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.
GERMANY’S World Cup heroes Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira are not good enough to compete at the highest level, say Bayern Munich.
The German club’s director of sport Christian Nerlinger claims his side were never interested in signing either player, as neither has proven themselves.
Both Ozil and Khedira moved to Real Madrid this summer.
But Nerlinger insists: “We did not get to the stage where we wanted to talk to them or even make an offer because we were not convinced that they would make it to the top level.
“If FC Bayern wants a player, then we are absolutely capable of signing him or keeping hold of him.”
This Summer, Bayern have signed Breno, Edson Braafheid, Andreas Ottl, David Alaba and Toni Kroos.
IS IT just me or is the transfer rumour mill upping its game?
Following the news that Mesut Ozil could be heading here, Benfica’s Brazilian box-to-box midfielder Ramires is poised to sign with Premier League champions Chelsea, with the player at Stamford Bridge for a medical.
The 23-year-old player, nicknamed the Blue Kenyan at former club Cruzeiro for his non-stop running, is expected to cost around ÃÂ£17m.
With him alongside the powerhouse players like Florent Malouda, Frank Lampard and Michael Essien, Chelsea’s midfield could be uncontainable next season.
RUMOURS abound today that one of the stars of South Africa could yet be heading to the Premier League next season.
Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil is a target of Arsenal and Manchester United, but it had looked like his club Werder Bremen would block any deal.
However today, rumours abound that Ozil has pleaded with the club to lower their ÃÂ£16m valuation – paving the way for a swoop in the coming weeks by one of the English sides.
Fingers crossed one of Europe’s top talents will be plying his trade in the Premiership next season – the player would surely bolster any English side’s line-up.
WITH the World Cup drawing to a close, the finalists Spain and the Netherlands are now poised to contest the trophy.
But it’s not only Spaniards and Dutchmen that have the potential to emerge as winners.
Here’s Goaltastic’s select XI who didn’t do a Rooney and really stood out in South Africa –
GK – Enyeama (Nigeria)
DEF – Maicon (Brazil), Carvalho (Portugal), Ramos (Spain)
MID – Villa (Spain), Honda (Japan), Sneijder (Holland), Ozil (Germany)
ATK – Muller (Germany), Forlan (Uruguay), Gyan (Ghana)
LIKE a vuvuzela-toting South African, I’ve got the horn for the World Cup.
And with the tournament now in full swing, it’s clear that the established stars of the game aren’t necessarily playing to their full potential – leaving a void for lesser-known players to fill.
Tomorrow I’ll come to these overpaid show ponies not fit to wear the national team’s shirt.
But for now, here is my Surprise Package XI of dark horses, players who have defied my expectations in the tournament so far.
And yes, humble pie is being tasted, as I’ve picked Emile Heskey –
GK – Enyeama (Nigeria)
DEF – Reid (New Zealand), Tulio (Japan), Jung Soo (South Korea), Alcaraz (Paraguay)
MID – Tshabalala (South Africa), Ozil (Germany), Boateng (Ghana)
ATK – Podolski (Germany), Jong (North Korea), Heskey (England)