Soccer-No alarm bells despite poor showings by German youth (Reuters)

By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN, June 13 (Reuters) – The image of Germany’s much-praised youth system was dented this week when the country’s Under-21 team completed a poor European showing for their junior squads, but soccer officials say there are no alarm bells ringing. Tournament favourites Germany went out of the European championships in Israel with two consecutive defeats before a futile 2-1 victory over also-eliminated Russia on Wednesday in their final group game. Germany’s Under-19 and Under-17 teams failed to even qualify for their European championships. …

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