• Germany's news in English

Germany out to end World Cup third place rut

AFP · 6 Jul 2014, 09:44

Published: 06 Jul 2014 09:44 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

While celebrating beating France 1-0 in Friday's quarter final, Lahm knows a defeat to the hosts on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte would condemn him to a third straight appearance in the third place play-off.

"I really do not need that, that's something I want to rule out," joked Lahm, who was on losing teams in semi-finals at the 2006 and 2010 World Cup finals.

"We definitely want more, that wasn't our last appearance in Rio."

Man-of-the-match Mats Hummels' 13th-minute header sealed victory over France. Germany have now reached the semi-finals at 13 of the 20 World Cup finals and last failed to reach the last four at France '98.

SEE ALSO: Germany vs. France player ratings

German coach Joachim Löw has reached the semis of all four major tournaments during his eight-year reign and the Germans are eager to return to Rio's Maracana Stadium for the final on July 13th.

First they must beat Brazil, formidable even without star striker Neymar, who suffered a fractured vertebrae in their quarter final win over Colombia, and suspended captain Thiago Silva.

And Löw has urged his players "to take the next step" in their bid to end a 24-year wait for a fourth World Cup title by knocking-out Brazil.

Having ground out a 2-0 extra-time win over Algeria with an unconvincing display in the last 16, Germany raised their game to see off Didier Deschamps' France on Friday

"We'll see how things go now, only top teams reach the semi-finals, but we have now won 28 of our last 31 competitive matches," said Germany's head coach.

"It needs a special performance to permanently be in the last four, but now we are trying to take the next step.

"The team is established, stable and can handle a game, just as they did against Algeria.

"The team is improving from game to game, they are fully focused and are working very hard."

On the eve of the last eight match, seven of the German squad had suffered from mild 'flu.

But Löw said illness was not a factor in his defensive reshuffle as Per Mertesacker sat out the France win while Lahm was moved to right-back.

"It was a tactical decision to play (centre-backs) Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels, because (Karim) Benzema, (Mathieu) Valbuena and (Antoine) Griezmann are very fast," said Löw.

"In our analysis, we saw there was hardly any room through the midfield, so we wanted to have Philipp on the right and use the flanks more for tactical reasons.

"I don't know if he will stay there for the semi-final, I want to see how the players recover first."

Story continues below…

A fourth World Cup title for Germany will elevate the 54-year-old Löw to the exclusive status enjoyed by Franz Beckenbauer (1990), Helmut Schön (1974) and Sepp Herberger (1954) who also coached the football-mad nation to world titles.

Löw has five survivors in his squad from the 2006 World Cup in Germany and ten of the side who finished third at South Africa 2010.

But he says maintaining consistent standards has been the key to Germany's success in Brazil, even after injury deprived him of winger Marco Reus before leaving Germany.

"The team has changed over last few years and there aren't many survivors from 2006 and 2010, but it's good to have a few changes, not just the same players who have been at the top level for the last eight to ten years," said Löw.

"We were without Reus, but players like Hummels have come in and done very well.

"We have been working on consistency, invested a lot and we have excellent players," he said.

For more news from Germany, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Obama to visit Berlin in last presidential trip to Germany
President Barack Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel during a Berlin trip in 2013. Photo: DPA.

The White House announced on Tuesday that US President Barack Obama will be paying one last unexpected visit to the German capital - his last before he leaves office.

Hostility towards minorities 'widespread in Bavaria'
A village in southern Bavaria. Photo: DPA.

Hate and hostility towards groups deemed to be different are not just sentiments felt by fringe extremists, a new report on Bavaria shows.

Hated RB Leipzig emerge as shock challengers to Bayern
RB Leipzig. Photo: DPA

RB Leipzig's remarkable unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season has seen them suddenly emerge at the head of the pack chasing reigning champions and league leaders Bayern Munich.

Munich taxi driver in hospital after attack by British tourists
Photo: DPA

A taxi driver had to be hospitalized in Munich on Monday evening after three British tourists refused to pay their fare and then attacked him.

German police carry out nationwide anti-terror raids
Police outside a building in Jena during raids on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Police forces in five German states carried out raids on Tuesday morning with the aim of tackling the financing of terror groups, police in Thuringia have reported.

The Local List
10 ways German completely messes up your English
Photo: DPA

So you've mastered German, but now it's time to learn English all over again.

Iconic German church being eroded away by human urine
Ulm Minster towering over the rest Ulm surrounding the Danube. Photo: Pixabay

It will now cost you €100 to spend a penny. That’s if you get caught choosing to pee against the world-famous Ulm Minster.

German small arms ammo exports grow ten-fold
Photo: DPA

The government has come in for criticism after new figures revealed that Germany exported ten times the quantity of small arms ammunition in the first half of 2016 as in the same period last year.

14-year-old stabs 'creepy clown' in prank gone wrong
File photo: DPA.

A 16-year-old in Berlin decided he wanted to scare some friends, but his plot backfired in a violent way.

Four Ku Klux Klan groups active in Germany, says govt
An American member of the KKK at a gathering in Georgia. Photo: EPA.

The German government estimates that there are four Ku Klux Klan (KKK) groups currently active in the country, according to a report by the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) on Tuesday.

Germany's 10 most weird and wonderful landmarks
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd