Jürgen Klinsmann was sacked as manager of USA after two World Cup qualifier defeats. Photograph: Getty Images.

One year after taking over the United States national team, Jürgen Klinsmann invited Donnie Moore to address the squad before a World Cup qualifier ag(...)

Franz Beckenbauer, then president of Germany’s World Cup organising committee, holds a golden soccer ball during a presentation at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin  in April 2006. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

Franz Beckenbauer, the first man to win the World Cup as a player and manager, is facing a criminal investigation in Switzerland on suspicion of fina(...)

Franz Beckenbauer was president of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee. Photograph: Andrea Comas/Reuters

Swiss prosecutors are investigating German soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer after a news report said he was suspected of money laundering and breach of(...)

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo will go toe-to-toe in Wednesday’s Euro 2016 semi-final between Wales and Portugal. Photo: Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo versus Gareth Bale, CR7 against Team GB, top dog against top-knot. In the days leading up to Portugal against Wales an outsider migh(...)

West Germany 1972 What do you get if you cross Total Football with tiki-taka? Ramba Zamba fussball, the name given to the colourful, vibrant style (...)

Antonin Panenka’s penalty gave Czechoslovakia victory over West Germany in Euro 1976. Photograph: Getty

Euro 1976: Czechoslovakia 2 West Germany 2 AET (Czechoslovakia win 5-3 on penalties) Taking a penalty at any level of football takes a certain amount(...)

Germany’s Gerd Muller celebrates scoring during the 1972 European Championships. Photo: Getty Images

Not everybody embraced the European Championships from its inception and having only entered for the first time in 1968 when a group stage scoreless d(...)

Johan Cruyff has died aged 68. Photograph: Getty

It’s the defining image of the 1974 World Cup; the defining image of the great Dutch team of the 70s; the defining image of one of the most talented, (...)

  Franz Beckenbauer  was fined 7,000 Swiss francs  and given a warning by Fifa’s ethics committee. Photograph: Marc Müller/EPA

Fifa’s ethics watchdog on Wednesday imposed a warning and 7,000 Swiss franc (€6,350) fine on German soccer great Franz Beckenbauer for stonewalling a(...)

 Franz Beckenbauer has been under growing pressure to explain his part in Germany’s 2006 World Cup scandal amidst reports of a document pointing the finger at the legendary player and coach. Photograph: Getty Images

Franz Beckenbauer, the former World Cup-winning player and coach at the heart of a scandal surrounding the 2006 tournament, is unhappy with the German(...)

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