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Germany win U21 European Championship

Posted in U21 with tags , , , , , , , on June 29, 2009 by kemgooner

Germany u21 european final win

Germany U-21’s defeated the England U-21’s today 4-0,  with goals scored by Gonzalo Castro, Mesut Ozil, and two by Sandro Wagner.  It was always going to be a hard test for England who had three players out suspended for the match, two of them strikers, which left Theo Walcott up front on his own. Walcott was isolated most of the game and saw very little of the ball, and England had only one solid chance the whole match coming from a James Milner run and cross which found Adam Johnson whose backheel attempt deflected off his other leg and went wide.

Theo Walcott

Mesut Ozil was the star performer again for Germany, who along with scoring a goal assisted the first goal with a brilliantly placed pass to Castro who lifted the ball over the goalkeeper and into the net.  Ozil, who plays his club football for Werder Bremen in the German Bundesliga, was certainly one of the best performers in this European Championship.  Tomorrow we will profile some of the other top performers in the tournament. And for our readers, which players stood out to you in this U21 Championship?

Finally, congratulations to Germany, winners of the 2009 European U-21 Championship!

Germany U21 winners


VfB Stuttgart vs. Werder Bremen

Posted in VfB Stuttgart, Werder Bremen with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2008 by kemgooner

Stuttgart took on Werder Bremen Saturday, in a match which saw 9 goals scored.  Diego was still suspended for Bremen, and Stuttgart were starting 19 year old goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. The action began early when in the 9th minute when Markus Rosenberg put in a cross that found Hugo Alemeida wide open on the back post. The Portugeese striker easily headed home the chance, and the scoreline was 1-0 Werder Bremen. Mesut Ozil , a 19 year old attacking midfielder who signed for Bremen from Schalke at the end of the winter transfer window, started for Bremen and he was involved in a lot of dangerous play early on, and did well taking on and beating defenders. 

20 minutes in Stuttgart found their equalizer from the boot of Mario Gomez after a wonderful backheeled pass from Ciprian Marica.  Perhaps Tim Weise could have done better coming off his line, but Gomez is such a talented striker that there was little that could be done.  Bremen came very close to taking the lead back just a minute later when Hugo Alemeida again found himself in a dangerous position but this time his shot hit the crossbar. On the 28th minute Stuttgart made and important substitution, taking off Antonio da Silva and putting on Roberto Hilbert. This allowed Basturk to push forward more, and that move payed off when he broke free on a counter attack following a Bremen corner in the 43rd minute.  He found Mario Gomez, and the German slotted home his second. At halftime the score was 2-1 Stuttgart.

The second half began where the first left off, more attacking play and more great chances for both sides, but Bremen were the first to capitalize on their pressure.  Sebastian Boenisch, who had a pretty good match overall getting forward, scored his first ever Bundesliga goal from a shot outside the box, which might have taken a deflection on the way in.  Bremen hearts were lifted and the score was 2-2.  However, their hopes were dashed 5 minutes later when Mario Gomez grabbed his hattrick, from a close ranged shot after a cross by the substitute Cacau following another Stuttgart break.

Stuttgart didn’t have to wait more than a minute to see their lead doubled, as Bremen seemed to still be in shock following the last goal. They again hit Bremen on a quick attack and this time it was Mario Gomez feeding Cacau for the goal.  Bremen pulled one back in 76th through Markus Rosenberg, making it 4-3 and it seemed like they just might have a chance rescuing a point. Those last hopes were dashed in the 83rd minute when Ludovic Magnin went on a great run beating Mertesacker, Weise, and then putting in shot that was attempted to be cleared by Clemens Fritz, but was deflected off Mertesacker into the Bremen net.  Cacau added another for Stuttgart, as the Bremen defense just seemed to stand around and let him shoot.  Things got even worse for Bremen when Mertesacker was harshly sent off following a tackle on Gomez.  The German did not complain however, and walked off the pitch in disappointment shared by his teammates still playing, Bremen fans, and anyone hoping Bremen would be able to beat Bayern Munich out for the Bundesliga title.

Tim Weise was poor again for Bremen, and you have to wonder if they will go shopping for a new keeper in the summer.  Mario Gomez was clearly the motm, and one has to wonder whether he too will find himself on another team next season, with many big clubs reportedly showing interest.


Final Score: Stuttgart 6 Werder Bremen 3