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

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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

Ilkay Gundogan could be the answer to Manchester United's midfield problems

Transfer news: Manchester United should sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, says former first team coach

German could be the answer to United's midfield problems according to Rene Meulensteen

Jurgen Klopp looks on during Borussia Dortmund's 1-0 defeat by Arsenal on Wednesday night
Ramsey got on the end of Giroud's flick-on to nod Arsenal in front

Borussia Dortmund 0 Arsenal 1 match report: Top Guns show true quality in a victory to silence doubters

Aaron Ramsey scores only goal of the game to keep Gunners top of Champions League Group F

Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has decided on his future

Transfer news: Manchester United target Robert Lewandowski confirms he has decided which club he will join next season

But striker does not reveal where he will be heading

Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal side are unbeaten in their last 14 away games

Borussia Dortmund v Arsenal: Arsene Wenger puts faith in self-belief for biggest away test

Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 14 away games

Lionel Messi trains with Barcelona on Monday

Transfer news: Lionel Messi could have joined Chelsea, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid after adidas agreed to pay half of £210m buy-out clause

The sportswear brand wanted the Barcelona forward to move to one of their main European clubs

Cristiano Ronaldo (right) celebrates with Gareth Bale, who created his second goal in the 3-2 win at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday

Champions League: Can Manchester United and Manchester City qualify for the last-16 tonight?

A look at how the tournament stands as it heads into round four

Cesc Fabregas (right) said Barcelona were 'in a mess' last season

Cesc Fabregas: Barça will not run out of gas this season

Gerardo Martino’s policy of rotating the Barcelona squad will help prevent the team suffering a similar slump to the one that wrecked last season’s Champions League campaign, midfielder Cesc Fabregas has claimed.

Stefan Kießling

Germany coach Joachim Löw refuses to bow to pressure to pick Stefan Kießling

Kießling is the in-form striker in the Bundesliga, but despite injuries, isn't given a chance

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