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Bierhoff baffled by Goetze whistles

October 14, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff admits he is unsure as to why Mario Goetze was whistled by German fans during Friday’s 3-0 win against Ireland.

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Goetze, 21, made his first appearance for the Nationalmannschaft since March, coming on as a substitute in the 85th minute to a string of boos from the Cologne crowd.

The Bayern Munich forward had previously been recovering from an injury first picked up during last season’s Champions League semifinal between his old club Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid.

During his time on the sidelines, though, Goetze has still managed to make the headlines. During his first Bayern press-conference he sported a Nike shirt, despite the Bavarian club’s contractual agreement with Adidas -- a German company who also sponsor Germany -- while on Thursday, Goetze was pictured wearing Nike socks.

But although Bierhoff had been among those to criticise the forward for the latest incident, he is not sure if that was the reason for the show of discontent from supporters on Friday.

“You have to ask those who whistled,” he told tz. “I also don’t know if that’s down to Dortmund and Bayern or if it’s down to recent events. I can’t judge that.”

The Munich-based tz, however, claims that the whistles were down to Goetze's controversial summer transfer from Dortmund to Bayern, with Dortmund and Cologne fans having close ties. 

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