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FRANKFURT---Germany will use a
newly built World Cup base near
Porto Seguro in the state of Bahia
for next year s tournament in Brazil.
The German Football Federation
said yesterday the coastal base will
be at "Campo Bahia," 30 kilometres
(19 miles) north of Porto Seguro.
The DFB said the base is "still under
construction" and will consist of 14
two-story houses for the players and
team officials. A media center and a
practice field will be nearby.
The base is near the village of Santo
Andre and will be finished by March.
National team manager Oliver Bier-
hoff said the facility was "not being
built for us and according to our wish-
es."But the mass-circulation newspaper
Bild, which first reported the choice
of base, said coach Joachim Loew was
not happy with the hotels being
offered and decided on the new camp.
The project is financially supported
by a German entrepreneur, the DFB
said. The base location allows rela-
tively short flights to Salvador, For-
taleza and Recife. Germany plays Por-
tugal on June 16 in Salvador, Ghana
on June 21 in Fortaleza and the United
States on June 26 in Recife.
The German team will fly to Brazil
on June 7 and will prepare for the
tournament at its base.
Germany is seeking its fourth World
Cup title and the first since 1990.
The last major title Germany won
was the 1996 European Champi-
After a friendly against Poland on
May 13, the Germans will train for 10
days at the end of May in Alto Adige,
a German-speaking region in northern
A friendly against an opponent to
be still determined is scheduled for
Moenchengladbach on June 1, and
another in Mainz on June 6, one day
before the team flies to Brazil.
Germany also plays Chile on March
5 in Stuttgart. (AP)
build their base
on coast for WCup
VALENCIA--- David Barral came
off the bench to score two headers
and give Levante a 2-1 win at home
over Elche yesterday, ending its
four-game losing streak in the
Levante, which had lost five
straight including a Copa del Rey
game last weekend, fell behind at
its Ciutat de Valencia stadium when
Ionut Sapanura opened the scoring
for Elche in the 26th minute.
But Barral replaced injured striker
Baba Diawara in the 38th and three
minutes later leveled by expertly
nodding in Nabil El Zhar s cross.
Levante pressed the visitors into
their area in the second half, and
Elche goalkeeper Antonio "Tono"
Rodriguez had to push Nikolas
Karabelas shot onto his crossbar in
But Tono was helpless to stop
Barral from thumping in the 80th-
minute winner when Pedro Rios
picked him out charging unmarked
through the box with a well-placed
It was Levante s first victory since
October 26. Both sides remained in
the middle of the standings.
"This is a huge boost for us con-
sidering the negative streak we were
on," Barral said.
The former Sporting Gijon player
added that with 20 points, Levante
was halfway to its goal of finishing
the season with 40, the minimum
it believes necessary to avoid rel-
Barcelona hosts Villarreal today
while third-place Real Madrid visits
Osasuna. Also, Granada visits Rayo
Vallecano and Malaga welcomes
Getafe. Atletico Madrid, co-leader
with Barcelona, hosts Valencia
tomorrow. Elsewhere, it s: Almeria
vs Espanyol, Real Sociedad vs Real
Betis, and Sevilla vs Athletic Bilbao.
Valladolid hosts Celta Vigo on Mon-
Levante rallies for 2-1 win over Elche
PARIS---Saint-Etienne won 1-0
at former champion Montpellier
yesterday to move provisionally
into sixth place in the French
Forward Max-Alain Gradel
turned in a cross from defender
Faouzi Ghoulam in the 75th minute
after some good approach work
from winger Franck Tabanou and
Brazilian striker Brandao.
Chances were scarce in a scrappy
Montpellier goalkeeper Geoffrey
Jourdren kicked away a volley from
Tabanou early on and Montpellier
winger Anthony Mounier headed
just over from a corner in the 31st
Jourdren saved a shot from
winger Benjamin Corgnet shortly
after halftime, and Saint-Etienne
defender Loic Perrin was relieved
to see the ball bounce off the post
when he deflected a cross from
Remy Cabella midway through the
Struggling Montpellier is one
place above the relegation zone.
St Etienne moves into sixth
SAO PAULO---Brazil s sports tribunal
ruled yesterday that Atletico Paranaense
will have to play 12 matches away from
home next year because of the fan vio-
lence that marked the final round of
the Brazilian league last weekend.
The tribunal also said Vasco da Gama,
the visiting team in the southern city of
Joinville tomorrow, will play eight home
matches away. Both clubs will have to
play half of the games in empty stadi-
Atletico Paranaense was also fined
about $50,000 and Vasco nearly $35,000.
The tribunal said Atletico Paranaense
was punished for failing to provide ade-
quate security as the host team, while
Vasco failed to take proper action to pre-
vent the violence from happening.
The clubs said they will appeal and a
new trial was set for December 27.
The punishment only applies to
matches organized by the Brazilian foot-
ball federation, meaning the teams will
be allowed to play at home during the
regional championships that start next
Hundreds of fans from both teams
charged against each other in the stands,
throwing punches and kicks and using
sticks and metal bars in the fighting that
left four people injured, including a man
who had to be airlifted from the pitch.
Brazilian club gets 12-match
home ban for violence
BERLIN---Hertha Berlin came from
behind to defeat Werder Bremen 3-2
and move provisionally sixth in the
Hertha striker Adrian Ramos scored
twice in nine minutes to cancel out
Nils Petersen s 15th-minute opening
strike, set up by Aaron Hunt on his
200th Bundesliga appearance.
Bremen defender Theodor Gebre
Selassie bundled Per Skjelbred over in
the 17th and Ramos duly equalized from
the penalty spot, before Skjelbred played
the Hertha striker through to score
again from a narrow angle.
Hunt equalized four minutes after
that, with Peterson returning the favor
from earlier to set the Bremen captain
up.Crowd favorite Ronny made it 3-2
three minutes into the second half,
tucking away what proved to be the
winner from a rebound after Raphael
Wolf saved Peter Pekarik s initial head-
"We found it very hard to get into
the game. Of course Bremen have their
offensive qualities, but we weren t
proactive enough," said Hertha coach
Jos Luhukay after his 50th Bundesliga
game. "We had to fight right to the
Hertha cleared the ball off the line
after Hunt s late free kick slipped
through Thomas Kraft s fingers onto
the post to hold on for the promoted
side s seventh win from 16 games.
Bremen, which lost 7-0 to Bayern
Munich last weekend, hasn t won in
five games and remains 14th before the
rest of the 16th round.
"We re simply not learning from our
mistakes. Week after week it s the same
(expletive)," Hunt said. "You just can t
play like that. We re in the middle of
a relegation battle." (AP)
Hertha beats Bremen 3-2
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