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Schweinsteiger: It's like the athletics World Cup

Watching Jupp Heynckes out on the practice ground, you would never imagine the boss is 66 years old. “Hard passes, they have to reach their man!" he'll shout. Heynckes, a model of passion and enthusiasm, lives and breathes football - and he expects the same from his players. “You have to be hungry for success, otherwise you'll get nowhere. The training sessions are very, very good. All the players are highly motivated," the coach reported on Tuesday.

Since arriving in Qatar, Heynckes has supervised his troops in training three times. With the exception of Rafinha, due in Doha on Tuesday evening after unforeseen problems with his entry visa, all the players are throwing themselves body and soul into the demanding workload. “This team is blessed with a huge hunger for success. The lads are on fire, the training conditions are perfect, and they’re focusing hard," director of sport Christian Nerlinger told