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FIFA World Cup: Matchday 3 results and reaction in Qatar

Germany and Japan face off today in Group E of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

For Germany, the match represents a chance to move on from the torrid world title defense of four years ago, when Die Mannschaft followed their 2014 triumph in Brazil by collapsing in the group stage in Russia. The latter tournament was Germany’s penultimate competition under Joachim Low, before he oversaw last summer’s round of 16 exit against England at the Euros. Today, Hansi Flick leads his nation to a major tournament for the first time as he seeks to help restore their status as one of world football’s superpowers.

Japan, meanwhile, will play underdogs but will take inspiration from Saudi Arabia’s stunning 2-1 victory over Argentina on Tuesday, and they can also take inspiration from their 2018 World Cup campaign. , in which they reached the last 16 and almost shocked. Belgium to go even further. This clash with Germany doesn’t mark the only tough test for Hajime Moriyasu’s players though; Spain are also in Group E, as are Costa Rica, who the Spaniards will face this afternoon.

Follow all the action with our live blog below, following Morocco’s conclusion against Croatia.

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Germany vs Japan: Kick off!

Let’s go to the Khalifa International Stadium for this opening match of Group E!

Germany in their traditional white shirts and black shorts, with Japan in dark blue shirts and white shorts.

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Germany vs Japan: Reminder of the teams!

Germany: Neuer; Schlotterbeck, Sule, Rudiger, Raum; Kimmich, Gundogan; Gnabry, Muller, Musiala; Havertz

Japan: Gonda; Sakai, Itakura, Yoshida, Ito, Nagatomo; Endo, Tanaka; Kubo, Kamada, Maeda

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Germany vs Japan: The teams are out!

It’s a great sight at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha as the two starting XIs take to the pitch!

Now for the national anthems!

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Germany vs Japan: We’re almost set at the Khalifa International Stadium!

Germany are looking to bounce back from two disappointing tournaments, following a group stage exit four years ago in Russia and a round of 16 exit at Euro 2020.

For Japan, who were so close to eliminating Belgium in 2018, they will aim for a surprise in Doha!

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kieran jacksonNovember 23, 2022 12:52 p.m.

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Germany vs Japan: Germany have ‘opportunity’ to wear OneLove armband at World Cup, claims vice-chancellor

German Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck has said he will wear the multicolored ‘OneLove’ armband at the 2022 FIFA World Cup and see what happens, but he was careful to add that it was not up to him. it is up to him to decide what national team captain Manuel Neuer does.

Habeck’s comments on Tuesday night came amid a row over the symbol in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.

Asked by broadcaster ZDF whether the players should wear the armband, Habeck replied: “I’m not the media adviser of the DFB (German football association) and I’m not Manuel Neuer but the opportunity is there. “

“I’m a politician trying to do his job properly, but what if it happened now? I would like to know and I would try my luck,” he added.

The comments come after world football governing body FIFA cracked down on players wearing the pro-diversity armbands at this year’s World Cup.

In response, Rewe, one of Germany’s largest supermarket chains, dropped its advertising campaign with the DFB.

kieran jacksonNovember 23, 2022 12:47 p.m.

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Germany vs Japan: German ‘Bambi’ Jamal Musiala is no longer a deer in the headlights

German fans will be hoping Bayern Munich wonderkid Jamal Musiala will reduce his pre-tournament title chances once the World Cup begins, with the teenager quickly becoming a key player in Hansi Flick’s side.

Few would have thought just two years ago that Musiala, with his slight build, medium height and innocent attitude, would become one of Germany’s squad leaders for the 2022 World Cup and second Bayern’s top scorer so far this season.

A Germany and England junior international, Musiala opted to play for his native country at senior level under then German coach Joachim Low, who gave him his first start last year.

In some 18 months, he has become indispensable with his exceptional reading of the game in the midfield, his speed, his changes of pace and turns and his scoring ability proving crucial.

“Jamal has this completeness which is so good for us as a team,” Flick said of the player he has known from his days as a coach at Bayern.

Nicknamed Bambi by his Bayern teammates for his youthful appearance, Musiala is anything but a deer caught in the headlights when he’s on the pitch, having already netted seven goals and four assists in the Bundesliga so far.

While he enjoys his role as an attacking midfielder, he is as comfortable as a winger as he is as a defensive midfielder.

kieran jacksonNovember 23, 2022 12:40 p.m.

