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Toni Kroos, a vital cog in Germany’s engine

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany host France on Tuesday in a key friendly to prepare for next year’s World Cup with Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos poised to return to the world champions’ engine room.

The 27-year-old missed Friday’s goalless draw against England at Wembley with illness, but is back fit and ready to partner Juventus star Sami Khedira in the heart of Germany’s midfield.

Toni Kroos, a vital cog in Germany’s engine

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany host France on Tuesday in a key friendly to prepare for next year’s World Cup with Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos poised to return to the world champions’ engine room.

The 27-year-old missed Friday’s goalless draw against England at Wembley with illness, but is back fit and ready to partner Juventus star Sami Khedira in the heart of Germany’s midfield.

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.

Russia in sight for Germany as Kane ends drought

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Paris (AFP) – Mats Hummels fired Germany to the brink of qualification for the 2018 World Cup on Friday with a late winner against the Czech Republic, while Harry Kane scored twice as England downed Malta 4-0.

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner struck after just four minutes for the world champions in Prague, but Vladimir Darida’s stunning second-half equaliser hauled the hosts level.

Russia in sight for Germany as Kane ends drought

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Paris (AFP) – Mats Hummels fired Germany to the brink of qualification for the 2018 World Cup on Friday with a late winner against the Czech Republic, while Harry Kane scored twice as England downed Malta 4-0.

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner struck after just four minutes for the world champions in Prague, but Vladimir Darida’s stunning second-half equaliser hauled the hosts level.

Kimmich bicycle kick earns equaliser for Germany ‘B’

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Brøndby (Denmark) (AFP) – Bayern Munich right-back Joshua Kimmich earned Germany a 1-1 draw against Denmark on Tuesday with an acrobatic bicycle kick in a warm-up for a World Cup qualifier and Confed Cup campaign.

Germany coach Joachim Loew opted to rest a clutch of stars including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boeteng in defence, Toni Kroos in midfield and Thomas Mueller in attack.

Kimmich bicycle kick earns equaliser for Germany ‘B’

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Brøndby (Denmark) (AFP) – Bayern Munich right-back Joshua Kimmich earned Germany a 1-1 draw against Denmark on Tuesday with an acrobatic bicycle kick in a warm-up for a World Cup qualifier and Confed Cup campaign.

Germany coach Joachim Loew opted to rest a clutch of stars including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boeteng in defence, Toni Kroos in midfield and Thomas Mueller in attack.

Kimmich grabs late equaliser for Germany ‘B’

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Brøndby (Denmark) (AFP) – Bayern Munich right-back Joshua Kimmich earned Germany a come-from-behind 1-1 draw against Denmark on Tuesday in a warm-up for a World Cup qualifier and Confederations Cup campaign.

Germany coach Joachim Loew opted to rest a clutch of stars including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boeteng in defence, Toni Kroos in midfield and Thomas Mueller in attack.

Kimmich grabs late equaliser for Germany ‘B’

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Brøndby (Denmark) (AFP) – Bayern Munich right-back Joshua Kimmich earned Germany a come-from-behind 1-1 draw against Denmark on Tuesday in a warm-up for a World Cup qualifier and Confederations Cup campaign.

Germany coach Joachim Loew opted to rest a clutch of stars including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boeteng in defence, Toni Kroos in midfield and Thomas Mueller in attack.

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.

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.

Ballon D’Or 2016 shortlist: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Jamie Vardy?

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Leicester City's Jamie Vardy has been nominated among 30 candidates for the Ballon d'Or. The only English player to make the Ballon d'Or 2016 shortlist, Vardy joins the likes of Cristiano...

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Buoyant Germany set sights on N. Ireland World Cup qualifier

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Berlin (AFP) Germany coach Joachim Loew wants the 'same again' for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland following his side's demolition of the Czech Republic.

Thomas Mueller scored twice and Toni Kroos also netted as Germany dominated the Czechs 3-0 on Saturday night.

