Bastian Schweinsteiger will make his first start for Germany since last summer’s World Cup final in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia in Tbilisi on Sunday. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger will make his first start for Germany since the World Cup final last year when his team take on Georgia in a E(...)

 Republic of Ireland International Stephanie Roche walks past Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at the Fifa Ballon d’Or awards in Zurich. Photograph: Valeriano Di Domenico / Inpho 1:47

As Stephanie Roche turns her attention to making something like a living from the game she plays so well, Real Madrid star Ronaldo has signalled hi(...)

  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(...)

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(...)