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Douglas Costa likes tweet linking him with Liverpool move

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Bayern Munich star Douglas Costa has liked a tweet touting him for a move to Liverpool. The Brazilian has been linked with a big-money move to...

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Marcus Rashford, Divock Origi and Bayern Munich’s next new boy star in our #JF70 young talents of weeks 16 & 17

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As leagues across Europe head into their final phases, plenty of the #JF70 youngsters are hitting the heights for their clubs. Which wonderkids have caught the eye lately? Week 17 Marcus Rashford...

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Liverpool and Spurs competing for Max Meyer

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Bayern ‘keeper Neuer out for season with foot fracture

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is out for the rest of the season after fracturing his left foot in Bayern Munich’s Champions League defeat at Real Madrid, his club announced on Wednesday.

The Bayern shot-stopper and Germany captain suffered the injury while trying unsuccessfully to stop Cristiano Ronaldo netting his third goal in the 109th minute at the Bernabeu as defending holders Real won 4-2 after extra-time on Tuesday.

Delight as Leipzig Champions League dream comes true

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany striker Timo Werner said RB Leipzig’s dreams had come true as their 4-0 rout of Freiburg on Saturday guaranteed them a crack at the Champions League next season.

With five games left, Leipzig are guaranteed to finish their first Bundesliga season in the top four.

Germany probes new message claiming Dortmund attack

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Berlin (AFP) – German prosecutors said Saturday they were examining a third claim of responsibility for blasts that rocked Borussia Dortmund’s team bus, but no new suspects have yet emerged.

With Dortmund players due back on the pitch in Germany’s premier league, the Bundesliga, police are pursuing leads in their probe of Tuesday’s attack that left Spanish international Marc Bartra and a policeman injured.

Germany probes new message claiming Dortmund attack

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Berlin (AFP) – German prosecutors said Saturday they were examining a third claim of responsibility for blasts that rocked Borussia Dortmund’s team bus, but no new suspects have yet emerged.

With Dortmund players due back on the pitch in Germany’s premier league, the Bundesliga, police are pursuing leads in their probe of Tuesday’s attack that left Spanish international Marc Bartra and a policeman injured.

Detained ‘Islamist’ cleared over Dortmund blasts

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – German federal prosecutors said Thursday they had cleared the sole suspect in custody for a bomb attack against the Borussia Dortmund football team bus of involvement.

The announcement marked a setback for investigators, who described the three blasts late Tuesday as a “terrorist” act and said they are focusing on suspects in the “Islamist spectrum”.

Detained ‘Islamist’ cleared over Dortmund blasts

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – German federal prosecutors said Thursday they had cleared the sole suspect in custody for a bomb attack against the Borussia Dortmund football team bus of involvement.

The announcement marked a setback for investigators, who described the three blasts late Tuesday as a “terrorist” act and said they are focusing on suspects in the “Islamist spectrum”.

Germany probes ‘Islamist’ after unbowed Dortmund play match

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – German investigators Thursday focused their probe into three explosions that rocked the Borussia Dortmund football team bus on a sole “Islamist” suspect in custody, after the side defiantly returned to the pitch.

The roadside blasts left Dortmund’s Spanish international Marc Bartra and a policeman injured, with the bombs “containing metal pieces” detonating minutes after the team bus set off to a planned Champions League game against Monaco on Tuesday night.

Bender replaces Bartra for Dortmund, Monaco without Mendy

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Spain international Marc Bartra, who was hurt in Tuesday’s bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus, was replaced by Sven Bender for Wednesday’s rescheduled Champions League quarter-final first leg against Monaco.

Centre-back Bartra underwent surgery on a broken wrist after he was hit by flying glass as three explosions shattered windows on the Dortmund coach as it made its way to Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday.

Bender replaces Bartra for Dortmund, Monaco without Mendy

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Spain international Marc Bartra, who was hurt in Tuesday’s bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus, was replaced by Sven Bender for Wednesday’s rescheduled Champions League quarter-final first leg against Monaco.

Centre-back Bartra underwent surgery on a broken wrist after he was hit by flying glass as three explosions shattered windows on the Dortmund coach as it made its way to Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday.

Germany detains ‘Islamist’, probes terror link to Dortmund blasts

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – German investigators on Wednesday detained an Islamist suspect over three explosions that rocked Borussia Dortmund’s team bus, prosecutors said, confirming that the probe was examining a possible “terrorist link”.

The roadside blasts left Dortmund’s Spanish international Marc Bartra and a policeman injured, with the bombs “containing metal pieces” detonating minutes after the team bus set off to a planned Champions League game against Monaco on Tuesday night.

Germany detains ‘Islamist’, probes terror link to Dortmund blasts

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – German investigators on Wednesday detained an Islamist suspect over three explosions that rocked Borussia Dortmund’s team bus, prosecutors said, confirming that the probe was examining a possible “terrorist link”.

