Germany has a reputation as being a great footballing nation. Its national team have been world champions three times. But why are the Germans so football crazy? Find out in the third part of our series: "Those Germans!"
Sportswear maker Adidas has equipped its bestselling German national team soccer jersey with RFID tags. The company says it can't track customers via the tag, but potential privacy and transparency issues remain.
The groups for this season's Champions League have been drawn in Monaco. The four German clubs involved received relatively easy groups, although there will be some challenges in store.
German sides Wolfsburg and Mönchengladbach have received their group opponents in the Europa League. Gladbach will expect to get through the first stage, while Wolfsburg has been drawn against tough opponents.
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Europe's best player of the year, winning the prize for the second time. The Portuguese striker had a poor World Cup but performed well in last season's Champions League.
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