Germany eyes World Cup redemption against Japan as Spain and Croatia kick off

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Jack87 news today,  After the 2018 Russian Horror Show, asianbookie Germany began their World Cup redemption on Wednesday, with Spain and Croatia also starting their campaigns in Qatar.

Germany will be on high alert in their first match against Japan after Saudi Arabia snapped Lionel Messi’s Argentina to end the South American champions’ unbeaten run of 36 games.

Croatia, who were unexpectedly runners-up four years ago, took on Morocco early in the competition. Spain will face Costa Rica in the evening and Belgium will take on Canada in their final game.

Defending champions Germany were out of the group stage in boda8 Russia, the first World Cup since 1938.

“We knew what happened four and a half years ago was bad, so we waited a long time,” said Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich.

“The first boda8 malaysia game is very important. We lost the first game at the last European Cup and we didn’t win the game, so I hope we can win tomorrow.”

After long-serving coach Joachim Loew stepped down, Hansi Flick, who took over last year, has led the four-time world champion with a steady but not-so-great presence.

Spain want a smoother entry than they did in Russia, with Julen Lopetegui sacked for taking the job at Real Madrid on the eve of the game.

They have the third-youngest squad at the World Cup, with Luis Enrique relying on young talent and some older players like Sergio Ramos being left out of the squad.

“It’s very positive because the young players bring energy to the team. We try to manage that using our experience as staff,” said Luis Enrique.

Time is running out for Belgium’s golden generation, the backbone of a team that finished third at the last World Cup.

Modric looks to the future

With Romelu Lukaku missing the first two group matches and captain Eden Hazard playing only a small role at Real Madrid, Belgium will rely heavily on Kevin De Bruyne.

Belgium, ranked second in the world behind Brazil, played a warm-up match against Egypt in Kuwait last week, but lost 2-1.

In Canada, they met a team that returned to the World Cup for the first time in 36 years. The Canadians are encouraged by the full recovery of Alfonso Davis.

Croatian midfielder Luka Modric has warned his teammates not to expect a repeat of their heroics at the last World Cup, when the nation of more than 4 million reached the final with overweight.

“Whatever we went through during the 2018 World Cup was an unforgettable experience, but we need to put it aside and focus on what’s in front of us,” Modric said.

While Saudi Arabia dominated the headlines on the pitch, World Cup organizers faced mounting questions on Tuesday over whether the rainbow logo could be displayed in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.

Seven European teams, including England and Germany, have abandoned plans to have their captains wear rainbow-themed armbands amid threats of disciplinary action from FIFA.

The German Football Association said it was examining whether it was legal for FIFA to threaten to punish players for wearing the malaysia boda8 “OneLove” armband.

Belgium’s Jan Vertonghen even said he was “afraid” to talk about human rights.

“I’m worried that if I say this, I might not be able to play tomorrow,” the defender said.

“It’s something I’ve never had before in football. I feel in control. I don’t even dare to speak about it.”

 

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