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Bayer 04 players with their national teams (12/11/2011-15/11/2011)

12/11/2011: Let’s start with the Bayer 04 trio in the Germany team playing against Ukraine. The friendly, away to one of the hosts of next year’s European Championships, kicked off with no Leverkusen players in the starting line-up. Joachim Löw’s team were 3-1 down at the break having suffered at the hands of the Ukrainian counter attacks. Germany came back into the game following the introduction of Simon Rolfes and André Schürrle at the start of the second half. Rolfes, who replaced Sami Khedira, scored his second international goal in his 25th appearance on 65 minutes. André Schürrle, this time playing on the right, was also involved in some good moves. Thomas Müller netted the equaliser on 77 minutes. Toni Kroos scored the first goal. Bayer 04 midfielder Lars Bender also came on in the closing stages of the game to earn his third international cap for Germany.

Michal Kadlec was able to think more seriously about the prospects of playing in the Euro 2012 finals after Friday night’s game. The Czech Republic beat Montenegro 2-0 in the first leg of the play-off in Prague. Kadlec, who has established himself as one of the Czech Republic’s leading performers in the Euro qualifiers, played the full 90 minutes. A situation completely different for Ömer Toprak. The Bayer 04 central defender had to look on from the bench as Turkey suffered a 3-0 reverse in the Euro play-off against Croatia.

Bayer 04 keeper Bernd Leno was able to watch an extremely unusual encounter. Bernd did not play in the Germany U-21 Euro qualifier away to Greece but was able to witness his team register a 5-4 win. The score was 3-3 after 87 minutes before a sensational finale. The Germany U-19s, with Bayer 04 defender Danny da Costa in their ranks, secured a 2-1 narrow win in a friendly against Egypt at Pirmasens. It was also a good night for Nicolai Jörgensen who came on in the second half of Denmark’s 2-0 win against Sweden. Eren Derdiyok was sidelined as Switzerland earned a respectable 0-0 draw in Holland. The Werkself striker was suffering from a flu.

15/11/2011: Michal Kadlec and the Czech Republic have made it: The Bayer 04 defender was in the Czech side that beat Montenegro 1-0 in last night’s play-off following the 2-0 win in the first leg. The Czech Republic can count themselves lucky to come away from Podgorica with a win as the hosts were on top for much of the game. The Czech back four around Kadlec, who played the full 90 minutes, and the outstanding keeper Petr Cech kept the Montenegro attack at bay and Jiracek scored the winning goal against the run of play on 81 minutes. They now join the other 15 teams at next summer’s finals in Poland and Ukraine. The group draw is on 2 December.

As expected, Turkey had to throw in the towel against Croatia after the 3-0 home defeat in the first leg. The Turkish side did manage to secure a 0-0 draw in Zagreb. Ömer Toprak made his full international debut for his country and he produced a good performance over 90 minutes, but it was not enough.

Simon Rolfes and Lars Bender played in the friendly between Germany and Holland in Hamburg. The Werkself midfield duo both came off the bench in the closing stages of the impressive 3-0 win in the Hanseatic city. André Schürrle missed out after going down with the flu.

The Germany U-21s, with keeper Bernd Leno on the bench, notched up a 3-0 victory in their Euro qualifier against Cyprus to extend their impressive run of seven wins in seven games.

Bayer 04 strikers Eren Derdiyok and Nicolai Jörgensen were involved in friendlies. Derdiyok, having recovered from the flu, played the whole game as the lone striker for Ottmar Hitzfeld’s team that secured a 1-0 win in Luxembourg. Denmark beat Finland 2-1 with Jörgensen coming on at the hour mark to earn his second full international cap.

