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Americans expect a tough gold-medal game against Serbia

...surprise.The Serbians barely qualified for the 24-team field as the seventh-place finisher in last year's European championship. They were only 2-3 in the group stage, advancing as the fourth and final team from the powerful Group A...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-09-13/americans-expect-tou
U.S. routs Finland in opener of FIBA World Cup basketball tournament

...defense, then running out for a layup.Every U.S. player scored.Finland finished just ninth in last year's European championship, failing to qualify automatically for the World Cup. But the Finns, ranked 39th, became the lowest-ranked...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-08-30/us-routs-finland-ope
FIFA-Russia relations hit snag

...President Michel Platini. UEFA must also decide on Sept. 19 whether to choose St. Petersburg as a host for 2020 European Championship matches.For now, Russia seems too big in world football to fail.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-08-19/fifa-russia-relation
Germany tops Argentina in extra time, wins World Cup

...in the Americas, and the victory ends a string of near misses since winning its last major title at the 1996 European Championship. The team lost the 2002 World Cup final to Brazil, the Euro 2008 final to Spain and was eliminated in the semifinals...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-07-13/germany-tops-argentina-extra
Germans build on Spain's 'tiki-taka' passing game

...Spain beat Germany in the final of the 2008 European Championship and again in the semifinals of the 2010 World...Barcelona inspired Spain's game that brought two European championships and a World Cup title.Loew also adopted the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-07-09/germans-build-spains
Germany is back in World Cup semifinals

...reached the past four in every major tournament it has played ? but remains without a title since winning the European Championships in 1996.While the German team seemed comfortable at this level, the occasion was perhaps too much for a young...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/2014-07-04/germany-back-world-cup-semifinals
Overtime

...SoccerGerman coach won't be leavingWorld Cup winner Joachim Loew will remain Germany's coach through the 2016 European Championship in France.There was speculation Loew might step down after Germany won its fourth World Cup title 10 days ago...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/2014-07-23/overtime
World Cup title might change Germans' view of coach Joachim Loew

...his contract had been extended through the 2016 European Championship before the World Cup. But if Germany falls short...Loew said Saturday.Germany lost the 2008 European Championship final to Spain, which also beat Germany two...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-07-12/world-cup-title-migh
Spain's reign ended with loss to Chile

...Six of Spain's players haveplayed at least 100 national team games while winning the 2010 World Cup and the European Championships in 2008 and 2012.NETHERLANDS 3, AUSTRALIA 2In Porto Alegre, Brazil, Ithe Netherlands qualified for the knockout...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2014-06-18/spains-reign-ended-l
Striker Mario Balotelli's header leads Italy past England

...becoming a key player for the national team ? scoring two goals in the semifinal win over Germany at the 2012 European Championship.Until Saturday, he hadn't scored for the national team since October."This was a very difficult (game...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/2014-06-14/striker-mario-balotellis-header-l