The roadside blasts left Dortmund’s Spanish international Marc Bartra and a policeman injured, with the bombs “containing metal pieces” detonating minutes after the team bus set off to a planned Champions League game against Monaco on Tuesday night.

Xabi Alonso – Bayern’s ‘Zen master’

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Laid-back Xabi Alonso’s present and past collide on Wednesday when current employers Bayern Munich host his ex-club Real Madrid in a mouthwatering battle of the Champions League giants.

Bayern play Real at Munich’s Allianz Arena in a plum first-leg clash with the return on April 18 - Alonso’s last appearance at Madrid’s Bernabeu, where he spent five seasons from 2009-14, before he retires in June.

German voters must deny power to right-wing – Lahm

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Berlin (AFP) – World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm has warned of the rise of populism ahead of September’s national elections in Germany and said the right-wing must not be allowed to take power.

With six months to go until the elections, there are fears the right-wing populist party Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) will gain seats in Germany’s Bundestag parliament.

German voters must deny power to right-wing – Lahm

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Berlin (AFP) – World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm has warned of the rise of populism ahead of September’s national elections in Germany and said the right-wing must not be allowed to take power.

With six months to go until the elections, there are fears the right-wing populist party Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) will gain seats in Germany’s Bundestag parliament.

Bayern ‘keeper Neuer out for two matches

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will be out for two matches after sustaining an injury in training, but should be fit for the Champions League showdown with Real Madrid, the Bundeliga giants said Thursday.

“Manuel Neuer underwent a successful minor operation … on Wednesday evening after sustaining an injury to his left foot in training,” Bayern said in a statement.

Bayern ‘keeper Neuer out for two matches

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will be out for two matches after sustaining an injury in training, but should be fit for the Champions League showdown with Real Madrid, the Bundeliga giants said Thursday.

“Manuel Neuer underwent a successful minor operation … on Wednesday evening after sustaining an injury to his left foot in training,” Bayern said in a statement.

Germany’s Hoewedes ruled out of Confed Cup

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany defender Benedikt Hoewedes will miss June’s Confederations Cup in Russia to undergo surgery on a long-standing groin injury, his club Schalke 04 confirmed on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old Schalke captain, who was part of Germany’s World Cup-winning side in 2014, has delayed an operation to see out the rest of the season with the Royal Blues.

Germany’s Hoewedes ruled out of Confed Cup

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany defender Benedikt Hoewedes will miss June’s Confederations Cup in Russia to undergo surgery on a long-standing groin injury, his club Schalke 04 confirmed on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old Schalke captain, who was part of Germany’s World Cup-winning side in 2014, has delayed an operation to see out the rest of the season with the Royal Blues.

Loew sees Nagelsmann as possible Germany successor

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany’s World Cup-winning head coach Joachim Loew has named rising Bundesliga star Julian Nagelsmann, 29, as a possible future successor to take charge of the national team.

Hoffenheim’s Nagelsmann is the youngest head coach in Bundesliga history and was last week named coach of 2016 in Germany.

Loew sees Nagelsmann as possible Germany successor

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany’s World Cup-winning head coach Joachim Loew has named rising Bundesliga star Julian Nagelsmann, 29, as a possible future successor to take charge of the national team.

Hoffenheim’s Nagelsmann is the youngest head coach in Bundesliga history and was last week named coach of 2016 in Germany.

Loew frustrated by bench-warming Germany stars

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Berlin (AFP) – Joachim Loew says Germany duo Joshua Kimmich and Andre Schuerrle need more matches - and to spend less time on the bench - for their Bundesliga clubs ahead of next year’s World Cup defence.

Neither Kimmich nor Schuerrle are first-choice starters for their clubs with both facing stiff competition at Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund respectively.

Loew frustrated by bench-warming Germany stars

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Berlin (AFP) – Joachim Loew says Germany duo Joshua Kimmich and Andre Schuerrle need more matches - and to spend less time on the bench - for their Bundesliga clubs ahead of next year’s World Cup defence.

Neither Kimmich nor Schuerrle are first-choice starters for their clubs with both facing stiff competition at Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund respectively.

England, Germany stay on World Cup course, Dutch axe Blind

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Paris (AFP) – England and defending champions Germany remained on course for the 2018 World Cup on Sunday while Danny Blind was sacked as Dutch coach after his misfiring team faced missing a second straight major finals.

At Wembley, Jermain Defoe marked his international comeback with a goal as England toiled to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania.

Schuerrle nets twice for five-star Germany

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Baku (AFP) – Germany leaked their first goal since July, but still extended their perfect record in World Cup qualifiers to five straight wins following Sunday’s 4-1 victory away to Azerbaijan with Andre Schuerrle scoring twice.