It was an impressive display from the hosts in Hamburg and the scoreline could have been much higher as Julian Draxler, Mario Goetze and Mueller all missed clear chances.

Buoyant Germany set sights on N. Ireland World Cup qualifier

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Berlin (AFP) Germany coach Joachim Loew wants the 'same again' for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland following his side's demolition of the Czech Republic.

Thomas Mueller scored twice and Toni Kroos also netted as Germany dominated the Czechs 3-0 on Saturday night.

It was an impressive display from the hosts in Hamburg and the scoreline could have been much higher as Julian Draxler, Mario Goetze and Mueller all missed clear chances.

Buoyant Germany set sights on N. Ireland

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Berlin (AFP) Germany coach Joachim Loew has called 'same again' for Tuesday's next World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland following his side's demolition of the Czech Republic.

Thomas Mueller scored twice and Toni Kroos also netted as Germany dominated the Czech Republic with a 3-0 win on Saturday night.

Buoyant Germany set sights on N. Ireland

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Berlin (AFP) Germany coach Joachim Loew has called 'same again' for Tuesday's next World Cup qualifier against Northern Ireland following his side's demolition of the Czech Republic.

Thomas Mueller scored twice and Toni Kroos also netted as Germany dominated the Czech Republic with a 3-0 win on Saturday night.

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.

Euro 2016: Manchester United's £95m target holds the key for Germany

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World champions Germany face Slovakia in the round of 16 knockout clash in Lille on Sunday.

Germany eased through to the last 16 as the winner of group C beating Northern Ireland and Ukraine and drawing with Poland. They’ve kept clean sheets in all their games but at the same time have found goals hard to come by, with the Germans finding the net only three times so far.

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: Toni Kroos and Andres Iniesta lead midfield maestros taking centre stage

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Euro 2016 best players: From Eric Dier to Dimitri Payet – Every teams’ star performer of round one

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Loew targets key areas for Germany before Euro 2016

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Germany's Joachim Loew has targeted the areas where the world champions must improve for Euro 2016 after their shock defeat to England and thrashing of Italy in friendlies.

The Germans threw away a two-goal lead in losing 3-2 to a spirited England side in Berlin on Saturday, but roared back with a 4-1 thrashing of the disappointing Italians in Munich on Tuesday.

Loew targets key areas for Germany before Euro 2016

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Germany's Joachim Loew has targeted the areas where the world champions must improve for Euro 2016 after their shock defeat to England and thrashing of Italy in friendlies.

The Germans threw away a two-goal lead in losing 3-2 to a spirited England side in Berlin on Saturday, but roared back with a 4-1 thrashing of the disappointing Italians in Munich on Tuesday.

Real Madrid

Real’s reserves make Fuenlabrada pay penalty in Cup win

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid needed two second-half penalties converted by Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez to open their Copa del Rey campaign with a 2-0 last 32, first leg win at third-tier Fuenlabrada on Thursday.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane gave most of his star names the night off with Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco and Sergio Ramos among those not even included in the squad.

Cristiano Ronaldo Crowned Best Male Player In The World, Women’s Football Pitifully Underrepresented At Latest FIFA Award Thing (Photos)

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It's no Ballon d'Or, but Cristiano Ronaldo was ordained as the best male player in the world at the 2017 Best FIFA Football Awards back-slapping buffet in London last night.

By virtue of winning the double with Real Madrid last season, Ronaldo pipped Lionel Messi and Neymar into second and third place, while Zinedine Zidane took first prize in the male coaching stakes.

Smashing a dynasty: How Real Madrid conquered Barcelona to become Spain’s dominant force

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Bale, Modric, Kroos in; Ronaldo out of Real Madrid roster for MLS All-Star Game

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Cristiano Ronaldo will not be involved in this summer's MLS All-Star Game, but several of Real Madrid's heavy-hitters will be making the trip.

Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos headline the Spanish giant's roster for their trip to the U.S. Real is set to play matches in the International Champions Cup before taking on the MLS All-Stars on August 2 in Chicago.

Champions League: Crucial Isco Goal Sees Real Madrid Stride Into Final At Atletico’s Expense Despite Second-Leg Defeat (Photos & Video)

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A single goal from Isco was enough to put Real Madrid beyond the reach of Atletico and, ultimately, into yet another Champions League final.

Atleti made a typically aggressive start and duly ignited hopes of a comeback as early as the 12th minute, when Saul Niguez connected with a corner to send the home side 1-0 up on the night.

Real derby hero Pepe suffers broken ribs

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid face a defensive crisis ahead of huge clashes against Bayern Munich and Barcelona after Pepe suffered a double rib fracture in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid.

Pepe opened the scoring with a towering header seven minutes into the second half but then had to be replaced after clashing with teammate Toni Kroos.

Real derby hero Pepe suffers broken ribs

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid face a defensive crisis ahead of huge clashes against Bayern Munich and Barcelona after Pepe suffered a double rib fracture in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid.

Pepe opened the scoring with a towering header seven minutes into the second half but then had to be replaced after clashing with teammate Toni Kroos.

Paul Scholes: Toni Kroos would be perfect for Manchester United

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Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, feels that the Red Devils should try to sign Real Madrid midfielder, Toni Kroos, next summer. Scholes reckons that Kroos would be the perfect partner alongside Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera in United's three-man midfield.

Jose Mourinho, the United manager, signed Pogba for £89m in the summer, but he has often struggled to find a perfect balance in the midfield.

Champions League: Casemiro Scores Absolutely Bonkers Volley As Real Madrid Spank Napoli At Bernabeu (Video)

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Despite fallingbehind after just eight minutes at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid eventuallyrallied to sew up a comfortable 3-1 first-leg victory over Napoli before thehour mark.

Karim Benzema equalised and Toni Kroos nudged Madrid back ahead before Casimero rattled home a third just after half-time with an absolutely bonkers volley from outside the area.

Ramos saves Real Madrid as fans target Ronaldo

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos struck twice within eight first-half minutes to get the European champions back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Malaga at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Madrid's 40-game unbeaten run had come to a crashing halt with back-to-back defeats to Sevilla and Celta Vigo in the past week, but after a nervy start Ramos ensured they opened up a four-point gap at the top of the table.

Tuesday Kickoff: Neymar, Kroos, Witsel and more

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Neymar's transfer saga continues, while one of Real Madrid's biggest stars is set to miss time.

Neymar appears set for trial after a judge requested that corruption charged be filed against the Barcelona star regarding his controversial move to the Spanish club. (REPORT)

Toni Kroos is set to miss an extended period of time after breaking a bone in his right foot.

Early season problems for Real Madrid and Barcelona.. but who’s in better shape?

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It has been a mixed start to the season for Spain's big hitters Real Madrid and Barcelona. Real saw their 16-match winning run end and are now winlessin their last four games in all competitions,...

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Brilliant Ronaldo Leads Real Madrid Into Champions League Semifinal

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Cristiano Ronaldo wrote more history for himself on Tuesday night as his hat-trick gave Real Madrid a 3-0 victory over Wolfsburg, sending Los Blancos to the Champions League semifinals.

After last week's lackluster performance in Germany, few gave Zinedine Zidane's much hope at the Santiago Bernabéu to overturn their two goal deficit.

Barcelona v Real Madrid – Preview, match facts, team news, quotes, betting and more

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From Spain: Arsenal plot move for £156k-per-wk star; player dreams of joining Man Utd

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Arsenal are plotting an ambitious summer move for Real Madrid superstar Toni Kroos, according to reports from Spanish newspaper AS.

The German international, who joined Madrid in 2014, is considering the possibility of leaving the club. Premier League giants have set their sights on signing him, while there have been few offers on the table from German clubs.

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