Sport Eliaquim Mangala has also attracted interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain

The Frenchman has also attracted interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain

Franck Ribery

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Franck Ribery 'confident' of winning award ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after 'setting defences on fire'

The France international helped Bayern to win an unprecedented Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble

Pep Guardiola

Borussia Dortmund 0 Bayern Munich 3: Pep Guardiola promises 'heads will roll' as Bayern look to uncover 'mole' who has been leaking tactics

Club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed the existence of the mole

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring Real Madrid's opener

European round-up: Carlo Ancelotti shrugs off Cristiano Ronaldo injury after Real Madrid romp

Real Madrid’s 5-0 win over Almeria on Saturday was soured slightly by an injury to Cristiano Ronaldo but Carlo Ancelotti, the Real coach, said there was nothing to worry about after the forward limped off in the second half, having scored the opening goal.

Mats Hummels picked up an ankle injury at Wembley

Europe round-up: Injury-hit Jürgen Klopp vulnerable for ‘Der Klassiker’ as Bayern Munich visit Borussia Dortmund

German football may pay a heavy price for its triumph at Wembley this week: the reduction of the Bundesliga’s title race to a procession.

Juergen Klopp

Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich preview: Despite an injury crisis, Juergen Klopp will not make excuses

Mats Hummels and Marcel Schmelzer took knocks during Germany's 1-0 win over England, joining an already lengthy injury list

Cristiano Ronaldo (right) receives the Ballon d'Or award from Pele in 2008

Fifa Ballon d'Or: Cristiano Ronaldo closes in on award ahead of Franck Ribery and Lionel Messi after voting is extended

Voting system changed on the same night the Portugal forward scored sublime hat-trick against Sweden

Roy Hodgson will hope a poor second half has no ‘relevance’

England 0 Germany 1: Joe Hart's rush of blood at Wembley will not have impressed Roy Hodgson

This was potentially the last match he will play until March unless his City team-mate Costel Pantilimon loses form

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

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

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