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Lukas Podolski retires from international football

Lukas Podolski has announced his retirement from international football. The Galatasaray forward saw limited action during this summer's European championship in France. The former Cologne, Bayern Munich and Arsenal player made the announcement in a statement posted via his Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts on Monday. "I have told the national team coach that effective immediately, I will no longer be available to play for the national team," he said, adding that at the age of 31 he wanted to spend more time with his family. The forward, who came up through Cologne's youth system, scored 48 goals in his 129 appearances for the national team. This makes him Germany's third-most capped player and their fourth-best goal scorer. After getting his first call-up to the national team in 2004, he appeared in seven major tournaments, and was part of the 2014 German team that won the World Cup in Brazil. His last appearance came during Euro 2016 in France this summer, when he was brought on as a sub in Germany's round-of-16 match against Slovakia. "The decision was a difficult one," Podolski said. "The national team was always and will always be close to my heart. Following the Euro (European championship in France) /vacation, I realized that my focus in life has shifted. There is a time for everything - and my time with the national team is over." The Polish-born Podolski, who also had a loan spell at Inter Milan, moved to the Istanbul side Galatasaray prior to last season.

Lukas Podolski has announced his retirement from international football. The Galatasaray forward saw limited action during this summer’s European championship in France. The former Cologne, Bayern Munich and Arsenal player made the announcement in a statement posted via his Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts on Monday. “I have told the national team coach that effective immediately, I will no longer ... Read More »

German President Joachim Gauck backs new security proposals

German President Joachim Gauck has said he supports a raft of new security measures proposed earlier this week. Speaking in a TV interview, he also backed the refugee policy of Chancellor Angela Merkel. German President Joachim Gauck has thrown his support behind a security package put forward by Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere earlier this week In an interview with broadcaster ZDF that airs on Sunday, Gauck said that like de Maiziere he was against debating laws prohibiting Muslim women from covering their faces, a burqa ban and rescinding citizenship of some dual nationals for a broad array of terror crimes. Germany must evaluate various security threats and determine whether they justify curbing the freedoms of citizens, Gauck said. De Maiziere put forward a new security package on Thursday in response to a recent series of violent incidents and potential security threats from migrants. An axe attack on a train near the Bavarian town of Würzburg on July 18, claimed by the self-declared "Islamic State," injured several travelers. Less than a week later, in a separate attack, a man set off an explosive device near an open-air music festival in the Bavarian town of Ansbach, killing himself and wounding a dozen others. At the time, authorities said an Islamist motive was "likely." Germany no 'sinking ship' Despite any number of problems in Germany, Gauck said the country was still strong. "The country is not like a sinking ship in the middle of a powerful hurricane," Gauck said. "Rather, there are just gusts of wind rocking the boat." These gusts of wind confuse society and make some people feel unsecure, he added. Still, the president said he backed Chancellor Angela Merkel's oft-repeated phrase, "We can do it," to described the country's ability to handle the refugee crisis. "The chancellor and I follow the same line, we only use different language," he said.

German President Joachim Gauck has said he supports a raft of new security measures proposed earlier this week. Speaking in a TV interview, he also backed the refugee policy of Chancellor Angela Merkel. German President Joachim Gauck has thrown his support behind a security package put forward by Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere earlier this week In an interview with ... Read More »

Arsenal and Valencia locked in negotiations for German defender Shkodran Mustafi

Arsenal and Valencia are in negotiations over a transfer for the central defender. Mustafi would be the Gunners' second high-profile signing from the Bundesliga following the arrival of Granit Xhaka. Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi is edging closer to moving to Premier League giants Arsenal, with media reports claiming the two clubs are continung negotiations. The 24-year-old was part of Germany's European Championship squad and scored in the group stage win over Ukraine. Mustafi's career has somewhat unorthodox, the player moving to Everton at the age of 17 and eventually to Serie A side Sampdoria where he made his professional debut. Since joining Valencia in 2014, Mustafi has impressed in Spain's top division. Arsenal are facing a selection headache ahead of the Premier League opener against Liverpool on Sunday. Per Mertesacker is injured, while Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista is expected to be out for three months. Valencia, it seems, are happy to deal with the Gunners given the La Liga side's failure to qualify for Europe last year. Reports claim Valencia are holding out for a fee of around 35 million euros for Mustafi, who cost Los Che eight million euros, two years ago. Although Ali Bulut told German sports website Spox that the two clubs had agreed personal terms, The Guardian have thrown cold water on those reports, noting the bewilderment of the two clubs when asked about a potential agreement. A deal appears to still be a bit off with the Spanish club ready to begin preparations for the season opener against Las Palmas two weeks on Monday.

