Good Luck to Germany in the 2014 World Cup
The 2014 FIFA World Cup is set to kick off today as the host nation and one of the tournament's favorites, Brazil, faces off against Croatia.
Germany, who is being supported by EXOS for the third straight World Cup finals, begins its Group G play on Monday, June 16th, at 3 p.m. EST against Portugal. EXOS team members have been supporting Germany's players and staff throughout the World Cup qualifying cycle and build up to the tournament and will continue supporting the team's integrated performance training and recovery strategies throughout the tournament.
"Instead of thinking about winning the title, we need to think about winning each day," said EXOS founder Mark Verstegen when speaking to DFB.tv about the team's preparation. "If we win the process every day, how we are thinking and preparing, how we are fueling, the quality of our movements and practices, how we recover. If we think about doing these things well every day, then we will be in the best position ever to have a chance at winning the cup."
After their match against Portugal, Germany faces Ghana on June 21st (3 p.m. EST) and plays their final group match against the USA on June 26th (12 p.m. EST).
For more on the team's preparation with EXOS specialists Mark Verstegen, Shad Forsythe, Darcy Norman, and Benny Kugel check out the videos below and this training photo album.
EXOS also wishes the best of luck to all the athletes representing their country in the World Cup who play on club teams supported by EXOS specialists.
- Tim Howard, GK, USA
- Leighton Baines, D, England
- Phil Jagielka, D, England
- Ross Barkley, M, England
- Romelu Lukaku, F, Belgium
- Kevin Mirallas, F, Belgium
Sporting Kansas City
- Matt Besler, D, USA
- Graham Zusi, MF, USA
Los Angeles Galaxy
- Omar Gonazalez, D, USA
- Marvin Chavez, M, Honduras
Also be sure to check out the articles below featuring EXOS specialists discussing how World Cup teams prepare for the World Cup through integrated training, nutrition, and recovery strategies.
- "Sleep monitors could help U.S. players rest easy during World Cup" - USA Today
- "The High-Performance Eggs Benedict" - Outside
- "Germany putting fitness first" - UEFA.com
- "U.S. begins World Cup training camp in California" - Salon
- "Tackling Climate Change: The USMNT's Final World Cup Training" - SI Edge
- "Training, science and hard work key U.S. fitness" - ESPN FC
The 86 athletes put in many top performances at the combine, including breaking a world record.
EXOS performance specialist Benjamin Kugel used lessons from working with the German national team to help FC Köln excel.
Complimentary workouts and lunch-and-learn events are scheduled to celebrate the new Core Performance training space.