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TRANSFER: Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso set to move to Germany

Thursday August 28 2014,

Tags: Xabi Alonso, Real Madrid, Transfer, La Liga, Bayern Munich, Bundesliga

After losing his starting spot at Real Madrid, the veteran Spanish defender is set to ply his trade in the Bundesliga
After some speculation surrounding his future in La Liga, Xabi Alonso is set to finally depart Real Madrid.

The veteran midfielder recently called time on his career with Spain's national squad after over a decade donning La Furia Roja's kit, and now will be moving on to continue his club football in a new country.

Bayern Munich have been linked previously with the 32-year-old and now...

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“I retired because I didn’t want to end up chasing young players” --Miroslav Klose

Wednesday August 27 2014,

Tags: Germany, Miroslav Klose

Klose retires from the German team having played 137 matches and scoring 71 goals. He topped Ronaldo as the World Cup’s top scorer in Brazil.
Nearly two months after winning the World Cup, Miroslav Klose explained his decision to retire from the National Team to a local newspaper. Klose, 36, will not be available to play for the first time in 14 years.

“It’s not very easy for me to let it go. I do actually feel a little queasy when I think Im only going to watch it from the stands,” he explained during an interview.

Currently...

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TRANSFER: Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer advises Bayern to sign Sami Khedira

According to the Bayern Munich honorary president, Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira would be a perfect match for the Bundesliga champions
Germany football legend and the Bavarians honorary president Franz Beckenbauer has made a recommendation to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich to sign die Mannschaft midfielder Sami Khedira.

The 27-year-old Real Madrid ace has returned to Spain on the back of an impressive World Cup campaign, playing an integral role in the national side's triumph in the tournament in Brazil as European heavyweight...

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Cristiano Ronaldo leads 2014 UEFA Best Player shortlist as Messi misses out

The 2014 FIFA World Cup Player of the Tournament, Lionel Messi, is not among Europe’s three best footballers, according to the 2014 UEFA Best Player shortlist.
Arjen Robben, Cristiano Ronaldo and Manuel Neuer: these are the three players who have topped UEFA’s 10-man shortlist after journalists from the confederation’s 54 member associations voted. Last season, CR7 opted to miss the event to feature in a charity match for Real Madrid. This month, the Portuguese superstar may get his hands on the prize for the very first time.

He has been...

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August 2014 Fifa rankings – Germany remains in No.1 spot, USMNT drop to 18th

Thursday August 14 2014,

Tags: Fifa World Cup, World Cup 2014, Germany, Spain, USA

While USMNT have plummeted to 18th place, the 2010 World Cup champions Spain have made advancements in their road to reclaiming the number one spot from Germany
The latest Fifa world ranking has been released and European giants Germany retains their number one spot. The 2014 World Cup champions leapfrogged the 2010 champions Spain in the July rankings after beating Argentina 1-0 in the final at the famous Maracana stadium, and see their spot at the summit remain untouched.

The runners-up from the tournament in Brazil, Lionel Messi’s Argentina...

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EPL TRANSFER: Dortmund’s Hummels to wear RED for £30M next season?

With his two spectacular headed goals en route to 2014 World Cup glory and his impressive performances at the back, it is no wonder that Matt Hummels is on several top club’s transfer list.
Barcelona were linked with the Borussia Dortmund star back in June but opted to increase the height of their backline by signing 1.92m-tall Jeremy Mathieu for €20M. Meanwhile, 25-year-old star Hummels has rubbished claims of a move away from BVB several times. He has been with the Black and Yellows since 2007, resisting a move unlike Robert Lewandowski and Mario Goetze.

However, it is now...

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Bastian Schweinsteiger issues public apology over offensive BVB chant

Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger has expressed remorse after taking part in offensive chants directed towards Borussia Dortmund during Germany's World Cup celebrations
The Bavarians ace, Bastian Schweinsteiger has publicly apologized for his offensive behavior in chanting a song about Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund.

The German World Cup winner was caught on video chanting lyrics that included "BVB, sons of bit****s!" in a somewhat rowdy bar celebration a few days into the World Cup final win against Argentina. The video was leaked on Tuesday...

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Arsenal stars Ozil, Podolski, and Mertesacker to miss beginning of EPL season

World Cup winners Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, and Per Mertesacker won't take part in the beginning of the upcoming English Premier League season, reveals Wenger
Arsene Wenger has revealed Arsenal's German core, Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, and Per Mertesacker, will all miss the beginning of the 2014-15 English Premier League season.

The trio were all part of the German national team that won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, beating Argentina 1-0 at the famous Maracana stadium back in July 13.

Former Real Madrid star Ozil in particular played a full...

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Is Bayern set for a poor post World Cup season?

Bayern has historically not played a good season after a World Cup. Will they be able to march to a third consecutive Bundesliga title in the 2014-15 season?
World Cups are not kind to Bayern; the stars of the club after all make up the spine of the German national side. Bayern players have a history of struggling following international tournaments (the exception being Euro 2012). Following the 2006 World Cup, Bayern suffered in the 2006-07 season. They finished fourth, outside the UEFA Champions League spots (the Bundesliga did not...

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Is Mario Götze's future set to change at Bayern?

Despite his success at Dortmund, Mario Götze found it very difficult to break into Bayern's starting line up last season. Will he do so this season, especially following Toni Kroos' departure?
Mario Götze is undoubtedly a brilliant player. He is after all a man who scored the winning goal in a World Cup Final. Yet, at club level, young Mario has seemingly stalled. He found the net quite often last season but his performances for Bayern led Pep Guardiola to bench him. He seemed to drift in and out of matches. There were many games in which Götze's presence was...

