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Loew’s faith in Germany’s old guard pays off.

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Germany are trying to move into a new era after their disastrous World Cup campaign, but Thursday’s 0-0 draw with France showed the importance to coach Joachim Loew of keeping faith in the old guard.



Loew’s starting line-up at the Allianz Arena against the world champions featured five members of the German team that beat Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final — goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, centre-backs Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, midfielder Toni Kroos and forward Thomas Mueller.

That quintet, with over 400 caps between them, made up the spine of the team that would have beaten France were it not for some exceptional saves from visiting goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, notably from Marco Reus, Mueller and then Matthias Ginter in the second half.

All of Germany’s starting line-up for their first match in the inaugural UEFA Nations League had been part of their squad in Russia, when they were knocked out in the group stage.

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The only changed face was Leroy Sane, the Manchester City winger coming off the bench late on having been controversially left out of the 23 for the World Cup. The likes of Thilo Kehrer and Kai Havertz stayed on the bench.

“Of course we need to integrate new players. We always need to be pushing to do that, but it is a process that will not happen overnight,” Loew said after the match.

“We saw that against a team as strong as France, players like Hummels, Boateng and Kroos are extremely important, because of their class, their experience and their quality. The youngsters will get their opportunity.”

Loew also opted to start with Ginter and Antonio Ruediger, centre-backs by trade, in the full-back positions, a decision that was rewarded as Germany kept Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and company at bay.

Germany, who host Peru in a friendly in Sinsheim on Sunday, are hoping to definitively move on from the fall-out of their World Cup debacle.

That has been marked by Mesut Ozil’s decision to retire from international football amid allegations of racism aimed at the German FA (DFB) president, Reinhard Grindel.

Loew signed a new contract through to 2022 before the World Cup began, and the Nations League offers his team an early opportunity to win over supporters once again.

Germany play the Netherlands and France away in October, with the winner of their group going through to the four-team Nations League finals next June.

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Seychelles sets out for revenge against Bafana Bafana.

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Seychelles are set to take on South Africa in the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualification Group E match.

The encounter will be played at the Stade Linite in Victoria on Tuesday, October 16.

Kick-off is at 15h30 CAT.



The Pirates were thumped 6-0 by South Africa in a Group E encounter which was played in Johannesburg over the weekend, a defeat that left Seychelles placed fourth on the group standings without a single point from three games. They are four points behind third-placed Libya.

The Southern African side will be hoping to secure their maiden win in the qualifying campaign. 

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Meanwhile, South Africa are brimming with confidence after humiliating a hapless Seychelles side.

The win took Bafana Bafana to the top of the group standings with seven points from three games. They are a point above second-placed Nigeria.

The Southern African giants will be looking to maintain their lead at the top of the standings with a win in Seychelles.

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Hurricane Michael: Aliens created it with evidence – Claims

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Hurricane Michael slammed into Florida last Wednesday packing winds of up to 155mph.

The strength of Michael made it the third-most powerful to ever hit the United States mainland.



More than 600,000 homes were without power as a result of Michael’s impact, with authorities cautioning it could take days for lines to be restored.

But some believe the mega storm was caused by something more than nature.

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UFO hunters believe they have spotted a strange skull in the satellite images of Hurricane Michael, believing this was a sign left by grey aliens.

Conspiracy theory website UFO Sightings Daily believes the shape in the eye of storm resembles an alien skull so similarly that it was no coincidence.

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The blog, run by prominent alien hunter Scott C Waring, says that an extraterrestrial civilisation which is monitoring our planet left the sign there as a sort of signature for us to know that it was them who caused it.

Mr Waring wrote on his blog: “Often I say that storms, lightning, tornadoes and even earthquakes are sometimes caused by alien craft.

One person posted on a related video: “Actually it is October. That could happen.”

Another simply stated: “Photoshop”.

Hurricane Michael hit land on October 10 as a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, one of the most powerful storms to make landfall in the continental United States since records began.

At least 18 people in four states have been killed.

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