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New coaches under scrutiny

When EURO qualification action starts up again over the weekend after an almost four-month break, more than half a dozen coaches will be making their competitive debut in their new roles. Thanks to the new format with a 24-participant finals in France, the chance of a place at the 2016 European Championship is making many an impatient football association boss turn to desperate measures. Even Gibraltar, the smallest of the football minnows, has sacked its head coach Allen Bulla – even after performing respectably when losing 4-0 to world champions Germany. Georgia, who face the World Cup winners on Sunday, are also hoping for new impulses ...

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DFB team welcomes back Badstuber and Guendogan

It’s off again, and the World Cup holders must make up some leeway. A friendly match against Australia will open the international season for the German national team in Kaiserslautern on Wednesday (March 25, 20:30hrs CET), then four days later their first competitive match will follow against Georgia in Tblisi (March 29, 18:00 hrs CET). Three important points are at stake in order to qualify from Group D of the 2016 European Championship and gain the seeding as group winners at the draw at the end of this year. National coach Joachim Loew announced on Friday (March 20) the squad with whom he wants to achieve this successful start to the season. After long injury breaks Ilkay Guendogan (Dortmund) and Holger Badstuber (FC Bayern) have returned to the 23-player squad ...

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Crisis at 96: weak run, bad atmosphere

Slowly but surely a crisis has taken hold of Hannover 96. With hopes high at the restart to the season after the winter break of moving up the table from eighth to clinch a Europa League place, there is now an air of disillusionment at the club. Three draws and four losses have followed and the team has slipped down to 12th. Nobody is speaking anymore of playing in Europe next year ...

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Saison start: Cahill debuts in Shanghai derby

The Hongkou football stadium will surely remind striker Tim Cahill of the best years of his career. The home ground of his new club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC is one of two purpose-built football arenas in the Chinese Super League (CSL) whose season got underway on 7 March. No other stadium produces an atmosphere to match it in Chinese football and Cahill experienced it for himself in Shanghai Shenhua’s 6-2 win in the local derby against Shanghai Shenx ...

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Start of season in the booming MLS

About to enter its 20th season, the Major League Soccer (MLS) is currently enjoying a period of expansion. When the prospering North American professional league gets underway with the match between champions Los Angeles Galaxy and Chicago Fire on 6 March, it will include two new teams – New York City FC and Orlando City ...