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How the favourites are shaping up a month from the World Cup

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Paris (AFP) – With the 2018 World Cup in Russia starting in a month, AFP Sport takes a look at how the biggest names - who between them have won 13 of the last 20 tournaments - are shaping up:

– Germany –

Germany’s build-up has been marred by uncertainty as to the fitness of first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

How the favourites are shaping up a month from the World Cup

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Paris (AFP) – With the 2018 World Cup in Russia starting in a month, AFP Sport takes a look at how the biggest names - who between them have won 13 of the last 20 tournaments - are shaping up:

– Germany –

Germany’s build-up has been marred by uncertainty as to the fitness of first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Spoilt for choice, Germany ignore World Cup hero Goetze

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Berlin (AFP) – Mario Goetze, who scored the winner in the last World Cup final, and Dortmund teammate Marco Reus have been unable to force their way into the Germany squad for two upcoming World Cup warm up matches.

“In some positions we have an extremely large choice, in others not,” said Loew.

Spoilt for choice, Germany ignore World Cup hero Goetze

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Berlin (AFP) – Mario Goetze, who scored the winner in the last World Cup final, and Dortmund teammate Marco Reus have been unable to force their way into the Germany squad for two upcoming World Cup warm up matches.

“In some positions we have an extremely large choice, in others not,” said Loew.

Bus attack leaves Dortmund fighting blood, sweat and tears battle

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Marc Bartra gave blood, other Borussia Dortmund players have nightmares about the bomb attack on their bus and now the German team may need the sweat of Marco Reus to pull off a fairy tale place in the Champions League last four.

The scars left by three bombs that scorched the side of the bus and fired metal shards inside before the quarter-final against Monaco have gone much further than Bartra’s fractured wrist.

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Dortmund star Reus set to miss Bayern showdown

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany winger Marco Reus is set to miss Borussia Dortmund’s mouth-watering clash at Bayern Munich on Saturday, which could decide the Bundesliga title this season.

The 28-year-old Reus had been in great form with three goals in five league games since mid-February after nine months sidelined by torn knee ligaments.

Batshuayi targets World Cup from Dortmund’s ‘fab four’

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Berlin (AFP) – Michy Batshuayi is in contention for a World Cup place with Belgium after joining Borussia Dortmund’s goal-scoring ‘fantastic four’ while on loan from Chelsea.

The 24-year-old came off Dortmund’s bench to score twice - including the 94th-minute winner - in a last-gasp 3-2 win at home to Eintracht Frankfurt last Sunday.

Last gasp Batshuayi fires Dortmund to Frankfurt win

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Berlin (AFP) – Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to score a stoppage time winner as Borussia Dortmund snatched a dramatic 3-2 victory over top six rivals Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.

Danny Blum looked to have sealed a draw for Frankfurt with an equaliser a minute into time added on, but Batshuayi had the last word with his second goal two minutes later.

Last gasp Batshuayi fires Dortmund to Frankfurt win

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Berlin (AFP) – Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to score a stoppage time winner as Borussia Dortmund snatched a dramatic 3-2 victory over top six rivals Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.

Danny Blum looked to have sealed a draw for Frankfurt with an equaliser a minute into time added on, but Batshuayi had the last word with his second goal two minutes later.

Friday Kickoff: Osorio turns down Mexico extension, Tottenham eyes Reus and more

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Mexico's manager remains undecided on his future ahead of the World Cup.

Juan Carlos Osorio says he has turned down offers to extend his contract with Mexico as his future with El Tri will depend on the team's results at the World Cup as well as what other offers he receives. (REPORT)

While the Borussia Dortmund star has been linked with a new contract, Marco Reus has reportedly emerged as a target for Tottenham.

Wednesday Kickoff: Dortmund enter talks with Reus, Neymar injury and more

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While one star winger looks set for a new deal, another's injury will keep him out for up to two months.

Borussia Dortmund is set to enter negotiations with Marco Reus over a new contract. (REPORT)

Neymar's father says the PSG star will miss "between six to eight weeks" after suffering a foot injury.

Reus strikes again as Dortmund held by Augsburg

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Berlin (AFP) – Marco Reus continued his fairytale comeback with a goal, but Borussia Dortmund were held to a 1-1 draw by Augsburg while fans protested against Monday football in the Bundesliga.

Sub-zero temperatures at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park did little to lift the match played in an eerie atmosphere, although Peter Stoeger’s hosts did extend their unbeaten run to nine league matches.

Reus strikes again as Dortmund held by Augsburg

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Berlin (AFP) – Marco Reus continued his fairytale comeback with a goal, but Borussia Dortmund were held to a 1-1 draw by Augsburg while fans protested against Monday football in the Bundesliga.

Sub-zero temperatures at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park did little to lift the match played in an eerie atmosphere, although Peter Stoeger’s hosts did extend their unbeaten run to nine league matches.

