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i heard that the squad is facing lots of problems concerning the problems..
jeremies said the morale is very low
and a few players are threatening to bow out from international duty..
haessler, effenberg,jeremies,etc...

but is there any promising youngsters coming in right now!?/i know there ain't many..but there should at least be a few i guess...

BTW,which is the german 1st team right now!??
 

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Bayer 04 Leverkusen is the team in pole position in Germany right now.

You are right, team Germany is facing lots of problems right now. Jens Jeremies announced publicly that he has the opinion that the German national team played awfully in the recent games. Erich Ribbeck then banned Jeremies for next game (the friendly against Switzerland). But FC Bayern team mates Markus Babbel and Stefan Effenberg backed Jens Jeremies - lots of problems are coming up.
Jens Jeremies will not quit the national team:
Stefan Effenberg hast left it one year ago.
Thomas Hässler announced that he will quit the national team, when he is not invited to the German national team soon.

The number of promising youth players at the moment is very low. But Hertha BSC's Sebastian Deisler (20) and Leverkusen's Michael Ballack (23) made it to the first team against Croatia, and are almost certainly heading for Belgium and the Netherlands in June.
 

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In fact I think there are only 4 respectable talents in Germany.

Daisler,Ballack,Ricken and Enke.

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Another talent is Sebescen, sorry, I don't know much about his same, but he has talent. And surely Christian Ziege will make his presence felt during the European Championships. And about Hassler I picked this up:-Veteran midfielder Thomas
Haessler said on Tuesday that German national trainer Erich Ribbeck had told him there was no place for him in the squad
travelling to Euro 2000.
"He told me I could go ahead and book my summer holidays," Haessler told Sport-Bild magazine. Haessler, 33, earned the last of his 97 caps at the 1998 World Cup. He had hoped a string of impressive performances with his club TSV 1860 Munich would win him a place in the squad for Euro 2000 in Belgium and the Netherlands from June 10 to July 2. "He has picked his 14 first-choice players and he doesn't want to just leave me on the bench. I finally have clarity and I
am sad rather than angry." Haessler said previously he was considering ending his
international career as he was tired of having no firm news from Ribbeck with the finals fast approaching.
He said he would make himself available if someone was injured in the meantime, as Ribbeck had asked.

Whatever the critics might say, I'm sure the German team will at least as usual have a thing or two to say during euro 2000, whoever might or might not be included in the final 22.
 
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hey is lars ricken still with dortmund!?

anyway it's true the team is now composed mostly of 30's players...

kahn
babbel-matthaeus-thon-strunz

jeremies-hamann-ricken-moeller

kirsten-bierhoff

is the team something like that right now!??
is moeller still playing well!?i really liked him.. :D

i think i've heard of ballack and deisler...
 

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Yes, Lars Ricken is still at Dortmund.
But Team Germany now looks like this:
Erich Ribbeck tried a 3-4-3 for several matches, but he changed towards a 3-5-2 for the recent tie with Croatia, and I think that this will also be the system for Euro 2000! This 3-5-2 will probably include the following players:

Kahn
Babbel - Matthäus - Nowotny
Deisler - Jeremies - Scholl (Wosz) - Hamann - Ziege
Bierhoff - Kirsten
 

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There are talents:
Tobias Willi (Freiburg)
Torsten Frings (Bremen)
Thomas Rasijewski (Frankfurt)

Thats still few, though.....

BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH!!!!!!!!
 
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i thought micheal ballack was included in some recent friendlies...but is he a striker or att.midfieldeR!?

then how come there ain't any better than mattaeus right now!?i'm not saying he doesn't play well..but he's 38(?)now and i think it's high time we look for somebody younger..
there was a german defender who was playing for PSG for 1 season .then moved back to germany again...can't remember his name
i heard he was very gd..
 
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ok i've got his name..christian worns!

y is he not in 1st team!?
is it bcos his team is doing really bad!?
 
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Who cares who is or isn't in the German team.
All i know is that England will whip Germany's ass in Euro 2000. Owen will show Matthaus that he's as slow as an elephant on a pogo stick.
 

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Michael Ballack has been added to the national team only for the recent draw with Croatia, which was only his second international game. But recently he was really impressing in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen and I think he will be part of Erich Ribbeck's side at Euro 2000.

