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 By PA Sport

Sporting director Hans-Dieter Flick leaves German Football Association

Hans-Dieter Flick worked alongside Joachim Low as Germany won the 2014 World Cup.
Hans-Dieter Flick worked alongside Joachim Low as Germany won the 2014 World Cup.

Former Germany assistant coach Hans-Dieter Flick has stepped down from his role as sporting director of the German Football Association.

The 51-year-old former Bayern Munich midfielder, nicknamed Hansi, assisted national team head coach Joachim Low from 2006 until the country's World Cup success in 2014.

After the tournament in Brazil, Flick took on the sporting director role, but on Monday the DFB confirmed they had reluctantly accepted his decision to step down two years early.

DFB president Reinhard...

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Germany's Player of the Year Mesut Ozil says he is happy in London

Arsene Wenger insists Mesut Ozil's future isn't dependent on whether he extends his stay as Arsenal manager.

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has told the German FA (DFB) website he feels "very comfortable in London" after being named Germany's Player of the Year for the fifth time.

Former Werder Bremen and Real Madrid star Ozil, 28, took 54.5 percent of the 316,850 votes to finish comfortably ahead of Toni Kroos, who received 33.9 percent.

Ozil, who has 18 months remaining on his Arsenal contract and has yet to agree new terms, said he felt he had found his feet in the Premier League after arriving from...

 By Mark Lovell

Bayern Munich's Mats Hummels could retire from playing in next five years

Mats Hummels has said it is unlikely that he will still be playing at the age of 33.

Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels has indicated that he could retire from playing within the next five years.

Hummels, 28, rejoined the German champions in the summer after eight-and-a-half years at Borussia Dortmund.

The Germany international told a news conference in Qatar: "Generally speaking, it's unlikely that I'll still be playing at the age of 33.

"First I'll have to see if I'm still good enough, and secondly whether I still have the desire."

In October, the 2014 World Cup winner expressed...

German FA president unhappy with World Cup expansion decision

The FC panel weigh the pros and cons of an expanded World Cup as FIFA prepares to finalise a 48-team format for 2026.
With FIFA set to decide the fate of future World Cups in January, the FC crew voice their concerns about a 48-team format.

The president of the German Football Association (DFB) has said he is "not happy" after the FIFA Council rubber-stamped plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams, adding 16 nations, in 2026.

Speaking to his organisation's official website, Reinhard Grindel said FIFA should not forget about football's "important core market" in Europe.

On Tuesday, the FIFA Council unanimously backed president Gianni Infantino's plans to revamp the World Cup.

From 2026 onwards the competition will be played in 16...

German FA opposes World Cup expansion - Reinhard Grindel

With FIFA set to decide the fate of future World Cups in January, the FC crew voice their concerns about a 48-team format.

Germany football federation (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel has said he is against enlarging the World Cup.

Grindel said in an interview published on the DFB website that FIFA proposals to enlarge the tournament from 32 teams to 40 or 48 "have considerable weaknesses that are also clearly shown in FIFA factsheets."

Grindel said: "At the DFB, we're fundamentally convinced that the tried-and-tested model of 32 participating nations should be held. The world championships were always tournaments that...