Five things to watch out for in the Bundesliga

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Berlin (AFP) – Midfield maestro Thiago Alcantara is expected to make his long-awaited return for Bayern Munich on Saturday, when the runaway Bundesliga leaders face Wolfsburg.

The Spaniard has been out for nearly three months after picking up a thigh injury against Anderlecht in November.

Five things to watch out for in the Bundesliga

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Berlin (AFP) – Midfield maestro Thiago Alcantara is expected to make his long-awaited return for Bayern Munich on Saturday, when the runaway Bundesliga leaders face Wolfsburg.

The Spaniard has been out for nearly three months after picking up a thigh injury against Anderlecht in November.

Batshuayi nets third goal in two Dortmund games

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Berlin (AFP) – Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, on loan from Chelsea, scored his third Bundesliga goal in two games for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday in their 2-0 home win against Hamburg.

Dortmund signed the 24-year-old for 1.5 million euros on loan for the rest of the season after selling top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal last month.

Batshuayi nets third goal in two Dortmund games

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Berlin (AFP) – Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, on loan from Chelsea, scored his third Bundesliga goal in two games for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday in their 2-0 home win against Hamburg.

Dortmund signed the 24-year-old for 1.5 million euros on loan for the rest of the season after selling top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal last month.

Dortmund, Germany star Reus back after 259 days out

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Berlin (AFP) – Injury-prone Germany winger Marco Reus returned for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday against Bundesliga strugglers Hamburg having been sidelined for the last 259 days by a torn cruciate knee ligament.

Reus, 28, has been out since suffering the injury in last May’s German Cup final, when Dortmund beat Eintracht Frankfurt in the Berlin showcase.

Dortmund, Germany star Reus back after 259 days out

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Berlin (AFP) – Injury-prone Germany winger Marco Reus returned for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday against Bundesliga strugglers Hamburg having been sidelined for the last 259 days by a torn cruciate knee ligament.

Reus, 28, has been out since suffering the injury in last May’s German Cup final, when Dortmund beat Eintracht Frankfurt in the Berlin showcase.

German international Reus poised for Dortmund return

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Berlin (AFP) – Injury-prone German international winger Marco Reus could make his return after torn cruciate knee ligaments for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday against strugglers Hamburg, just four months out from the World Cup.

Reus, 28, has been sidelined since last May’s German Cup final, when Dortmund beat Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin, and has been working his way back to fitness in recent weeks.

German international Reus poised for Dortmund return

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Berlin (AFP) – Injury-prone German international winger Marco Reus could make his return after torn cruciate knee ligaments for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday against strugglers Hamburg, just four months out from the World Cup.

Reus, 28, has been sidelined since last May’s German Cup final, when Dortmund beat Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin, and has been working his way back to fitness in recent weeks.

Arsenal and Manchester United could gamble on 150-goal German international

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Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus could be on his way to the Premier League in 2018, with Arsenal and Manchester United believed to be monitoring his long-term injury, according to Sport Bild.

The 28-year-old is yet to play a game for BVB this season, having ruptured his cruciate ligament in May, and won’t make an appearance until 2018.

Dortmund confirm Reus tore cruciate ligament

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Berlin (AFP) – Marco Reus’ injury misery continued Monday when Borussia Dortmund confirmed the winger partially tore his cruciate ligament in Saturday’s German Cup final – a set-back which could sideline him for months.

“In the coming days, there will be further tests and a decision will be made on the necessary treatment,” said Dortmund in a statement.

Dortmund confirm Reus tore cruciate ligament

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Berlin (AFP) – Marco Reus’ injury misery continued Monday when Borussia Dortmund confirmed the winger partially tore his cruciate ligament in Saturday’s German Cup final – a set-back which could sideline him for months.

“In the coming days, there will be further tests and a decision will be made on the necessary treatment,” said Dortmund in a statement.

Monday Kickoff: Liga MX final, Borussia Dortmund, Perisic and more

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A Liga MX champion was crowned on Saturday as Chivas de Guadalajara won the club's first title since 2006.

Chivas de Guadalajara took down Tigres, 2-1, in Sunday's second leg to win the Clausura title. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel insists he wishes to remain with the club.

Pachuca are CONCACAF champions, wins for Dortmund and the USMNT U-17s

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Big results for USMNT players in Mexico and Germany. CONCACAF crowned Pachuca champions in an all-Liga MX finale to the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League and there will be USMNT players in both teams for the 2016-17 DFB Pokal final.

This season's CONCACAF Champions League concluded with Pachuca lifting the trophy at Estadio Hidalgo.

Dortmund’s Dembele stuns Bayern in cup semi

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund fought back to defeat bitter rivals Bayern Munich 3-2 on Wednesday to reach the German Cup final and shatter the Bavarian giants’ dreams of the double.

A brilliant strike from Ousmane Dembele 15 minutes from the end settled a tie at Munich’s Allianz Arena which had seen Dortmund trail 2-1 at half-time.

