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Bayern out to silence critics as Bundesliga returns

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Berlin (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich will be looking to silence their critics with victory over Mainz in the Bundesliga this Saturday.

A 3-0 victory over Anderlecht in the Champions League on Tuesday was overshadowed by reports of internal disharmony in Munich. The German media have reported growing discord between coach Ancelotti and leading players such as Thomas Mueller, Franck Ribery and Robert Lewandowski.

Bayern out to silence critics as Bundesliga returns

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Berlin (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich will be looking to silence their critics with victory over Mainz in the Bundesliga this Saturday.

A 3-0 victory over Anderlecht in the Champions League on Tuesday was overshadowed by reports of internal disharmony in Munich. The German media have reported growing discord between coach Ancelotti and leading players such as Thomas Mueller, Franck Ribery and Robert Lewandowski.

‘Not worth risking’ – Loew defends Neuer omission

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany head coach Joachim Loew said he is not prepared to risk captain Manuel Neuer for their World Cup qualifiers despite grumblings from the goalkeeper, who is back after injury.

Neuer was unhappy about being omitted when Loew named his squad for the Russia 2018 qualifiers against the Czech Republic in Prague on Friday and Norway four days later in Stuttgart.

‘Not worth risking’ – Loew defends Neuer omission

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany head coach Joachim Loew said he is not prepared to risk captain Manuel Neuer for their World Cup qualifiers despite grumblings from the goalkeeper, who is back after injury.

Neuer was unhappy about being omitted when Loew named his squad for the Russia 2018 qualifiers against the Czech Republic in Prague on Friday and Norway four days later in Stuttgart.

Robben, Thiago back in training for Bayern

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich received a timely boost on Tuesday when Thiago Alcantara, Arjen Robben and Javi Martinez all returned to training ahead of Saturday’s Bundesliga match at Werder Bremen.

The trio sat out last Friday’s opening match of the season when the defending champions eased to a 3-1 win at home to Bayer Leverkusen.

Germany boss warns of ‘dangerous game’

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Berlin (AFP) – Joachim Loew, who has rested all of his Germany stars for this month’s Confederations Cup, says football’s governing bodies are risking over-loading the sport’s top players with too many games.

“It’s a dangerous game – we mustn’t pull too hard on the rope,” Germany’s head coach warned in Thursday’s interview with SID, an AFP subsidiary.

Germany boss warns of ‘dangerous game’

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Berlin (AFP) – Joachim Loew, who has rested all of his Germany stars for this month’s Confederations Cup, says football’s governing bodies are risking over-loading the sport’s top players with too many games.

“It’s a dangerous game – we mustn’t pull too hard on the rope,” Germany’s head coach warned in Thursday’s interview with SID, an AFP subsidiary.

Germany’s Loew wants 2021 Confed Cup scrapped

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany coach Joachim Loew said he would “not be sad” if the Confederations Cup is scrapped for 2021, warning his stars are playing too many international tournaments.

Loew has effectively selected a Germany B team for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia from June 17 to July 2, naming just three members of the squad which won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Germany’s Loew wants 2021 Confed Cup scrapped

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany coach Joachim Loew said he would “not be sad” if the Confederations Cup is scrapped for 2021, warning his stars are playing too many international tournaments.

Loew has effectively selected a Germany B team for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia from June 17 to July 2, naming just three members of the squad which won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Boateng’s delight at Bayern return

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany defender Jerome Boateng was delighted to make his comeback on Saturday after shoulder surgery on a red-letter day for Bayern Munich, who went 10 points clear in the Bundesliga.

Robert Lewandowki netted twice in a 3-0 win at home to Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena to leave Bayern with 28 goals from their last six games.

Manfred Neuer joins Germany’s mounting casualty list

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Berlin (AFP) Captain Manuel Neuer is the latest Germany star ruled out of Friday's World Cup qualifier against minnows San Marino, the German FA (DFB) confirmed on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old Bayern Munich goalkeeper withdrew because he felt unwell shortly before Germany's flight to Rimini to face the microstate in northern Italy.

Mueller brace inspires impressive Germany win

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Hamburg (AFP) Thomas Mueller netted twice as Germany eased to an impressive 3-0 home win over the Czech Republic to keep them top of their World Cup qualifying group on Saturday.

It leaves Germany with a perfect six points ahead of Tuesday's next qualifier, home to Northern Ireland, who beat San Marino 4-0.

Bayern’s Hummels limps off ahead of Atletico clash

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Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich suffered an injury scare ahead of their midweek Champions League clash at Atletico Madrid when Germany defender Mats Hummels picked up a knee injury against Hamburg on Saturday.

Hummels was hurt in the first half of Saturday's Bundesliga encounter after landing awkwardly on his right knee having challenged for the ball with Hamburg's US international striker Bobby Wood.

Bayern’s Hummels limps off ahead of Atletico clash

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Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich suffered an injury scare ahead of their midweek Champions League clash at Atletico Madrid when Germany defender Mats Hummels picked up a knee injury against Hamburg on Saturday.

