A late Toni Kroos goal gave Germany a 1-0 victory away to Spain tonight
Spain sunk by Kroos missile

Spain 0 Germany 0Between them, they have won international football’s last four major tournaments but for eighty-nine minutes Spain and Germany could (...)

Naming names: Jochen Gerz with one of the slabs in the Bochum church vestibule

Jochen Gerz is a lateral thinker, a self-declared subversive in the true sense. Confronted by a thorny cultural issue, he will turn it over and tra(...)

  Luis Suárez of Barcelona did not make hte 23-man Ballon d’Or list. Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Barcelona striker Luis Suárez has been omitted from Fifa’s 23-man list of contenders for the Ballon d’Or award.The list, which will be whittled down t(...)

Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben celebrates scored twice against   AS Roma  at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini / Reuters

AS Roma 1 Bayern Munich 7A ruthless Bayern Munich scored five goals in the first 35 minutes on their way to an astonishing 7-1 Champions League win at(...)

Ireland’s Marc Wilson clashes with Thomas Mueller of Germany during the Group D qualifier at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday night. Photograph: Getty Images

It wasn’t quite the shot heard around the world but John O’Shea’s 94th minute goal in Gelsenkirchen was so unexpected that everyone in the stadium was(...)

German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Here is a flavour of the German newspapers’ reaction to last night’s 1-1 draw against the Republic of Ireland in Gelsenkirchen. Nonsense. This is only(...)

German  coach Joachim Löw during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Ireland in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Ina Fassbender / Reuters
German player ratings

Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) 6/10 Until the last kick, only had one moment where his heart rate would have crept up at all – stretching time to(...)

John O’Shea (centre) of Ireland celebrates after scoring  the late equaliser against world champions Germany in   at Arena Auf Schalke in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Fredrik Von Erichsen / EPA

Germany 1 Republic of Ireland 1It seemed too much to ask for that Ireland might come to Germany’s old mining capital and somehow dig out a result but (...)

 Ulf Schott: “After the World Cup in France, however, everybody said, ‘okay, yes, we have to do far more’.”

Ulf Schott is no evil genius, but from his office at the Deutscher Fußball-Bund’s headquarters in a leafy part of Frankfurt, Schott and the youth depa(...)

Schalke’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (centre) celebrates with team mates after scoring the equaliser   against Chelsea  at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Eddie Keogh / Reuters

Chelsea 1 Schalke 1Jose Mourinho had offered up a reminder on the eve of this contest that he is very much “part of this tournament’s history”, though(...)