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Jurgen Klopp to stick with keeper Mitch Langerak until winter break

Borussia Dortmund head coach Jurgen Klopp admits he has a goalkeeping headache as he prepares for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League fixture with Anderlecht.

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has said Mitch Langerak will remain the club's starting goalkeeper ahead of Germany international Roman Weidenfeller until the Bundesliga's winter break.

Bild quoted Klopp, speaking before the weekend's match at Hertha Berlin, as saying: "I don't know who will be in goal at the weekend. I will think about it."

But the coach has since said he will stick with Australia international Langerak for the remaining games before the break, telling reporters: "I had a good...

Mario Gotze's World Cup-winning boot fetches €2 million at auction

After a tense, agonizing World Cup final, Gotze's goal vs. Argentina was worth the wait.
Mario Gotze etched himself into the history books with the goal.

We brought you the news last week that Mario Gotze's World Cup-winning boot was going up for auction. On Saturday evening, it brought 2 million euros ($2.45 million) during a televised charity auction.

An anonymous benefactor paid the huge sum for the historic boot -- which struck the goal against Argentina in extra time to seal Germany's 1-0 win in Brazil in July -- and it will be displayed in the soon-to-be-opened German Football Museum in Dortmund.

The Germany international had donated the boot...

Being selected as a Ballon d'Or finalist is triumph enough for Manuel Neuer

ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Paul Mariner seem to be a bit wary of Manuel Neuer's inclusion in FIFA's short list for the 2014 Ballon d'Or.

On Tuesday, German football magazine 11 Freunde published a lengthy for-and-against piece on Manuel Neuer's suitability for the Ballon d'Or award. The section backing the Bayern Munich keeper ended with "Manuel Neuer will be the world's best player." Clicking on the Contra section brought readers to a blank page.

It's a good gag because it plays on a deeper truth. There are no good reasons not to give the Golden Ball to the 28-year-old, at least not from a German perspective. Goalkeepers have always...

Jerome Boateng dreams of becoming Germany's first black captain

After struggling at Man City, Jerome Boateng has become a mainstay for club and country.

Jerome Boateng says that he dreams of leading out world champions Germany as the first black captain in its history, the centre-back has told Sport Bild.

Boateng, 26, has had a fine 2014 and established himself as one of the best centre-backs in the world, while his standout performance was a major reason for Germany's clean sheet while sealing a 1-0 victory in the World Cup final against Argentina.

After Philipp Lahm's retirement from international football this summer, Bastian Schweinsteiger was...

 By Ben Gladwell

Germany star Manuel Neuer unlikely to win Ballon d'Or, Gianluigi Buffon says

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe discusses the Ballon d'Or short list and believes there isn't any doubt that Cristiano Ronaldo is the clear favourite.

Gianluigi Buffon does not fancy Manuel Neuer's chances of becoming the first goalkeeper to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or despite his success at the World Cup.

Juventus captain Buffon, 36, is regarded as one of the finest keepers of all time, but the closest he has come to claiming the Ballon d'Or was in 2006, when he finished runner-up to Fabio Cannavaro after helping Italy to success at that year's World Cup.

Neuer is on a three-man shortlist with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who have shared the...