Hummels was hurt in the first half of Saturday's Bundesliga encounter after landing awkwardly on his right knee having challenged for the ball with Hamburg's US international striker Bobby Wood.

Germany battling to get Boateng fit for Slovakia

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Evian (France) (AFP) Germany's medical staff are working around-the-clock to get key defender Jerome Boateng fit for Sunday's Euro 2016 last 16 clash against Slovakia.

The burly Bayern Munich centre-back came off on 76 minutes with a knock to his calf in their 1-0 group stage win over Northern Ireland on Tuesday.

Germany battling to get Boateng fit for Slovakia

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Evian (France) (AFP) Germany's medical staff are working around-the-clock to get key defender Jerome Boateng fit for Sunday's Euro 2016 last 16 clash against Slovakia.

The burly Bayern Munich centre-back came off on 76 minutes with a knock to his calf in their 1-0 group stage win over Northern Ireland on Tuesday.

Stalemate edges Germany, Poland towards last 16

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Paris (AFP) Old rivals Germany and Poland fought a battle of attrition that ended in a goalless draw and edged both countries towards a place in the last 16 of Euro 2016 on Thursday.

The stalemate left Germany on top of Group C on goal difference with both sides on four points from two matches.

Stalemate edges Germany, Poland towards last 16

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Paris (AFP) Old rivals Germany and Poland fought a battle of attrition that ended in a goalless draw and edged both countries towards a place in the last 16 of Euro 2016 on Thursday.

The stalemate left Germany on top of Group C on goal difference with both sides on four points from two matches.

Germany focus on Poland for emotional Paris return at Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) Old rivalries and fresh memories face Germany when they return to the Stade de France in Paris to face familiar foes Poland in a crucial Euro 2016 clash just seven months after being caught up in last November's terror attacks in Paris.

Die Mannschaft were forced to spend a traumatic night in the dressing rooms at France's national stadium when a series of jihadist attacks across Paris left 130 dead on a night they faced the French in a friendly.

Germany focus on Poland for emotional Paris return at Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) Old rivalries and fresh memories face Germany when they return to the Stade de France in Paris to face familiar foes Poland in a crucial Euro 2016 clash just seven months after being caught up in last November's terror attacks in Paris.

Die Mannschaft were forced to spend a traumatic night in the dressing rooms at France's national stadium when a series of jihadist attacks across Paris left 130 dead on a night they faced the French in a friendly.

Business as usual for Germany’s Paris return, says Boateng

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Evian (France) (AFP) Jerome Boateng insists it will be business as usual for Germany when they return to Stade de France on Thursday for the first time since last November's terror attacks in Paris.

Die Mannschaft will play Poland in their second Group C game at Euro 2016 on their first return to the ground since spending a traumatic night at the national stadium seven months ago.

Business as usual for Germany’s Paris return, says Boateng

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Evian (France) (AFP) Jerome Boateng insists it will be business as usual for Germany when they return to Stade de France on Thursday for the first time since last November's terror attacks in Paris.

Die Mannschaft will play Poland in their second Group C game at Euro 2016 on their first return to the ground since spending a traumatic night at the national stadium seven months ago.

Germany an unstoppable ‘machine’, admits Ukraine boss

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Lille (France) (AFP) Ukraine boss Mykhaylo Fomenko hailed world champions Germany as a "machine" after his side lost their first Euro 2016 game 2-0 on Sunday.

"Germany are a machine, their team is full of great players," said Fomenko.

"There are no surprises with this team. A machine is a machine.

Germany an unstoppable ‘machine’, admits Ukraine boss

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Lille (France) (AFP) Ukraine boss Mykhaylo Fomenko hailed world champions Germany as a "machine" after his side lost their first Euro 2016 game 2-0 on Sunday.

"Germany are a machine, their team is full of great players," said Fomenko.

"There are no surprises with this team. A machine is a machine.

Loew delighted to have Boateng by his side

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Lille (France) (AFP) Germany coach Joachim Loew hailed defender Jerome Boateng as "a good neighbour" for his spectacular goalline clearance during the world champions' 2-0 win over Ukraine to open their Euro 2016 campaign.

Boateng, whose father is Ghanaian, was the target of right-wing German politician Alexander Gauland this month, who claimed Germans would not want Boateng as their neighbour and that the national team was no longer "German in the classical sense.

Loew delighted to have Boateng by his side

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Lille (France) (AFP) Germany coach Joachim Loew hailed defender Jerome Boateng as "a good neighbour" for his spectacular goalline clearance during the world champions' 2-0 win over Ukraine to open their Euro 2016 campaign.

Boateng, whose father is Ghanaian, was the target of right-wing German politician Alexander Gauland this month, who claimed Germans would not want Boateng as their neighbour and that the national team was no longer "German in the classical sense.

Schweinsteiger seals German win over Ukraine

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Lille (France) (AFP) World champions Germany were bailed out by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as goals by Shkodran Mustafi and Bastian Schweinsteiger secured a 2-0 win over Ukraine in their Euro 2016 opener in Lille.

Valencia defender Mustafi powered home the opener from Toni Kroos's free-kick after just 19 minutes of Sunday's game.

