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

Louis Saha

Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha joins Lazio

Frenchman was a free agent after being released by Sunderland

Lionel Messi (centre) celebrates breaking Gerd Müller’s record

Gerd Muller hails 'gigantic' Lionel Messi after seeing 40-year-old record broken by Barcelona forward

Two goals last night see Messi reach 86 goals for the calender year

Rasmus Elm's last-minute equaliser ended the Germans' 100 per cent record

International round-up: Germany lose four-goal lead as Ibrahimovic inspires Sweden fightback

Germany squandered a four-goal advantage with 30 minutes to play as Sweden fought back to claim a 4-4 draw last night.

Cristiano Ronaldo is poised to win his 100th cap in the World Cup qualifier tonight
Robert Lewandowski is big in Warsaw, the city where he was born and raised

Poland's 'Big Lewandowski' is a wanted man all over Europe but ...

Striker is deadly for Dortmund but patchy for the Poles, as Robin Scott-Elliot explains

Trapattoni insisted he would not walk away from the Republic of Ireland job

Trapattoni refuses to throw in towel

Giovanni Trapattoni insisted he would not walk away from the Republic of Ireland job, despite overseeing the country's worst competitive defeat on home soil.

Keith Andrews and Shane Long of the Republic of Ireland look disheartened after Germany's sixth goal goes in

Trapattoni in crisis after Germans run riot in Dublin

Republic of Ireland 1 Germany 6

Mario Balotelli wallops
his second past a helpless
Manuel Neuer

Balotelli seizes moment to send Germany packing

The fireworks, the impromptu prison visits – even the studs-up challenge on Alex Song and the arguments with Roberto Mancini. All these things contributed to make a reputation for Mario Balotelli but what no one can argue with is the kind of performance that takes a tournament by the throat and changes it.

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<b>Bastian Schweinsteiger</b><br/>
Bastian Schweinsteiger has shown his versatility and has played an entirely different role in each of his first three matches of the tournament. He is the unsung hero in the midfield and dictates the tempo of a German side that looks difficult to beat. Whilst he is always picking at the weaknesses of the opposition defense, Schweinsteiger has also been providing excellent cover for his back four.

Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger fit for Italy semi-final

Germany coach Joachim Low has revealed Bastian Schweinsteiger is fully fit and ready to start Thursday's Euro 2012 semi-final against Italy.

Miroslav Klose (R) scores during the Euro 2012 football championships quarter-final match Germany vs Greece

Germany into semi-finals as Greece resistance crumbles

Germany 4 Greece 2

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

Germany's Mario Gomez scores his - and his side's - second goal

Gomez double downs Dutch

Netherlands 1 Germany 2

Mario Gomez is all smiles during a press conference for tomorrow’s game with the Netherlands

Germany striker Mario Gomez issues riposte to critics of his work-rate

Mario Gomez has hit back at criticism of his performance in Germany's 1-0 victory over Portugal in their opening game of Euro 2012.

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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
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KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?