Nov 082017
England to trial VAR in friendly with Germany

LONDON: A video referee will be used in England’s friendly against Germany at Wembley on Friday, half a century after one of the most controversial decisions in the history of the game at the 1966 World Cup final. Last year the International Football Association Board approved a two-year trialling of the video refereeing (VAR) system.It is being used in Italy and Germany this season but Friday’s match will see it used for the first time in an official game in Britain — during a fixture that has been seen its fair share of controversial goalline incidents. The debate over whether Geoff Hurst’s goal in the 1966 World Cup final crossed the line during England’s 4-2 win at Wembley has never gone away while Frank Lampard’s disallowed strike during England’s 4-1 defeat at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa was shown to have crossed the line by technology. Video assistant referees, watching the game on TV screens, are available to review four types of situation — goals, penalty/no penalty decisions, straight red cards, and cases of mistaken identity.It is only to be used “to correct clear errors and for missed serious incidents” in those “match-changing” situations, the IFAB has said. VARs and other match officials are able to recommend reviews but the only person who can initiate one is the referee, who will then have the final say on whether their original decision should stand or be changed. They have the option to review footage themselves on a pitch-side monitor [Read More…]

Nov 082017
England, Germany to wear poppies in friendly

LONDON: England and Germany’s players will wear black armbands bearing commemorative poppy motifs in Friday’s friendly at Wembley, the Football Association announced on Wednesday. It comes after world governing body FIFA backed down in its row with British football authorities over the wearing of poppies, which are worn to remember Britain’s war dead.Friday’s match falls the day before the 99th anniversary of the Armistice signed by Britain and Germany at the end of World War I. “Remembering and commemorating the men and women who have served this country is ingrained in our nation,” said FA chief executive Martin Glenn in a press release.“Many have made the ultimate sacrifice and we will be honouring them, both on and off the pitch, for our match against Germany. “I would like to thank the DFB (German Football Federation) for also agreeing to wear the poppy for the match, in a show of solidarity and unity at this important time.”DFB president Reinhard Grindel said: “I positively welcome the decision to allow both the English and the German national teams to wear poppy armbands, because these are not about political propaganda in any way. “They’re about remembering the kind of values that were kicked to the ground in two World Wars but are cherished by football: respect, tolerance and humanity.” Last year, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were fined by FIFA for wearing or displaying poppies, which FIFA said were “political symbols”.British Prime Minister Theresa May described it as “outrageous” and the FA said [Read More…]

Oct 312017
Pakistani who fled Germany after killing daughter held in Spain

LONDON: A rejected Pakistani asylum seeker who fled Germany after slashing the throat of his two-year-old daughter has been captured in Spain, police say. According to Mail Online report, Interpol… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Sep 252017
Dortmund out to ruin Ronaldo milestone

BERLIN: Borussia Dortmund will aim to maintain their unbeaten record at home to Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday and spoil Cristiano Ronaldo´s 150th European appearance.Dortmund and title holders Real meet in the group stage for the second year running.The teams drew both games 2-2 last season as the Germans topped the section before bowing out in the last eight while Real went on to win a record 12th title.Dortmund have won three and drawn three of their meetings at Signal Iduna Park, including their dazzling 4-1 first-leg win in the 2013 Champions League semi-final when Robert Lewandowski scored all four goals.“There were always great games against Real Madrid,” said Dortmund´s Germany midfielder Mario Goetze on Monday.“With Madrid having won the last two Champions League seasons, we of course have a lot of respect, but we are also in very good shape and full of confidence.”Defending champions Real opened their group campaign with a 3-0 win at home to APOEL while Dortmund suffered a 3-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur a fortnight ago.´Philameyang´ The Germans´ main task may be containing four-time Ballon d´Or winner Ronaldo, who has scored 110 goals in European competition but failed to find the net in his last two league outings.The Portuguese superstar is among the final three nominees for the Best FIFA Men´s Player 2017 award and the winner will be announced on October 23.“Ronaldo hasn´t played much of late, but I expect him to be in top form against us,” said Dortmund coach Peter [Read More…]

Sep 092017

Berlin has dismissed Warsaw’s demands for paying massive World War II reparations, saying the historical issue was fully resolved sixty years ago and that there are no grounds to revive it. RT reports saying German government spokesman Steffen Seibert saying, “Poland made a binding decision in August 1953 to relinquish demands for further war reparations.” German woman on trial in Turkey over failed coup In an interview with AFP he added that although Germany values warm relations with neighbouring Poland, this issue was therefore settled both legally and politically. Steffen further added saying Germany bears full responsibility for the losses and damages inflicted in World War II and has paid “considerable reparations for overall war damages” to Poland. The Third Reich invaded Poland in 1939. The country, which hosted many of the Nazi extermination camps, including the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated in 1945. Seibert’s comment comes after some very senior politicians in Warsaw made reference to the issue of reparations. In July, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), stepped up the anti-German rhetoric, saying Berlin’s reparations must be immense. He told Polish radio saying, “We are talking here about huge sums, and also about the fact that Germany for many years refused to take responsibility for World War II.” Turkey PM reassures German execs after ‘terror claims’ Prime Minister of Poland, Beata Szydlo, reaffirmed the claim, arguing that it could be said that Poland is demanding justice, as cited by TVN24. “We are a victim of World War [Read More…]

