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Schürrle scores again vs Azerbaijan

Mario Gomez continued his rich vein of form as Germany maintained their perfect record in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group A and secured a top-two finish in the process.

FC Bayerm München striker Gomez supplemented Mesut Özil’s opener with his 13th goal in his last eight matches for club and country four minutes before half-time. Though Azerbaijan’s hopes of an unlikely draw increased when substitute Murad Huseynov pulled one back with a minute remaining, any prospect of Berti Vogts’s team claiming a point were extinguished through fellow replacement André Schürrle.

Proceedings could have unfolded differently had Vugar Nadyrov’s early strike from 25 metres found the net rather than being tipped on to the bar by Manuel Neuer. Toni Kroos then hit the woodwork at the other end with a free-kick before his shot from the edge of the penalty area was expertly saved by Kamran Agayev.

The breakthrough arrived on the half-hour mark, though, with Özil picking up Benedikt Höwedes’s cross from the right, surging past a defender and firing in from a tight angle via the far post. Scorer then turned provider as an exquisite pass from Özil teed up the hitherto quiet Gomez for the simplest of finishes.

Azerbaijan responded with Aleksandr Chertoganov and Vagif Javadov having efforts before the break, while on the hour Philipp Lahm was thwarted by a clutch of home defenders after being released by Kroos. Gomez, who was denied by Agayev when one on one with the Azerbaijan keeper, Özil and Huseynov all threatened to get on the scoresheet before the home No9 did so when the ball fell kindly at his feet in the area.

Schürrle put Germany’s seventh successive victory in the section beyond doubt in added time, leaving Joachim Löw’s charges in buoyant mood ahead of their next game in the group, at home to Austria on 2 September, when they could book their place in Poland and Ukraine. Even now, only Turkey are still able to catch them.

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Barnetta scores two goals in the Euro 2012 qualifier against England in Wembley

England recovered from a two-goal deficit to maintain their unbeaten record in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group G in an entertaining tie that brought Switzerland reward for an enterprising display.

The home side trailed to two direct free-kicks from Tranquillo Barnetta but Frank Lampard quickly reduced the arrears from the penalty spot and his half-time replacement, Ashley Young, struck a fine equaliser six minutes after coming on. England were relieved, though, that Montenegro were held 1-1 by Bulgaria so the unbeaten pair remain level at the top, six points ahead of Switzerland.

Switzerland, needing a win to revive their bid, were bold in their attacking intent and it was not uncommon to see four or five red shirts in and around the England area. Twice Joe Hart was forced into saves in the opening eight minutes, the second a smart readjustment to keep out Gökhan Inler’s deflected drive.

England had found little penetration since an early charge from Darren Bent but their hopes rose again as Lampard found Rio Ferdinand with a measured cross only for the defender’s header to clear the crossbar. Just before that Xherdan Shaqiri had extended Hart again but the goalkeeper’s next involvement left him shaking his head.

Barnetta’s free-kick was clipped into a crowded penalty area and evaded everyone to creep in by Hart’s left-hand post. It was only the second goal England had conceded in the group but within three minutes they let in another – and from the same source.

This time Barnetta had a tighter angle but his delivery headed towards the right-hand corner after dissecting the two-man wall. Hart strained to scramble the ball away with his right boot but failed, leaving Barnetta, without a goal in his previous 32 internationals, to celebrate again.

However, Jack Wilshere immediately began to demonstrate the bite that had been lacking for England, twice coming through tackles before drawing a foul from his Arsenal FC team-mate Johan Djourou. Lampard’s penalty was struck hard and under Diego Benaglio’s dive.

Young replaced Lampard at the break and was immediately prominent. Following a throw-in, Leighton Baines, an earlier replacement for the hobbling Ashley Cole, set up Young and his shot had just enough power to defeat Benaglio.

More opportunities came England’s way. Benaglio came out to deny Bent and when he only partially stopped another Young attempt, it seemed Bent must put England ahead but over went his shot. Late on Admir Mehmedi came close to clinching victory for Switzerland while with the last kick, Stewart Downing missed the target.


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André Schürrle scores his first goal for the Nationalmannschaft

Germany prepared for Friday’s UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier away to Austria with a narrow friendly victory in Sinsheim.

