Oleksandr Kucher of Shakhtar Donetsk challenges Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern Munich during the Champions League round of 16 first leg match at the Donbass Arena. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

Shakhtar Donetsk 0 Bayern Munich 0Xabi Alonso saw his 100th Champions League appearance ended prematurely, although his red card did not cost Bayern M(...)

Germany cruised to a 4-0 win over Gibraltar in the Euro 2016 qualifier in Nuremberg but were left frustrated for periods

Germany 4 Gibraltar 0Germany picked up their obligatory group win over Gibraltar but the expected flurry of goals failed to arrive as they only manage(...)

It was the “unity generation”, of Thomas Müller and Toni Kroos that brought home the World Cup for a party at the Brandenburg Gate.

When Raphael Moser and Julia Wenzel say “I do” on December 12th, they’ll be doing their bit for German unification – not that the young couple have re(...)

  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 gave his former Chelsea team-mate  Ashley Cole the runaround during Tuesday night’s 7-1 win over Roma   at the  Stadio Olimpico. Photograph:  Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images 1:26

Having “sacked” Roma with an imperious 7-1 Champions League drubbing at the Olympic Stadium in Rome last night, German champions Bayern Munich this mo(...)

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(...)

 Republic of Ireland’s John O’Shea celebrates scoring the equaliser  against Germany in injury time. Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

Football is not immune to fairytales but even the Brothers Grimm might have raised eyebrows at the manner in which Ireland concocted one of those fab(...)

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 (...)

Darron Gibson (centre) and Jeff Hendrick (right) shadow Brian Perez of Gibraltar   at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   Ian Walton/Getty Images

Martin O’Neill has allowed Richard Keogh return to Derby County after the defender failed to shake off the hamstring injury that kept him out of the 7(...)