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Loew to explain squad in press conference rather than statement

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A statement with the squad was originally planned, but following the furore over the permanent axing of Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Mueller, the situation changed.

The German football association on Tuesday said Loew wanted to underline “his fundamental considerations’’ to reporters.

The press conference will take place on Friday at the association’s headquarters in Frankfurt.

Germany, dumped out of the World Cup as holders last year with the Bayern Munich trio prominent members of the squad, host Serbia in Wolfsburg next Wednesday.

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Goretzka ruled out of Germany versus Netherlands, Loew says

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Germany will be without midfielder Leon Goretzka for their Euro 2020 qualifier against Netherlands in Hamburg on Friday, coach Joachim Loew said on Thursday.

The Germans are already without several players who are forming the team’s new backbone since the disappointing World Cup last year as they prepare to face the Dutch in Hamburg.

“Leon Goretzka is nursing a minor injury that has been nagging him for some time. He will not be able to play tomorrow (Friday),” Loew told a news conference.”

“That means I have to think about other options. It is a shame really because this young team needs to play with more or less the same starting line-up over several matches.”

Leroy Sane, Julian Draxler, Thilo Kehrer and Antonio Ruediger are already sidelined with various injuries.

One player who will start is Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry, in spite of the winger missing last week’s league win over Mainz 05.

“Serge will play. He will always play. He will start tomorrow and he is fit,” Loew said.

Germany are looking to bounce back from an abysmal 2018.

Then, they were knocked out of the FIFA World Cup at Russia in the group stage and then relegated from the inaugural UEFA Nations League.

Loew has brought in many young players in recent months.

Germany, who beat the Dutch earlier this year in Amsterdam, next travel to Group C leaders Northern Ireland on Monday.

Northern Ireland are top on 12 points from four matches, with Germany on nine from three, while the Dutch are in third place, on three points from two matches.(Reuters/NAN)
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Germany’s Goretzka ruled out against Netherlands – Loew

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 Germany will be without midfielder, Leon Goretzka for their Euro 2020 qualifier against Netherlands in Hamburg on Friday, Coach Joachim Loew said on Thursday.

The Germans are already without several players who are forming the new backbone of the team since the disappointing World Cup last year as they prepare to face the Dutch in Hamburg.

“Leon Goretzka is nursing a minor injury that has been nagging him for some time. He will not be able to play tomorrow.

“That means I have to think about other options.

“It is a shame really because this young team needs to play with more or less the same starting lineup over several matches, ” Loew told a news conference.

Leroy Sane, Julian Draxler, Thilo Kehrer and Antonio Ruediger are already sidelined with various injuries.

One player who will start is Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry, despite the winger missing last week’s league win over Mainz 05.

“Serge will play. He will always play. He will start tomorrow and he is fit,” Loew said.

Germany are looking to bounce back from an abysmal 2018, when they were knocked out of the World Cup in the group stage and then relegated from the inaugural Nations League.

Loew has brought in many young players in recent months.

Germany, who beat the Dutch earlier this year in Amsterdam, next travel to Group C leaders Northern Ireland on Monday.

Northern Ireland are top on 12 points from four matches, with Germany on nine from three. The Dutch are in third place, on three points from two matches. (Reuters/NAN)

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German coach Loew in hospital, to miss Euro qualifiers

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It said Loew needed to be taken to hospital due to “the effects of a sports accident” that had squeezed an artery and required treatment.

Loew will be replaced on the bench by his assistant Marcus Sorg for their June 8 qualifier against Belarus in Borisov and their home match against Estonia three days later.

“I feel well again but I have to take it easy for the next four weeks,” Loew said in the DFB statement.

“I am in constant touch with the coaching staff and will remain in tight contact over the phone ahead of the two matches.”

Germany want to play a strong qualifying round as they look to rebuild after last year’s World Cup first round exit that shocked the soccer-mad nation and the surprise Nations League relegation.

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Young German squad needs to feel our trust – Loew

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Coach Joachim Loew has unexpectedly dropped world champions Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Mueller, opting to rejuvenate his squad after their first-round exit in the 2018 World Cup in Russia and their shock Nations League relegation.

“We now face a new time, a new challenge. I have to give the team the feeling that we fully trust them,” Loew told a news conference on Tuesday.

“We have to give them the chance to develop, take over more responsibilities and also during a rough patch offer them solutions when they make mistakes so they have the trust to go into the next months.”

 

 

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Loew unafraid of pressure as Germany start new era

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“Trust me, I know how to deal with pressure,” Loew told a news conference on the eve of Wednesday’s friendly with Serbia, followed by Sunday’s Euro 2020 qualifier in the Netherlands.

Loew insisted that he always demanded the highest standards from himself and the team.

But he also said “I am ready to take the risk” of no longer picking the acclaimed Bayern Munich trio of Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Mueller.