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Ukraine vs Germany 3-3 (Iarmolenko, Konoplyanka, Kroos, Nazarenko, Rolfes, Müller)

Czech Republic vs Montenegro 2-0 (Pilař, Sivok)

Turkey vs Croatia 0-3 (Olić, Mandžukić, Čorluka)

Greece U21 vs Germany U21 4-5 (Petsos, Mlapa, Mlapa, Fortounis, Esswein, Petsos, Bell, Vlachodimos, Mlapa)

Denmark vs Sweden 2-0 (Bendtner, Krohn-Dehli)

Montenegro vs Czech Republic 0-1 (Jiráček)

Croatia vs Turkey 0-0

Germany vs Holland 3-0 (Müller, Klose, Özil)


Bayer 04 players with their national teams (07/10/2011-11/10/2011)

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Germany qualified for the UEFA EURO 2012, after reaching 10 wins in 10 qualifying matches. Simon Rolfes and André Schürrle were called up for the German team, but Jogi Löw relied only winger Schürrle in these last two qualifiers. The 20-year old played 30 minutes in the 3-1 win against Turkey.  Ömer Toprak did not make his first minutes with the Turkish shirt, as he was still waiting for a formal authorization from FIFA.  He had obtained the Turkish passport just a few days earlier.  Schürrle played over the full distance in the last qualifying game against Belgium which ended in a 3-1 win for the German team, in which he scored a real beauty in the 33rd minute.  In the same group (Group A), Turkey won the last match against Azerbaijan by 1-0 and qualified for the playoffs where they will probably play with Toprak against Croatia for a place in the tournament.

After a tremendous game in the Bundesliga against Wolfsburg, Eren Derdiyok suffered a disappointment with the Swiss national team, which ended up not qualifying for the EURO. The 0-2 defeat against Wales put an end to that dream. Derdiyok scored at least in the 2-0 win against Montenegro which made them finish third in their group.

Michal Kadlec, played two games for the Czech Republic. The first was lost 0-2 to the European and World champions, Spain. And the second ended with a 4-1 win against Lithuania, with two penalty goals from Bayer 04’s defender. Czech Republic will play in the play-offs against Montenegro.

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Turkey vs Germany 1-3 (Gomez, Müller, Hakan Balta, Schweinsteiger)

Germany vs Belgium 3-1 (Özil, Schürrle, Gomez, Fellaini)

Turkey vs Azerbaijan 1-0 (Burak Yılmaz)

Switzerland vs Montenegro 2-0 (Derdiyok, Lichtsteiner)

Czech Republic vs Spain 0-2 (Juan Mata, Xabi Alonso)

Lithuania vs Czech Republic 1-4 (Kadlec, Rezek, Rezek, Šernas, Kadlec)

Bayer 04 players with their national teams (01/09/2011-06/09/2011)

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Germany achieved the qualification for the UEFA EURO 2012 with a comfortable 6-2 home victory against Austria. André Schürrle entered the field in the 73rd minute to score shortly after the 5th goal for Germany.  Simon Rolfes saw the entire match from the bench.  However in the following friendly against Poland he was amongst 11 starters.  Rolfes played 77 minutes and was replaced by Lars Bender, who was called up the day earlier.

Bernd Leno was in line to play for Germany’s U-20s but had to drop out after picking up a light knee injury when he collided with Mario Götze in Saturday’s encounter against Borussia Dortmund.

Defender Danny da Costa was called up for Germany’s U-19, who won 5-3 against Belgium in Verviers and drew 2-2 against the Netherlands at the Franz Kremer Stadium in Cologne.

Michal Kadlec played twice for the Czech Republic this week.  First in the 2-2 euro qualifier draw against Scotland, converting a penalty in the last minute and in a 4-0 victory against Ukraine, where he managed to score two goals.

Eren Derdiyok was also involved in the qualifiers with Switzerland who played against Bulgaria in Basel. It ended with a 3-1 victory for the hosts.

