It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that Joachim Löw is currently enduring his most difficult period of his six years as coach of the German national team.
“Still bitter” was the phrase used by “kicker” to describe the latest diplomatic furore surrounding Michael Ballack. A simple, but thoroughly apt headline to describe the sad decline of a man who was once the poster boy of German football.
In The Times today, Michael Ballack used his column (registration required) to dismiss the value of penalty sessions in training. “Every player is different, but in my opinion you cannot practise penalties,” he said, and added that Joachim Low, the Germany coach, agreed with him. “In a World Cup it’s different,” Ballack explained. “It’s about [...]
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