This move led to some controversy but also showed that Loew is ready for a full overhaul of the team by dropping more 2014 world champions and bringing in young talent.

This has come after a 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage exit as holders and 2018 UEFA Nations League A relegation.

Loew said he knows that the team needs “a different game plan and results” in Euro 2020 qualifying and at next year’s finals.

The coach named the Serbia friendly an important test for the difficult trip to Amsterdam, where Germany lost 3-0 last year in the UEFA Nations League.

“Everything is geared to Sunday’s match against Holland. We are facing a new challenge, a new era,” Loew said.

The coach confirmed that Bayern Munich forward Serge Gnabry will miss Wednesday’s game because of a cold.

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Mueller, Boateng and Hummels no longer in Loew’s Germany plans

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Berlin, March 5, 2019 (Reuters/NNN) Germany coach Joachim Loew is not planning to call up world champions Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Mueller any longer, saying the team needs to look to the future.

The three Bayern Munich players were part of the 2014 FIFA World Cup-winning team but the Germans crashed out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the group stage.

It was their earliest exit in 80 years.

All three have also struggled for form this season.

“I thank Mats, Jerome and Thomas for the many successful, extraordinary and unique years we shared,” Loew told the best-selling Bild newspaper on Tuesday.

“But, in the national team, it is now all about laying the foundations for the future. We want to give the team a new face. I am convinced that this is the right step.”

Loew said he had travelled to Munich to inform the players.

With close to 250 internationals between them, Hummels (70 caps), Mueller (100) and Boateng (76) were part of the same generation.

Hummels and Boateng, both 30, played together in the 2009 Under-21 European championship triumph.

That was when Germany started to reap the first rewards of a major and sustained investment in youth players which had started seven years earlier.

They all graduated to the senior team and took part in the 2010 FIFA World Cup where Germany’s youngest tournament team in 76 years reached the semi-finals.

This was with an exciting run that included wins over England and Argentina.

Mueller, 29, has scored a total of 10 goals at World Cups, winning the Golden Boot in 2010.

He was the second-top scorer four years later with another five goals.

The trio’s international cycle was complete when Germany were crowned world champions in 2014, having also clinched an extraordinary 7-1 victory against Brazil in the last four.

“Thomas, Mats and Jerome have achieved a lot until now for German football,” Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff told Bild.

“They will continue to do so for their club. I continue to feel very connected to them and I am thankful for the time we spent together in the national team.”(Reuters/NNN)
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Bundesliga: Augsburg win as coach returns from toothpaste ban, RB Leipzig go third

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Augsburg won 3-0 at sliding Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga on Sunday as coach Heiko Herrlich made a victorious debut in the dugout.

Herrlich was making his debut after a trip to buy toothpaste ruled him out of last weekend’s game.

RB Leipzig also got back to winning ways after three draws with a rampant 5-0 win at strugglers Mainz.

They moved back up to third in the table and thereby reignited their outside title hopes.

Timo Werner scored another hat-trick against Mainz to help send RB Leipzig seven points behind leaders Bayern Munich with seven games left this term.

Mainz are 15th and now three points above Fortuna Dusseldorf, who occupy the relegation play-off spot.

They could have closed the gap by more but for two late Cologne goals in a 2-2 draw at their derby rivals in the late game.

Dusseldorf’s Kenan Karaman netted with a deflected strike in the first half with Erik Thommy making it two shortly after Mark Uth’s weak penalty kick for Cologne was easily saved.

Cologne, who included Ismail Jakobs in the starting line-up after he recovered from Covid-19, stormed back through Anthony Modeste (88th minute) and Jhon Cordoba (90th min.).

At Schalke 04, a free-kick by Eduard Loewen and goals from Noah Sarenren Bazee and Sergio Cordova ended a run of six games without a win for 12th-placed Augsburg.

The hosts, who are in eighth position, failed to win for a ninth league match.

Schalke 04’s UEFA Europa League hopes took a knock after another dreadful display as both sides played their second game since a two-month coronavirus suspension.

Herrlich, appointed in March, took charge of an Augsburg match for the first time having sat out the 2-1 home defeat by Wolfsburg after breaking quarantine by going out to purchase toothpaste.

“It was a strange feeling in an empty stadium,” Herrlich told a news conference. “There is nothing to celebrate yet. We have achieved the turnaround. Now we have to push on.”

After a minute’s silence for victims of the pandemic, Augsburg kicked off opposite a familiar face.

On-loan Michael Gregoritsch led the line for Schalke 04 against his parent club, but he failed to shine.

Schalke 04 goalkeeper Markus Schubert was again preferred to Bayern Munich-bound Alexander Nuebel in spite of a shaky showing in last weekend’s 4-0 loss at derby rivals Borussia Dortmund.

He could do little about Loewen’s curling sixth minute free-kick, getting a fingertip to the ball as it flew in.

