The Republic of Ireland’s Group D opponents Germany have called up forward Sidney Sam to add more punch to their attack against Scotland on Sunday aft(...)

 Xabi Alonso arrives for medical check at FC Bayern Muenchen’s team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt office. Photograph:   Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

German champions Bayern Munich have completed the transfer of former World Cup winner Xabi Alonso from Real Madrid on a two-year deal as they seek to(...)

 Xabi Alonso set to move to Bayern Munich. Photograph: Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images

German champions Bayern Munich are close to signing former World and European champion Xabi Alonso from Champions League winners Real Madrid. The 32-y(...)

Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, a key figure in Germany’s triumph,  with  the World Cup trophy after last Sunday’s victory in Rio. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

As the World Cup begins, Joachim Löw is the longest-serving manager in the tournament, but he’s still pondering a question that probably should hav(...)

Construction workers take pictures as Germany’s 2014 Brazil World Cup squad proceed in an open-top truck through Berlin during a parade to mark the team’s victory over Argentina in Brazil. Photograph:   Morris Mac Matzen/Reuters 1:49

Joachim Löw and his four-star movement were given a heroes’ welcome as the World Cup joined forces with the Love Parade for a glorious Berlin comeback(...)

Germany’s Mario Götze scores the winner past Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero as  Ezequiel Garay looks on at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: David Gray / Reuters

Germany 1 Argentina 0 (after extra-time) It came later, much later, than the one that decided the final they fought out in Rome’s Olympic stadi(...)

Germany’s coach Joachim Löw   during a training session in Rio de Janeiro  ahead of their 2014 World Cup Final  against  Argentina on Sunday. Photograph: Darren Staples / Reuters

Joachim Löw wants Germany to make history in the Maracana on Sunday and then dominate world football for many years to come.After their 7-1 demolitio(...)

Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates his team’s win over Brazil after their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte.  Photo: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Perhaps the publication’s looming closure had something to do with his tone but in 1957 a reviewer for Britain’s Picture Post wrote that when Tommy(...)

Brazil’s Willian attends a training session in Teresopolis near Rio de Janeiro on Monday. Brazil will meet Germany in their 2014 World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday. Photograph:  Marcelo Regua/Reuters

Much like Ireland in 2002, Brazil has, over the last few days, become utterly focussed on a man who is no longer available to play. The locals are hav(...)

Joachim Löw has lasted this long because his team has spent eight years roaming in the gloaming between success and failure. 1:50

In an age when professionalism and TV have caused the different styles of football around the world to converge, World Cup dugouts at least remain ple(...)