First-half goals by Schuerrle, Thomas Mueller and Mario Gomez put the world champions 3-1 up at the break, although Azerbaijan midfielder Dimitrij Nazarov, who plays in Germany, had netted an early equaliser to the delight of the home crowd.

Germany aim to ‘ruthlessly’ extend record run

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Baku (AFP) – Record-breaking Germany face Azerbaijan on Sunday with head coach Joachim Loew insisting their simple goal is to “ruthlessly” secure World Cup qualification as quickly as possible.

The defending champions are currently five points clear in Group C and a fifth straight win would take them a step closer to Russia 2018.

Germany aim to ‘ruthlessly’ extend record run

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Baku (AFP) – Record-breaking Germany face Azerbaijan on Sunday with head coach Joachim Loew insisting their simple goal is to “ruthlessly” secure World Cup qualification as quickly as possible.

The defending champions are currently five points clear in Group C and a fifth straight win would take them a step closer to Russia 2018.

Dier wants England football fans to be ‘respectful’

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London (AFP) – Eric Dier has called on England fans to back the team in the “right way” following the offensive behaviour of some travelling supporters during Wednesday’s friendly international loss in Germany.

England’s 1-0 defeat in Dortmund was overshadowed by away fans booing the German national anthem and singing unsavoury songs about the Second World War.

Dier wants England football fans to be ‘respectful’

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London (AFP) – Eric Dier has called on England fans to back the team in the “right way” following the offensive behaviour of some travelling supporters during Wednesday’s friendly international loss in Germany.

England’s 1-0 defeat in Dortmund was overshadowed by away fans booing the German national anthem and singing unsavoury songs about the Second World War.

Ex-Germany football striker Kuranyi retires

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Berlin (AFP) – Former Germany international striker Kevin Kuranyi said Friday he was calling time on his career despite money-spinning offers to play overseas in Qatar and China.

The 35-year-old, who scored 19 goals in 52 appearances for Germany, had been a free agent since last year after a career spent at clubs including Stuttgart and Schalke 04 in Germany and Russian side Dynamo Moscow.

Ex-Germany football striker Kuranyi retires

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Berlin (AFP) – Former Germany international striker Kevin Kuranyi said Friday he was calling time on his career despite money-spinning offers to play overseas in Qatar and China.

The 35-year-old, who scored 19 goals in 52 appearances for Germany, had been a free agent since last year after a career spent at clubs including Stuttgart and Schalke 04 in Germany and Russian side Dynamo Moscow.

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Third time's a (historic) charm

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Okay... no more false alarms. This time, I confirmed with my eyeballs that Borussia Dortmund ace Christian Pulisic has truly, finally, actually notched his 10th assist of the campaign, at long last breaking Sacha Kljestan's record for helpers in a single European campaign. Check it... Marco Reus Goal HD - Borussia Dortmund 1 - 0.

And now for something potentially different...

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I have not been able to find every list of nominees yet, but this may be a first - a double first, in fact. Both Christian Pulisic and Cameron Carter-Vickers have been nominated for the Golden Boy award, which is a prize handed to Europe's best top division player under the age of 21 as voted on by a panel of writers from notable outlets across the continent.

That's using your noggin.

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Hertha Berlin defender John Anthony Brooks nodded home his second of the term to open the scoring against Augsburg. The tally set the hosts on their way to a sorely needed win, as they had dropped four of five to slip out of the race for a Champions League berth. Today's points lift them back up to fifth place.

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‘Whoever Wants It Can Have It’ – Germany 2006 World Cup Winner’s Podium Found Dumped In Berlin Park (Photo)

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Rather strangely, the very podium on which Italy celebrated winning the 2006 World Cup has been discovered dumped in a park in Berlin.

The white podium, stamped with the FIFA marque, was found tossed by the wayside in theBerlin Olympiapark, close to the Olympiastadion where the final was played.

Marc Bartra Successful In Quest To Track Down Lone Dortmund Fan Sat Amid Sea Of Schalke Supporters During Ruhr Derby

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Saturday saw Schalke 04 welcome local acquaintances Borussia Dortmund to the Veltins Arena for the Ruhr derby, which eventually played out as a 1-1 draw.

However, the breakout star of the game was the one lone Dortmund fan who managed to find herself stranded amid the home fans and an endless sea of blue shirts.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah lined up to replace Chelsea defender

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Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah is wanted on loan by German side Borussia Monchengladbach, according to the Sunday Mirror. The...

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Photos: Arsenal stars training in Azerbaijan

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Back in training and just one more day until #AZEGER ⚽ #EuropeanQualifiers @DFB_Team pic.twitter.com/1hX8vQ89Fu Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088)...

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