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Germany confident ahead of Confederations Cup Mexico semi

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – Germany are the kings of the penalty shoot-out - but the world champions hope to see off Mexico in Thursday’s Confederations Cup semi-final without needing dreaded spot kicks.

The Germans have won all five penalty shoot-outs they have faced since 1976 at either World Cup finals or European championships.

Germany confident ahead of Confederations Cup Mexico semi

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Sochi (Russia) (AFP) – Germany are the kings of the penalty shoot-out - but the world champions hope to see off Mexico in Thursday’s Confederations Cup semi-final without needing dreaded spot kicks.

The Germans have won all five penalty shoot-outs they have faced since 1976 at either World Cup finals or European championships.

Ronaldo and Co to launch Euro 2016 in jittery France

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Paris (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Portugal before becoming the last of the superstars to arrive in France for Friday's start of the European Championship finals.

With the host nation under a state of emergency over feared terror attacks, strict security has greeted Ronaldo and other headline players as well as the hundreds of thousands of foreign fans gathering for the month-long, 51-match fiesta.

Ronaldo and Co to launch Euro 2016 in jittery France

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Paris (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Portugal before becoming the last of the superstars to arrive in France for Friday's start of the European Championship finals.

With the host nation under a state of emergency over feared terror attacks, strict security has greeted Ronaldo and other headline players as well as the hundreds of thousands of foreign fans gathering for the month-long, 51-match fiesta.

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Arsenal’s Mister Assister Mesut Özil Named Germany’s 2015 Player Of The Year

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Currently wowing the Premier League (and silencing the critics) with his silky skills, Arsenal playmaker Mesut Özil has been rewarded for his national team performances by picking up Germany's Player of the Year award for 2015.

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The award is voted for by fans of the national team, with Özil picking up 51,000 votes (45.