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Sports News
Defending champions Germany arrive in Russia for World Cup
 
(Moscow, June 10, 2018):Germany landed in Moscow today to attempt to successfully defend their World Cup title and hoping to leave the political controversy surrounding Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan behind them.

The Germans took off from Frankfurt in pouring rain hoping captain Manuel Neuer will stay fit after eight months on the sidelines with a foot fracture.

Their buildup was dogged by the controversy surrounding Ozil and Gundogan after the players, who have Turkish roots, were booed in pre-World Cup friendlies for meeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Premier League stars met Erdogan in London last month with Gundogan handing him a signed Manchester City shirt with the message "to my president".

German fans took a dim view of the perceived divided loyalty, by booing the pair in a friendly defeat to Austria.

Gundogan has said the meeting was not politically motivated, while Ozil has refused to talk about it during the World Cup.

"This is his statement, I assume he will stick to it," said team director Oliver Bierhoff during the training camp in Germany.

"Whether that is right or wrong is another matter," added Bierhoff, who said the players did not act "maliciously", but had been "naive".

Off-field distractions aside, the Germans arrived well-prepared.

They are bringing 26 sets of jerseys among their 12 tonnes of equipment.

Coach Joachim Loew said Germany's rivals had all made advances.

"There will be a high standard of opposition. Spain have improved, while Brazil and Argentina are up there."

Germany have won just one of their last six friendlies, but all the focus is on their opening game in Moscow on Sunday against Mexico.

"The first group game is always a sticking point, because it tingles," said veteran forward Thomas Mueller, who will lead Germany's attack.

The nervy 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia is now in the past.

"There is no reason to blubber now, we are world champions," added Mueller.

"We have many players who are in a fit state."

The Germans hope that particularly applies to Neuer, the world-class Bayern Munich goalkeeper who has played just two matches since fracturing his foot last September.


Mexico shock World Cup holders Germany
World Cup: Serbia edge out Costa Rica in Group E opener
Messi penalty saved as Iceland hold Argentina
FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia stun Saudi Arabia in opener, substitutes shine in 5-0 win
India vs Afghanistan, one-off Test: Afghanistan fight back as India reach 347-6 on Day 1
Afghanistan not nervous about Test clash with India, says skipper Asghar Stanikzai
Amelia Kerr slams 232* to break 21-year-old record in Women's ODIs
Navdeep Saini replaces Mohammed Shami in Test team against Afghanistan
David de Gea wants Spain's PM to offer public apology
Women's hockey: India begin 5-match series against Spain
Sunil Chhetri scores a brace to equal Messi's record, wins India the match
Rafael Nadal claims record-extending 11th French Open title
Neymar on target again as Brazil beat Austria
FIFA World Cup: Lanzini injury blow for Argentina
Cristiano Ronaldo likely to leave Real Madrid over unfulfilled promises
French Open: Halep defeats Muguruza, to play in third final
French Open: Muguruza defeats Sharapova in straight sets
"India focus on getting the job done at Intercontinental Cup`
Kohli features in world's highest-paid athletes list
Swimmer Ben Lecomte begins record Pacific crossing attempt
KERALA NEWS
Kerala among 13 states on thunderstorm alert
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Nigeria: 31 people killed in twin suicide blasts
 (Abuja, June 17, 2018):Reportedly, 31 people have been killed in twin suicide blasts in Niger
1 dead, 20 injured in New Jersey arts festival shooting
Pakistan SC bars Musharraf from contesting election
N Korea no longer a nuclear threat: Trump
NATIONAL NEWS
Vajpayee better, hopeful of full recovery in next few days: AIIMS director
 (NEW DELHI, June 13, 2018):Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has shown significant i
Congress wins Jayanagar assembly seat in Karnataka
Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram offer models of decentralized waste management systems
Bhaiyyu Maharaj, Spiritual Guru To Top Politicians, Commits Suicide
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