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Jones and New England on track for the final

The 19th season of the Major League Soccer (MLS) is getting close to its final stages with increasing tension and a German-born top star. Jermaine Jones, born in Frankfurt and who played seven years with Schalke 04, is the man of the moment in this North American Professional Soccer League ...

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DFB pleased with the 1-0 win over Spain

Toni Kroos was in a hurry to get home. “The advantage is that the way home is short”, said the World Cup champion. Home is now Madrid for the Mecklenburg-born player. The 24-year-old wanted to catch the night plane from Vigo airport to the Spanish capital. After his outstanding performances for Real Madrid during the past months the midfielder had set a further priority. Kroos decided the prestigious match against Spain for the German national team with a shot from 25 metres, scoring the goal for the 1-0 (0-0) victory ...

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Revolt among the midget nations – Four coaches leave

Joachim Loew was not alone with his irritation. Other coaches were hit much harder after the fourth round of the qualification for the 2016 UEFA European Championship. The defeats cost three colleagues their job, they had to leave. “The revolt among the midget nations”, involving teams considered without any chance of qualifying for the Europeans, marked the events ...

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Title dreams in Mandarin

Shanghai. China’s head of state is dreaming of winning the football World Cup. Whilst the road is long, it is not totally without hope. There is enough talent amongst the 1.4 billion population and the country’s professional clubs are beginning to sift talented players at early age. The Chinese Football Association (CFA) is being supported by Continental which announced a four-year cooperation with the CFA at the end of September ...

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Only nine first division teams go into cup “hibernation”

At the end of two spectacular days of cup games, the time had come for Judith Rakers to take centre stage. The newsreader for the national ARD channel was not doing her accustomed job in the Hamburg studio but acting as “lady luck” when drawing the pairings for the next round just down the road in the Imtech Stadium. Her “lucky dips” in the glass bowl containing the 16 balls have produced some highly interesting matches in the third round which, this season, will be played a little later than usual on 3/4 March 2014 ...