Germany's national football team coach Joachim Loew (R) gestures as assistant coach Hansi Flick stands beside during a training session of the German team in the village of Santo Andre north of Porto Seguro June 10, 2014. (REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann)
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That no European team has won any of the previous six World Cups in Latin America is not a daunting prospect for Germany as they head into Tuesday's World Cup semi-final against hosts Brazil, according to assistant coach Hansi Flick.Three-times World Cup winners Germany are confident that two years of meticulous university research combined with their own scouting and preparations for the conditions will give them an edge against five-times winners Brazil on their home turf. Flick said to get ready for South American teams Germany have benefited from a giant data base put together by a team of about 50 students at Cologne's sport university over the last two years.Germany have been turning to the student researchers at the Deutsche Sporthochschule Koeln increasingly over the last decade.
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