Dortmund’s Dembele stuns Bayern in cup semi

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund fought back to defeat bitter rivals Bayern Munich 3-2 on Wednesday to reach the German Cup final and shatter the Bavarian giants’ dreams of the double.

A brilliant strike from Ousmane Dembele 15 minutes from the end settled a tie at Munich’s Allianz Arena which had seen Dortmund trail 2-1 at half-time.

Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League run ends

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In a series that won't be remembered for what happened on the field, Borussia Dortmund exited the Champions League at the quarterfinal stage. Dortmund lost 3-1 on the night and 6-3 on aggregate.

Monaco opened the scoring in the 3rd minute at Stade Louis II, adding a second goal in the 17th.

Mbappe helps fire Monaco to Champions League semis

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Monaco (AFP) – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe scored again to set Monaco on their way to a 3-1 second-leg victory over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday that allowed them to win their Champions League quarter-final 6-3 on aggregate.

Radamel Falcao also netted for the home side in a whirlwind start at the Stade Louis II, and Dortmund were left with too much to do to save the tie.

Mbappe helps fire Monaco to Champions League semis

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Monaco (AFP) – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe scored again to set Monaco on their way to a 3-1 second-leg victory over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday that allowed them to win their Champions League quarter-final 6-3 on aggregate.

Radamel Falcao also netted for the home side in a whirlwind start at the Stade Louis II, and Dortmund were left with too much to do to save the tie.

Dortmund leave out Dembele, Schmelzer in Monaco

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Monaco (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has left both Marcel Schmelzer and Ousmane Dembele out of his starting line-up for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg in Monaco.

The duo start on the bench along with Sven Bender as Erik Durm, Raphael Guerreiro and Matthias Ginter all start for the German club, who are looking to overturn a 3-2 first-leg deficit at the Stade Louis II.

Dortmund leave out Dembele, Schmelzer in Monaco

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Monaco (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has left both Marcel Schmelzer and Ousmane Dembele out of his starting line-up for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg in Monaco.

The duo start on the bench along with Sven Bender as Erik Durm, Raphael Guerreiro and Matthias Ginter all start for the German club, who are looking to overturn a 3-2 first-leg deficit at the Stade Louis II.

Bartra tributes as rattled Dortmund bounce back

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund players and fans paid tribute to defender Marc Bartra as they beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 on Saturday in their first Bundesliga match since the midweek bomb attack on their team bus.

Germany winger Marco Reus scored on his return after six weeks out and Sokratis Papastathopoulos and leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were also on target in a home victory which allowed Thomas Tuchel’s side to all but wrap up a top-four finish and boost morale at the end of a traumatic week.

Bartra tributes as rattled Dortmund bounce back

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund players and fans paid tribute to defender Marc Bartra as they beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 on Saturday in their first Bundesliga match since the midweek bomb attack on their team bus.

Germany winger Marco Reus scored on his return after six weeks out and Sokratis Papastathopoulos and leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were also on target in a home victory which allowed Thomas Tuchel’s side to all but wrap up a top-four finish and boost morale at the end of a traumatic week.

Reus nets on return as rattled Dortmund bounce back

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany winger Marco Reus scored on his return after six weeks out as Borussia Dortmund beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 on Saturday in their first Bundesliga match since the midweek bomb attack on their team bus.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos and leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were also on target in a victory which allowed Thomas Tuchel’s side to all but wrap up a top-four finish and boost morale after a shocking last week.

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Thursday Kickoff: Pogba's agent pushes for transfer, Reus 'indispensable' and more

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One star midfielder's frustration could lead to a major summer transfer move.

Paul Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, is reportedly pushing for other clubs to make a deal for the Manchester United midfielder due to the tension between the Frenchman and Jose Mourinho. (REPORT)

Peter Stoger says the now-healthy Marco Reus is "indispensable" following reports of transfer interest from AC Milan.

Wednesday Kickoff: Gianluigi Buffon reiterates plan to retire; Arsenal, Man U after Marco Reus and more

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One of the game's big stars continues to lean towards retirement following what may have been his best season yet.

Gianluigi Buffon reiterated that he expects to retire after this season. (REPORT)

Despite his injury issues, Marco Reus reportedly remains a target for Arsenal and Manchester United.

Thursday Kickoff: Dortmund want Marco Reus extension, Inter after Arturo Vidal and more

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While one Bundesliga star could be in line for a new contract, another may be on the move if an Italian club gets its wish.

Despite the winger's injury issues, Borussia Dortmund is looking to lock up Marcos Reus to a contract extension. (REPORT)

Inter Milan is reportedly looking to pursue a winter move for Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal.

The Rest

Monday Kickoff: Reus sets sights on 2018, Costa still wants Atletico move, and more

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One oft-injured star's return timetable has been confirmed while one of the game's top forwards continues to push towards a new club.

Marco Reus will officially be out until 2018 after suffering yet another knee injury. (REPORT)

Diego Costa says he could still join Atletico Madrid despite the club's transfer ban by joining a different club on loan until January.