Germany hope to end jinx against Argentina

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7 February 2005, DUSSELDORF - Germanyaim to beat a football superpower again and at the same time want to do something for the shattered image when they host Argentina in a high-profile friendly on Wednesday. Juergen Klinsmann's team has not won against a major football power since beating England 1-0 at Wembley in October 2000. Wednesday's game in Dusseldorf's new stadium comes in the middle of a match-fixing scandal affecting referees, players and betters. "We have lost credibility and honesty on an inte

7 February 2005

DUSSELDORF - Germanyaim to beat a football superpower again and at the same time want to do something for the shattered image when they host Argentina in a high-profile friendly on Wednesday.

Juergen Klinsmann's team has not won against a major football power since beating England 1-0 at Wembley in October 2000.

Wednesday's game in Dusseldorf's new stadium comes in the middle of a match-fixing scandal affecting referees, players and betters.

"We have lost credibility and honesty on an international level. It will take a while to win it back, because we are in particular admired for seriousness and correctness," said Klinsmann.

Germany can not afford a negative image one year ahead of hosting the World Cup off the pitch and on it as well.

The test Wednesday is Germany's first friendly of a year highlighted by the Confederations Cup in June were both sides will meet again in group A.

"It is about time to end this negative trend. This is the first highlight of the year. We want to attack and beat Argentina," said Klinsmann.

Victory against a big team is badly needed to boost Germany's World Cup buildup.

The match against Argentina brings back memories of Germany's third and so far last World Cup title, 1-0 against the South Americans in the 1990 final.

Argentina won the next two meetings and have the same in mind on Wednesday although coach Jose Peckerman admits that Brazil are "better than us...currently".

Peckerman, who is undefeated in his three games as coach, will rely only on players based in Europe, with Boca Juniors goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri the only exception. Even the young star Carlos Tevez was left behind.

"Germany is a strong team but we we naturally want to win," said Peckerman.

Both coaches have defensive problems ahead of the 15th meeting of the teams (with Argentina leading the series with seven wins, two draws and five defeats).

Peckermann is without his regular central defenders Walter Samuel of Real Madrid and Robert Ayala of Valencia.

Klinsmann misses left back Philipp Lahm from Stuttgart and Chelsea's Robert Huth, and also had to nominate Thomas Brdaric up front after Lukas Podolski and Oliver Neuville withdrew after picking up injuries in league matches.

Klinsmann has not yet announced his goalkeeper, but Bayern Munich's Oliver Kahn is expected to get the nod although Jens Lehmann has returned into Arsenal's goal after weeks on the bench.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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