Sport Jakub Blaszczykowski of Borussia Dortmund

The decision to search for new players during the mid-season window is a change of policy for the club

Heurelho Gomes

Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes breaks hand

The stopper is currently on loan with Hoffenheim

Thomas Mueller

'A dampener amidst all the sunshine': The reaction in Germany to Bayern Munich v Arsenal

Arsenal won 2-0 on Munich but Bayern progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League on away goals

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Schalke will look to sell their influential German midfielder after he made it clear he would not pen fresh terms with the club. He looked very promising during the Bundesliga outfit's Champions League matches against Arsenal and has been linked with Liverpool. It now appears that Tottenham have jumped to the front of the queue for the starlet, whose father is an Everton fan.

Lewis Holtby joins Tottenham early after £1.5m deal is agreed

Germany international had originally been expected to join in the summer

Sven-Goran Eriksson

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson returns to football with 1860 Munich

64-year-old to assist at German second division side

England boss Roy Hodgson insists he has plenty of reasons to be cheerful

Germany want England friendly in build-up to 2014 World Cup

Both nations are on course for qualification for the tournament in Brazil

Sahin celebrates a goal against West Brom

Nuri Sahin ends Liverpool loan to join Borussia Dortmund

The Real Madrid midfielder has failed to impress at Anfield

Lewis Holtby’s preference is for a club offering European football

Lewis Holtby factfile

Tottenham's latest signing

Robert Lewandowski

Arsenal and Manchester United 'target' Robert Lewandowski may remain at Borussia Dortmund

Robert Lewandowski may play out the final year of his Borussia Dortmund contract rather than be sold next summer according to his club.

German football struggling to contain growing violence

The police report said the 2011/12 season had the highest number of criminal proceedings in 12 years

Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby

Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby plays down Arsenal transfer speculation

Schalke's Lewis Holtby has dismissed speculation linking him with a move to tomorrow's Champions League opponents Arsenal.

Arsène Wenger will have to defend Arsenal's trophy drought at tomorrow's AGM

Wenger anxious to qualify quickly as annual supporters' grilling looms

Arsène Wenger will hope for some good news when Arsenal host Schalke in the Champions League tonight. After losing at Norwich last Saturday, his side are 10 points off the lead in the Premier League and at tomorrow's Annual General Meeting their seven-year trophy drought is bound to be an issue.

Bacary Sagna and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal pictured training with Rob Turner of the St Louis Rams earlier today to promote the weekend's NFL game at Wembley

Arsene Wenger is anxious for Arsenal to qualify from Champions League quickly as his annual shareholder grilling looms

Victory over Schalke tonight would allow Arsenal to concentrate on league ahead of AGM

The midfielder remains in a coma but his life is no longer in danger

Vukcevic 'improving' after car accident

Hoffenheim midfielder Boris Vukcevic's life is no longer in danger from head injuries sustained in a car accident, although it is still too early for a long-term prognosis.

Boris Vukcevic

Germany under-21 international Boris Vukcevic hospitalised with 'life-threatening' injuries following car crash

Hoffenheim midfielder Boris Vukcevic is in an induced coma in a Heidelberg clinic after receiving “life-threatening” injuries in a road accident today.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter

FA against Sepp Blatter bid to extend reign as Fifa president

Football Association chairman David Bernstein yesterday insisted he would be against an attempt by Sepp Blatter to extend his reign as Fifa president.

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