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Germany vs Japan: When East Germany met West and caused one of the biggest clashes of the World Cup

Arriving at Hamburg airport in their matching light gray jackets, green shirts and yellow ties, the East German team and management team were all smiles. The departure to their camp at Quickborn was delayed when it was necessary to find a replacement bus like the one emblazoned with “DDR” (Deutsche Demokratische Republik) and the flag designated to retrieve them have “missed”. Since West Germany did not even recognize the GDR as a country in its own right — the national tabloid Image even referred to the East in quotes – this was hardly a surprise. There is no doubt that the incident was documented in forensic detail by one of the tourists.

At their base for the first phase of groups, agents of the Socialist Unity Party of the German Ministry of State Security, better known as the Stasi, among the entourage relaxed their surveillance a little, presumably intimidated by the possibility to sample some of the delights of the West. With this newfound freedom, an excursion to the Reeperbahn was organized by the owners of the Sporthotel in Quickborn. A night on the tiles was announced.

The West German hosts even offered all members of the East German delegation a free TV. Officials refused – fraternizing with the West was a strict no-no, more so receiving illicit Western goods – but some of the players noticed that all the televisions were gone by the time they left.

A 2-0 win over Australia in East Germany’s first game in a World Cup final was followed four days later by a 1-1 draw against Chile in their second game. A somewhat unexpected goalless draw between their first two opponents just hours before kick-off meant the pressure had been relieved by their third. West Germany and East Germany had already qualified for knockouts, leaving just the thorny question of the most politically charged football game of all time to grapple with.

The coaches of the DDR-Oberliga teams were invited to attend the all-German clash, but Hans Meyer, coach of Carl-Zeiss Jena, was conspicuous by his absence. “That day I had stomach pains and had to stay home,” Meyer later recalled. Meyer is well known in Germany for his sarcasm and irony – he certainly wasn’t sick on match day.

He had turned down the offer on the grounds that he had to take a train from Gera at 4 a.m. and then “travel with the fans to Hamburg, wave my hammer and sickle flag, be looked at by the other fans as a exotic creature, getting back on the train after the game, then back home in the middle of the night.” He saw through the absurdity of the situation and presumably watched the home game, oh flag.

kieran jacksonNovember 23, 2022 12:33 p.m.

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Pep Guardiola signs two-year contract extension with Man City

Pep Guardiola has signed a two-year contract extension with Manchester City, tying him to the Etihad club until 2025.

The 51-year-old previously had eight months on a deal which was due to expire at the end of the current season.

Guardiola held talks with City officials in Abu Dhabi during the Premier League’s mid-season break for the World Cup.

The Premier League champions used the break in the regular schedule to secure Guardiola’s future.

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Morocco 0-0 Croatia: In-demand Josko Gvardiol lays solid platform for Croatia to find attacking improvements

Not a game for those who like excitement and goal-scoring incidents, but Croatia’s goalless draw with Morocco owes as much to those who are stable at centre-back as it does to a lack of incisive passing in the last third.

Front and center even before kick-off was Josko Gvardiol; the youngest on the show, which always gets a lot of attention, but also one of the players most linked to a big money transfer.

Ahead of the World Cup, it’s Chelsea in particular who would have been of interest, but Europe’s other top sides will all be watching the Leipzig defender’s availability closely. Against Morocco he showed why, but not exactly in the face of relentless pressure from his own defensive third.

But that’s part of the appeal: the best teams dominate and need the back line to show focus and reliability in the irregular moments when they are called upon.

Eminently visible due to his beard and mask combo, Gvardiol’s defensive acumen was certainly on display at times, against set-piece situations and the threat of a counterattack from Morocco.

Twice he made excellent cover runs behind his full-back on the left channel, showing both his buccaneering pace as well as the learned inclination he now has after serving at full-back himself with regularity.

kieran jacksonNovember 23, 2022 12:29

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German Vice Chancellor encourages team to wear OneLove armband

German Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck has said he will wear the multicolored ‘OneLove’ armband at the 2022 FIFA World Cup and see what happens, but he was careful to add that it was not up to him. it is up to him to decide what national team captain Manuel Neuer does.

Habeck’s comments on Tuesday night came amid a row over the symbol in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.

Asked by broadcaster ZDF whether players should wear the armband, Habeck replied: “I am not the DFB’s media adviser. [German football association]and I’m not Manuel Neuer, but the opportunity is there.

“I’m a politician trying to do his job properly, but what if it happened now? I would like to know and I would try my luck,” he added.

Alex PattleNovember 23, 2022 12:24 p.m.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org