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Germany vs Italy, Euro 2016: Buffon vs Neuer – Gladiator vs Revolutionary

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When Gianluigi “Gigi” Buffon was included in the final 23-man Italy squad eyebrows were raised about his selection. Many wondered why Italy are still sticking with a 38-year-old player while a new player is not being given an opportunity.

Or is age just a number? As long as you’re performing at the highest level, age is not a barrier.

Arturo Vidal gives Bayern slender lead against Benfica [VIDEO]

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Arturo Vidal gave Bayern Munich a slender 1-0 lead for their Champions League quarter-final return leg at Benfica next week, after hitting the winner just 109 seconds into Tuesday's first leg.

Bayern produced an off-key display at Munich's Allianz Arena and their fifth straight appearance in the Champions League semi-finals is far from assured.

Arturo Vidal gives Bayern slender lead against Benfica [VIDEO]

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Arturo Vidal gave Bayern Munich a slender 1-0 lead for their Champions League quarter-final return leg at Benfica next week, after hitting the winner just 109 seconds into Tuesday's first leg.

Bayern produced an off-key display at Munich's Allianz Arena and their fifth straight appearance in the Champions League semi-finals is far from assured.

Liverpool's £37m target confirms text exchange with Klopp

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Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move for Bayern Munich forward Mario Gotze next summer, and the German has done little to dispel such rumours.

Gotze has confirmed that he still keeps contact with the Liverpool manager, and both exchange texts often. Liverpool probably haven’t officially spoken with Gotze, but the German could be open to move in the summer.

Neuer insists it’s business as usual at Bayern Munich despite distractions

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Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer insists it's business as usual at Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich despite a turbulent week off the pitch for the Bavarian giants.

On the pitch, Bayern are in rude health with an eight-point lead in the German league table and have only lost twice all season ahead of Saturday's away match at fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen.

Neuer insists it’s business as usual at Bayern Munich despite distractions

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Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer insists it's business as usual at Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich despite a turbulent week off the pitch for the Bavarian giants.

On the pitch, Bayern are in rude health with an eight-point lead in the German league table and have only lost twice all season ahead of Saturday's away match at fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen.

Video: Top 10 Greatest Bundesliga Keepers

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No surprises who Bastian Schweinsteiger voted for Ballon d’Or

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Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d'Or for the fifth time in seven years, with 41.33% of the vote. Cristiano Ronaldo came second with 27.76% and Neymar was third with 7.86%.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, as captain of Germany, was given a vote. He voted for Germany's number one and former Bayern Munich teammate, Manuel Neuer, to win it.

Douglas Costa has been voted the Bundesliga’s player of the first half of the season

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Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa has been named player of the first half of the season by German magazine Kicker.

The 25-year-old Brazilian, a summer signing from Shakhtar Donetsk, received just over 30 percent of the vote in the popular magazine, beating Borussia Dortmund's Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (23 percent) into second with his Bayern teammates Thomas Mueller (14.

Douglas Costa has been voted the Bundesliga’s player of the first half of the season

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Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa has been named player of the first half of the season by German magazine Kicker.

The 25-year-old Brazilian, a summer signing from Shakhtar Donetsk, received just over 30 percent of the vote in the popular magazine, beating Borussia Dortmund's Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (23 percent) into second with his Bayern teammates Thomas Mueller (14.

Bayern Munich: Manuel Neuer Makes Outstanding Triple Save To Deny Medhi Benatia In Training (Video)

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You know who's good at this goalkeeping lark? Manuel Neuer.

Bayern Munich have been quick to trumpet their stopper as the best in the world after capturing a snippet of footage during a recent training session that saw Neuer transmogrify into a human wall to deny poor old Medhi Benatia from scoring not once, not twice, but thrice in the space of a fewseconds.

Pep Guardiola plans to rest Manuel Neuer for Bayern’s last group stage match

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Bayern Munich will be without Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for Wednesday's Champions League clash at Dinamo Zagreb, with Pep Guardiola's Bavarian giants already in the knockout phase. Guardiola has opted to rest Neuer, with former Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich due to play only his second competitive game for the German champions.

Pep Guardiola plans to rest Manuel Neuer for Bayern’s last group stage match

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Bayern Munich will be without Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for Wednesday's Champions League clash at Dinamo Zagreb, with Pep Guardiola's Bavarian giants already in the knockout phase. Guardiola has opted to rest Neuer, with former Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich due to play only his second competitive game for the German champions.

