Germany

Sunday, July 20, 2014

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COMMENT: Head injuries to Christoph Kramer, Javier Mascherano and Alvaro Pereira in Brazil highlighted the need for football to re-examine how to deal with such incidents

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The Bayern Munich centre-half has paid tribute to the coach following their World Cup triumph and says he has his sights firmly set on winning Euro 2016

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The Germany striker has urged his Viola team-mates to improve on their fourth-placed finish in Serie A last season, insisting it is a realistic goal

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COMMENT: There are many worthy contenders for the accolade after a season in which the prizes were shared around, making this the closest race for the award yet

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The Bayern Munich centre-half was delighted to come back to action after making his first appearance for the club since December 2012 in a pre-season friendly

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The former midfielder believes the number of foreign players in Premier League academies has been damaging to the development of the Three Lions national team

Saturday, July 19, 2014

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The Bundesliga giants' return to action with a thrilling 4-3 victory on Saturday was hard work, according to the coach, although Neven Subotic was just delighted to be back

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The midfielder, signed from Bayer Leverkusen earlier this summer as part of Brendan Rodgers' summer recruitment drive, appeared to strain his calf during the match at Deepdale

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The former Sunderland goalkeeper played the first half of the friendly fixture which was settled by goals from Kris Commons and Sylvano Comvalius

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The Frenchman agreed not to play in the loss to the 2.Bundesliga outfit as the transfer saga with Barcelona continues to rumble on

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The Bayern Munich chief believes the Bundesliga as a whole will benefit from Germany's World Cup triumph - though he admits foreign sides could be more tempted to sign their stars

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The coach admits his side lacked fitness in their 4-2 friendly loss against RB Leipzig but insisted that he was satisfied with their progress

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The club's CEO has hit out at the lack of "solidarity" in German football, criticising rivals for not allowing players adequate time to recover after the World Cup

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Goal's weekly column examines the impending outgoings at the Santiago Bernabeu and discusses the future of Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal after the exit of Juventus boss Antonio Conte

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There have been some notable patterns in the Goal 50 during its first half a dozen years of existence, but while some will continue in 2014 there are others which could be bucked

Friday, July 18, 2014

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The 30-year-old announced his international retirement on Friday, leaving a gaping hole in the world champions' back line. Goal examines the options to replace him

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The German hosts twice found an equaliser in the first half before Denis Thomalla and a late own goal from Marquinhos condemned Laurent Blanc's men to a 4-2 loss

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The defender managed just under an hour in a friendly win over Red Baroons fan club - his first appearance in 594 days after his troublesome knee injury