England is said to be the birthplace of modern football. But on the international stage their record has been surprisingly poor. 2016 is the latest chance for the Three Lions to put an end to half a century of hurt.
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.
Africa has many good footballers, but because of the key role played by politics, national teams are performing way below their potential. Lack of trust among stakeholders has hampered progress, said coach Volker Finke.
Germany head coach Joachim Löw has named his squad for the national team's last two matches of 2017. A couple of familiar faces return, while Marcel Halstenberg earned his first call up to the national team.
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