Schweinsteiger seals German win over Ukraine

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Lille (France) (AFP) World champions Germany were bailed out by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as goals by Shkodran Mustafi and Bastian Schweinsteiger secured a 2-0 win over Ukraine in their Euro 2016 opener in Lille.

Valencia defender Mustafi powered home the opener from Toni Kroos's free-kick after just 19 minutes of Sunday's game.

Injuries no excuse for Germany, insists Loew

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Lille (France) (AFP) Germany boss Joachim Loew is adamant the world champions cannot blame bad luck with injuries if they fail to match their Brazil success from two years ago at the European Championship finals.

Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan and Antonio Ruediger all missed out on Loew's 23-man squad the youngest of any side at the 24-team event in France due to injuries.

Injuries no excuse for Germany, insists Loew

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Lille (France) (AFP) Germany boss Joachim Loew is adamant the world champions cannot blame bad luck with injuries if they fail to match their Brazil success from two years ago at the European Championship finals.

Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan and Antonio Ruediger all missed out on Loew's 23-man squad the youngest of any side at the 24-team event in France due to injuries.

Security fears, strikes cloud French Euro 2016 buildup

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Paris (AFP) Two days before Euro 2016 kicks off in France, unresolved strikes and security fears hung over the tournament with Paris scrambling Wednesday to stop rubbish piling up in its streets.

Europe's four-yearly football extravaganza is taking place just seven months after jihadists killed 130 people in the French capital and there are fears the tournament could be a target for more terror attacks.

Boateng tells family not to attend Euros amid terror fears

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Berlin (AFP) Germany defender Jerome Boateng said his wife and five-year-old twins will not go to France to watch him play in the European Championship finals because of terror fears.

Boateng was in the German team playing at the Stade de France in Paris on November 13 last year when a series of jihadist attacks left 130 dead.

Boateng tells family not to attend Euros amid terror fears

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Berlin (AFP) Germany defender Jerome Boateng said his wife and five-year-old twins will not go to France to watch him play in the European Championship finals because of terror fears.

Boateng was in the German team playing at the Stade de France in Paris on November 13 last year when a series of jihadist attacks left 130 dead.

Bayern Munich

‘I Couldn’t Eat For Two Days’ – Jerome Boateng Describes What Losing A Champions League Final Feels Like

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In all honesty, since passing 30, there's a fairly slim chance that Pies will ever find ourselves draftedfor a Champions League final.

There. It feels incredibly catharticto say it out loud. Maybe now we can come to terms with it and move on.

To be perfectly honest, listening to Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng recountthe pain of losing out to Chelsea in the 2012 showpiece, we're not entirely sure we're overly fussed aboutmissing out.

Carlo Ancelotti Joins The Leather-Clad Fun As Bayern Munich Celebrate Oktoberfest (Photos)

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Sunday saw the entire Bayern Munich entourage talc up and slither into their finest leather shorts for the club's annual Oktoberfest celebration.

As per usual, the Bayern masses dressed up to the nines and descended on the beer tent at the Theresienwiese in Munich, with Carlo Ancelotti cutting a handsome dash at his first ever Oktoberfest as coach.

EURO 2016

Mesut Ozil and brilliant Jerome Boateng among top five players in Euro 2016 Group C

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Our wrap of the top five players from each group at Euro 2016 continues now on Just Football, with Group C (see Group A's top five players here and Group B's here). Germany topped the...

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Euro 2016: Jerome Boateng Makes Incredible Goal-Line Clearance, Jogi Loew Engages In Gross Acts Of Indecency As Germany Win 2-0 v Ukraine (Video)

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World champions Germany got off to the perfect start to their Euro 2016 campaign via a deserved 2-0 win against Ukraine in Lille.Shkodran Mustafi and sub Bastian Schweinsteiger got the goals for the Germans, however a superb piece of defending from Jerome Boateng was equally pivotal in the victory.

Security fears, strikes cloud French Euro 2016 buildup

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Paris (AFP) Two days before Euro 2016 kicks off in France, unresolved strikes and security fears hung over the tournament with Paris scrambling Wednesday to stop rubbish piling up in its streets.

Europe's four-yearly football extravaganza is taking place just seven months after jihadists killed 130 people in the French capital and there are fears the tournament could be a target for more terror attacks.

Boateng says too risky for family to attend Euro 2016

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Berlin (AFP) German defender Jerome Boateng said his wife and five-year-old twins will not go to France to watch him play in the European Championship finals because of terror fears.

Boateng was in the German team playing at the Stade de France in Paris on November 13 when a series of jihadist attacks left 130 dead.

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Liverpool: Dejan Lovren Signs Massive Four-Year Contract Extension, Now Earns More Than Most Of The Best Defenders In Europe

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Liverpool have gone and chucked a new, long-term contract at Dejan Lovren.

The Croatian defender, 27, was presumably as surprised as weare to be offered a new four-year extension, which the Independent reckon will see him recoup £100,000 every seven days.

✍ Liverpool FC can today announce Dejan Lovren has signed a new long-term contract with the club.