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Below strength Germany serious for Brazil – Boateng

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Berlin (AFP) – Jerome Boateng insists Germany see Tuesday’s friendly against Brazil in Berlin as an important test despite coach Joachim Loew planning a string of changes.

Loew revealed that Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen will be rested, leaving Kevin Trapp and Bernd Leno to play a half each at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.

Lewandowski grabs hat-trick as Bayern rout Hamburg

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski grabbed a hat-trick as Bayern Munich romped to a 6-0 victory over crisis-stricken Hamburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

The victory keeps Bayern on course to wrap up another Bundesliga title - their sixth in a row - before the end of March, and heaps misery on Hamburg, who are now without a win in 13 games.

Lewandowski grabs hat-trick as Bayern rout Hamburg

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski grabbed a hat-trick as Bayern Munich romped to a 6-0 victory over crisis-stricken Hamburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

The victory keeps Bayern on course to wrap up another Bundesliga title - their sixth in a row - before the end of March, and heaps misery on Hamburg, who are now without a win in 13 games.

Last-gasp Lewandowski penalty rescues Bayern at Wolfsburg

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski converted a 91st-minute penalty to rescue Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich with a 2-1 win at Wolfsburg on Saturday which took their winning streak to 13 and extended their advantage at the top of the table to 21 points.

With Bayern hosting Besiktas in the last 16, first-leg, of the Champions League on Tuesday, they rested several stars and were almost made to pay.

Last-gasp Lewandowski penalty rescues Bayern at Wolfsburg

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski converted a 91st-minute penalty to rescue Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich with a 2-1 win at Wolfsburg on Saturday which took their winning streak to 13 and extended their advantage at the top of the table to 21 points.

With Bayern hosting Besiktas in the last 16, first-leg, of the Champions League on Tuesday, they rested several stars and were almost made to pay.

Bayern start new signing Wagner on bench

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes pulled a surprise in his starting line-up at Bayer Leverkusen on Friday by leaving new signing Sandro Wagner on the bench.

Bayern paid Hoffenheim around 13 million euros ($15.4m) last month for Wagner, who was signed as back-up for their top-scoring striker Robert Lewandowski.

Boateng lifts lid on Ancelotti’s Bayern exit

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich star Jerome Boateng has lifted the lid on Carlo Ancelotti’s team selection for what turned out to be the manager’s last match in charge, a Champions League thrashing in Paris.

Bayern were hammered 3-0 at the end of September as Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar netted for Paris Saint-Germain after Ancelotti dropped five stars from his starting line-up, including Boateng.

Boateng lifts lid on Ancelotti’s Bayern exit

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich star Jerome Boateng has lifted the lid on Carlo Ancelotti’s team selection for what turned out to be the manager’s last match in charge, a Champions League thrashing in Paris.

Bayern were hammered 3-0 at the end of September as Dani Alves, Edinson Cavani and Neymar netted for Paris Saint-Germain after Ancelotti dropped five stars from his starting line-up, including Boateng.

Germany’s Boateng out of England clash, Kroos doubtful

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany will be without World Cup-winning defender Jerome Boateng for Friday’s friendly against England at Wembley.

The German camp confirmed on Wednesday that the Bayern Munich star is struggling with a muscular injury and will sit out the international in London.

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.

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Manchester United could agree £50m deal with Bayern Munich for £118k-per-week star

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According to The S*n, Manchester United are battling it out with Manchester City for the signature of Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng.

United manager Jose Mourinho is keen on strengthening his backline due to the numerous mistakes made by Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof this season.

‘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.

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.

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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.