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German football sees revenue increase for 11th consecutive year

Craig Burley and Ross Dyer review this week's top performers from across the top European leagues.

The German Football League has increased its revenue for the 11th year running, the DFL announced.

The DFL on Wednesday released the Bundesliga Report 2016, which outlines a 6.94 percent rise in turnover from €2.45 billion to €2.62bn for the 2014-2015 season, about a third of that coming from the two German powerhouses Bayern Munich (€523.7 million) and Borussia Dortmund (€276m).

Growth was posted in all revenue areas, with revenue from transfers rising by 35 percent...

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Charis Mavrias leaves Sunderland on loan for Fortuna Dusseldorf

Charis Mavrias has made just seven appearances for Sunderland.

Sunderland have loaned midfielder Charis Mavrias to Bundesliga 2 side Fortuna Dusseldorf for the rest of the season.

Mavrias, 21, joined the Black Cats from Panathinaikos in 2013, but has struggled to break into the fist team since then, making just seven appearances.

"First and foremost I am very happy with the change," Mavrias told Fortuna's...

DFB punishes Eintracht Frankfurt with partial stadium closure, €75,000 fine

Fans of Frankfurt burn Darmstadt banners during the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and SV Darmstadt 98 at Commerzbank-Arena on December 6, 2015 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)
A number of Eintracht Frankfurt fans set fire to Darmstadt flags during December's Bundesliga derby game.

Eintracht Frankfurt have been punished by the German Football Association [DFB] with a partial stadium closure, with the Bundesliga club among eight clubs from the upper three tiers hit with fines amounting to a total of €195,750 for fan misbehaviour.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the DFB fined Bayer Leverkusen, Stuttgart, Holstein Kiel, Wolfsburg, Hamburg, VfR Aalen, Werder Bremen, and Frankfurt due to the actions of their supporters.

The fines range from €750 for third-tier club VfR Aalen...

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Columbus Crew SC coach Gregg Berhalter extends contract

Take a look back at the 2015 MLS Cup final and all that surrounded the match.
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Columbus Crew SC coach Gregg Berhalter has agreed a multi-year contract extension, the club announced on Wednesday.

In accordance with both club and MLS policy, the additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Meanwhile, former Columbus Crew defender Emanuel Pogatetz, 32, has joined Bundesliga side Union Berlin on a short-term contract,the German club confirmed.

Berhalter, also Columbus Crew's sporting director, led the club to their second-ever Eastern Conference Championship and a berth in...

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Sandhausen's fairytale year as minnows trouble ex-Bundesliga teams

2. Bundesliga side Sandhausen have enjoyed a memorable year and will be hoping to build on that in 2016.

This is the time of year when awards are distributed. Manuel Neuer and Douglas Costa picked up the prizes for the Bundesliga's best goalkeeper and outfield player. Rarely, however, do pundits honour entire teams.

Maybe that's because this is what league competitions are for. For example, Bayern Munich were clearly the best team in Germany during 2015. Having won the Bundesliga comfortably in May, they are already eight points clear at the top again.

But what if you measure performance not just in...