Fifa president Sepp Blatter arrives at the 65th Fifa congress in Zurich, Switzerland where he  is expected to be re-elected  despite growing calls for his resignation amid a corruption scandal that has engulfed the sport’s governing body. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters 1:24

Sepp Blatter remains firmly on course to secure his fifth four-year term as Fifa president today with Uefa president Michel Platini all but admitting (...)

 After the 2013 treble Pep Guardiola’s challenge was no longer to take Bayern to the next level, but to maintain the standards set by his suddenly illustrious predecessor. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters. 1:54

Many neutrals find Chelsea a hard club to like, but one night in May 2012, they were briefly Germany’s second-favourite team. Chelsea were playing Bay(...)

Jannik Vestergaard of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim celebrates a goal during the Bundesliga match against SC Freiburg at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena in Sinsheim. Photo:  Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

The last leg of the journey to Hoffenheim provides a pretty clear early indication that you are going to a different type of Bundesliga club. Mannh(...)

Louis van Gaal addresses the audience after receiving a lifetime achievement award during the Dutch Footballer of the Year 2014 Gala in Hilversum. Photograph: Bas Czerwinski/EPA

Louis van Gaal insists he has no regrets over taking the manager’s job at Manchester United despite the building pressure after a poor start to the s(...)

 Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has begun a 3-1/2-year jail sentence for tax evasion according to German media reports. Photo: Reuters

Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness began a 3-1/2-year jail sentence on Monday after being convicted in March of evading €28.5 million in ta(...)

 Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has begun a 3-1/2-year jail sentence for tax evasion according to German media reports. Photo: Reuters

Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness began a 3-1/2-year jail sentence on Monday after being convicted in March of evading €28.5 million in ta(...)

 Louis Van Gaal at Old Trafford prior to a Champions League match between Manchester United and Bayern Munich in 2010. Photograph:Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

There is a famous story about Louis van Gaal from his time at Bayern Munich. Van Gaal had insisted from the start on two major protocols at team meals(...)

Chairman of the management board of the German sportswear company Adidas Herbert Hainer at the Adidas general meeting. Mr  Hainer, said Adidas had made ‘a few executional mistakes’ but said a revamped executive team had been put in place to reverse the current situation. Photogaph: EPA

The long-serving chief executive of German sportswear company Adidas sought to rebuff criticism of his leadership from shareholders today, as the firm(...)

President of Bayern Munich Uli Hoeness (left) and his wife Susanne leave the Higher Regional Court after his sentencing in Munich, Germany.  Photograph:  Alexandra Beier/Getty Images

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has been found guilty of tax evasion and sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison. The 62-year-(...)

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness (front) arrives with his lawyer Hanns W Feigen  for the start of his trial for tax evasion at a regional court in Munich. Photo: Reuters

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness stunned a German court today by admitting he had evaded taxes of €18.5 million using a secret Swiss bank accoun(...)