Archive for March, 2011

The German national team – a winning machine

Friday, March 25th, 2011

No Bundesliga action this weekend but instead we have some qualification games to look forward to. As I usually try to put the focus on the Bundesliga I have this weekend chosen to cast some light on the German national team, also called die Nationalmannschaft in German.

The German national team is a success story. As individuals the Germans aren’t the best players in the world, but when they come together they form a group that grows and become stronger than most other teams in the world. It doesn’t seem to matter in what form the players are in when coming in to the team, they always seem to come out on top of their game. A good example of this is the German striker Miroslav Klose. He hasn’t been very successful in Bayern Munich the last couple of years, but as soon as he puts on the white shirt with the eagle on the chest he transforms in to a world class striker who scores for fun.

But what is it that actually makes the German players grow and become better players than the English, the French and the Italian players who often perform well in their club teams but don’t seem to bring it when playing for their countries? My theory is that tradition and mentality play huge roles. The German national team has a winning tradition. They have always been successful and managed to grow a winning culture within the team and their surroundings. This winning mentality is something that is cultivated in many youth teams in Germany. They are brought up to be winners with a winning mentality. In many countries young players are hindered from competing at a very young age since the focus is on participating and having fun rather than competing. In Germany the tradition of competing and winning is greater than participating and socialising. Arguably you could have opinions about this. But on the other hand, this mentality will bring winners. Winners that won’t complain about the media pressure and other things when failing in the world cup. Pressure is nothing new to the German players, they have dealt with pressure since being 7 years old and competing in their local youth team.

Have a look at this weekend’s qualification games!


Vinn biljetter till Wembley den 28:e maj

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Det börjar närma sig slutskedet. Den 28e maj går stapeln för årets största fotbollsevenemang på Wembley, och du kan få hänga med! Genom tre enkla steg kan det bli du som lägger vantarna på dessa åtråvärda biljetter till Wembley.

 

Så här gör du för att se finalen live den 28:e maj.

 

1. Gå till http://tillwembley.se och registrera din kampanjsida, helt gratis.

 

2. Starta den bästa kampanjen och börja sprid ditt budskap genom vänner, familj och bekanta.

 

3. Se till att du har fått flest röster den 15:e maj när tävlingen avgörs.

 

Skulle du inte komma på första- eller andraplats så har du ändå chansen att få åka och se den åtråvärda finalen på Wembley. På plats 3-50 så kommer en ”lucky looser” att utses och få se på finalen genom lottning. iPad 2 och Spotify premium är andra priser som finns att vinna. Det finns absolut ingen anledning att inte ge dig ut i valdistrikten och börja samla röster.

 

Anmäl dig idag!

 

Läs mer på http://tillwembley.se för fullständiga regler och villkor.

 


Soccer Euro Qualifiers Preview

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

This weekend the International teams get together in pursuit of Euro 2012 qualification. It is 1st v 2nd in Group E on Friday as Hungary host Netherlands, both are in good form but the Dutch look to have the class to take this. On Saturday Gary Speed and Wales welcome the old foe England in what will be a great atmosphere. Later on Saturday Norway look to pull away in Group H when Denmark visit.

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Chelsea vs Manchester City preview

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Place your bets on Chelsea vs Manchester City here: http://www.expekt.com/sports/event.do?eventId=6636350 The race is on for fourth place in the English Premier League, and at Stamford Bridge this Sunday there is an intriguing clash between two defensively strong teams in Chelsea and Manchester City. Jonathan and Tobias preview the game and select their best bets.

 


Leverkusen – the team that never win

Friday, March 18th, 2011

It’s been an intensive week for all Bundesliga lovers. Last weekend we saw Bayern destroy HSV at home (6-0), Dortmund lose to Hoffenheim and Stuttgart win another crucial game in the relegation battle. In the week Bayern had a golden opportunity to knock out Inter of the Champions League. They were 3-1 ahead on aggregate at half-time, only to concede two goals in the second half and leaving their fans in grief and despair. It’s quite apparent that Bayern have one of the best attacking lines in Europe with Robben, Ribery, Gomez , Müller etc. It’s, however, just as apparent that their defensive line-up is way too poor to compete on an international level. I guess the board of Bayern Munich will have defenders on their shopping list this summer.

Looking ahead of the upcoming weekend, we have some really interesting encounters to look forward to. Tonight we have a battle in the releagation zone between Mönchengladbach and Kaiserslatuern. Tomorrow evening we will see if Dortmund can bounce back after last weeks defeat, when facing Mainz at home. On Sunday we have a derby in the West of Germany when high-flying Leverkusen take on the Champions Leauge team Schalke 04. Speaking of Leverkusen, the West German club is one of the clubs that never has managed to win the Bundesliga. The club has been very close some times, but never gone all the way. 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002 the club finished second in the league which rendered in the nick names “Vize-kusen” and “Neverkusen”. They have, however, won the UEFA cup and the German cup in the years of 1988 and 1993.

This year, the chances to win the Bundesliga look slim. If Dortmund would completely lose track of their winning style  they would probably be in for it. The odds on Dortmund not to win the league are very high at the moment, but everything can happen in the world of football. At the moment you would get 15 times the stake on Leverkusen to win the Bundesliga. Why not take a shot and celebrate alongside the fans of “Neverkusen” when they finally gets to call themselves “Deutsche Meister” (eng. German champions).

Leverkusen


Champions League 15th March Preview

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Manchester Utd and Marseille played out a stalemate in the first leg, so there is all to play for in the 2nd leg at Old Trafford, and Manchester Utd are still on course for a possible treble. In Germany, Inter have a tough task ahead of them as they seek to overturn a one goal deficit against Bayern Munich. Only one side has ever overturned a first leg deficit when they have travelled away from home in this stage of the Champions League, so can Inter go into both the history books and also the last eight .

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Champions League 16th March 2011 Preview

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Real Madrid have struggled to get past the last 16 in recent years, however, a 1:1 draw in Lyon has them in a handy position to advance.

Chelsea look to have wrapped up their tie with a comprehensive 2 nil win in Copenhagen, will Anelka be on the scoresheet again, or will it be Torres who breaks his duck.

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Champions League Barcelona v Arsenal Preview

Monday, March 7th, 2011

A cracking evening in store at The Nou Camp, Arsenal take a slender 2-1 lead but Messi, Villa and co will be hammering at the Arsenal defence. Can Wengers men hold, will they attack, should be intriguing. Meanwhile Shaktar stunned Roma winning 3 2, can Montella galvinise his troops to pull off an amazing comeback.

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