Superstition forces Loew to sweat it out, literally

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Superstition forces Loew to sweat it out, literally

He claimed on Monday he was not superstitious but admitted that pressure from other coaching staff and players to keep wearing his familiar sweater had paid off ahead of their World Cup semifinal clash against Spain in Dutrban on Wednesday.

"The thing with the sweater is that I’m not driven by superstition," a smiling Loew told reporters. "The other coaching staff said I should be wearing the sweater now because every time I wear it we score four goals."

Germany beat England 4-1 in the second round and reached the semifinals following a 4-0 demolition of Argentina, with Loew donning the V-necked garment each time.

"I’m not even allowed to wash it now and I think I will wear it again (against Spain)," he said. Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger also hoped to see his coach wearing it at Durban Stadium.

"I do not know how many sweaters he has that are blue. But I hope he has the one or two left in his suitcase," added one of the tournament’s most influential players.

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