Arsenal and Valencia are in negotiations over a transfer for the central defender. Mustafi would be the Gunners’ second high-profile signing from the Bundesliga following the arrival of Granit Xhaka. Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi is edging closer to moving to Premier League giants Arsenal, with media reports claiming the two clubs are continung negotiations. The 24-year-old was part of Germany’s ... Read More »

German economy logs moderate growth

While losing some of its previous momentum, the German economy is still in a robust state, logging higher-than-expected growth in the second quarter. Exports and private consumption were behind the expansion. Germany's gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 0.4 percent in the second quarter, compared with the first three months of the year, the National Statistics Office (Destatis) said Friday in its first Q2 growth estimate. Growth was thus twice as high as penciled in by analysts, but failed to match the 0.7-percent jump quarter on quarter, logged in the January to March period. The Wiesbaden-based statistics office attributed second-quarter growth to German companies' booming exports, with shipments abroad picking up even further from an already high first-quarter level. Big spenders Destatis also noted that private consumption played no small role in supporting economic expansion. Many consumers across Europe's powerhouse keep being on a spending spree as yields on capital are extremely low, lessening people's willingness to save money. Also, the domestic labor market is in good shape, with unemployment having reached the lowest level in 25 year. Wages and pensions have been on the rise in the country, leaving consumers with more money in their pockets, all the more so since inflation is low and does not really eat into their incomes. In a year-on-year comparison, second-quarter GDP surged by 3.1 percent (adjusted for price developments), marking the biggest jump in five years, Destatis said. In a separate press release on Friday, Destatis confirmed Germany's consumer price index rose by 0.4 percent, marking the third slight monthly increase in inflation this year.

While losing some of its previous momentum, the German economy is still in a robust state, logging higher-than-expected growth in the second quarter. Exports and private consumption were behind the expansion. Germany’s gross domestic product (GDP) rose by 0.4 percent in the second quarter, compared with the first three months of the year, the National Statistics Office (Destatis) said Friday ... Read More »

Green party head warns about ‘Turkish PEGIDA’ in Germany

Green party co-head Cem Özdemir has cautioned against radical Turkish nationalists in Germany. Özdemir has also suggested possible sanctions and said the government must send a signal to curb "Erdogan's long arm." In the aftermath of a failed military coup in Turkey, Germany's Green party co-leader said German politicians need to treat radical Turkish nationalist groups with the same caution as radical right-wing groups in Germany interview on Sunday. "There is, unfortunately, a form of Turkish PEGIDA in Germany that we must treat the same way as the group we already know of," Cem Özdemir told the German newspaper "Bild am Sonntag." Özdemir told the newspaper that, in Germany, there was a consensus that German right-wing populists existed "on the margins of society and are not normal interlocutors." "But for radical Turks, these standards to not apply," he added. Anti-immigration movement PEGIDA, has drawn attention for its rallies and xenophobic rhetoric which criticizes Germany's asylum and refugee policy. If PEGIDA leader Lutz Bachmann were invited to an event, no "self-respecting democrat" would attend, said the Green party chief. He urged that this kind of political attitude must now be applied to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government representatives who are based in Germany. In the interview with "Bild am Sonntag," Özdemir especially criticized the Turkish mosque organization DITIB - one of the largest Islamic organizations in Germany. He said the organization should break away from the influence of Turkey in order to not become "the extended arm" of Erdogan's AKP party. "If we open Muslim religious schools through the DITIB, then we allow Erdogan's ideology to be spread through our classrooms," warned Özdemir. "I find that intolerable." The European Union should consider sanctions which directly affect those in power in Turkey, "if democracy, rule of law and human rights continue to be suspended," urged Özdemir, suggesting bank account and asset freezes. The EU has expressed concern over the imposition of a state of emergency in the wake of an attempted military coup, though the criticism has not been well received by Erdogan. Parts of the European Convention on Human Rights have also been suspended in the country.

