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July 18 2011 2 18 /07 /July /2011 07:35

The German national football team is one of the most successful national sides in world football, having had a history of being a split nation, being represented by East Germany, West Germany and Saarland throughout their footballing history. From October 1990, Germany merged as one football team though most of their success had come before this time to the West German side.

World cups

History

West Germany won the world cup on three occasions. The first occasion came in 1954, when the finals were held in Switzerland where the germans, who were underdogs, overcame Hungary to win the match 3 - 2.

Their second title came in 1974 on home soil, the West Germans overcame the Netherlands in the final 2-1, with German legend Gerd Muller scoring the winning goal.

Their last victory came in 1990 in Italy, when after famously knocking England out in the semi's on penalties, they beat Diego Maradona's reigning champions 1-0 in the final with Andreas Brehme scoring the game's only goal from the penalty spot.

As well as this, the Germans have finished runners up on four occasions with their last final appearence coming in South Korea in 2002, where they lost out to Brazil.

European championships

Victories

The German national team have also won the European championships on three seperate occasions. Their first victory came just prior to their second world cup win in 1972, when they overcame the Soviet Union 3 - 0 in the final which was held in Belguim.

Their second victory came eight years later in 1980 when the tournament was held in Italy. On this occasion, they defeated Belgium in the final by two goals to one. Their last victory came in England in 1996 when, after again famously defeating England on penalties, they defeated the Czech Republic in the final in extra-time with Oliver Bierhoff scoring a golden goal winner.

As well as these victories, the Germans have finished runners up on three other occasions with their last finals appearance coming in 2008, when they lost out to future world champion Spain.

Other statistics

According to FIFA, the German squad are currently ranked as the third best team in the world (as of July 2011). Their hughest FIFA ranking came in 1994 where they reached number one status. Their worst ranking came in 2006 where they, rather surprisingly, dropped to 22nd in the world.

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July 15 2011 6 15 /07 /July /2011 10:53

Talksport is a live radio station that is owned by UTV radio and is one of the United Kingdom's three terrestrial analogue independent national radio broadcasters, offering a sports and talk radio service broadcast, from London to the United Kingdom. Its content includes sports phone-ins and discussions, live sports commentaries and general phone-in discussions. You will learn more about Talksport radio in this article.

Early years

Facts

Talksport radio is transmitted on 1089 and 1053 kHz across the UK and digitally via DAB digital radio, Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, Freesat and TalkTalk TV. Talksport is also streamed online, however, due to rights restrictions on live coverage, some live sport commentaries are not available online

Content

Its content includes sports phone-ins and discussions, live sports commentaries and general phone-in discussions. It is transmitted on 1089 and 1053 kHz across the UK and digitally via DAB digital radio, Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, Freesat and TalkTalk TV.

History

Talksport first aired in 1995 under the 'Talkradio' name. In 2000, the station was rebranded as Talksport and became the U.K's first national commercial sports radio station. It mainly focused its attention on football and purchased the rights to broadcast various football competitions as well as England cricket tours, Rugby tours and Boxing world title fights. They also revamped their presenters with top names such as Alan Brazil, Peter Shilton, Brian Moore and Geofeery Boycott joined the team as well.

Radio programs

Talksport’s programming consists of sports talk and sport news, live coverage, discussion and phone-in debate for the majority of the day but diversifies into more general discussion and phone-in debate during the evenings.

Week days

The week day starts with a daily breakfast show, currently hosted by Alan Brazil before moving on to a more general discussion programmes throughout the day. The station recently took on former Sky Sports presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys following their sacking from Sky. The Drive Time show is regularly hosted by Adrian Durham and Darren Gough who round up the days sports news.

Weekends

TalkSport dedicates its weekends to full coverage of the weekends sports bringing live commentaries from various games, as well as news and latest scores from all around the country on match days.

Live sports coverage

TalkSport currently has rights to broadcast matches, which fans can listen to live from the Premier league, the Football League, the Carling Cup, the Champions league, the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA European Championships and the Rugby World Cup. Expert commentary on matches are provided by former professionals such as Stan Collymore, Matt Holland and Micky Quinn to name but a few.

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