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Ozil has ‘closed the door’ for international return – Low 0

Posted on September 05, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

German national team manager Joachim Low has revealed that, as far as he is concerned, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has closed the door to ever playing for Germany again.

Speaking to Sport Bild, Low said it was his view the attacking midfielder had closed the door himself and might have as well clearly declared retirement from international football. He also revealed that he had tried to establish contact with Ozil in more than one way, but there has been no response, no return call to this day. Low believes he has to accept this path Ozil has chosen for himself, and his return to the national team is not a topic for discussion anymore.

Focusing on the football 0

Posted on August 17, 2018 by Harry Kettle

In the modern era, there are about ten times as many distractions for footballers in comparison to a few decades ago – and we aren’t trying to complain, that’s just the way it is. Of course, we understand that there are similar trials and tribulations, but we’re referring specifically to the media scrutiny that these players undergo on a day to day basis throughout the year.

Will Arsenal sell Shkodran Mustafi this summer? 0

Posted on August 03, 2018 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are willing to sell German international centre-back Shkodran Mustafi for a fee in the region of £22.3million. With the transfer window shutting in a week’s time, it seems like time is running out for a move elsewhere though.

An expensive mistake

It seems signing the German centre-back was an expensive mistake for the Gunners. Mustafi joined the north London club for a fee of around £35million from Valencia two summers ago.

The former Sampdoria and Everton defender was supposedly the answer to Arsenal’s centre-back conundrum. Unfortunately, Mustafi has struggled to live up to his billing of a top centre-back.

German Chancellor Merkel respects Özil’s decision 1

Posted on July 23, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

German chancellor Angela Merkel respects Mesut Özil’s decision to withdraw from the German national team, a German government spokesperson has revealed according to a report in the Independent.

Merkel’s spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer expressed the stance of the chancellor that people with migrant backgrounds are still welcome in Germany. Merkel highly values Özil and his contribution to the German national team since his debut in 2009. She also believes that the majority of around three million people of Turkish origin have been integrated well into the German society.

Respecting Mesut 0

Posted on July 23, 2018 by Harry Kettle

As everyone knows by now, Mesut Ozil has essentially retired from playing international football with Germany. It’s a hard pill to swallow for those who respect and value everything that he’s done for the German national team over the years, but in the grand scheme of the situation, it makes a lot of sense. We aren’t going to repeat anything regarding the ins and outs of this situation because it’s been beaten to death now by multiple outlets, so all we’ll say is this: Mesut, well done.

Could Mesut Ozil be set to retire from international duty? 0

Posted on July 10, 2018 by David Nugent

According to reports from the German press, Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is set to retire from international duty with Germany following a disastrous World Cup in Russia.

Went go into the tournament in a negative frame of mind

Ozil and Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan met the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the World Cup, as both have Turkish heritage. This meeting did not go down well with anybody in Germany.

In fact, some fans and observers claimed that the pair should be omitted from the squad for the World Cup, as they believed that the visit showed the players lacked commitment to Die Mannschaft’s cause.

Prediction: Brazil v Mexico 0

Posted on July 01, 2018 by David Nugent

Verdict: Brazil win

Best odds: 1/2

Bookmakers: Bet365

In one of the most interesting last 16 games of World Cup 2018, Brazil and Mexico clash on Monday night, as the pre-tournament favourites look to seal their spot in the competitions quarter-finals.

Brazil

Brazil started the tournament as favourites to lift the trophy and the Selecao remain the most fancied team to win World Cup 2018. Tite’s highly talented team are now 14 games unbeaten, having beaten Costa Rica and Serbia while drawing with Switzerland in the group stages.

Prediction: South Korea vs Germany 0

Posted on June 26, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Prediction: Germany win

Best Odds: 1/5

Bookmaker: bet365

Coming into the World Cup many people would’ve expected Mexico vs Sweden to be the only game in the third set of fixtures for this group that’s worth talking about, but that hasn’t quite turned out to be the case. We’ve seen a handful of surprises in Group F and there are likely going to be more to come, as South Korea prepare to go one on one with Germany in a game that will decide whether or not either of these teams are heading home early from the tournament.

Prediction: Mexico v Sweden 0

Posted on June 26, 2018 by David Nugent

Verdict: Draw

Best Odds: 23/10

Bookmakers: Bet365

On Wednesday afternoon, Mexico and Sweden go head-to-head in Group F of the World Cup, as both teams attempt to advance to the knockout stages of the competition. The group is evenly balanced, and this game could be the key to deciding who qualifies for the last 16 of the competition.

Mexico

Mexico have impressed at World Cup 2018, beating Germany and South Korea. However, despite the two victories, El Tri have still not sealed their position in the knockout stages of the competition.

Prediction: Germany vs Sweden 0

Posted on June 22, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Prediction: Germany win

Best odds: 8/15

Bookmakers: Bet365, Ladbrokes and Coral

Germany take on Sweden on Saturday evening in group F’s second round, after contrasting results in their respective openers.

Germany

The 2014 World Cup winners ended up thoroughly disappointed as they opened their title-defending campaign with a shocking defeat to Mexico. Not many believed it could happen beforehand, but anyone who has seen the game knows it was no coincidence. The Mexicans took advantage of any crack in Germany’s setup they could find to hit them hard with their fast and direct play with Hirving Lozano settling the game after 35 minutes.



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