German footballer Benedikt Howedes, member of 2014 FIFA World Cup side, retires at 32 citing personal reasons
Höwedes played 44 times for the German national team from 2011-17 and played every minute for his team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
“I don’t need any more applause,” André Schürrle told a German magazine after being released from his contract with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.
Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini 'admires' Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for biting him at 2014 World Cup
Suarez, who escaped punishment during the game, was later banned for four months plus nine internationals — but Chiellini said he bore no grudge towards him.
Sunil Chhetri says Igor Stimac's experience of coaching on big stage will benefit Indian football team
Talismanic Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri on Wednesday gave a big thumbs up to the appointment of Igor Stimac as head coach, saying that the team will benefit from the experience of the Croatian World Cupper.
Bayern Munich trio Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller dropped from Germany squad following 2018 World Cup debacle
Between them, Hummels, Boateng, both 30, and Mueller, still only 29, boast 246 appearances for Germany and were at the heart of the team which won the 2014 World Cup
Discrimination against Mesut Ozil shows Germany's relationship of convenience with its migrant footballers
Mesut Ozil has never been someone who has shied away from his heritage but to face bigotry because of his Turkish ancestry is absolutely heinous.
Akinfeev is still haunted by a speculative shot that softly hit his palms and slowly arched in over his head in Russia's 2014 World Cup opener against South Korea.
International friendlies: Brazil coach Tite feels 7-1 World Cup defeat to Germany continues to haunt team
The teams meet in a friendly for the first time since at Berlin's Olympic Stadium and Tite says Brazil still bear the scars.
Gonzalo Higuain says severely ill mother convinced him not to retire despite turbulent time with Argentina
Higuain was coming under fire from media and fans alike after Argentina lost three successive major finals and his mother's ill health was a huge concern.
Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund trio of Marco Reus, Andre Schurrle and Mario Goetze aim to stay fit for 2018 World Cup
After his 2014 disappointment, Reus wants a crack at the World Cup finals in Russia alongside Dortmund pals Goetze and Schurrle.
Bundesliga: Mats Hummels criticises Bayern Munich teammate Robert Lewandowski's 'attitude' in training row
When Lewandowski briefly paused to tie his laces, allowing the opposing team to score, Hummels ripped into the Poland star, a team-mate in the exercise, sparking a war of words.
Indian football team retains 102nd position; Germany, Brazil and Portugal grab top three spots in latest FIFA rankings
The Indian football team remained static at the 102nd position in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday.
Lionel Messi admits he felt 'embarrassed' about coming out of international retirement for Argentina
Argentina star Lionel Messi said he was embarrassed to make a comeback to international football after announcing his retirement during the 2014 World Cup.
FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Timo Werner cements his place as Miroslav Klose's successor with impressive show against Norway
With six goals in eight internationals, Timo Werner seems to be the answer to Germany's quest for a world-class striker, yet the fleet-footed forward remains unpopular with some German fans.
Neymar is one of the most marketable athletes in the world, and that is one of the biggest reasons why he commanded a new world record for his services.
Argentina (1978 and 1986) and Uruguay (1930 and 1950) have each won the FIFA World Cup twice.
Confederations Cup 2017: Youthful Germany take on Australia as Joachim Loew looks set to test youngsters
With an average age of just 24 years, four months, and a combined total of 179 international appearances, Germany have the most youthful squad of the eight Confed Cup teams.
Cheick Tiote's body arrives in Ivory Coast as thousands turn up at Abidjan Airport to mourn footballer
Ivory Coast international Tiote, collapsed during training with second-tier Chinese club Beijing Enterprises on 5 June.
Sead Kolasinac made 125 appearances for Schalke during his five-year stay at the Bundesliga club.
Iranian student Reza Parastesh looks so much like his sporting hero Lionel Messi that it almost landed him in jail for disrupting public order this week.