Germany is football country. That goes for the economy too. The Bundesliga logged record profits in the 2014-2015 season, as fans spent more on their affinity for playing and watching football on TV than any other sport.
A hunger for yet more trophies has seen Bastian Schweinsteiger sign up for a further year in America's Major League Soccer. The German midfielder has extended his deal with Chicago Fire ahead of the 2018 season.
Following concerns from its top brass that the Bundesliga is in danger of losing its place among Europe's elite leagues, a new UEFA report may well prompt fresh doubts. But there is also room for optimism.
The transfer window is well underway but German star Mesut Özil won't be going anywhere according to Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger. The playmaker has been linked with a transfer, with his contract expiring in July.
The chief executive of the German Football League (DFL) said 2017 was "a year of missed opportunities." He said German football cannot settle for "mediocrity" after the Bundesliga teams' failures in Europe this season.
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