Lionel Messi, Tevez, Neuer…Names of the Champions League, Matchday 13

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Dortmund beat Bayern Munich on penalties to advance to DFB Pokal Final [VIDEO]

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Jurgen Klopp's final game as Borussia Dortmund manager will be the final of the German Cup, as his side secured a dramatic 2-0 penalty shootout win over Bayern Munich in the semi-final of the DFB-Pokal; the sides were tied at 1-1 after 120 minutes.

The hosts went ahead thanks to a first half goal from former BVB forward Robert Lewandowski, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's strike after the break took the tie to extra time.

Dortmund beat Bayern Munich on penalties to advance to DFB Pokal Final [VIDEO]

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Jurgen Klopp's final game as Borussia Dortmund manager will be the final of the German Cup, as his side secured a dramatic 2-0 penalty shootout win over Bayern Munich in the semi-final of the DFB-Pokal; the sides were tied at 1-1 after 120 minutes.

The hosts went ahead thanks to a first half goal from former BVB forward Robert Lewandowski, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's strike after the break took the tie to extra time.

Ronaldo and Messi’s Ballon d’Or duopoly is unlikely to end anytime soon

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It was in 2007 that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi first ascended the Ballon d'Orstage to collect an award in recognition of their individual brilliance, but neither man took the top award that year.

Germany

Knockout ties will bring out best in Germany: goalkeeper Neuer

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Lille (France) (AFP) Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer believes the world champions can put a slow start to Euro 2016 behind them and thrive under the pressure of knockout football when they face Slovakia on Sunday.

Joachim Loew's side progressed to the last 16 as winners of Group C, beating Ukraine and Northern Ireland, drawing with Poland and all without conceding a single goal.

Knockout ties will bring out best in Germany: goalkeeper Neuer

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Lille (France) (AFP) Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer believes the world champions can put a slow start to Euro 2016 behind them and thrive under the pressure of knockout football when they face Slovakia on Sunday.

Joachim Loew's side progressed to the last 16 as winners of Group C, beating Ukraine and Northern Ireland, drawing with Poland and all without conceding a single goal.

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.

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.

Neuer ready to skipper Germany for Euro 2016 opener

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Evian (France) (AFP) Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is ready to step up and captain the world champions in their opening Euro 2016 group game against Ukraine on Sunday.

Regular skipper Bastian Schweinsteiger, 31, played the final 23 minutes of last weekend's 2-0 warm-up win over Hungary but is doubtful for Germany's opening Euro 2016 Group C clash.

Neuer ready to skipper Germany for Euro 2016 opener

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Evian (France) (AFP) Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is ready to step up and captain the world champions in their opening Euro 2016 group game against Ukraine on Sunday.

Regular skipper Bastian Schweinsteiger, 31, played the final 23 minutes of last weekend's 2-0 warm-up win over Hungary but is doubtful for Germany's opening Euro 2016 Group C clash.

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Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA Ballon d’Or 2014

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Cristiano Ronaldo has won the FIFA Ballon d'Or Award for the year 2014. The Real Madrid star fended off Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer to the gong in a gala event held in Zurich in Switzerland.

Leicester

Leicester sign Germany keeper Zieler

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London (AFP) Leicester City have signed Germany goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler on a four-year deal from Bundesliga side Hannover 96 for an undisclosed fee, the English Premier League champions said on Friday.

Zieler, 27, one of two back-up keepers to Manuel Neuer in the Germany squad that won the 2014 World Cup, will compete for a place in Leicester's starting side with current Foxes number one Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester sign Germany keeper Zieler

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London (AFP) Leicester City have signed Germany goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler on a four-year deal from Bundesliga side Hannover 96 for an undisclosed fee, the English Premier League champions said on Friday.

Zieler, 27, one of two back-up keepers to Manuel Neuer in the Germany squad that won the 2014 World Cup, will compete for a place in Leicester's starting side with current Foxes number one Kasper Schmeichel.

Major League Soccer

Major Link Soccer: Thursday, must be a Serie A firing

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Serie A fires coaches like it rains in Seattle, oh and Kobe Bryant retired.

MLS

It's confirmed, Nigel de Jong will be suspended for his tackle but we still do not know for how long it'll be. Oh and the man that gave the yellow, Allen Chapman, will not be on the field this week.

Sporting Kansas City, better known as the KC Wizards, are finally accepting their past bringing back some "beautiful" jerseys.

Friday Freedom Kicks: Germans, MLS, and NASL (but mostly Germans)

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It's Friday, and we've got your soccer links to get your day started. We also have Germans. Lots of Germans.

