Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in action with Bayern Munich’s Thiago, Xabi Alonso, Juan Bernat and Mehdi Benatia all in pursuit. Photo: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Bayern will need a Munich miracle to retain their dream of reaching the Champions League final on home soil after the five-time champions slumped to a(...)

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola warns his side not to fall asleep against Porto. Photograph: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

Bayern Munich may be missing some of their biggest names when they meet Porto but the Germans are confident they have enough firepower to defend their(...)

 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(...)

Algeria’s head coach Vahid Halilhodzic : “We have not forgotten about . . . 1982.” Photograph: Ivan Sekretarev/AP.

Thirty-two years is a long time to wait for revenge but for Algeria the chance will finally come when they take on Germany at the Estádio Beira-Rio in(...)

After the perfect start to the World Cup, Germany are hoping that they can go the whole way and win the competition. Photograph: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

German media was full of praise on Tuesday for a sterling performance by Joachim Loew’s team in their opening 4-0 World Cup win over Portugal that ins(...)

 Antonio Valencia turns home Manchester United’s opening goal during the Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen   at the BayArena. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Champions League round-up: Wayne Rooney played a starring role as Manchester United recorded their biggest European away win since 1964 to book themse(...)

Barcelona’s Neymar  and Lionel Messi are both on the shortlist.

Six players from Bayern Munich’s treble-winning team were included among the 23 nominees for the World Player of the Year award announced by Fifa this(...)

Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff believes  the goalscoring form of players like Thomas Mueller can offset the lack of strikers in the squad for the game against the Republic of Ireland. Photograph:   Michael Dalder/Reuters

Team manager Oliver Bierhoff expects Germany to qualify for the World Cup with a victory over the Republic of Ireland in Cologne this Friday despite a(...)

 Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich on a 10-man shortlist for the 2012/13 Uefa Best Player in Europe award. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Four Bayern Munich players – Thomas Mueller, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Bastian Schweinsteiger – were named on a 10-man shortlist for the 2012/13(...)