The last time these nations met was in the third-place play-off at last summer’s FIFA World Cup, Germany prevailing 3-2 in Port Elizabeth. Like on that occasion, it was also an FC Bayern München player who opened the scoring, Mario Gomez emulating Thomas Müller’s feat of ten months ago with his tenth goal in his last six games for club and country.

Andre Schürrle doubled the lead ten minutes before the break on his third appearance for the Mannschaft, with Walter Gargano’s strike early in the second half proving nothing more than consolation for Uruguay. That sends Germany to Vienna on Friday in high spirits as they seek a sixth successive victory in Group A.

Gomez’s 20th-minute opener was all of his own making. The striker stole possession from Diego Lugano, charged down the left, cut inside and beat Fernando Muslera from ten metres. Mesut Özil created the second, spotting Schürrle unmarked on the edge of the area. The soon-to-be Bayer 04 Leverkusen player required two touches before opening his international account by curling in a right-footed shot.

Gagano profited from the Germany’s failure to clear their lines after 48  minutes, while Manuel Neuer then made a vital save to keep out Diego Godín’s close-range effort as a raft of substitutions began to affect the pace of proceedings. The final chance fell to Gomez, whose shot from an acute angle went wide, but it mattered not for Joachim Löw’s side as they closed the game out.


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Bayer 04 Players with their national teams(17/11/2010)

René Adler played 90 minutes with Germany against an defensive Sweden that created no danger in front of his goal. Patrick Helmes remained on the bench and will return without injury to Leverkusen. Arturo Vidal scored the second goal for Chile in the 2-0 win against Uruguay. Switzerland with Tranquillo Barnetta drew 2-2 against Ukraine. The Croatians won 3-0 in their Euro qualifier with Domagoj Vida only as spectator.

In the Under-21, Burak Kaplan’s Turkey lost 1-2 against Italy. The young midfielder played 60 minutes till he was substituted. Nicolai Jørgensen and Fabian Giefer got to play the whole distance with Denmark’s Under-21 and Germany’s Under-20 respectively.

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Full national teams:

Domagoj Vida (0 minutes): Euro 2012 Qualifier, Croatia vs Malta 3-0

René Adler (90 minutes) & Patrick Helmes (0 minutes): Friendly, Sweden vs Germany 0:0 (no highlights)

Tranquillo Barnetta (45 minutes): Friendly, Switzerland vs Ukraine 2:2

Michal Kadlec (84 minutes): Friendly, Denmark vs Czech Republic 0:0

Arturo Vidal (90 minutes)>> Friendly, Chile vs Uruguay 2:0


Nicolai Jørgensen (90 minutes): Friendly, Denmark vs Netherlands 1-3

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Burak Kaplan (60 minutes): Friendly, Italy vs Turkey 1:2

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Fabian Giefer (90 minutes): 4 nations tournament, Italy vs Germany 1:2


Kicker reports today that Sami Hyypiä will make it for Saturday’s game against Bayern Munich. Eren Derdiyok too but he is not likely to start.

¡New transfer gossip about Michal Kadlec!

Bayer 04 players with their national teams (12/10/2010-13/10/2010)

Germany won 3-0 in their qualifier against Kazakhstan.  René Adler the only Leverkusen player in the squad took seat on the reserve bench.  The German team leads the table in Group A with  12 points.

Switzerland which had lost the previous 2 qualifying games finally won 3 points by beating Wales 4-1.  Tranquillo Barnetta played from the beginning while Eren Derdiyok was substituted for Alex Frei in the 79th minute.  Both contributed to Swiss victory, Tranquillo by receiving a penalty and Eren by giving an assist for the fourth goal.

Sami Hyypiä and Finland lost their qualifier at home against Hungary.  The winning goal was scored in the 94th minute!  Hyypiä played the whole match and should start thinking about his retirement from the national team.  With 0 points after 3 games it will be difficult for Finland to qualify for this tournament.  His limited energies are better spent with Bayer 04!

The Czech Republic won 2-0 against Liechtenstein with Michal Kadlec playing 90 minutes.  This is the second consecutive victory after an initial loss in the qualifying campaign. 

Croatia’s Under-21 lost 3-0 to Spain in the 2nd leg of the playoffs for the European Champions. Spain’s Under-21 therefore advances to the final tournament. Domagoj Vida seems to be fine (substituted due to injury in the 1st leg) as he played the entire match.  However Spain’s Alvaro Dominguez sprained an ankle ligament after a strong tackle by Leverkusen’s defender. 

