The world’s best defender scored his first international goal. Seven years after his debut. Now it is time for Jérôme Boateng to become captain, says the world’s best soccer expert and delivers some hard facts.
Bayern's Champions League semifinal first leg defeat by Real Madrid exposed an ageing and compromised squad. It is enough to dominate the Bundesliga but errors from Rafinha and Javi Martinez showed a lack of quality.
Manchester City winger Leroy Sané has been named the English Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year. His next challenge should be snatching Julian Draxler's Germany starting spot at the World Cup.
Germany coach Joachim Löw has confirmed that Benedikt Höwedes will come in for the injured Jerome Boateng against Italy. Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno will get his first start since May.
In a rehearsal for their Bundesliga match on Saturday, Bayern Munich beat RB Leipzig 5-4 on penalties after an exhilarating contest. Elsewhere, Cologne scored three in Berlin and Bremen knocked out Hoffenheim.
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