Sep 022017

BERLIN, GERMANY: Germany has rejected a formal request from Turkey to freeze assets of members of the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of orchestrating last year’s failed coup, Germany’s Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday. The move is likely to worsen already strained ties between the two NATO allies after Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday Germany should react decisively to Turkey’s detention of two more German citizens on political charges. Without naming its sources, the magazine said the Turkish government had asked the Foreign Ministry in Berlin at the end of April to freeze the assets of the Gulen organisation and its members in Germany. It attached a list with 80 names, it said. Turkey fires 100 more judges, prosecutors in anti-Gulen purge The German government officially rejected the request at the end of June, telling Ankara there were no legal grounds for Germany’s financial watchdog BaFin to crack down on the Gulen movement and its supporters, the report said. The foreign ministry in Berlin declined to comment. The report also said that the number of Turkish extradition requests sent to Germany had jumped to 53 since the beginning of the year, already exceeding the total in the whole of 2016. Turkey’s private Dogan news agency said Turkish authorities had detained two German nationals on Thursday over suspected links to last year’s failed coup attempt. Turkey seeks arrest of 35 media workers over alleged Gulen links: report Dogan said the two German citizens of Turkish origin were [Read More…]

Aug 312017
Harvey to cost Texas $58 billion in losses: report

Economic losses in Texas from Hurricane Harvey, which is still pounding the water-logged US state with rain, will be some $58 billion (49 billion euros), disaster analysts in Germany said Thursday. If that estimate holds, it would make Harvey the world’s 9th most expensive natural disaster since 1900, according to the Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM) in … Click for detailed story

Jul 302017
Liverpool down Hertha as Coutinho gets captain?s armband

BERLIN: Jurgen Klopp enjoyed a perfect return to Germany on Saturday, as Liverpool beat Hertha Berlin 3-0 in a pre-season friendly with summer signings Dominic Solanke and Mohamed Salah both on the scoresheet. The game also saw Philippe Coutinho, who has been heavily linked with a $93 million move to Barcelona, handed the captain’s armband, and the Liverpool fans gave the Brazilian playmaker a rousing reception. “We are not quite where we want to be, but that is normal in pre-season,” said Klopp after the game.“We were good today. In the second half, we had control of the game. We had to fight, but we weren’t so good tactically.” Klopp also hailed Coutinho who played a key role in Liverpool’s third goal, scored by Salah, with a fine lofted pass.“Coutinho and Salah are two top level players, and we are extremely happy to have them,” said Klopp. Over 50,000 fans descended on Berlin’s Olympiastadion to welcome Klopp and Liverpool, many of them filtering in from a fan festival which had taken place in the stadium grounds during the afternoon. The imposing arena brought mixed fortunes for Klopp during his time in the Bundesliga.In 2012, it was the scene of his greatest triumph, as Borussia Dortmund won the German Cup final to complete a domestic double. Three years later, he lost the same fixture to Wolfsburg in a painful final game in charge of Dortmund.Klopp, though, was all smiles upon his return to Berlin this weekend, even sharing an embrace with [Read More…]

Jul 222017
Germany edge Italy, Sweden sink Russia

DEVENTER, Netherlands: Babett Peter´s second-half penalty edged defending champions Germany to a 2-1 victory over 10-woman Italy at the women´s Euro tournament in Netherlands on Friday. In the other Group B game, captain Lotta Schelin and Stina Blackstenius powered Sweden to a 2-0 win over Russia. In an eventful game in Tilburg, Germany drew first blood in the 19th minute when Josephine Henning headed home after Italian keeper Laura Giuliani spilled the ball following Dzsenifer Marozsan´s free-kick. Italy equalised from a counter-attack 10 minutes later as Ilaria Mauro nutmegged German keeper Almuth Schult after a pass from Barbara Bonansea who had sprinted down the whole length of the left wing. Peter scored from the spot on 67 minutes after Giuliani had brought down Anja Mittag in the box, and a minute later Italy were reduced to 10 players as defender Elisa Bartoli picked up a second yellow card. Germany hit the post twice — Sara Daebritz in the first half and Mandy Islacker in the second — while Bonansea saw her free-kick cleared by a diving Schult with 10 minutes to go as Italy were eliminated. “I think this was a great Italy,” said Italy coach Antonio Cabrini. “We played on a par with a much better team than us. We had a great 70 minutes and believed in it to the very end.” In Deventer, Schelin scored Sweden´s opening goal on 22 minutes, heading in a superb free-kick taken by Magdalena Ericsson. Blackstenius made it 2-0 in the 51st [Read More…]

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