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 By PA Sport

Sepp Blatter makes claim of 'political interventions' by France and Germany

The absence of under-fire FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Jerome Valcke from the FIFA Women's World Cup final will not affect the event, according to tournament organizers.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has claimed there were "political interventions" from the presidents of France and Germany ahead of the voting for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Blatter, who has revealed he will not travel to avoid the chance of arrest, alleges former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his German counterpart Christian Wulff sought to influence vote-makers before the two tournament hosts were announced in December 2010.

Russia were awarded the 2018 World Cup while Qatar were named as...

England take third place at Women's World Cup, beating Germany 1-0

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Fara Williams celebrates after scoring a penalty in extra time to give her team a 1-0 lead over Germany.

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Fara Williams scored on a penalty kick in the 108th minute, helping England beat Germany 1-0 on Saturday for third place in the Women's World Cup.

It was England's first win in 21 meetings against Germany, and secured the team's best finish in its four World Cup appearances. The victory over the top-ranked Germans came after a gut-wrenching 2-1 semifinal loss to Japan that was decided on an own goal on Wednesday.

Williams' goal was set up by a pass into the penalty area intended...

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Mario Gotze throws horrendous first pitch at Los Angeles Dodgers game

This time last year Mario Gotze was a little preoccupied helping Germany to World Cup glory in Brazil. 

It's different this summer for the Bayern Munich midfielder, who is able to relax on holiday in the United States.

But rather than just sitting back on the beach with a pina colada, Goetze has been checking out...

 By Uli Hesse

Germany youngsters seek to defend U19 title after U21 heartbreak

Portugal thrash Germany to advance to the U21 European Championship.
Germany celebrate during their semifinal win over Austria on their way to winning the European U19 Championships in 2014.

For German football fans, the tournament deluge continues unabated. On Sunday, the European U19 Championship starts in Greece and Germany will be looking to retain the title the team won last summer.

They will be also looking to inject the feelgood factor back into German football following the U21's disastrous 5-0 semifinal defeat against Portugal in the European U21 Championship on June 27.

This U19 competition is not as widely covered as the Euro U21 equivalent but there was a time when it was...

Galatasaray target Lukas Podolski needs regular football - Joachim Low

ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti discusses the likelihood of Juventus' Arturo Vidal making the move to Arsenal, however he doubts it.
Little-used Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski hopes to remain in the German national team picture.
Galatasaray are keen to sign Lukas Podolski this summer.

Germany boss Joachim Low has told Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski he needs to be playing regularly as he considers a transfer to Galatasaray.

Podolski spent the second half of last season on loan at Inter Milan and, although he has said he is open to remaining at the Emirates Stadium, he would likely find himself down the pecking order at the Premier League club.

Galatasaray have already confirmed their interest in the 30-year-old, while Podolski told NTV Sport: "If an offer comes from Turkey, I...