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Germany's World Cup Rivals Indifferent as Klinsi's Men Hit Seven

World Cup hosts Germany sent out a message of intent Wednesday to all those with designs on the greatest prize in soccer: "We can thrash amateur teams -- so watch out!"


Just think how Oli will celebrate if Germany beats a professional team for once

Brazil beware! World Cup hosts Germany are on fire ahead of the soccer spectacular in June and July. The rest of the world will be quaking to hear that Jürgen Klinsmann's side scored seven in their latest warm-up without reply and didn't even complete the 90 minutes, calling time on the slaughter after only an hour.

Timed to perfection -- as is the Klinsmann way -- Germany's goal-fest came after many of their most threatening rivals had already rubber-stamped their player lists for the championships, making it impossible for countries like England, Argentina and the Netherlands to fill their 23-man squads with defenders.

However, international shot-stoppers are unlikely to be shaking in their boots. Germany's World Cup hopefuls weren't putting anyone too dangerous to the sword on Tuesday night. Klinsi's boys were getting in shape by playing amateur club Luckenwalde.

Goals, Odonkor and an unnecessary injury

Two goals for Bastian Schweinsteiger and one a piece from Gerald Asamoah, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Oliver Neuville, Miroslav Klose and Mike Hanke may have provided the crowd with a bit of a spectacle but as a warm up for the World Cup, it was hardly a test.

Fußball, Sport WM06, David Odonkor, Spieler

One positive from the farcical run-about was the impressive showing by Borussia Dortmund midfielder David Odonkor (photo), a surprise late World Cup choice, who looked dangerous rampaging down the right wing. Whether the youngster will have the same amount of freedom against the likes of Brazil's Roberto Carlos remains to be seen.

Klinsmann's light workout did back-fire a little. Defender Philipp Lahm will be out of action for two weeks after picking up an elbow injury -- presumably from falling asleep on it during an hour of inactivity.

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