Sami Khedira of Germany calls for assistance after sustaining an injury against Italy

Germany will feel the loss of Sami Khedira more keenly than Real Madrid

The holding midfielder was one of only a few guaranteed a place in the starting line-up

Crowds support Bayern Munich at a recent match

From beer to Beethoven via Bayern Munich: Germany beats Britain – again

Our EU competitor now has more cultural clout than us, says Emily Dugan. Meanwhile Matthew Bell sets a quiz to find out how Teut-on-it you are (answers below)

Germany midfielder Sami Khedira could face missing the World Cup after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in the 1-1 draw with Italy

Germany midfielder Sami Khedira sees his World Cup hopes plunged into doubt after being ruled out for six months

Khedira suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee although there is optimism that he could still recover in time to make Brazil 2014

Hugo Lloris cannot keep out Ukraine’s penalty

Ukraine 2 France 0 match report: Trouble for France after poor display in Kiev

Ukraine stunned France with two second-half goals on Friday to win the first leg of their World Cup playoff 2-0 and put the heavily favored visitors in real danger of missing next year's tournament.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo pictured in October's El Clasico

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Lionel Messi's brother mocks Cristiano Ronaldo by comparing the trophy haul of the duo

The Barcelona and Real Madrid forwards are in the running for the Fifa Ballon d'Or, although Franck Ribery is the favourite to win the prize

Eidur Gudjohnsen (right) has become a father figure for Iceland's 'golden generation'

Word Cup 2014 play-off: Iceland v Croatia match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s World Cup play-off at the Laugardalsvollur Stadium

Franck Ribery is expected to feature for France against Ukraine on Friday night

Fifa Ballon d:Or: Franck Ribery isn't worried about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo winning as he claims he is the best

French winger has been in outstanding form throughout 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo (right) celebrates his first goal in the 5-1 win over Real Sociedad with Gareth Bale on Saturday

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Have the 2013 achievements of Cristiano Ronaldo been played down on Fifa's website?

Real Madrid winger has been at odds with Fifa and Sepp Blatter recently

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness is reduced to tears at the club's annual general meeting

Amid the Bayern Munich celebrations after a remarkable year, Uli Hoeness is reduced to tears over his ongoing tax scandal

The president of the treble winners has been overwhelmed with the solidarity the club has displayed

Dortmund fans

Borussia Dortmund apologise after mistaking Bayern Munich fans for their own in club's winter catalogue

The embarrassing mistake was due to 'human error' say the Champions League runners-up

Eric Abidal is back in the France team for their play-offs after his liver transplant last year

Former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal stands on the verge of remarkable comeback with a third World Cup finals

A Different League: The French defender is back in the national set-up after his liver transplant last year

Bayern Munich celebrate their Champions League success

Bayern Munich announce that they have already sold-out all home Bundesliga games this season

The Champions League winners received between 80,000 and 140,000 requests per game

Steven Gerrard is hoping success this season will convince Luis Suarez to stay with Liverpool

Steven Gerrard votes for Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez to win the Ballon d'Or

Franck Ribery is the favourite to win the prestigious award

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus has a release clause in his contract believed to be £29.4m

Transfer news: Arsenal and Manchester United on red alert after Borussia Dortmund confirm release clause for Marco Reus

The Germany international is reported to be available for around £29.4m although the activation date of the clause remains an area of uncertainty

Lionel Messi is suffering his worst goalless run in two years

Lionel Messi injury: Barcelona forward to fall 46 goals short of last year's record breaking season

The Argentina international is not expected to play again this year

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