Style Guru: Joachim Löw has turned Germany into a different kind of threat at international level

It's a sprint, not a marathon, as 'Jogi' presses fast forward to put Germany ahead of the rest

Coach Löw's methods have changed the nature of national side's game to produce a slick machine

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has a buy-out clause

€20m Klaas-Jan Huntelaar buy-out clause ignites Premier League interest in Netherlands striker

Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has revealed that the club’s Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has a €20m buy-out clause in his contract.

Shinji Kagawa is signing forManchester United after impressing over two seasons in Germany

United begin revamp by signing Kagawa

Manchester United began the long-overdue revamping of their midfield yesterday by agreeing a deal to sign Shinji Kagawa. The creative Japanese international will join from Borussia Dortmund, pending a medical and work permit, for a fee thought to be £12m.

Shinji Kagawa is signing forManchester United after impressing over two seasons in Germany

Old Trafford evolution begins with purchase of Japanese rising star Shinji Kagawa

United finalise deal to sign attacking midfielder from German champions Borussia Dortmund

Tottenham striker Giovani Dos Santos

Swansea interested in Tottenham striker Giovani Dos Santos

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers is looking to bring Tottenham forward Giovani Dos Santos to the Liberty Stadium, Press Association Sport understands.

Shinji Kagawa

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa reveals talks with Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson over transfer

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa has spoken to Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and would like to move to a Premier League club, the Japanese international said today.

Shinji Kagawa

Manchester United 'target' Shinji Kagawa turns down new deal at Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa is set to leave the club this summer after turning down the offer of a new contact.

Bayern Munich's midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates after scoring the winning penalty

Bastian Schweinsteiger must show leadership qualities in Champions League final says former Bayern Munich captain

Former Bayern Munich captain Stefan Effenberg has challenged Bastian Schweinsteiger to prove his leadership qualities in Saturday's Champions League final against Chelsea.

Stale Solbakken inherited a mess at Cologne, who went down this year

Solbakken arrives at Wolves – well schooled in dealing with turmoil

Alcohol, relegation, defensive chaos and boardroom confusion: Stale Solbakken will not be too worried by the situation at Wolverhampton Wanderers, because he has experienced it all and worse this season at Cologne.

Podolski doubtful for Bayern Munich game

Arsenal-bound striker Lukas Podolski is in a race to be fit for today's match against Bayern Munich.

City manager Roberto Mancini has faith in Tevez to score the most important goal in the club's history

Brendan Rodgers accuses Roberto Mancini of being disrespectful towards Swansea

Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has accused Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini of being disrespectful to his side as they prepare to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Dirk Kuyt

Hamburg coach reveals interest in Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt

Hamburg coach Thorsten Fink has described Liverpool's Dutch forward Dirk Kuyt as a "class" player.

Franck Ribéry (left) and Arjen Robben (right) celebrate a goal for Bayern Munich this season. Bayern may be the biggest club in Germany but five clubs have been champions in the last nine years

Magical Bayern Munich prove Bundesliga is Europe's best league

Cheaper to attend, more adventurous tactically, and better run – what's not to like in Germany?

Dirk Kuyt

Hamburg eye transfer for Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt

Hamburg technical director Frank Arnesen has expressed his admiration for Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt as speculation over the Holland international's future continues.

Schalke 04 confirm Raul will leave at end of season

Schalke 04 forward Raul is to leave at the end of the season when his contract expires, the Bundesliga club said today.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness