- Title: GERMANY/FILE: RUDI VOELLER NAMES GERMAN SQUAD FOR WORLD CUP FINALS.
- Date: 6th May 2002
- Summary: FRANKFURT, GERMANY (MAY 6, 2002) (REUTERS) 1. RUDI VOELLER, GERMANY HEAD COACH, ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE 2. GERMAN FA SIGN 3. VOELLER ARRIVING 4. PHOTOGRAPHER TAKING PICTURES 5. SOUNDBITE RUDI VOELLER SAYING "As you can see we have several vulnerable players who have not been able to play for quite a while and that was very important in the nomination, what risks can we take, which positions are the players good for? This preparation period is still somewhat difficult but once we are in Japan we will try out some things with the entire team, that's my plan. I must admit that the absence of Jens Nowotny hurts a lot, that's clear, we first have to get over that." FILE, RECENT (REUTERS) 6. GERMAN TEAM TRAINING 7. VOELLER WATCHING PLAYERS 8. TRAINING 9. SEBASTIAN DEISLER TRAINING 10. MEHMET SCHOLL 11. LARS RICKEN SCORING IN PRACTICE 12. CARSTEN JANCKER TALKING TO TEAM-MATE FRANKFURT, GERMANY (MAY 6, 2002) (REUTERS) 13. PRESS CONFERENCE 14. SOUNDBITE RUDI VOELLER SAYING "Martin certainly was a tough case because of the goals he scored. That's an important argument which is logical. But Carsten Jancker is in the national team not because of his successes and because he was permanently there over these two years, its because I am convinced of his success and his abilities". 15. VOELLER LEAVING PRESS CONFERENCE FILE, RECENT (REUTERS) 16. OLIVER KAHN 17. CHRISTIAN ZIEGE 18. OLIVER BIERHOFF 19. MICHAEL BALLACK 20. VOELLER WATCHING TRAINING 21. PLAYERS TRAINING Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: FRANKFURT, GERMANY AND FILE
- Country: Germany
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- Story Text: Germany head coach Rudi Voeller named his 23-man squad
for the World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan.
Germany coach Rudi Voeller picked Sebastian Deisler in
the 23-man World Cup squad he announced on Monday (May 6)
despite doubts about the inspirational midfielder's
Deisler, who has hardly played since last October,
returned to action with his Hertha Berlin club only on
The gifted 22-year-old, who will play for Bayern Munich
next season, had just recovered from knee surgery when he tore
a thigh muscle in training last month.
Voeller also called up Hertha Berlin defender Marko
Rehmer, who is currently sidelined with an ankle injury, in a
squad with no major surprises for the Korea/Japan finals
starting on May 31.
Bayern Munich midfielder Mehmet Scholl pulled out last
month because he was not fully fit while Bayer Leverkusen
central defender Jens Nowotny was ruled out with a knee injury
sustained in last week's 1-1 draw with Manchester United that
sent his team through to the European Champions League final.
"I must admit that the absence of Jens Nowotny hurts a
lot, that's clear, we first have to get over that," said
Voeller, whose team meet Cameroon, Ireland and Saudi Arabia in
There were 14 survivors from the side who made a shock
first-round exit from Euro 2000 in Germany's worst ever
performance at a major tournament.
Several hopefuls will be left behind, among them Werder
Bremen's versatile defender Frank Baumann and midfielder Lars
Ricken from newly-crowned German champions Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern Munich striker Carsten Jancker was selected despite
the fact that he has not scored a goal in the Bundesliga this
season. TSV 1860 Munich's Martin Max, joint top scorer in the
German first division with 18 goals, was left out because he
has virtually no international experience.
"Martin certainly was a tough case because of the goals he
scored. That's an important
argument which is logical. But Carsten Jancker is in the
national team not because of his successes and because he was
permanently there over these two years -- its because I am
convinced of his success and his abilities," said Voeller.
Dortmund, who play Feyenoord in the UEFA Cup final in
Rotterdam on Wednesday, and Bundesliga runners-up Bayer
Leverkusen have five players each in the squad with only four
from Bayern Munich.
Bayern's Oliver Kahn, the Germany captain, is the number
one goalkeeper with Dortmund's Jens Lehmann and Leverkusen's
Hans-Joerg Butt also on the list.
The most capped player in the group is Tottenham Hotspur
wing-back Christian Ziege, who has appeared 64 times for
The oldest is Monaco striker and former Germany captain
Oliver Bierhoff, 34, while the youngest are Deisler and
Dortmund defenders Sebastian Kehl and Christoph Metzelder, all
Elegant Leverkusen midfielder Michael Ballack, who played
a key role in his side's impressive domestic and European run
as well as in Germany's qualifying campaign, is arguably the
most valued player in Voeller's squad.
Eight players, among them Baumann, Ricken and Max, are on
standby in case anybody gets injured before the triple world
champions fly out to their base in Japan on May 22.
Goalkeepers: Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich), Jens Lehmann
(Borussia Dortmund), Hans-Joerg Butt (Bayer Leverkusen)
Defenders: Thomas Linke (Bayern Munich), Christian Woerns,
Sebastian Kehl, Christoph Metzelder, Joerg Heinrich (all
Borussia Dortmund), Marko Rehmer (Hertha Berlin), Christian
Ziege (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders: Michael Ballack, Carsten Ramelow, Bernd
Schneider (all Bayer Leverkusen), Sebastian Deisler (Hertha
Berlin), Torsten Frings (Werder Bremen), Jens Jeremies (Bayern
Munich), Dietmar Hamann (Liverpool)
Strikers: Gerald Asamoah (Schalke 04), Oliver Bierhoff
(Monaco), Oliver Neuville (Bayer Leverkusen), Carsten Jancker
(Bayern Munich), Miroslav Klose (Kaiserslautern), Marco Bode
On standby: Frank Rost (goalkeeper, Werder Bremen), Frank
Baumann (defender, Werder Bremen), Ingo Hertzsch (defender,
Hamburg SV), Stefan Beinlich (midfielder, Hertha Berlin),
Boehme (midfielder, Schalke 04), Lars Ricken (midfielder,
Borussia Dortmund), Thomas Brdaric (striker, Bayer
Martin Max (striker, TSV 1860 Munich)
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