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New boys aid England in 0-0 draw with Germany

New boys aid England in 0-0 draw with Germany

London – England debutants Jordan Pickford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek caught the eye as Gareth Southgate’s injured-ravaged side played out a 0-0 draw with world champions Germany in Friday’s Wembley friendly. Everton goalkeeper Pickford, 23, made a number of smart saves, while 21-year-old Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek, who is on loan at Crystal Palace, produced an assured […]

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Video ref reform calls in Germany

Video ref reform calls in Germany

German football chiefs want to reorganise refereeing in the Bundesliga after the head of their fledgeling video refereeing (VAR) system was sacked amidst accusations of bias. The VAR system is being trialled this season in Italy and Germany, generating much debate in both countries with fans complaining it slows games down. FIFA have yet to […]

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88-year-old ‘Nazi grandma’ Holocaust denier sentenced to jail in Germany

88-year-old ‘Nazi grandma’ Holocaust denier sentenced to jail in Germany

Berlin – A German court on Monday sentenced an 88-year-old ‘Nazi grandma’ to six months in jail, the fifth in a string of similar convictions for the repeat Holocaust denier. Ursula Haverbeck has often denied the mass murder of millions of Jews by the Nazis, which constitutes incitement of racial hatred under German law. And […]

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Germany win historic 10th World Cup qualifier

Germany win historic 10th World Cup qualifier

Midfielder Leon Goretzka netted twice as Germany routed Azerbaijan 5-1 on Sunday to make history with a perfect World Cup qualifying record of 10 wins in as many games. The reigning world champions had already sealed their ticket to Russia last Thursday with a 3-1 win over Northern Ireland, and finished their qualifying campaign in […]

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Germany’s ‘James Bond’ found guilty of tax evasion

Germany’s ‘James Bond’ found guilty of tax evasion

Germany’s former top spy, Werner Mauss, was Thursday given a two-year suspended sentence and ordered to donate 200,000 euros ($235,000) to charity as he was convicted for tax evasion. The 77-year-old dubbed the “German James Bond” was found guilty of stashing undeclared assets in offshore accounts and shortchanging the state of millions in taxes between […]

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Germany, England seal 2018 World Cup berths

Germany, England seal 2018 World Cup berths

Paris – Defending champions Germany clinched a place at next year’s World Cup in Russia with a 3-1 win in Northern Ireland on Thursday, while England beat Slovenia 1-0 to secure their berth. Sebastian Rudy and Sandro Wagner struck brilliant first-half goals in Belfast before Joshua Kimmich added a late third as Joachim Loew’s team […]

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‘Get lost!’: Germany’s ‘enraged’ hope to shout down Merkel

‘Get lost!’: Germany’s ‘enraged’ hope to shout down Merkel

Germany – Ostseebad Binz, Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel may appear to be cruising to a victory in next week’s elections, but her campaign rallies across Germany have been plagued by rowdy protesters who have been jeering, booing and even flinging tomatoes at her. From the western university town of Heidelberg to the picturesque southern city […]

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Germany return to top of FIFA rankings

Germany return to top of FIFA rankings

Zurich – World champions Germany pushed Brazil back into second place to return to the top of the Fifa rankings, which was published today. Germany’s 2-1 win away to the Czech Republic and their 6-0 drubbing of Norway in the World Cup qualifiers lifted them over the already-qualified Brazil, who dropped points in a draw […]

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Germany rout Norway, but wait for Russia berth

Germany rout Norway, but wait for Russia berth

Germany – Timo Werner netted twice on Monday as Germany routed Norway 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier, but Joachim Loew’s team must wait until next month to confirm their Russia 2018 place. The world champions have won all eight of their qualifiers so far to top Group C. However Northern Ireland’s 2-0 win over […]

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Klopp, Liverpool back in Germany for Champions League play-offs

Klopp, Liverpool back in Germany for Champions League play-offs

Paris – Jurgen Klopp takes his Liverpool side to his native Germany this week to face Hoffenheim as they target a return to the group stage of the Champions League. It is three years since the Anfield outfit, five times European champions, last graced the group stage of the continent’s elite club competition. A fourth-place […]

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