Joey Meister, a 12-year-old schoolboy from Braunschweig, has a prominent friend: professional soccer player Ricardo Rodriguez who plays for Wolfsburg. They met on the training pitch.
Both Hertha Berlin and Schalke scored pairs of late goals to secure their tickets to the German Cup second round. However, Hertha's game in Rostock was marred by hardcore fans throwing flares, twice interrupting play.
Hannover may not be well-known internationally, but abandonment of a friendly in England has put the club in the spotlight for the wrong reasons. Tensions between the club and some fans has dampened the joy of promotion.
The head of the German football association has called for dialogue with fan groups, to resolve growing differences over a number of issues. Reinhard Grindel wants to end collective punishments for fan violence.
He was the grandson of composer Richard Wagner and like a stepson to Adolf Hitler. Wieland Wagner, credited with revitalizing the Bayreuth Festival after World War II, would have turned 100 this year.
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