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Usain Bolt training with A-League football club Central Coast Mariners in Gosford. He’s set for a taste of competitive football in a match on Friday. Photograph: Getty Images

Usain Bolt may have been a dominant force on the track during his career but he has struggled to make large inroads into his dream of becoming a profe(...)

   Manuel Neuer has been named in Germany’s initial 27-man World Cup squad.  Photograph: Getty Images

Germany’s first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was included in their preliminary World Cup squad despite having been out of action since September but(...)

 Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski  celebrates scoring his second and his side’s fourth goal  with team-mate Franck Ribery. Photograph: Lukas Barth/EPA

Bayern Munich 6 Borussia Dortmund 0 Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich demolished the Polish striker’s old clu(...)

 Schalke players celebrate after their dramatic draw with Borussia Dortmund. Photograph: EPA

Schalke came from 4-0 down to deny rivals Borussia Dortmund a much-needed victory as a dramatic Revierderby ended in a 4-4 draw. Pierre-Emerick Auba(...)

Kevin De Bruyne during Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Napoli. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty

“He just held on to one of the posts and refused to let go. He was in a rage. Three of us tried to pull him away from it but we didn’t manage.” Kevin(...)

Argentina’s Lionel Messi  scores his third goal against Ecuador. Argentina’s victory sealed their place in the World Cup in Russia.  Photograph: Rodrigo Buendia/AFP/Getty Images

1 Fear Germany They finished with 10 wins from ten games and scored 43 – more than anyone else in European or South American qualification. They con(...)

 Tottenham’s Harry Kane  scores his side’s second goal in the  Champions League  match against  Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Tottenham Hotspur 3 Borussia Dortmund 1 The Wembley hoodoo struck again. Borussia Dortmund simply cannot get things to go their way at the home of En(...)

Mario Gotze holds the World Cup trophy after Germany beat Argentina in the final in 2014. Photo: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Some goals are replayed so often it can blind us to their brilliance. Germany’s winner in the 2014 World Cup final is a case in point. To meet André (...)

Germany celebrate Julian Draxler’s first half goal in their qualifying win over Northern Ireland. Photograph: Inpho/William Cherry

Germany 2 Northern Ireland 0 Germany claimed their third successive victory to crown a highly impressive start to life in Group C. This display in (...)

Thomas Müller scores his second and Germany’s  third goal in the  World Cup qualifier against the  Czech Republic at Volksparkstadion  in Hamburg. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images

World Cup qualifiers round-up: Thomas Müller scored twice for the second World Cup qualifier in a row to lead dominant Germany to a comprehensive 3-0 (...)

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