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‘Germany are in Brazil for only 1 reason: Win the World Cup’
- Success assured when you don’t doubt your capabilities: Horn

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Germany’s Mesut Ozil and Christoph Kramer share a laugh with Mike Horn during a sailing trip at Campo Bahia, in Brazil. (Getty Images)

Calcutta: Mike Horn, a modern-day giant among explorers, who also wears the hat of a motivational speaker, is back in Switzerland after spending around a week with Germany’s soccer World Cup squad.

Horn, who took questions from The Telegraph late on Tuesday, could return to Brazil during the knock-out stage.

Excerpts...

Mood in the German ranks going into their first match, against Portugal, on Monday...

Germany are in Brazil for only one reason: To win the World Cup... That was reflected in their mood during the time I was with them and I don’t see that changing... They have a lot of energy waiting to be released.

The 4-0 whipping of Cristiano Ronaldo’s team...

Germany won on the field and psychologically too. It’s a huge advantage for them.

First impressions on touching base...

It’s very difficult to stop a determined man. Imagine what it will take to stop a determined team!

Time spent at the Germans’ training camp, in Bahia...

It was like a home away from home for the Philipp Lahms. The camp was designed and built around their goals and objectives. It allowed them to create and control the environment needed to perform.

His experience...

I learned a lot being around the Lahms... People evolve through knowledge.

Message conveyed...

I stressed on the power of a team and the importance and roles of players who give that power. The more you give, the stronger the team becomes.

Striking a rapport...

It happened quickly... We went off on a yacht... I took the Lahms away from their comfort zone and they had to listen to me! They didn’t have an option.

Approach adopted by the Lahms...

That, to be successful, each person has to contribute better than his best... To be part of a puzzle which will complete the bigger picture.

Working with the Thomas Muellers and the Bastian Schweinsteigers...

I came away impressed with how different they were (to each other), yet they believe in the same things. That makes them dangerous, having the experience and the energy.

If the stars are actually open to ideas from an outsider...

They’re all hungry to learn.

His impressions of coach Joachim Loew...

Joachim listens to the needs of his players and the players, in turn, listen to him. He has a wonderful trustworthy team around him and, in Oliver Bierhoff, he has an amazing manager.

Having worked with both Gary Kirsten (India, South Africa) and Loew...

Both Gary and Joachim have the knowledge and sensitivity to choose the right combination of players. Joachim knows his wards very well... So did Gary, during his time as coach of India and, later, South Africa.

Comparing his sessions with India’s cricket team, ahead of and during the 2011 World Cup...

Humans don’t think alike... They try to surround themselves with people who have the same interests... I can comment on how the players reacted... I felt the footballers activated their intellectual emotions much quicker than the cricketers... My impressions are that, in soccer, the players need each other more and, so, a stronger team bond is created. Cricket seems more of an individual sport. It’s a different ball game.

Cultural differences...

They play a big role. I’m always mindful that each one of us has our own set of fingerprints and identity.

Being successful...

Success is assured when you don’t doubt your capabilities and you know exactly what to expect from your mates.

If this is the start of a long-term association with Germany...

I’ll help when and where I can. However, my passion is exploration... More than speaking and words, I’m a man of action.

Finally, an update on his Brazil to Europe expedition, by boat, over the Atlantic...

It should begin in the last week of October.