Green party co-head Cem Özdemir has cautioned against radical Turkish nationalists in Germany. Özdemir has also suggested possible sanctions and said the government must send a signal to curb “Erdogan’s long arm.” In the aftermath of a failed military coup in Turkey, Germany’s Green party co-leader said German politicians need to treat radical Turkish nationalist groups with the same caution ... Read More »

Man armed with machete kills woman in Germany

خبر رساں ادارے ڈی پی اے نے جرمن پولیس کا حوالہ دیتے ہوئے کہا کہ ایک شخص نے جنوب مغربی جرمن شہر روئٹلنگن میں ایک خاتون کو چاقو کے وار سے ہلاک کر دیا ہے۔ اس شخص کو پولیس گرفتار کر چکی ہے۔ روئٹلنگن میں اتوار کی شام ہوئے اس حملے میں دو افراد زخمی بھی ہوئے ہیں۔ یہ علاقہ جرمنی کے تیسرے بڑے صوبے باڈن ورٹمبرگ میں واقع ہے۔ حملہ آور کے بارے میں جو تفصیلات موصول ہوئی ہیں، ان کے مطابق وہ ایک اکیس سالہ شامی باشندہ تھا، جس نے جرمنی میں پناہ کی درخواست دے رکھی تھی۔ ابھی یہ واضح نہیں ہے کہ اس حملے کے محرکات کیا تھے۔ بتایا گیا ہے کہ اس شامی مہاجر کا ہلاک ہونے والی خاتون کے ساتھ غالباً کوئی جھگڑا ہوا تھا۔ اس سے پہلے کہ یہ نوجوان کسی اور شخص کو نقصان پہنچاتا، ایک کار ڈرائیور نے اُسے ٹکر مار دی، جس کے فوراً بعد پولیس نے موقع پر پہنچ کر اُس پر قابو پا لیا۔ پولیس نے یہ بھی کہا ہے کہ ابتدائی شواہد کے مطابق یہ کارروائی اس شخص نے تن تنہا ہی کی تھی۔ حکام کے مطابق علاقے میں رہنے والے افراد کو کوئی خطرہ لاحق نہیں ہے۔ تازہ ترین اطلاعات کے مطابق پولیس نے کہا ہے کہ ایسے شواہد نہیں ملے ہیں کہ اتوار کے روز کیے جانے والا یہ حملہ دہشت گردانہ کارروائی تھی۔ مزید کہا گیا ہے کہ مار پیٹ کرنے کی وجہ سے مذکورہ شامی مہاجر کا نام پولیس کے پاس پہلے ہی سے موجود تھا۔ یکے بعد دیگرے حملے یہ ایک ہفتے کے اندر جرمنی میں ہونے والا تیسرا پرتشدد واقعہ ہے۔ جمعے کے روز جنوبی جرمن شہر میونخ میں ایک ایرانی نژاد نوجوان نے ایک شاپنگ مال کے قریب فائرنگ کر کے نو افراد کو ہلاک کر دیا تھا۔ حکام کے مطابق اولمپیا شاپنگ سینٹر میں فائرنگ کرنے والے حملہ آور نے انٹرنیٹ کے ذریعے اسلحہ حاصل کیا۔ ایک جرمن نشریاتی ادارے سے بات چیت میں باویریا کے وزیرداخلہ یوآخم ہیرمان نے بتایا کہ ’تاریک ویب‘ کے ذریعے اس نوجوان نے نیم خودکار پستول حاصل کی۔ ہیرمان کا کہنا تھا کہ ایرانی نژاد جرمن حملہ آور نے ایسے حملوں سے متعلق اچھی خاصی ریسرچ کی تھی۔ قبل ازیں ایک افغان مہاجر نے وُرسبرگ میں ایک ٹرین پر کلہاڑی اور چھری سے حملہ کر کے متعدد مسافروں کو زخمی کر دیا تھا۔ شدت پسند تنظیم ’اسلامک اسٹیٹ‘ نے اس حملے کی ذمے داری قبول کی تھی۔ پہلے فرانس اور بیلجئم اور اب جرمنی میں ہونے والی دہشت گردانہ کارروائیوں کے بعد یورپی ممالک میں سکیورٹی بڑھا دی گئی ہے۔

