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2014 World Cup: Germany star Goetze hits back at Ghana star Boateng over 'characterless' attack

Published on: 13 May 2014
Goetze has hit back at Ghana star Kevin Prince Boateng

Mario Goetze has jumped to the defence of his Germany team after Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng described the German squad as "characterless" ahead of next month's World Cup clash.

Boateng, who switched nationality from Germany to Ghana, sparked the war-of-words on Tuesday after claiming the Europeans lack an influential player to help them win difficult matches.

But Goetze has hit back at the Ghana star Boateng saying that Germany deserve their status amongst the World Cup favourites, five weeks before facing Ghana at Brazil 2014.

"We definitely have a good squad, with great players and great ambition, and as a football player you have to be able to deal well with pressure," said Bayern Munich's midfielder Goetze.

Germany are set to face Ghana in both teams' second Group G match in Fortaleza on June 21 with the World Cup to kick off on June 12.

Schalke midfielder Boateng turned up the heat for the showdown on Monday by insisting the Germans lack a strong leader, like former captains Stefan Effenberg or Michael Ballack.

"Germany have a superior team - and that's the problem," said Ghana midfielder Boateng, who is set to face his brother Jerome Boateng, a Germany centre-back, in Fortaleza.

"Germany are feeling the pressure to be world champions, but they don't have the characters and types of player to deal with that in Brazil, someone like an Effenberg or a Ballack.

"When the pressure comes on, they (Germany) don't pull through."

After Boateng added that Germany's vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger has been short on leadership in the past and "just wants to play his football in peace", Goetze said Schweinsteiger's experience speaks for itself.

"Bastian is a seasoned player and has already won many titles," Goetze said of the 29-year-old Schweinsteiger, who has just won his seventh Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich and will be appearing at his third World Cup.

"You don't achieve what he has done without special qualities in your game."

Boateng is not new to controversy with Germany after facing similar attacks from the Europeans before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Boateng, who lives in Germany, became a hate figure among Germans in 2010 when his tackle in an English Premier League ruled Michael Ballack out of the World Cup.


This article has 10 comment(s), give your comment
  • Kobby says:
    May 14, 2014 06:27 am
    I always visit English soccer websites because I like the EPL so when ever 'refugees' visit GSN,that shows clearly that they are in love with Ghanaian football.
  • J J says:
    May 14, 2014 06:42 am
    lets see what ll happen, but i think Ghana Black Stars does the talking on the field. we hv matured players n very talented youngsters that can tk up the heat against any team in the world, so hold ur breath KP, n do the talking on the field, God ll guide u thru
  • Maxwell Obuobi says:
    May 14, 2014 03:03 am
    Shut up selfmade,aconcagua and gingnger !!.useless concoons. Germany will find ITself in abyss at the the group stage.
  • 21guns says:
    May 13, 2014 08:42 pm
    Aye3 huhuuuhu,amaga and amaga
  • selfmade says:
    May 13, 2014 08:49 pm
    Boateng flopped badly against Germany in south Africa because of this same useless rantings against the German team and I wouldn't be surprised to see him flop again in Brazil against the Germans due to unnecessary attention and pressure!! those who knows don't talk and those who TALK DONT KNOW SHIT!!
  • aconcagua says:
    May 13, 2014 08:56 pm
    He seems to court lots of needless controversies, if Germany is characterless then what may be said of his Ghana? He said so much before the Schalke v Madrid game and it turned out to be a real debacle. Looks like he is again fancying the status of being Germany's public enemy number one ahead of another wc.Germany is unquestionably one of the most redoubtable footballing nations in the globe and deserve s to be respected if his Ghana wish to hold their own against them.. He will be well advised to shut up! having ridden beautifully on the back of Ghana's lack of very many quality attacking midfielders to be a part of the team.
  • gignger says:
    May 13, 2014 10:00 pm
    I think KPB is still nursing d pain of not representing germany at full international level and we all know ghanians with their "pull him down syndrome" that's why he is saying all sort of nonsense against one of d tournament favorites(germany) nd I must say dat dat is taking ghanians for fool, I can bet it dat after d wc d guy announce his temporary retirment again till 2018 wc in russia...I was reading d way most ghanians are jubilating about black stars provisional list alone when tournament is not yet started, it is funny, they failed to realize dat winning football match is not about putting 11 individuals on field of play it is about team chemistry nd cohession...I reserve my comments for now till june when d tournament start..God bless Africa
  • Opoku-Wiafe says:
    May 13, 2014 11:10 pm
    the end will justify the means
  • Peewee says:
    May 14, 2014 12:50 am
    These guys who envy ghana so much and wishes our downfall will be put to shame when the games get started.They should go to their various countries sites to post their hatefull and jelous coments.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    May 13, 2014 07:42 pm
    Let the games begin.