Burak Kaplan scored with his Turkish Under-21 against Belgium.  The friendly was won by 4-1.  In the other Under-21 friendly Nicolai Jørgensen lost with Denmark 3-1 to France (for both friendlies there is no video available).

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Kazakhstan vs Germany 0-3

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Switzerland vs Wales 4-1

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Finland vs Hungary 1-2

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Liechtenstein vs Czech Republic 0-2

Under-21: Croatia vs Spain 0-3

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Schürrle scored the 2 goals of Germany’s Under-21 against Ukraine (friendly)


Jupp Heynckes declared today in Bild that Simon Rolfes will not play from the beginning in Wolfsburg. 

Bayer 04 players with their national teams (08/10/2010-09/10/2010)

Michal Kadlec was the only Leverkusen player to be included in the starting line-up in yesterday’s euro qualifiers.  His Czech Republic won their first 3 points in the qualifying campaign against Scotland by 1-0 after having lost previously to Lithuania back in September.

Nicolai Jørgensen was called up for the first time into the full Danish national team  but was unfortunately not included in the squad for the qualifier against Portugal.

Both swiss players Barnetta and Derdiyok had to wait till the 67th minute to come in against Montenegro.  Barnetta could have tied the game 3 minutes before the end but his header missed the goal.  Switzerland are now last in their table with 0 points after 2 games 😦

René Adler saw Germany’s 3-0 victory against Turkey in Berlin from the stands.  He will rotate back to the bench for Wiese against Kazakhstan.  Neuer showed again a strong performance.

In the U-21 teams, Burak Kaplan played 90 minutes with Turkey in a friendly that was lost 2-0 to France.  Domagoj Vida’s Croatia lost 2-1 to Spain (no video available) in the 1st leg of the  play-offs for the Under 21 European Championship.  The croatian player was on the pitch for 89 minutes and had to be substituted at the end due to a muscle injury (no details are known, but it looks like it’s nothing serious).

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 Czech Republic vs Scotland 1-0

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Portugal vs Denmark 3-1

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Montenegro vs Switzerland 1-0

Germany vs Turkey 3-0

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U-21: France vs Turkey 2-0

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Bayer 04 Players away with their national teams this week (4/10/2010-12/10/2010)

Nine players are away this and next week.  Very positive news for Bayer 04 is that Nicolai Jørgensen has been called up for the first-time for the full danish national team ❗

Helmes was not called up for Germany despite having scored 8 goals in the official club competitions so far.  He is not too happy about it, more information in the press section.

Hyypiä could retire from the Finnish national team if bad results continue (2 defeats so far).  He is noticing that he needs to have more rests this season.  For Bayer 04 a victory of Hungary this week would be good news.

I will keep you updated this and next week with videos and information on the performance of our national players.

René Adler:
Germany – Turkey: 08.10. (Euro-Qualification)
Kazakhstan – Germany: 12.10. (Euro-Qualification)

Fabian Giefer:
Germany U21 – Ukraine U21: 11.10. (Friendly)

Tranquillo Barnetta and Eren Derdiyok:
Montenegro – Switzerland: 08.10. (Euro-Qualification)
Switzerland – Wales: 12.10 (Euro-Qualification)

Sami Hyypiä:
Finland – Hungary: 12.10. (Euro-Qualification)

Nicolai Jørgensen:
Portugal – Denmark: 08.10. (Euro-Qualification)
Denmark U21– France U21: 12.10. (Friendly)

Michal Kadlec:
Czech Republic– Scotland: 08.10. (Euro-Qualification)
Liechtenstein – Czech Republic: 12.10. (Euro-Qualification)

Burak Kaplan:
France U21 – Turkey U21: 08.10. (Friendly)
Turkey U21 – Belgium U21: 12.10. (Friendly)

Domagoj Vida:
Spain U21 – Croatia U21: 09.10. (Euro-Qualification)
Croatia U21 – Spain U21: 12.10. (Euro-Qualification)

New Transfer Gossip: Inter Milan interested in Kiessling 🙂 (don’t trust this rumour for now)
Michael Reschke (Squad Manager) and Norbert Ziegler (Chief Scout) will travel to Brazil next week to observe a few players.  No specific targets have been filtered yet.  By logic we are searching a centre-back!  Waiting for names to come out to add this rumour to the Transfer Gossip section.

UPDATE: Bayer 04 is chasing Samuel Inkoom, check Transfer Gossip Section