Germany's Assist from the U.S.A.

The German World Cup team's trainer, Mark Verstegen, has irked some fans due to his American roots and his unorthodox methods. But a win could make them forget quickly

German soccer fans have never seen anything quite like it. Looking at news reports on the training of Germany's World Cup team, they see players striking contorted poses while tethered to elastic cords, or kneeling on foam pads while tossing medicine balls sideways against a wall.

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