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German squad hit by virus before quarterfinal showdown with France

Jul 3, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT

Can Germany's attackers spark back into life vs. Algeria? Getty Images

Just 24 hours before their World Cup quarterfinal with France, the German national team are in disarray as several of their players have been struck down by illness.

Speaking in a press conference on Thursday, German head coach Joachim Low confirmed that seven of his players are suffering from “flu like symptoms” as they prepare for their showdown with European rivals France in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.

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Mats Hummels missed Germany’s last 16 win over Algeria with the illness and the sickness now seems to have spread to the rest of the squad. Not naming any names, although Christoph Kramer and Thomas Muller are both believe to be sick, Low blamed several factors as the illness rips through his squad.

“Seven players are slightly ill with flu symptoms,” Low said. “It is not that bad at the moment and it could be partly about air conditioning, the travel, temperature differences. I do not want to make a drama of it. We hope the situation will ease.”

After a tiring 120 minutes of action against Algeria last time out, this kind of scare is the last thing Low and his team needed. After drawing against Ghana then scrapping wins against the U.S. and Algeria in their last two games, the German public has yet to see the attacking panache and dominance return after it appeared majestically in their opening game against Portugal which they won 4-0.

Instead, Low is under pressure to at least get his side to the semifinals of the World Cup for the third-straight tournament. That seems to be the minimum requirement, even if the DFB say Low’s job is safe no matter what.

Coming up against an in-form and confident French side in the Maracana on Friday should provide Germany with their toughest test of the World Cup so far. Right now, Low is hoping he has 11 fully-fit players to put out on the field.

  1. aceinthehole12 - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    That’s rough. Couldn’t imagine playing 90+ minutes of football feeling ill like that.

  2. convincedofthehex - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    “it could be partly about air conditioning, the travel, temperature differences.” Uh no, they caught a virus. It’s called science.

    • site to help others - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      Science is an investigative methodology based on empiricism, there’s nothing inherently more “scientific” about a virus than changes in temperatures, air pressure, etc.

  3. urallstupid - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    its the brazilian prostitutes

  4. Dan - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    “It’s not that bad.”

    It is a quarterfinal match. I am pretty sure all hands will be on deck.

  5. rmccleary97 - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Anyone check to see if Maradona had offered the Germans any food or drink recently? (If you don’t immediately get this, see: 1990 World Cup, Brazil vs. Argentina)

    • Dan - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      Not sure, but I am pretty certain Maradona knows who Thomas Mueller is now.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      Maradona spiked an Italian player’s drink with a tranquilizer. No wonder he was so big on La cocaina!

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:22 PM

        Make that a Brazilian player’s drink The game was in Italy.

  6. mmolinar - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Sounds like the German squad must have gotten some free food from Arsene Wenger.

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