Germany World Cup team member and Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has a clear understanding of his role for club and country. ‘Help the team’, he told the Arsenal official site. Help leads to respect for Mertesacker, and it’s a fair assumption he includes trust in that scenario. It’s how to build a strong squad, something that goes beyond coaching and motivation.Also in Wednesday’s soccer news roundup, we continue the countdown to actual World Cup gmes with another round of punditry.
“I want to help the team and that is my target. Everything else comes one at a time. If you play well here, if you are respected well by your team-mates and you perform well then others will get to know more about you.” Arsenal an Germany World Cup defender Per Mertesacker.
- Mexico loses to Bosnia & Herzegovina in a World Cup warm-up friendly.
- Mexico also sells out its second NFL stadium in a row for a World Cup warm-up friendly.
- Wednesday night MLS.
- FIFA plays a waiting game in responding to increasing media and public pressure over the 2022 World Cup.
- Mainstream American media covering the World Cup.
How Jurgen Klinsmann Plans to Make U.S. Soccer Better (and Less American) – from The NY Times Sam Borden: “For us, we have to play the game of our lives seven times to win the tournament.”
The view from home…what the pundits think of their country’s chances in Brazil – from World Soccer: “But the US is a group of believers and their coach Jurgen Klinsmann is a masterful motivator.”
Chicharito’s miss his lone bright spot – from ESPN FC’s Tom Marshall: It is, of course, slightly unfair to judge a player on one performance.
Klinsmann needs to be concerned with the lack of experience on defense – from The Newark Star-Ledger’s Frank Giase: Especially on the back line.
GLADBACH PREPARING TO MOVE INTO THE FAST LANE – from Bundesliga.com: Increasing the speed by a notch will make the Foals even more difficult to handle when they hit a canter.
Platini dismisses reports linking him to Qatar 2022 vote buying allegations – from Inside World Football’s Andrew Warshaw: In a rare letter of complaint to the Telegraph Editor, Platini denounced the “unfounded rumours which aim at tarnishing my image.”
A lesson from history: Bolton Wanderers’ striking solution to their promotion problem – from The Bolton News’ Marc Iles: The search for a player who is capable of reaching that elusive 20 mark is nothing new….
The best and worst footballer hairstyles – from The Manchester Evening News.
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