Former Germany and Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez retires with a goal in last game and promotion for Stuttgart
Mario Gomez was one of the best German forwards of his time, winning the Bundesliga title in 2007 in his first stint at Stuttgart, then two more with Bayern Munich which he joined in 2009.
Hamburg were the last team to have played every season of the Bundesliga since the league was founded in 1963 until “der Dino” as they are affectionately known was finally relegated after a number of close calls in 2018.
Bundesliga: Stuttgart boost survival hopes with thrashing of Hanover; Werder Bremen thwart high-flying Wolfsburg
Stuttgart made an emphatic statement in their battle to avoid relegation from the Bundesliga on Sunday when they thrashed fellow strugglers Hanover 5-1.
Florian Niederlechner's scrappy goal in the last minute of stoppage time earned Freiburg a 2-2 draw at Stuttgart in Sunday's Baden-Wurttemberg derby.
FIFA World Cup 2018, Novy Kapadia column: Germany's exit in group stage marks the end of an era under Joachim Low
Joachim Low did not see the writing on the wall when Germany struggled to score goals in Euro 2016 and in friendly matches.
Germany coach Joachim Low said he felt "huge disappointment" at seeing the holders crash out of the World Cup but said they had fully deserved it after they were sensationally beaten 2-0 by South Korea.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Germany drop Manchester City's Leroy Sane, include Manuel Neuer in final 23-man squad
Germany have included 2014 World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in their final squad for the 2018 tournament, even though he has only just returned from a long-term absence through injury.
International friendlies: Germany prepare for World Cup defence with warm-up ties against Spain, Brazil
Joachim Loew's Germany start fine-tuning preparations for their World Cup defence in Russia with high-profile friendlies against Spain in Duesseldorf on Friday and Brazil in Berlin next Tuesday.
Bundesliga: Bayern Munich open up 20-point lead with win over Freiburg; Stuttgart rally to beat Cologne
A superb strike from Corentin Tolisso helped Bayern Munich cruise to a 4-0 victory over Freiburg on Sunday and a 20-point lead in the Bundesliga.
Bundesliga: Marco Reus' solitary goal helps Borussia Dortmund beat Moenchengladbach on atrocious pitch
Dortmund and Moenchengladbach were forced to play on a highly uneven surface after the recent poor weather had badly-affected the pitch at Borussia-Park.
Bundesliga: Bayern Munich ease past Mainz thanks to rare Franck Ribery goal, victorious Leipzig move up to third
The win means that Bayern are now 18 points clear of Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig at the top of the table.
Experienced German international striker Mario Gomez is to move to Stuttgart from Wolfsburg, rejoining the team he left eight years ago.
FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Germany's Timo Werner sidelined by injury ahead of Northern Ireland clash
Werner is out with neck and spine problems. he had complained of dizziness in last Wednesday's Champions League game at Besiktas, where the problems first emerged.
FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira to miss Germany's last two matches due to injuries
Germany are top of their qualifying group having won eight out of eight games and need one point from their last two matches to secure a spot in next year’s tournament in Russia.
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.
FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Germany rout Norway; Marcus Rashford helps England overcome Slovakia
At Wembley, England were stunned when Stanislav Lobotka gave Slovakia a third-minute lead after a costly error by Marcus Rashford. But the 19-year-old atoned in style when setting up the equaliser for Eric Dier and then netting a sumptuous 20-yard winner in the second half.
Loew led Germany to their first World Cup title in 24 years when they beat Argentina 1-0 in the 2014 final in Brazil.
Lukas Podolski, who smashed home the winning goal, captained the world champions to their first win over old rivals England on home soil since 1987.
Julian Draxler's move to Wolfsburg turned into a nightmare due to his poor performances and the club's false promises, but he has finally made his escape.
Ralph Hasenhuettl insists his young RB Leipzig team can handle their setback in the title race as their shock defeat let Bayern Munich regain top spot.