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Germany vs Austria 6-2 (Özil, Özil, Podolski, Arnautović, Özil, Harnik, Schürrle, Götze)

Poland vs Germany 2-2 (Lewandowski, Kroos, Blaszczykowski, Cacau)

Scotland vs Czech Republic 2-2 (Miller, Plasil, Fletcher, Kadlec)

Czech Republic vs Ukraine 4-0 (Kadlec, Kadlec, Rezek, Kolar)

Switzerland vs Bulgaria 3-1 (Ivanov, Shaqiri, Shaqiri, Shaqiri)

Bayer 04 players with their national teams (10/08/2011)

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André Schürrle scored in Germany’s first victory against Brazil in 18 years, the match ended 3-2.  Schürrle played the entire second half, meanwhile Rolfes stayed on the bench till the 85th minute to replace Schweinsteiger.  In the same moment Robinho left the pitch to make place for Renato Augusto.  This was going to be the farewell match for Michael Ballack, but it did not turn out after the player’s rejected it and called it a farce.  Another active player with the national team was Michal Kadlec, but his presence did not help as the Czech Republic lost 3-0 against Norway.  At last, Switzerland won 2-1 with a goal by Eren Derdiyok, who played 64 minutes.  Tranquillo Barnetta was not included in the squad, due to an injury.

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Norway vs Czech Republica 3-0 (Abdellaoue, J. Riise, Abdellaoue)

Liechtenstein vs Switzerland: 1 a 2 (Derdiyok, Stocklasa-own goal, Ritzberger)

America Cup: Vidal scores winning goal in Chile’s opener against Mexico

Chile provided a little of the passion the Copa America had been missing as they fought their way past Mexico 2-1 to go two points clear in Group C, Arturo Vidal bagging the winner with a fine header.

Mexico’s coach Luis Fernando Tena praised the Chileans after a stylish performance Monday.

“They have great players, they are a solid and strong team. They know each other well and this team can go a long way at the Copa.

“It’s a fair result – they were better than us,” said Tena.

With Peru having held fancied Uruguay to a 1-1 draw earlier – the fourth stalemate in the first five games of the competition – the way was clear for the Chileans to strut their stuff against a raw Mexican side after “El Tri” elected to rest any of their senior squad having just lifted the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Despite their inexperience the Mexicans, regular special guests at the South American event, started strongly and Nestor Araujo gave them a 40th-minute lead at the Del Bicentenario stadium before a 25,000 crowd in temperatures just above freezing.

Tottenham’s Giovani Dos Santos teed up the chance and Araujo needed no second bidding.

But Chile, likewise seeking their first Copa title, roared back to win with second half efforts in quick succession from Esteban Paredes and Bayer Leverkusen’s Vidal.

Vidal’s match-winner, dispatching a corner from Matias Fernandez, was just reward for a stylish Chile showing which saw Claudio Borghi’s take a giant step towards the last eight.

Araujo put the Mexicans ahead against the run of play but once Paredes had found a way through in the 67th minute Chile gave the impression a weight had been lifted from their shoulders and they pressed hard for the win which Vidal wrapped up just six minutes later.

“We believe in ourselves,” said Borghi,” while Vidal said that “the opening match is always a real humdinger so it’s great to get off to a winning start.”

Humberto Suazo missed two early chances for the Chileans, who should never have been behind but they almost paid a heavy price for his profligacy, while starlet Alexis Sanchez was somewhat overshadowed by Vidal’s spectacular winner.

Dos Santos reflected that the Mexicans had simply not been able to keep Chile at bay in the second half.

“We needed to have more of the ball. It’s a shame – but we knew it would be difficult.”

Chile will now look to cement their good start when they meet Uruguay on Friday in Mendoza while Mexico will try to make up lost ground against the Peruvians, also in Mendoza.

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Ballack’s press statement in response to Löw’s decision of not considering him anymore for the Nationalmannschaft

After months of silence, Ballack finally expressed his thoughts on the treatment received by the national coach following the World Cup of 2010:

“I found out yesterday, while on holiday, through an announcement that the national coach does not plan with me any more.

The style and content of the statement (by Loew) are unfortunately exactly like the way he treated me since my serious injury last summer. 

The style and content of this piece of news surprised and disappointed me because it does not in any way reflect what the coach told me.  If now they say that I and my captain role were treated openly and with honesty then that is hypocritical.

To call a friendly match that was arranged long ago a farewell match is a farce. I know I owe my fans this match but I cannot accept the offer.”