Loew set to stay as Germany coach

first_img0Shares0000Joachim Loew is set to remain head coach of Germany to rebuild the national side in the wake of a woeful display at the World Cup finals when they finished bottom of their group. © AFP / Yann SchreiberBERLIN, Germany, Jul 3 – Germany coach Joachim Loew will remain in his job despite the World Cup debacle which saw the holders crash out after the group stages, according to reports on Tuesday.Both Germany’s best-selling daily Bild and Sport Bild magazine say the 58-year-old will stay on to rebuild the national team, which finished bottom of their group in Russia. The Germans bowed out after shock defeats to Mexico and South Korea.It was the first time since 1938 that a Germany side failed to get past the first round at a World Cup finals — a huge dent to Loew’s reputation after 12 successful years in charge.The German Football Association (DFB) has yet to confirm the reports, but Loew has a contract until the 2022 World Cup.Loew returned from Russia considering his future, but the DFB said they would not sack him.He has promised a clearout of the squad and several of the World Cup winners who under-performed so badly in Russia may have played their last game for their country.“It needs far-reaching measures, it needs clear change,” Loew said last week when Germany arrived home in disgrace.Senior players Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller have given Loew their backing, yet could all face the axe after poor displays.There are, however, reports of player disgruntlement in other quarters with Loew.Frankfurt-based newspaper FAZ quoted unnamed Germany players who said the squad was deeply divided between senior and younger players in Russia.There was also resentment to the special status given to captain Manuel Neuer.The goalkeeper played all three group games, ahead of Barcelona star Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, even though Neuer had just returned from eight months sidelined by a foot fracture.That was “a problem for some players” as Loew had said he would only use those who were playing well regularly.Other complaints included Loew giving priority to established players, the choice of Germany’s isolated World Cup base in south-west Moscow and the poor handling of the pre-World Cup scandal involving Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan.Their loyalty to Germany was brought into question on the eve of the World Cup after meeting Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who Gundogan presented with a jersey signed “to my president”.Both players were booed by German fans during pre-World Cup friendlies, which overshadowed preparations for the finals.Ozil refused to comment on the controversy during the World Cup while Gundogan gave a single interview in which he said the furore was “a difficult experience”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

SPORTING LEGENDS HELP RAPHOE STUDENTS GIVE RACISM THE RED CARD

first_imgSporting legends Shay Given and Martin O’Neill have sent a Donegal school messages of support in a project aimed at giving racism the boot.Busy students from 5th and 6th class in St Eunan’s National School in Raphoe are getting set to reveal a fantastic piece of art on Tuesday when they unveil their “Show Racism the Red Card” mosaic.The 6’x4’ artwork is based on a picture by 5th class student Gemma McGlynn, but the amazing project involved every class member The busy children scanned and enlarged Gemma’s picture and then sent out small cards asking people to support their campaign, which were then stuck back on the board to form the picture again.And all the students in the class wrote letters and were involved in putting the pieces back on the board as the picture came together again over the past few weeks.As well as sports stars and personalities, they also wrote to many more people including journalists, clergy and politicians and were delighted with the response.Among the replies received was a hand-written letter from Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill saying he was delighted to support them, while Shay Given also returned his signed card and sent the class posters and a dvd. Donegal stars Patrick McBrearty and Rory Kavanagh are also among the many who have signed while local clergy, sports club members and parents of the children have also added their names to the impressive artwork.The children are getting set to put the final pieces on the board today and tomorrow morning before the big reveal at 2pm in the school hall on Tuesday when everyone is welcome to come along.© 2012 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySPORTING LEGENDS HELP RAPHOE STUDENTS GIVE RACISM THE RED CARD was last modified: March 4th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:RaphoeShow Racism the Red CardSt Eunan’s NAtional Schoollast_img read more

GAA NEWS: KILCAR GAA CLUB NOTES

first_imgThe Kilcar ladies had a good League win over Bundoran on sat evening. Ladies training as usual in Towney on Wednesdays at 6pm. The Senior Team had two good wins over Dungloe and Four Masters at the weekend, whilst the Reserve Team got a deserved draw against Dungloe and lost by 2 points to Four Masters. Both teams play Malin in the Championship this Saturday 2nd June at 5.30pm and 7pm.C.L.G. Chill Chartha/ Kilcar GAA Club are having a fund raising Clothing collection,in association with Bag2the Future. Everyone is welcome to get involved, we collect good quality used clothing,Paired shoes Bags, Belts and soft Toys. All clothes are intended for re-use, they are shipped to Africa, Asia and eastern Europe where they are sorted and then they are providing affordable clothing in developing countries, We take items in any type of bag. Collection is Monday 11th June 6-10pm at Kilcar GAA Club Rooms. Pick up of Bags can be arranged on or before the 11th June. Contact Caroline 087-2696803. No winner of this weeks Lotto Jackpot. Next weeks Jackpot is €1500. The winning numbers were 9,10,14,25. The Bingo Jackpot will be €1,300 on 46 numbers next Sunday night as there was no winner this week . Some of winners were; Mary Hegarty €70, Grace O’Hara €70, Kathleen Keeney €70, Teresa Gallager €70, Patricia Cunningham €80, Margaret McShane €80, Nora McHugh €150. Lotto sellers this weekend-Sat 2nd June: Ross Brady, Cornelius Diver, Noel Hegarty. Sunday sellers 3rd June are: Gavin O’Donnell and Martin Byrne. Our new Club Website will go live this weekend www.kilcargaa.com. Please check it out. An upcoming GAA Stewards Course will run on the 11th June and the club is always looking for volunteers especially on big match days. Please contact the club officers for more information. GAA NEWS: KILCAR GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 29th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Kilcar GAA club noteslast_img read more