An attacker has allegedly killed one woman and injured two people in the city of Reutlingen in southwest Germany, according to local police. Officials confirmed the man was arrested after a citizen hit him with a car. The machete-wielding attacker sparked panic after killing a woman near a Turkish fast-food kiosk in downtown Reutlingen, German mass-circulation newspaper “Bild” reported Sunday. ... Read More »

Gulen versus Erdogan battle spills over into Germany

Germany's Turkish population is split after the coup attempt. No love is lost between followers of Fethullah Gulen and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Leaders of associations connected to the two men are playing down the issue. One can sense Ercan Karakoyu's agitation, his voice trembles as he speaks. There is a "massive" struggle against members of the Gulen movement here in Germany: "The situation is scary. Gulen movement facilities are being pelted with rocks, sprayed with graffiti and members have even been receiving death threats." Veritable witch hunts are underway on social media networks and text messaging platforms. Karakoyu is the director of the Foundation for Dialog and Education. Since 2014, the foundation has served as the mouthpiece for the "Hizmet Movement" in Germany (Hizmet means "the Service" in English) - or as it is often called, the Gulen movement. It is made up of followers of Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen, once a close companion of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and now considered to be his archenemy. One of the groups that Karakoyu accuses of being responsible for the agitation is the Union of European Turkish Democrats (UETD). He says it is a kind of an AKP (Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party) lobbying group, acting as the long arm of President Erdogan in Germany. "Other mosque associations, such as DiTiB, have also hung signs saying that Gulen supporters have no place in their communities." He mentions three specific instances: in Hagen, Duisburg and Günzburg. With some 700 mosques under its aegis, DiTiB, the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs, is the largest mosque association in Germany. When asked about Karakoyu's accusations, representatives seem surprised. The press spokesperson for DiTiB, Ayse Aydin, categorically denies them: "We are a Muslim religious community, and we never turn away anyone who wants to pray in a mosque." As a rule, all DiTiB mosques are open to anyone that wants to pray. Escalating after the putsch DiTiB is closely associated with state religious authorities in Turkey. The conflict between it and the Foundation for Dialog and Education, is thus also a conflict between supporters of Erdogan and Gulen. The quarrel puts a spotlight on the mood of the Turkish community in Germany, which has shown deep divisions in the days following the failed putsch in Turkey. Dr. Christoph Ramm is an expert on Turkey at the University of Bern, in Switzerland. He is not in the least surprised that things are turbulent at the moment: "The Turkish government calls the Gulen movement a terrorist organization. They have made a massive attempt to remove all Gulen supporters from the justice system, the police force and the military." Media outlets that are loyal to Gulen, such as "Zaman", the most widely circulated newspaper in Turkey, have also been affected by these "purges." The preacher's shadowy goals Influential media reporting is one of the fundamental pillars of the Gulen movement. Officially, it propagates a peaceful Islam with Turkish characteristics. The core of the movement is education, and it also links religious values with a sensibility for economic activity. Meanwhile, the movement is active in more than 140 countries, mostly building schools and other educational institutions. Nothing is known about the source of its financing, nor about the exact number of its followers. Ramm has doubts about the movement's objectives: "No one has any idea how this network is organized. It is reminiscent of a sect in that sense." When one posits questions to the organization, says Ramm, it stonewalls. "Criticism about transparency is simply brushed aside by the organization, without ever addressing the issue." Divided community The Islamic scholar is also deeply concerned about the manner in which the Erdogan government is going after the Gulen movement. "The government is practically conducting a witch hunt against Gulen supporters," he says in describing the new dimension of the conflict, adding: "If you live with a paranoid mindset in which you are surrounded by enemies, then I guess it makes sense." It is a paranoia that has in part begun to spill over into Germany. For Karakoyu, Erdogan supporters in Germany also bear blame for the escalation: "For instance, the UETD takes up Erdogan's rhetoric word-for-word, and then passes it on to the German-Turkish community." The result, says Karakoyu, is that "the same animosities one finds in Turkey can now be found here." At the Erdogan-allied UETD, members are obviously trying to calm the situation. Queried by DW, the said if there have in fact been such instances, then they are diametrically opposed to the principles of the organization. Regarding calls for violence on social media networks, "we would like to point out that it is not particularly difficult to use photos, names or emblems in an illegal manner."