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Germany's Captaincy Debate

Philipp Lahm has officially stepped down; Germany needs a new captain but a natural replacement might not be easy to find.
Philipp Lahm's departure from the German national setup has caused another problem aside from the lack of a natural successor for the right back slot. Joachim Löw, much like what he had to do prior to the 2010 World Cup, must pick a captain. It was widely suspected that Miroslav Klose might take over, having captained the side unofficially in Ballack's absence many times. However, Löw...

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Diminutive, Quiet, Assured Captain Philipp Lahm Closes the Book on his International Career

Saturday July 19 2014,

Tags: Germany, Philipp Lahm, World Cup 2014, FIFA World Cup 2014, Bayern,

Philipp Lahm has stepped down suddenly at the age of 30. Captain Lahm has not always been the most popular person in his country; however, he clearly makes the difference.
In late 2009, Philipp Lahm was fined 25,000 Euros by Bayern. The reason was one which divided the Bayern contingent. Lahm criticized his club.

He is obviously not the first player to do so. However, in an interview fuelled by his emotions and desire to win major silverware, he criticized Bayern's transfer policy. He also criticized the lack of a fixed philosophy, according to ESPN.

"Top...

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Germany captain Philipp Lahm, aged 30, retires from international football

Less than a week after guiding die Mannschaft to World Cup glory, German national team captain Philipp Lahm has called an end to his international career
Die Mannschaft captain Philipp Lahm has retired from international football, calling an end to his 10-year love affair with the German national team.

Initially reported by German news outlet BILD (per 101 Great Goals), the 30-year-old Bayern Munich defender wishes to end his international career on a high and has decided now is the best time to hang up his boots, a revelation confirmed...

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Christoph Kramer Forces the "Concussion Debate"

His team won the World Cup but he does not remember the first half. He watched the match in a dazed state. He played for the first half hour too. Kramer's problem has reignited an age old debate.
Nicola Rizzoli had a concerned expression etched across his face as he walked up to Bastian Schweinsteiger. He needed to deliver an important message. He felt Christoph Kramer's time was up. He had to leave the pitch.

Why did Rizzoli feel so? After all, Kramer was not the first player to return back to the pitch following a head injury. Alvaro Pereira of Uruguay and Javier...

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July 2014 Fifa rankings - World Cup champions Germany climb to No.1 spot

After clinching the trophy in Brazil, Germany top Fifa's latest world rankings, followed by Argentina, whilst Spain drop to eighth
The latest Fifa world rankings are out, and they come shortly after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil came to an end, a tournament which saw European giants Germany win a fourth trophy, their first since 1990. Die Mannschaft, the first European nation to win football's greatest prize on South American soil, see themselves reach the summit of the Fifa rankings after beating Argentina 1-0 in the final, making...

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Toni Kroos Proves His Worth To Bayern by Moving to Madrid

Toni Kroos' affair with Bayern was bound to end poorly; what started as a promising adventure is set to end after eight long years of expectation, love, pain and distrust.
Thus, yet another long drawn story is inevitably coming to its probable end. Kroos and Bayern have come to the point where they cannot accept each other with open arms. The two are parting ways. Kroos has shown everything ironically which Bayern had wanted him to show previously. He has shown grit, determination and courage to push a deal to Real Madrid through. Bayern, meanwhile, have only themselves...

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WIR SIND WELTMEISTER! Selfies and best celebrations after Germany's 2014 World Cup win

After 24 years, Germany finally have won their fourth World Cup, and the players were happy to put on a good show for their delighted fans in the nation's capital.
On July 13th, Germany finally achieved what they had been searching for for over two decades--their fourth World Cup trophy.

Die Mannschaft became the first European side to ever win the iconic prize in South America, and even more impressively easily dispatched hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals en route to defeating another South American powerhouse--Lionel Messi's Argentina--thanks to a...

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Scolari resigns after Brazil's disappointing World Cup campaign

After many called for his sacking, Luiz Felipe Scolari steps down as Brazil manager
The Brazilian Football Confederation (BFC) has confirmed that Luiz Felipe Scolari has tended his resignation as Brazil coach, a move widely supported by the Selecao fans after Brazil's humiliating crash out of the 2014 World Cup.

It is rumoured that Scolari resigned early Monday morning in the wake of Brazil's whopping 1-7 loss to Germany and a 0-3 thrashing by Netherlands in the semi-finals...

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Footballing world left in shock as Lionel Messi wins World Cup Golden Ball award

Many were left in shock at the sight of Argentine captain Lionel Messi clinching the 2014 World Cup Golden Ball award after losing 1-0 to Germany in the final
Lionel Messi was awarded the Golden Ball award for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Barcelona ace led his country throughout the competition, shaking off the disappointing 2010 campaign as he scored 4 goals in the three group stage matches.

And even though his contribution dipped afterwards, the 27-year-old still played an integral part in La Albiceleste's road to the final, grabbing...

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Messi wins Golden Ball, Neuer collects Golden Gloves, as Germany clinch the trophy

Lionel Messi didn't leave the 2014 World Cup in Brazil empty-handed as the Argentine clinched the tournament's Golden Ball award
The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has reached it's climax.

A European giants Germany won the fourth trophy in their history, their first since 1990, after 24 years of failures and frustrations.

A 113 minute goal from Mario Gotze secured the trophy for Die MAnnschaft as their 22-year-old ace doomed Argentina to a 1-0 loss, walkng away in vain as La Albiceleste's World Cup trophy drought.

This...

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