this season will be in the German Cup final a week on Saturday, which Heynckes has left open.

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Neuer Ends Season At Bayern, Doubtful Of World Cup

FILE PHOTO Bayern Munich’s German keeper Manuel Neuer warms up ahead the Champions League group B match between Bayern Munich and RSC Anderlecht in Munich.                      GUENTER SCHIFFMANN / AFP

 

Manuel Neuer has poured serious doubt on his World Cup chances while his Bayern Munich coach on Wednesday says Germany’s goalkeeper will not play again for the club this season.

“I do not think it’s imaginable that I go into such a tournament without match practice,” Neuer said at an event on Tuesday night on his Russia 2018 chances.

Neuer, 32, has been sidelined by a fractured foot since September and is running out of time to be fit for Germany’s opening World Cup match against Mexico in Moscow on June 17.

Heynckes said there was no chance Neuer would play in Bayern’s last two games this season — the final Bundesliga game at home to Stuttgart on Saturday and the German Cup final on May 19 against Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin.

“Manuel won’t play against Stuttgart — and also not in the German Cup final,” Heynckes told Kicker magazine.

That means Neuer can only get the necessary match practice in two games before the World Cup — Germany’s friendlies away to Austria in Klagenfurt on June 2 and at home against Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen on June 8.

“There are still a few games,” Neuer said but added that he cannot give a date for his return.

“There is no prognosis, I have to make the right decision for me, the team and Germany.

“It does not help to get distracted.”

Coach Joachim Loew is still expected to include Neuer in his provisional World Cup squad, which will be named next Tuesday and then trimmed down for the final 23-man list.

The goalkeeper will have to work on his fitness at Germany’s two-week training camp in northern Italy from May 23 to June 8 if he is to have any chance of playing at Russia 2018.

Neuer only recently returned to Bayern training.

“I want to improve daily and try to get fit as quickly as possible, so far the steps have been very good and positive,” he said,

“I’m trying to continue and then we’ll see if it’s enough.”

Neuer is the main concern for Loew, who is also waiting on the fitness of Germany center-back Jerome Boateng, who has a groin injury and attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil, who is sidelined by a back complaint.

Boateng said he is on course to be fit for the World Cup finals after being injured in Bayern’s Champions League semi-final, first-leg, defeat against Real Madrid.

“The national coach knows that my goal of travelling with the team (to Russia) is absolutely realistic,” said Boateng.

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Neuer Back In Bayern Training, Boosts World Cup Hopes

FILE PHOTO Bayern Munich’s German keeper Manuel Neuer.    GUENTER SCHIFFMANN / AFP

 

Manuel Neuer received a pre-World Cup boost on Tuesday as Germany’s captain and goalkeeper returned to light training after six months sidelined by a fractured foot.

Neuer celebrated his 32nd birthday with a few laps around Bayern Munich’s training ground in two 10-minute sessions.

Neuer posted a video on his Facebook account of him stepping out to training with the caption “Wonderful! The first time out…”

Less than three months before the World Cup kicks-off, it is good news for Germany head coach Joachim Loew as die Mannschaft prepare to face Brazil in Berlin on Tuesday in a friendly.

This is the first time Neuer has trained on the pitch at Bayern’s Saebener Strasse ground since surgery last September after fracturing his foot for the second time in 2017.

Bayern were certainly glad to see their captain back after such a long absence.

“Go Manu, it’s your birthday. Another step on the road to recovery,” the club wrote on their official Twitter account.

Neuer had good news from an MRI scan last Friday which gave him the green light to start running again.

Bayern have not given a date as to when Germany’s captain will return to playing.

The Germans start their World Cup defence against Mexico in Moscow on June 17.

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Manuel Neuer Out Until January

Bayern Munich’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Image: PATRIK STOLLARZ / AFP

Bayern Munich have confirmed their Germany goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer will be out until January having undergone another operation on Tuesday after again fracturing his left foot.

The 31-year-old had only returned at the end of August after fracturing the same foot in April.

“The operation went well and Manuel will be back to his old strength with us again in January,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

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Bayern Sweat Over New Neuer Injury

Bayern Munich’s German keeper Manuel Neuer warms up ahead the Champions League group B match between Bayern Munich and RSC Anderlecht in Munich, southern Germany, on September 12, 2017. Photo: GUENTER SCHIFFMANN / AFP

Bayern Munich face an anxious wait to discover the extent of the recurrence of a foot injury suffered by club captain and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Bayern said Neuer will undergo a scan on Tuesday which will reveal the full nature of the new injury to the same foot he fractured last April.

Neuer only made his comeback from that initial setback on August 26.

The 31-year-old shot-stopper again injured his left foot in Bayern’s final training session ahead of Tuesday’s match at Schalke and will miss the Bundesliga clash along with flu-victim Arjen Robben.

Sven Ulreich will deputise in goal against Schalke, but German daily Bild claim Neuer could be facing another operation and lengthy lay-off that threatens to sideline him for weeks.

Germany play a key World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland in Belfast on October 5 where victory will confirm the defending champions’ place at Russia 2018.

Neuer’s last international appearance was the 2-0 win over the Northern Irish in Hanover last October.

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‘Not Worth Risking’, Loew Defends Neuer Omission

Bayern Munich’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Image: PATRIK STOLLARZ / AFP

Germany head coach Joachim Loew said he is not prepared to risk captain Manuel Neuer for their World Cup qualifiers despite grumblings from the goalkeeper, who is back after injury.

Neuer was unhappy about being omitted when Loew named his squad for the Russia 2018 qualifiers against the Czech Republic in Prague on Friday and Norway four days later in Stuttgart.

“It would have been nice to be there and it wasn’t my decision,” complained Neuer at the weekend.

However, the 31-year-old world-class goalkeeper admits it was a “logical decision” having only returned for Bayern Munich on Saturday after fracturing his foot in April.

Like Neuer’s club team-mate Jerome Boateng, who is working on his fitness after a thigh injury, Loew says it is not worth risking Neuer.

“Like Jerome Boateng, he’s not 100 percent. Maybe he can take advantage of the next two weeks,” Loew told magazine Kicker on Monday with Neuer expected to work on his fitness.

“It would be fatal to put him at risk now.”

Germany are on the verge of qualifying for next year’s World Cup.

With six wins out of six, the 2014 world champions can secure their passage to Russia with three points in Prague, as long as group rivals Northern Ireland fail to win both of their outings against San Marino and the Czechs.

With Neuer absent in Prague, either Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno or Paris Saint-Germain’s Kevin Trapp will be between the posts.

Loew has called up 17 of the squad which won the Confederations Cup in July and only seven which won the 2014 World Cup.

The Germany boss says he has a pool of up to 40 names to choose form and that the competition for places “is greater than ever” as they look to defend the world title.

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France Beat Germany 2-0 To Reach Euro 2016 Final

Euro 2016, France, Portugal, GermanyAntoine Griezmann scored twice to knock World Champions Germany out of Euro 2016 and send France through to the final against Portugal on Sunday.

Griezmann netted at the end of the first half from the penalty spot after a controversial handball decision against Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Schweinsteiger conceded the penalty as replays showed his arm grazed the ball as he put his arms up while marking Patrice Evra from a corner.

Griezmann scored again in the second half after a mistake from German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer handed him an easy tap in.

It’s the first time that France have beaten Germany in the finals of a competition since 1958.