It's March, which means a certain Madness is preventing us from watching Major League Soccer tonight on Spanish-language TV. But, without soccer to watch on a Friday night, we all should have a little more time to join with our German friends (and certain B&RU writers) in celebrating Manuel Neuer's birthday.

Videos

FAIL: Porto ‘Keeper Iker Casillas Drops Massive Clanger After Sweeper-Keeper Cock-Up Against Braga (Video)

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Let's all blame Manuel Neuer for this! On Sunday night against Sporting Braga, former Real Madrid great Iker Casillas made a right mess of the 'sweeper-keeper' role, going walkabout for no apparent reason and duly conceding an embarrassing late goal which handed Braga a 3-1 win,

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With the ball lofted forwards to midfielder Alan, Casillas decided to race 40 yards up the pitch to challenge the Braga man, despite Porto having enough bodies to stem the attack.

Fitba Thatba: Manuel Neuer Enlists Roy Keane To Help Rig The Ballon d’Or (Video)

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In which Pies' favourite mucky-faced street urchins, Fitba Thatba, reveal Manuel Neuer's fiendish (and failed) plot to rig the Ballon d'Or using nothing more than his own deviousness and a certain mad, bearded loon codename: Irish Rover...

And that, we're fairly sure in saying, is exactly how it went down in Zurich last night.

Lionel Messi

Italy boycott Ballon d’Or over Buffon absence

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Italy coach Antonio Conte and captain Gianluigi Buffon did not participate in the Ballon d'Or vote at the request of their federation in protest at Buffon's absence from the list of candidates, Italian media reported on Tuesday.

The veteran Juventus goalkeeper did not make the preliminary list released in October with five goalkeepers chosen ahead of him Manuel Neuer, Iker Casillas, Thibaut Courtois, Claudio Bravo and David Ospina.

Italy boycott Ballon d’Or over Buffon absence

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Italy coach Antonio Conte and captain Gianluigi Buffon did not participate in the Ballon d'Or vote at the request of their federation in protest at Buffon's absence from the list of candidates, Italian media reported on Tuesday.

The veteran Juventus goalkeeper did not make the preliminary list released in October with five goalkeepers chosen ahead of him Manuel Neuer, Iker Casillas, Thibaut Courtois, Claudio Bravo and David Ospina.

Messi Wins FIFA Ballon d’Or For Record Fifth Time

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Lionel Messi continues to break records seemingly every month and the greatest player of his generation won his fifth Ballon D'Or on Monday after leading Barcelona to the treble of league, cup and Champions League for the second time.

To put this into context, three of the greatest players such as Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho and Luis Figo only won the Ballon D'Or once and who knows how many Messi will have when he finally hangs up his boots.

Ronaldo wins the Ballon D'Or again

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CR7 beats Messi & Neuer to the title; James wins best goal and Jogi Low top coach. Cristiano Ronaldo kept his title as the world's top player at the FIFA Ballon D'Or gala tonight.

The Real winger had a disappointing World Cup for Portugal but 31 La Liga goals, 17 Champions League strikes and the Champions League and World Club Cup trophies ensured he took home the award for the third time.

Who did Wayne Rooney vote for in Ballon d’Or? And who voted for Di Maria?

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Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or for the third time this evening, but let's see how some key figures voted.

Wayne Rooney
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
2. Toni Kroos
3. Gareth Bale

Lionel Messi
1. Angel di Maria
2. Andres Iniesta
3.

The Rest

Euro 2016 Artwork: French Illustrator Florian Nicolle Produces 24 Beautiful Team Posters For ESPN (Photos)

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Just as they did for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, ESPN have again commissioned a native artist to produce a set of posters for each of the 24 teams participating at Euro 2016 this summer.

The artist of which we speak is Florian Nicolle (@neoinnov), who has knocked out a series of lovely splotchy, scratchy poster all of which feature a recurring motto tailoredto the country in question.

Singapore ‘Keeper Hassan Sunny Assumed Surprise Inclusion On ‘World’s Top 20 Goalkeepers’ List Was An April Fool’s Joke

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The veteran Singaporean goalkeeper who found his way into the Daily Telegraph's rundown of the top 20 goalkeepers in world football has admitted that he assumed his inclusion on the list was an April Fool's Day joke.

The Telegraph named Hassan Sunny as the 18th best stopper currently active, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Manuel Neuer, Thibaut Courtois, Joe Hart, David De Gea, Petr Cech and Gigi Buffon.