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Germany soccer coach, Joachim Loew, was recognised with an “Integration” award and former skipper Bastian Schweinsteiger a honorary service accolade at the BAMBI Awards in Berlin on Thursday. (Latest Football stories)Loew has spent a decade in charge of Germany and led them to their fourth World Cup title in Brazil two years ago, where Schweinsteiger capped an impressive career by helping secure victory over Argentina in the final.”I’m pleased that we are being seen as a good example of integration. And so we are proud to get a prize,” Loew told Reuters in Berlin.”We have various players with different backgrounds, different religions, and it works really well.”Bastian Schweinsteiger (Reuters Photo)Manchester United midfielder Schweinsteiger was given a “Special jury” prize for his services to the national team after winning 121 caps before retiring from international football in August.The BAMBI Awards started in 1948 and annually recognises those with vision and creativity. They are the oldest media awards in Germany.Pope Francis and women’s world number one tennis player Angelique Kerber were among others recognised at this year’s awards, where British singers Robbie Williams and Sting performed.
Minerva Punjab FC continued their winning run in I-League after edging past Luis Norton de Matos-coached Indian Arrows with a 1-0 victory in Ludhiana on Monday.The match was headed into a certain draw but Bhutan international Chencho took the match away in the 80th minute with a brilliant solo effort.With the win, Minerva maintained their top spot in the league table with 13 points from five matches while Indian Arrows were seventh after three points from three games.Minerva had earlier defeated Indian Arrows 2-0 in the first leg in Goa.Home side Minerva made two changes from their game against Chennai City FC with Souvik Das and Lago Bei making way for Amandeep Singh and center back Sukhdev Singh.Indian Arrows made two changes in their squad from the last game as Aniket Jadhav, who scored 2 goals in the opening game against Chennai City, and central midfielder Abhijit Sarkar made way for attacking minded Rahim Ali and new comer Abhishek Halder respectively.Minerva Punjab completely outplayed Indian Arrows in the first half of play. Captain Kassim Aidara had an early opportunity in the 3rd minute to get his name on the scoresheet but his effort from four yards out went wide off the target.On the 15th minute mark, William’s powerful volley was somehow blocked by Indian Arrows’ defence line, when it almost looked like the action replay of his previous goal against Indian Arrows in Goa.The best chance of first half fell to Dano in 35th minute when he hit the post from a picture perfect diving volley. Meanwhile, Arrows goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem made two superb back-to-back saves in the 42nd minute to keep his team in the match.advertisementIndian Arrows somehow managed to keep the scoreline 0-0 at half time.The 2nd half was more even with Indian Arrows players starting to get into the rhythm of the game. They had more of the ball but still could not penetrate the strong defence of the Punjab club.Indian Arrows had the chance of the match in 53rd minute when KP Rahul ran down the right wing going one on one with Minerva goalkeeper Rakshit, who came out of his line and managed to put the ball out of danger in a heroic manner.Minerva, on the other hand, capitalised on their chance in the 80th minute when Chencho scored after sending two defenders the wrong way and hit a powerful low drive into the right corner giving no chance to Dheeraj.