Joachim Löw will be looking to steer Germany to glory this summer at the World Cup but one thing is for sure is that he won’t be the one driving the team coach.
According to the Daily Mail, the Germany manager has been banned from driving for six months after being caught several times for driving too fast and clocking up too many points on his license.
Ironically, one of the national team’s sponsors is Mercedes Benz and the team’s general manager, Oliver Bierhoff, joked and said he will have a chat with them to see if they can provide him with a car with a speed limiter. You wouldn’t see Roy Hodgson speeding in a Vauxhall Asta, heck, I doubt you would see him in one at all.
Löw and co are due to be paid a visit by German Formula One sensation, Nico Rosberg, after his win in Monaco on the weekend. Perhaps the Mercedes driver could give the manager a few tips on how to handle his speeding.
The manager has spoken out to clear the record and he will be looking to take other forms of transportation.
'Of course I admit that I sometimes drive too fast,' Low said in a statement released by the German Football Association (DFB). 'I know I've got to slow myself down a bit here.’
'I've learnt my lesson and will change my driving style.
'There's nothing good to say about it - I've got to live with the consequences and use the train more often.'
Off the road and back on to the training ground, Germany are well into their preparations in their training camp in Italy with just under four weeks before their first group game against Portugal.
Although some players such as Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Manuel Neuer have all yet to start training with the full team, the manager insists that they are individually training to do what they can whilst they full recover from the niggles they have picked up.
Lars Bender was forced to drop out of the squad after picking up a thigh injury last week and will miss the tournament along with his brother, Sven. Although Sami Khedira was heavily doubted to miss the competition after his injury last year, he has returned into the side and is looking to get his match fitness up after being out for six months.
Germany are the third favourites to win the tournament and this will be Löw’s third challenge for the trophy. The last time they were winners was back in 1990 – back when the country was parted as West Germany. They came close to winning in 2002 but were runners up to Brazil who are now looking to build on the five they have won previously by winning in their country after losing the first time to Uruguay in a shock 2-1 defeat in 1950.
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