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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Germany win the third place

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Bayern Munich player Bastian Schweinsteiger made a night to remember, scoring two great individual goals and having a hand in the third, as Germany earned third place in the World Cup today.

In fact, this victory gave the home fans something to cheer and the players celebrated on the pitch at the final whistle, but both losing semi-finalists will be green with envy when they sit down to watch tomorrow's Berlin final between France and Italy.

It's important to notice that Jurgen Klinsmann, who is yet to announce if he will continue as Germany coach, was full of praise for his players.

"Honestly, it is unbelievable what this team has achieved. Every one of them has worked so hard, I just can't find words for it," he expressed.

About his future in the national team, Klinsmann said he needs time to come to a decision.

"It's just that so much has happened in last few weeks and I haven't taken it all on board yet. Give me a few days."

The third-place match was a day of fond farewells with Portugal star Luis Figo coming on in the 75th minute for his 127th and final international encounter.

Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn announced after winning his 86th cap that it was also his last match for his country. He had been dropped in favour of Arsenal's Jens Lehmann for the Cup, but was recalled to make an emotional farewell here.

"It was my last international match today and I could not have wished for a better final game for my country," said the popular Kahn.

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