DURING Germany’s three goal win over Austria, physio Klaus Eder ran onto the pitch to treat a player and ended up needing treatment to two injuries himself.
Eder, who has worked for the German federation for 25 years, tore a muscle in his left leg as he went to tend to Marcel Schmelzer, causing him to fall over – and when he fell, he then broke a finger.
“I now have to put into practice what I always tell my patients,” the 60-year-old told the German federation’s website on Sunday. “Patience is important and you should not expect a lot of progress too soon.
“The way the players reacted was very comforting.
“Philipp Lahm brought me the ice pack, Mesut Ozil and Miroslav Klose held me and led me off the field.”
ARSENAL fans must be feeling like top transfers are a bit like buses today, after waiting all summer for a big name and then Mesut Ozil and Demba Ba come along.
Rumours are rife that the capture of Real Madrid’s German international Ozil is all but a done deal, with personal terms and a 50m Euro price tag already arranged – smashing Arsenal’s previous transfer record by around £30m.
And now it is believed that Chelsea are in talks with The Gunners over a loan deal to allow Ba to move across London.
Exciting attacking moves for Wenger’s men.
BORUSSIA Dortmund chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke locked himself in a Bernabeu toilet as he could not bare to watch the final minutes of last night’s Champions League win over Real Madrid.
The German side conceded two late goals before clinging on to secure a 4-3 aggregate win and book their place in the final at Wembley.
He said: “It seems like we only can do it with drama – for the first time in my life I had to give up due to heart problems.
“I went to the toilet for the last minutes, locked myself in, covered my ears and looked at my watch. I had all kinds of thoughts going through my head.”
January’s transfer window has not been open a week and already some serious business has been done.
Now I’ll admit that these first few days of the year I’ve had my eye off the ball – but my god, some amazing transfers have not only been done already, but already seen rewards on the pitch.
Chief among these must be the scooping up of Demba Ba by Chelsea, he’s already netted a brace on his debut!
In addition, Joe Cole looked the business once again for West Ham, who also have added Marouane Chamakh to their stable of strikers, Wigan have bagged Roger Espinoza, Chelsea’s Danuiel Sturridge has joined Liverpool, while English fans will be keen to see how the dual-heritage German performs for Spurs after his switch from Schalke.
And the surprise star signing of the window could yet be the awesome marauding French full-back Mathieu Debuchy, whose signiature could revitalise Newcastle’s season yet.
That’s all in less than a week! If things carry on this way, an already explosive Premier League season could be braced to get even better – teams and players may not like them, but from a fan’s perspective, god bless the transfer window.
GERMAN goalkeeping legend Jens Lehmann would like to try and win a Paralympic Gold at the Rio Games in 2016 – as a member of the nation’s blind football squad.
Although outfield players must be visually impaired, the former Arsenal man, as goalkeeper, can be able-bodied.
If selected, the former Arsenal custodian would be 46.
He said: “This is very interesting, as long as I am fit to go there. In any case, it’s okay to talk about it if you are interested.”
German Disabled Sports Association President Friedhelm Julius Beucher said: “A goalkeeper is not subject to the requirement that he must have some kind of disability.
“Thus, Jens Lehmann, Oliver Kahn or any other retired goalkeeper, in theory, is available. We will now discuss this privately.”
And Germany’s coach Ulrich Pfisterer said: “If Jens Lehmann joined, that would be sensational.”
RUMOURS abound – seemingly fuelled by confirmations from overseas – that Spurs midfielder Rafael Van Der Vaart is currently enjoying the in-flight nibbles on board a plane to Hamburg.
The player, who has been used sparingly by new Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas, is all set to sign for the German side today, according to HSV’s supervisory board, it has been reported.
THE new FIFA World Rankings have been released, with Euro 2012 efforts helping England rise to fourth in the world.
Top spot is Spain’s, while Germany and Uruguay are the other teams above the Three Lions.
Brazil have dropped below Denmark into 11th place – the first time that the World Cup 2014 hosts have been outside the top 10 since the rankings system began.
The top 20 in full is –
1. Spain 2. Germany 3. Uruguay 4. England 5. Portugal 6. Italy 7. Argentina 8. Netherlands 9. Croatia 10. Denmark 11. Brazil 12. Greece 13. Russia 14. France 15. Chile 16. Ivory Coast 17. Sweden 18. Czech Republic 19. Mexico 20. Japan