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Mario Gotze's World Cup-winning boot fetches €2 million at auction

After a tense, agonizing World Cup final, Gotze's goal vs. Argentina was worth the wait.
Mario Gotze etched himself into the history books with the goal.

We brought you the news last week that Mario Gotze's World Cup-winning boot was going up for auction. On Saturday evening, it brought 2 million euros ($2.45 million) during a televised charity auction.

An anonymous benefactor paid the huge sum for the historic boot -- which struck the goal against Argentina in extra time to seal Germany's 1-0 win in Brazil in July -- and it will be displayed in the soon-to-be-opened German Football Museum in Dortmund.

The Germany international had donated the boot...

Being selected as a Ballon d'Or finalist is triumph enough for Manuel Neuer

ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Paul Mariner seem to be a bit wary of Manuel Neuer's inclusion in FIFA's short list for the 2014 Ballon d'Or.

On Tuesday, German football magazine 11 Freunde published a lengthy for-and-against piece on Manuel Neuer's suitability for the Ballon d'Or award. The section backing the Bayern Munich keeper ended with "Manuel Neuer will be the world's best player." Clicking on the Contra section brought readers to a blank page.

It's a good gag because it plays on a deeper truth. There are no good reasons not to give the Golden Ball to the 28-year-old, at least not from a German perspective. Goalkeepers have always...

 By Chris Wright

Mario Gotze to auction off his World Cup-winning boot

After a tense, agonizing World Cup final, Gotze's goal vs. Argentina was worth the wait.
This was the moment Mario Gotze won the World Cup for Germany -- and you can win the boot he used to score.

Mario Gotze has decided to auction off the very left boot he so deftly dangled to score Germany's World Cup-winning goal during extra time in 2014's final against Argentina, with all the proceeds going to a German childrens' charity.

Gotze is selling his famous yellow boot to raise funds for "A Heart For Children", with the man himself rousing potential bidders by adding that the boot also comes complete with a small bonus amount of the famous Maracana turf still affixed to it.

"I have never washed...

Three Points: Spain vs. Germany

A late, long-range strike from Toni Kroos handed Spain their first loss at home in 34 games.

VIGO, Spain -- Three quick points from Germany's 1-0 win over Spain in Tuesday's friendly meeting at Celta Vigo's Balaidos ground...

1. Kroos missile decides meeting of two experimental sides

The meeting between the last two world champions was always going to attract attention and each coach talked beforehand about their respect for their counterpart and wish to put on a good show. But this game caught both sides in transition -- after respective unexpected slip ups in qualifying for Euro 2016,...

Joachim Low searching for cure to Germany's World Cup hangover

Germany coach Joachim Low was not happy with his side's performance, despite a 4-0 win over Gibraltar.

Joachim Low was being served his customary postmatch espresso in the TV studio on Friday, but that late-night caffeine shot just served to amplify his anger.

"I'm not satisfied," the Germany coach said with uncharacteristic candour after the 4-0 win over minnow Gibraltar in Nuremberg, sipping furiously.

His ire was directed at the team's poor attacking play in the second half, a number of unnamed fringe players whom he had expected to do more "to make of a case for themselves" and a general lack...

Rate Your Rival: What do Germany make of Spain ahead of their friendly?

Vicente del Bosque claims it was 'inevitable' Spain were dumped out of the World Cup's group stage.

World Cup champions Germany face 2010 winners Spain this Tuesday when the pair meet in a glamour friendly. Vicente del Bosque's side will feel they have a point to prove against such tough opposition following their dreadful performance at the World Cup -- so should Germany be worried?

ESPN FC Germany blogger Stephan Uersfeld runs the rule over Spain's likely XI to see whether Joachim Low's men should fear the former world champions.

GK Iker Casillas, 7 -- Anything can happen with the Real Madrid...