Germany’s Turkish population is split after the coup attempt. No love is lost between followers of Fethullah Gulen and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Leaders of associations connected to the two men are playing down the issue. One can sense Ercan Karakoyu’s agitation, his voice trembles as he speaks. There is a “massive” struggle against members of the Gulen movement here in ... Read More »

Several injured in attack on train near Würzburg, southern Germany

جرمنی میں ایک سترہ سالہ افغان پناہ گزین لڑکے نے ایک ٹرین میں مسافروں پر حملہ کرتے ہوئے چار افراد کو شدید زخمی کر دیا ہے۔ بعد ازاں پولیس نے حملہ آور کو گولی مار کر ہلاک کر دیا۔ جنوبی جرمن صوبہ باویریا کے وزیر داخلہ یوآخم ہیرمان نے بتایا کہ افغان پناہ گزین خنجر اور کلہاڑی سے لیس تھا اور اس نے مسافروں کے زخمی کرنے کے بعد ٹرین سے فرار ہونے کی کوشش کی۔ ان کے بقول پولیس کمانڈو کا ایک خصوصی دستہ اتفاقاً جائے وقوعہ کے قریب ہی موجود تھا اور اطلاع ملنے پر اس نے اس لڑکے کا پیچھا شروع کر دیا۔ اس دوران جیسے ہی اِس پناہ گزین نے پولیس پر حملہ کرنے کی کوشش کی تو اُسے گولی مار دی گئی۔ ہیرمان نے بتایا کہ اس واقعے کا پس منظر جاننے کی کوشش کی جا رہی ہے تاکہ اس بات کا فیصلہ کیا جائے کہ آیا یہ حملہ مذہبی شدت پسندی کی وجہ سے کیا گیا ہے یا پھر اس کا کوئی اور سبب ہے۔ پولیس نے بتایا کہ یہ ٹرین وُورزبرگ نامی شہر سے ٹروئشلنگن جا رہی تھی اور یہ واقعہ گزشتہ شب تقریباً سوا نو بجے پیش آیا۔ عینی شاہدین میں سے ایک شخص کا کہنا ہے کہ افغان پناہ گزین نے حملہ کرنے سے قبل اللہ اکبر کا نعرہ بلند کیا تھا تاہم اس بیان کی دیگر کی جانب سے تصدیق نہیں کی گئی ہے۔ صوبہ باویریا کے وزیر داخلہ نے کہا کہ اسی بناء پر یہ کہا جا سکتا ہے کہ شاید یہ مسلم انتہا پسندی کا ایک واقعہ ہے۔ حکام نے بتایا کہ ٹرین میں کل پچیس مسافر سوار تھے۔ بتایا گیا ہے کہ ٹرین میں سوار دیگر مسافروں میں کسی کو کوئی زخم تو نہیں آیا ہے تاہم وہ سکتے کی حالت میں ہیں۔ پولیس کے مطابق شدید زخمی ہونے والے چار افراد کا تعلق ہانگ کانگ سے ہے جبکہ ایک خاتون حملہ آور کو روکنے کی کوشش کے دوران معمولی سی زخمی ہوئی ہیں۔ تمام زخمیوں کا وُورزبرگ کے ہسپتالوں میں علاج جاری ہے۔ حملہ آور کے بارے میں اتنا معلوم ہو سکا ہے کہ ابھی کچھ دن قبل ہی اس لڑکے کو پناہ گزینوں کے ایک مرکز سے نگہداشت کرنے والے ایک خاندان کے پاس منتقل کیا گیا تھا۔ پولیس کے مطابق اس لڑکے کے کمرے میں موجود اشیاء کو جائزہ لینے کے بعد ہی واضح ہو سکے گا کہ گزشتہ دنوں کے دوران یہ کن افراد سے رابطے میں تھا اور اس نے انٹرنیٹ پر کون کون سی ویب سائٹس کو دیکھا تھا۔

German police have shot dead a 17-year-old Afghan refugee in Würzburg. The teenager injured four people after launching an attack on a commuter train in Bavaria using a knife and an axe. Three people were seriously injured on Monday night after a 17-year-old Afghan refugee went on a stabbing rampage near the southern German city of Würzburg, some 280 kilometers ... Read More »