Schalke 04, who also lost Suat Serdar to a leg injury, huffed and puffed for a leveller but never came especially close.

Poor defending then allowed Sarenren Bazee to score his first Bundesliga goal with a crisp finish after a counter-attack on 76 minutes.

Cordova took advantage of more bad play in the backline to make it 3-0 in stoppage time.

“We expected something very different. I think we showed a reaction to the Borussia Dortmund defeat. But then there were individual mistakes,” said Schalke 04 captain Daniel Caligiuri.

After a great start to the season, RB Leipzig had looked far from title challengers immediately before and after the coronavirus hiatus.

But they quickly burst back to form against a hapless Mainz.

Werner slightly scuffed home Konrad Laimer’s pass on 11 minutes.

Yussuf Poulsen then headed in Marcel Sabitzer’s cross and Sabitzer got on the scoresheet himself from Poulsen’s lay-off on 36 minutes.

It was more of the same early in the second half with Germany forward Werner tapping in after a well-worked move.

He then hooked in a career-high 24th league goal of the season to match his triple from the 8-0 win in the home game against Mainz in November.

All Bundesliga games until the end of the season will be without fans to try to limit infection.

On Saturday, leaders Bayern Munich beat Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2 and second-placed Borussia Dortmund prevailed 2-0 at Wolfsburg ahead of the title-chasing duo meeting in Dortmund on Tuesday.
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Israeli scientists develop sniff test to predict recovery of unconscious brain-injured patients

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Israeli scientists have developed an efficient sniff test that predicts recovery from unconsciousness in brain-injured patients, Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) said Wednesday.

Following severe brain injury, it is often difficult to determine whether the patient is conscious, as current diagnostic tests can lead to incorrect diagnosis.

In such cases, misdiagnosis can be critical as it can influence the decision of whether to disconnect patients from life support machines.

In a new study published in the journal Nature, WIS researchers and their colleagues at Israel’s Loewenstein rehabilitation hospital focused on the olfactory system, whose integrity provides an accurate measure of overall brain integrity.

The new test is based on the principle that the nasal airflow changes in response to odor. For example, an unpleasant smell will lead to shorter and shallower sniffs, even during sleep.

In experiments, the researchers placed jars containing various odors under the noses of 43 brain-injured patients. This included a pleasant scent of shampoo, an unpleasant smell of rotten fish, or no odor at all.

At the same time, the team accurately measured the volume of air inhaled through the nose in response to the odors.

It was found that all patients who were classified as being in a vegetative state but responded to the sniff test later regained consciousness.

This led to the conclusion that if unconscious patients respond to smell through a slight change in their nasal airflow pattern, they are likely to regain consciousness.

The scientists believe this simple, inexpensive test can aid doctors in accurately diagnosing and determining treatment plans according to the patients’ degree of brain injury.

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Group tasks FG on PWDs access to reproductive health care services

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A coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSO) has urged Federal Government to ensure that women and girls with disabilities have easy access to sexual and reproductive health care services in the country.

Executive Director, Faecare Foundation, Ms Freky Andre-Essien, a spokesperson for the coalition, said this while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency at the sideline of a two-day workshop on sexual and reproductive health rights of  Persons With Disability (PWD’s) in Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja.

The workshop was jointly organised by Inclusive Friends Association (IFA), Faecare Foundation, Haly Hope Foundation and Advocacy for Women With Disabilities Initiative (AWWDI) with a theme: “Prioritising inclusive budgeting for sexual and reproductive health rights of Persons With Disability (PWD) in Nigeria.

“We teach women to demand for their rights and we also want health care professionals to know that a woman with disability is sexually active and have a rights to be sexually active.

“We have women that will go to the hospital and the attitude of the healthcare workers will be, even you? she is a woman first and then disability is just added,’’ she said.

According to her, the coalition is aimed at creating more awareness and encourage women and girls to seek medical attention in healthcare facilities because they have right to sexual and reproductive healthcare services.

“We need government to either through the Ministry of Health, or government agencies to set out budgeting so that these services are tuned to the needs of women and girls with disabilities whether adolescent or reproductive health rights, pre-motherhood services or post motherhood services,’’ she said.

On gender based violence, she said the coalition was sensitising all PWD on the need to speak out and protect themselves from all forms of abuses.

“We are trying to build the courage of our women to be able to understand that in their relationships, they have voices and have a right to be loved and to walk away if it not working.

“We also want to create safe places for these women so that they can air and say their concerns because most times there is a lot of silence, bottling up because they feel sometimes that their relationships are privileges.

“So we want them to understand that they deserve love so we want government and others responsible for prosecuting perpetrators of gender based violence, rape and other abuses that if a woman with disability report a case take it and vigorously pursue it to the end.’’

She, therefore, called on government to adopt an enhanced budgetary system to enable persons with disabilities access medical facilities in Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) nationwide.

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