The thing about Matthäus is that:
Ribbeck plays with 3-5-2, this means in defense we have two centerbacks and one Libero. Quality players like Christian Wörns, Markus Babbel or Thomas Linke are centerbacks. But there are few players in Germany that could effectively play the Libero position. One is Jens Jeremies (Matthäus' successor on the Libero position at FC Bayern), but he is more effective in the defensive midfield. The other one is Leverkusen's Jens Nowotny, but he is better on the centerback position.
So there are few alternatives - and Lothar showed brilliant football in his last year for FC Bayern München, so Ribbeck's decision to take Lothar Matthäus (39!!) to Euro 2000 was a no-brainer.

As I mentioned before, Christian Wörns is no possibility for the Matthäus position, but he isn't even in the first team as centerback! This has two reasons: At first he played awfully for Germany at the Confederations Cup last July. He was one of the weakest players for a very weak German national team (0-3 vs. USA!!). Everyone saw, that he completely lacked of motivation to play for Germany.
The second thing is the recent slump of Borussia Dortmund. They didn't won a single game out of the last 11, they even lost the last 6 games. Dortmund, the team with (I suppose) the highest or the second-highest payroll in the league, with stars like Ikpeba, Wörns, Möller, Lehmann, Bobic or Evanilson are now just one point away from the relegation zone!
 
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i;ve seen mattaeus play last year and though i still find him play surprisingly well!!

he still got everything ..ok he's slower now..he seems to lack a bit of stamina
but he still seems able to dominate and have a huge influence on the defence i agree...

but it surprises me even more that germany being a team based mainly on its defensive qualities and all the previous greats it's produced cannot find anyone else of mattaeus quality!ex.sammer,brehme,reuter..etc..

BTW.talking of sammer..i heard there's a slim chance he mght get back!
i don't think it's true//but can anyone confirm this!??it's so sad to know his career has been so bugged by injuries!!!i really liked him!!

anyway is bierhoff still a sure candidate for being in 1st team!?>
ribbeck seems to like him veryn much despitem his loss of form...
i'm not criticising him...but i think ulf kirsten deserves a 1st team spot..whether it be to replace or play alongside bierhoff having been so regular...
 

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Matthias Sammer himself always says, that he plans to come back and play for Borussia Dortmund in the future. But I think the chance is 1 to 1,000,000 that he will come back. Since Thursday, he is one of the assistant coaches of Udo Lattek, the new coach of Borussia Dortmund. And I think, there is a good chance to see Sammer as head coach of Borussia Dortmund in the next season (either in the first or the second division :))

For Erich Ribbeck, Bierhoff is one of the seeded players in the team. But I think, it's time to kick him out. Kirsten and Rink perform very well at Leverkusen - Bierhoff has lost his first team place at AC Milan and was benched by Zaccheroni for the recent games!
 
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i think bierhoff's form this season has just been awful..though i do like him..

kirsten is a player who's been ignored too often in the past..although he always plays very consistently!
i like his physical strength and great shooting and heading! ;)

when was the last time sammer played a match!?
 

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I'm not sure, but I think Matthias Sammer's last match was in late 1997. Since that time, Sammer never gave up his aim: To return to the Bundesliga as a player!
 
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i heard sammer is gonna be assistant coach of dortmund..and maybe next year or sometime in the future..he'll be the coach!!

BTW..what type of injury did he get!?
damaged ligaments!?
 
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4 Bayer Leverkussen players who are picked into the German provisional squad scored a goal each on Sunday in Bayer's 4-1 thrashing of Arminia Bielefeld. That win now puts Leverkussen top of the table, but it will go right to the wire with Bayern for the title I suspect.
Congratulations to the scorers, Beinlich,Kirsten,Ballack, and Rink
 
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hey how come that some ppl like babbel ain't assured of a spot for euro2000!?
isn't babbel playing well this season!? :D
 

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This season, Markus Babbel is playing like he did the seasons before. Not brilliant, but solid. So he will probably start alongside Jens Nowotny in Germany's central defence. The backups on that position will probably be Thomas Linke and Christian Wörns.
 
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You must have heard or read about Beckenbauer's lashing out about German football right Funari???, did it really make you upset, or did you think Beckenbauer is right, but fans just don't want to believe it, not mention Erick Ribbeck for throwing out Jeremies.
 
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