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir calls for calm as foreigners flee

Foreigners have been leaving South Sudan en masse since the latest fighting broke out on Thursday. President Salva Kiir has called for an end to the bloodshed. Despite repeated warnings from the United Nations, South Sudan's leader President Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar have failed to peacefully lead the country. On Thursday, President Kiir urged for calm as fighting continued outside the capital Juba. According to World Vision, one of the many humanitarian organizations working in the country, thirty thousand civilians have been displaced since the latest fighting broke out last week between the rival factions of Kiir and Machar. Jeremiah Young, World Visions' Policy, Advocacy, and Peace building Advisor told DW, that his organization has been overwhelmed by the conflict. "We are going to try and distribute what we can," he said, "World Vision is concerned that thousands of civilians are being displaced everyday," Young said. According to World Vision since 2013, the conflict in South Sudan has displaced more than 2.3 million people. More than half are estimated to be children. The renewed fighting in the capital has caused many more people to flee their homes and seek shelter and the UN base in Juba. Massive evacuations of Foreigners On Wednesday, Germany evacuated its nationals amid simmering tensions. About 100 Germans are currently in South Sudan; including 15 military observers with the UN mission (UNMISS) who will remain in the country. The United States followed suit by reducing its personnel, a common protocol whenever war breaks out in hotspots. Other countries that have evacuated their citizens are: Britain, France, Poland, Norway, Australia, Canada, and Kenya. But South Sudanese trying to flee the country by road have reported being turned back from the border. The move by western countries to evacuate their citizens has been seen by some analysts as abandoning the world’s youngest of the country at the time of need. Magdi el Gizouli, a Sudanese academic, told DW that there has to be enough pressure on the South Sudanese government, and that the peace deal has to provide alternative leadership other than the two principals (Kiir and Machar). "The peace deal has to be re-worked in a way that keeps Salva Kiir and Riek Machar out of the balance of power," he said. On the question of whether an arms embargo as proposed by the UN Security Council, el Gizouli said that those were just symbolic gestures that will not yield much. "If you are a government and you want to get arms, you will, despite UN sanctions," el Gizouli added. It should be recalled that Kiir and Machar have long been political and military rivals. Kiir's decision to sack Machar in 2013 led to the civil war erupting a few months later. They signed a peace deal in August 2015 and then argued over details amid sporadic fighting. Machar finally returned to Juba and resumed old post as vice president in April. But other key elements moves outlined in the peace deal, such as integrating their forces have stalled.

Foreigners have been leaving South Sudan en masse since the latest fighting broke out on Thursday. President Salva Kiir has called for an end to the bloodshed. Despite repeated warnings from the United Nations, South Sudan’s leader President Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar have failed to peacefully lead the country. On Thursday, President Kiir urged for calm as fighting ... Read More »

Löw to stay as Germany coach until 2018

The DFB has confirmed the World Cup-winning manager will try to defend the title in Russia after losing in the Euro 2016 semifinal against hosts France. Löw: "I see great potential in this team." The German Football Federation (DFB) has confirmed that Joachim Löw will stay as Germany coach until 2018, leading "die Mannschaft" into the World Cup in Russia. Löw has held the job since 2006. "We were disappointed to lose in the Euro 2016 semifinal, but our performance did not disappoint," said Löw, noting that the German national team was the youngest of the entire tournament. "I see great potential in this team." Löw was non-committal on his future immediately after the France defeat but has decided to honr his deal until the World Cup. DFB President Reinhard Grindel said that Löw is the best man for the job after his 2014 World Cup triumph. "He has our full confidence and we are sure the national team will be successful under his guidance in the future," said Grindel. Löw and his staff will now take a break, after which they will analyze the team’s performance during the Euros, just before they start preparing the squad for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, that will kick off against Norway on September 4.

The DFB has confirmed the World Cup-winning manager will try to defend the title in Russia after losing in the Euro 2016 semifinal against hosts France. Löw: “I see great potential in this team.” The German Football Federation (DFB) has confirmed that Joachim Löw will stay as Germany coach until 2018, leading “die Mannschaft” into the World Cup in Russia. ... Read More »

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