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(...)

Bayern Munich: academy cost €35 million

Bundesliga chief executive Christian Seifert said last week that the academies of all the top flight German clubs combined cost the equivalent of one (...)

PSG’s Marco Verratti celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League game against Barcelona at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

Paris St Germain made light of the absent Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a sub-standard start to the season to claim a 3-2 victory over Barcelona. Barca had n(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s Group D opponents Germany have called up forward Sidney Sam to add more punch to their attack against Scotland on Sunday aft(...)

Germany’s Mesut Ozil, right, and Sami Khedira at yesterday’s  press conference  in Cologne. Photograph: Martin Meissner/AP

Dwarfed a little by the set-up at a Mercedes dealership in Cologne which appeared to have been inspired by New York’s Guggenheim, Mesut Özil seemed re(...)

Teemu Pukki has left Schalke 04 to join Celtic. Photograph: Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images

Dundee United 0 Celtic 1: Anthony Stokes’s 87th-minute free-kick gave Celtic victory over Dundee United in their Scottish Premiership clash at Tannadi(...)

The Champions League 2013/14 play-off draw took place last week. Photograph: Harold Cunningham/Getty Images

The Champions League risks being thrown into confusion after Ukrainian side Metalist Kharkiv were kicked out of the competition on Wednesday but grant(...)

Conor Sammon (left) has been selected to lead the line for the Republic of Ireland against Austria at the Aviva Stadium tonight.

A good many of those who are liable to be critical of Ireland ’s regular captain might wonder a little more about the wisdom of wishing him awa(...)