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German captain says mole is a 'disgrace'
AFP, June 24th, 2012 9:12PM

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Germany captain Philipp Lahm says the mole who has been leaking team lineups to the media is a "disgrace."

Coach Joachim Loew sprang a triple surprise by dropping Mario Gomez, Lukas Podolski and Thomas Mueller for the 4-2 quarterfinal win over Greece, but the changes had already been reported earlier that afternoon.

"It is a great pity if leaks like this occur and it is a disgrace that the lineup was in the public domain so early," said Lahm. "The whole nation is standing behind us, everyone wants to move ahead and lift the trophy. The person who has the problem is the guy responsible for leaking that information, because at the end of the day, he might be damaging the hopes of a nation. Maybe that person hasn't understood how team team sports work. I think it is a shame, but we won't be hiring any detectives. ...

"It is normal for players to tell their wives or girlfriends if they are playing or not, but it is out of the question to pass the complete lineup onto an agent. We can share information with the closest family, but that is about it."

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  1. Carlos Thys
    commented on: June 25, 2012 at 6:37 a.m.
    I suppose this is a player that has decide to "up" his Euro 2012 monetary compensations by selling the German match lineups to a media outlet. Perhaps all the easier now and all the more sneaky to do so with just needing a SmartPhone and a creative ap or simple Twitter or web email. In Mexico 1986 Franz Beckenbauer had his hands full getting his staff to follow players around to see which journalists they were spending more time with. Today this is perhaps just 4-5 minutes of work while one's team roomate is fast asleep or done while allegedly in the room shower. It would not surprise me to learn that this was arranged by this media outlet with this player (or assistant coach?) during the 4 weeks prior to the tournament. German backup GK Tim Wiese is my guess, I think him most likely. Here is also what I believe: Perhaps not before July 1st, but Joggi Loew, Hansi Flick, Oliver Bierhoff and the DFB leadership will indeed find out who this is. And this player will then be completely blackballed by the DFB for the remaining days of his playing career -- maybe even for future German coaching opportunities. The Germans aim to win this. They are riveted on this, and the team leaders will not tolerate anything or anyone who brings disharmony or discord. They do specially refer to the French, the Russians, and the Dutch when they point out real world examples of how lack of team harmony assuredly torpedoes the goal.


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