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Honigstein: WC scandal fallout continues

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Ballon d'Or: How the world's top footballers voted in their ballots

A revealing look at who voted for whom in this year's FIFA Ballon d'Or, which was won by Lionel Messi.

Who did the world's top footballers vote to win the Ballon d'Or? FIFA has revealed the answers.

The captains of FIFA's national teams, their managers and a media member from each country all had a vote.

While many chose eventual winner Lionel Messi, there were some curious choices.

Notable notes on the votes:

- Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger, Austria's Christian Fuchs and Poland's Robert Lewandowski all voted Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer first.

- Luis Suarez, notably left off...

Euro 2016, Group C: Germany vs. Poland again, plus Ukraine, N. Ireland

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti breaks down the Euro 2016 draw.
ESPN FC's Ian Darke explains Germany are his favourites to hoist the Euro 2016 crown.
EA SPORTS FIFA 16 simulates the projected Euro 2016 final between Germany and Spain.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Dan Thomas give their reactions to the Euro 2016 draw.

The draw has been made for the group stage of the 2016 UEFA European Championship. 

Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F

Predicted finish:

1. Germany 2. Poland 3. Ukraine 4. Northern Ireland

Germany (SPI odds to win group: 55.6 percent)

West Germany did the double in 1972 and 1974, winning the Euros and then the World Cup. Might this team do it the other way round? Philipp Lahm has retired. His successor as captain, Bastian Schweinsteiger, is beginning to look over...

 By Michael Cox

Euro 2016 lacks a clear favourite as France, Germany, Spain all flawed

Euro 2016 will be the first-ever European Championships comprised of 24 teams, a format that opens up the tournament to the continent's minnows. Yet assessing the runners and riders ahead of Saturday's draw, it feels like one of the most closed European championships in a long time.

There are three clear favourites who each have something obvious to shout about: France are the hosts, Spain the holders and Germany the world champions. Other than this trio, it's incredibly difficult to make a...

Wolfsburg's Daniel Caligiuri wants to impress Germany and Italy

Daniel Caligiuri wants to play at Euro 2016, but it doesn't matter who for. The Wolfsburg midfielder is German, having been born in the Black Forest and spent all his life in Germany, but his father is Italian and thus he is eligible for the Azzurri as well.

"I will choose whoever comes first. I would be glad to play for both counties," the 27-year-old recently said.

Italy had stolen a march on their rivals in May as Antonio Conte called Caligiuri up ahead of the crunch qualifying fixture against...

Germany's World Cup scandal could have a major impact on Bundesliga

ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein weighs in on allegations that Germany bribed FIFA officials to host the 2006 World Cup.

For German football, it has been a veritable nightmare of an international break. One friendly, against France in Paris, was overshadowed by the horrors of the terrorist attacks at the Stade de France and the city centre. The next one, against the Netherlands, was called off due to "concrete evidence of a threat", as local police in Hannover put it.

Business as usual will hopefully resume when the Bundesliga returns this weekend but, for the German FA, the coming weeks will continue to prove testing....

 By Mark Rodden

Anthony Martial's playmaking leads France over Germany

PARIS -- Three thoughts from France's 2-0 victory over Germany in an international friendly.

1. Martial magic makes up for missing men

Not surprisingly, all the talk in the build-up to this game was dominated by the absences of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and Lyon midfielder Mathieu Valbuena.

That meant Les Bleus were without two players who have been a fixture of the side in recent years, and thus a new-look trio was formed.

Olivier Giroud, who had scored seven goals in eight matches...