WK-barometer: the creed of the Sweden and 18,000 Indian fans

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Sami khedira cope and Joachim Löw © BELGAIMAGE

Joachim Löw starts soon on his toughest duel ever with the Mannschaft, especially after the unexpected uitschuiver against Mexico. Against Sweden the team and the coach firmly be put to the test and must prove that they can withstand the pressure.

Juventusmiddenvelder Sami khedira cope admitted that they are surprised, even taken aback, by the hands of the South Americans, not really a vote of confidence in the direction of Löw. Also coaching during the world cup duel was because of a certain kind (sensation)pers is considered as a form of default.

The last time the German national team with its back against the wall was taken, dates of the world cup in France four years ago, when a near disaster was avoided in the eighth finals against Algeria and ended with a narrow 2-1 victory.

Löw knows his assignment: the first coach that a world CHAMPIONSHIP title successfully defends, the first German to him twice to win.


The Swedish use Andreas Granqvist (33) is like an oak, but difficult to transplant. His nickname is ‘Cereals’, freely translated ‘the tree’, by his intransigence. The 1,93 metre solid central defender is regarded as an uncompromising warrior. The captain, who, now under the contract is at FK Krasnodar, is the face of the Scandinavian collective after dropping out of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He not only took his kapiteinsband about, also he was elected player of the year.

“We will compete, try to help each other where needed and do what is necessary’, so reads are short but powerful credo. “Just like against Italy and France recently in oefeninterlands we must be especially compact and in possession of the ball to create opportunities.’ Granqvist is now so popular in his own country that he is a gastrolletje was offered in the Swedish crimiserie Beck.

Indian fans

In 2010 they were still approximately 1,500, four years later, got them all to 1800 but now there are a total of 18.000 wedstrijdtickets in the hands of football fans from India. This is striking, because the countries where this year the most tickets were bought, the South Asian nation is the only country that has never participated at a world cup finals. India rises on the official FIFA-ranking, but was hit for the time being not further than the 97th edition of the place. The purpose of the creation of the Indian Super League in 2014 was to the level football is improving and more attention for the sport to generate. Ten new teams were founded, their names were auctioned and sold to well-known companies and Bollywoodvedetten. The last season looked more than 80 million people, for this world cup, it is expected that about Indians the world-class event will follow. That there are 15 million more than four years ago. Now a good national team and star players produce.


Rafael Márquez (39) obtained a place in history by subbing for Mexico against Germany. The multi-purpose force came into action at five different world CHAMPIONSHIPS-eindrondes, which he and his compatriot Antonio Carbajal between 1950 and 1966) and the German Lothar Matthäus (1982 to 1998), which equals. The use of Atlas Guadalajara is 39 years and 124 days, the oldest player at a world cup. Only Roger Milla (42), Angel Labruna (39 and 260 days) and Stanley Matthews were ever older when she is on the field came to the biggest football tournament in the world.


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