No signs of vulnerability: Germany coach Joachim Löw answers  questions at a press conference  in Essen. Photograph: Roland Weihrauch/EPA

“As world champions, we used to be hunter . . . Now we are prey,” says Joachim Löw with a sigh, on a damp Monday morning in the heart of the Ruhr. The(...)

 Christoph Kramer (front) of Germany during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D qualifying match against Poland. He misses the game against the Republic of Ireland with a stomach bug.   Bartlomiej Zborowski/EPA 2:19

Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer is out of tomorrow night’s European Championship qualifier against Ireland with the 23 year-old s(...)

Germany coach Joachim Low: says he is expecting a very intense game against Martin O’Neill’s Irish side in Gelsenkirchen. Photo:  Greg Fiume/Getty Images

World champions Germany will be without new captain Bastian Schweinsteiger as well as key midfielders Sami Khedira and Marco Reus for their upcoming(...)

Manchester City players (L-R) Vincent Kompany, Frank Lampard and Aleksandar Kolarov during their  training session in Munich on Tuesday. Photograph: Marc Mueller / EPA

The mission for Manchester City in Bavaria this evening is to prove their Champions League lesson has been learned. With Manuel Pellegrini hoping for(...)

 Angel Di Maria scores Argentina’s fourth goal in the friendly international against Germany  in Düsseldorf. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Germany 2 Argentina 4A brilliant performance from new Manchester United signing Angel Di Maria spurred Argentina to a crushing friendly win over world(...)

 Germany striker Miroslav Klose celebrating after scoring a goal during the World Cup semi-final win over Brazil  in Belo Horizonte.  Photograph: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

Germany striker Miroslav Klose, who capped a record-breaking career with the national team by winning the World Cup last month, has retired from inter(...)

Joachim Löw will remain as Germany manager. Photograph:  Markus Gilliar - Pool /Getty Images

Germany World Cup-winning coach Joachim Löw remains committed to leading the side through to the European Championship in 2016, the 54-year-old said o(...)

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(...)

Germany’s Philipp Lahm: made 113 appearances during his outstanding international career which culminated with victory over Argentina in the World Cup final in Brazil. Photo: Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Germany’s World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm retired from international football yesterday – a decision he says was made before the tournament in (...)

Philipp Lahm: “It is the right time for me. I have totally enjoyed my time with the national team.”

Germany captain Philipp Lahm has quit international soccer just days after leading his side to World Cup victory in Brazil.“It is the right time for (...)