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Lewandowski leads Bayern Munich to German Supercup victory

A brilliant hat-trick from Robert Lewandowski led Bayern Munich to a comfortable 5-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in Sunday’s German Supercup, giving former Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac a memorable start to his reign at the Bavarian giants

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Germany has lifted its ban on Nazi symbols in computer games

Computer games featuring symbols of ‘unconstitutional organisations’ such as the swastika of Hitler’s Nazi party can  now be sold in Germany after the game classification body said on Thursday it was changing how it assessed them. A clause in the criminal code that allows such symbols to be used in a “socially adequate” way will…

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Germany jails couple for selling son online

A German court handed down lengthy jail sentences Tuesday to a couple for repeatedly sexually abusing their young son and selling him to paedophiles online. Following a criminal probe that even seasoned investigators said pushed them to the emotional limit, the regional court in Freiburg sentenced the boy’s mother, Berrin Taha, to 12 and a…

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Germany’s World Cup debacle is ‘huge motivation’ – Mueller

Thomas Mueller says the Germans’ shock early exit from the World Cup will provide “huge motivation” when he starts the new season with both Germany and Bayern Munich

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Ozil shines on return as Arsenal crush PSG in Singapore

Mesut Ozil enjoyed a successful return to action at the end of a tumultuous week as the German midfielder scored the opening goal for Arsenal in a 5-1 victory over a makeshift Paris St Germain side in a pre-season friendly in Singapore on Saturday.

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Munich airport cancels 200 flights after intruder alert

Around 200 flights had to be cancelled and two terminals evacuated at Munich airport on Saturday after an unidentified person entered a secure area, police and the airport said.

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Ozil, citing ‘racism’, quits Germany side after World Cup debacle

Mesut Ozil said earlier that he was true to both his Turkish and German origins and insisted he did not intend to make a political statement by appearing with Erdogan

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Formula One: Vettel celebrates pole position in German Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel surged to pole for his home German Grand Prix on Saturday as Lewis Hamilton suffered a setback when his Mercedes broke down to leave him at the back of the grid.

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Merkel fires back at Trump, says Germany makes ‘independent decisions’

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday said Germany makes “independent decisions”, firing back at US President Donald Trump after he accused Berlin of being a “captive” of Russia. “I myself have also experienced a part of Germany being occupied by the Soviet Union,” Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, said as she arrived at…

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World Cup 2018: After a great group stage, the merciless knockout awaits

Entertainment, upsets, personalities, controversy and goals — the World Cup has had it all — and the knockout stage drama hasn’t even begun. The group stage of the tournament can risk being a simple process of eliminating the weaker nations and serving as a mere warm-up for the favourites. But with holders Germany already back…

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Four arrested over planning terror attacks in Kosovo

Police in Kosovo and Germany on Friday, in simultaneous raids, arrested four Kosovans suspected of plotting terrorist attacks in the Balkan country, officials said. It was not immediately clear whether the three suspects arrested in Kosovo and the fourth in Germany were linked with any Islamist group, a prosecutor in charge of the case said….

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How the group stage of FIFA World Cup 2018 unraveled

The group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup ended and defending champions Germany were eliminated from the tournament. The football world is guaranteed to have a new champion. Here is a recap of how the round-robin stage went. Here are in-depth highlights of the group stage of FIFA World Cup 2018. Group A Teams:…

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Lebanese football fan ‘stabbed to death over World Cup celebrations’

A football fan was stabbed to death in Lebanon in a row over his celebration of Brazil’s win and Germany’s loss in the World Cup, the army and media said Thursday. Mohammad Zaher was allegedly killed by two of his neighbours late Wednesday in the Beirut suburb of Hay Al-Sellum, Lebanese news outlets reported. The…

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Delirious Mexicans swamp South Korean embassy

Ecstatic Mexican fans besieged the South Korean embassy in their capital to celebrate with diplomats after the Asian team stunned Germany at the World Cup and ensured Mexico’s progress to the last 16 in Russia. Mexicans watched in horror as their side were thumped 3-0 in Yekaterinburg, leaving them keeping a nervous eye on the…

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Loew says Germany ‘deserve’ to crash out of World Cup

Germany coach Joachim Loew said he felt “huge disappointment” at seeing the holders crash out of the World Cup but said they had fully deserved it after they were sensationally beaten 2-0 by South Korea on Wednesday. The four-time champions needed to beat the unfancied Asians by two clear goals in their final group F…

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Five reasons Germany failed at the World Cup

Germany have failed to qualify from the group stages at a World Cup finals for the first time since 1938. Here are five reasons why Germany went crashing out of the World Cup in the group stage. Loew’s misguided loyalty Head coach Joachim Loew has always stuck by his tried and trusted stars — but…

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Germany the latest victim of the ‘champions curse’

Germany have been eliminated from the World Cup in the first round for the first time since the Second World War, as the holders are knocked out in the group stage for the fourth time this century. Leaving aside Uruguay — who won the inaugural World Cup in 1930 before not travelling to Italy for…

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England, Belgium battle for top spot after Germany World Cup shock

England and Belgium battle it out for top spot in their group on Thursday as the remaining teams at the World Cup digest Germany’s astonishing exit from the tournament in Russia. Both sides — packed with Premier League talent — have sailed through Group G, winning their two games and are now in the curious…

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Germany crash out of World Cup as South Korea stun holders

Germany crashed out of the World Cup on Wednesday after a stoppage-time VAR-assisted goal from Kim Young-gwon and a late second by Son Heung-min earned South Korea a famous 2-0 win. The Germans needed to win by two clear goals in their final group F match at Kazan stadium to advance to the last 16….

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Germany face day of World Cup reckoning as Brazil target top spot

Germany face their day of reckoning at the World Cup on Wednesday, with the holders needing a clear win against South Korea to be sure of reaching the last 16 after Lionel Messi’s Argentina scraped through to the knockout rounds. Elsewhere in Russia, as the first round draws to a close, five-time winners Brazil need…

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Kroos hits out at Germany’s World Cup doubters

Germany’s matchwinner Toni Kroos has criticised former internationals and pundits for putting the boot into the defending champions after their shaky World Cup start. Kroos’s stunning free-kick five minutes into added time in Sochi sealed a 2-1 win to keep alive Germany’s flagging hopes following defeat to Mexico in their opening Group F match. Following…

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