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Werner and Germany's feelgood factor

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Bayern Munich, Germany teammates express sympathy for Manuel Neuer

Manuel Neuer
Manuel Neuer will not be able to play until 2018 after undergoing surgery on his left foot on Tuesday.

Manuel Neuer won't be able to play for Bayern Munich until at least January after breaking his left foot. Judging by his teammates' reactions, he will be missed.

Several players wished the Bayern goalkeeper and Germany international well on social media on Tuesday, not long after he underwent surgery and the team announced the extent of his injury.

Neuer injured the foot in training over the weekend and only last month returned from a similar injury sustained during Bayern's Champions League quarterfinal...

Timo Werner excites as rampant Germany stroll towards World Cup

The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets on England and the World Cup, Christian Eriksen and Romelu Lukaku.
The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets on England and the World Cup, Christian Eriksen and Romelu Lukaku.
The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets on England and the World Cup, Christian Eriksen and Romelu Lukaku.

In recent years, Germany's qualifying campaigns have generally been as low on excitement as a daily commute to the office. You know precisely where you're going. You know for certain that you'll get there. And it doesn't really matter if some journeys are a little smoother and faster than others because the real work only starts once you arrive.

On the face of it, Monday's 6-0 cakewalk past a hopelessly inferior Norway wasn't really suited to generating much of a thrill either. The paucity of the...

Germany, Dortmund great Andreas Moller on meeting Gazza after Euro 96

Germany's Andreas Moller celebrates his winning penalty against England in their Euro 96 semifinal.

In 1996, football was coming home, and England were set to end 30 years of hurt. After a dramatic 120 minutes at Wembley, Germany and Euro '96 hosts England were locked at 1-1 in their semifinal, and six years on from Italia '90, penalties would once again be used to separate the two nations.

At 5-5 in the shootout, Gareth Southgate stepped toward the spot and had his shot saved. Back on the halfway line, Germany captain Andreas Moller was preparing for his attempt. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder...

 By John Duerden

Lukas Podolski shines for Vissel Kobe, helps J.League's global brand

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Dez Corkhill discuss their early impressions of Lukas Podolski at Japanese side, Vissel Kobe.
Lukas Podolski struck twice on his J-League debut as Vissel Kobe eased to victory over Omiya Ardija.

Lukas Podolski has started his Japanese career with a bang. If the German forward continues in the same vein, the J.League is going to have its biggest star since its heady heyday of the 1990s.

With the Chinese Super League hogging the global headlines with its world-famous recruits, Podoski hit back for Japan on his debut last weekend.

Fans had been waiting for months for the ex-FC Koln junior to arrive, and it was worth it. As he finally turned out for Vissel Kobe, he scored twice, with both goals...

 By Paul Murphy

Bayern Munich will benefit in Bundesliga from Singapore ICC - Klose

Tom Starke talks to ESPN FC about Chelsea's title chances and how James Rodriguez will fare at Bayern.
Miroslav Klose in Singapore 2017
Miroslav says Asian preseason tours should be viewed as a blessing and not a burden.

Bayern Munich legend Miroslav Klose insists that preseason tours to distant destinations are more than a promotional exercise, and should be no barrier to success in the modern game.

The top scorer of all time in World Cup finals believes there is much to be gained through team bonding, and suggests that past experience proves that matches on the other side of the world should not harm performance levels.

His comments come as Bayern hit back at Bundesliga rivals RB Leipzig who said they preferred...

Five things to know about Germany and Roma defender Antonio Rudiger

Antonio Rudiger made his Germany bow in 2014.

This article first appeared on ESPN FC in March 2017.

Antonio Rudiger has been attracting the interest of the Premier League's elite, and Chelsea in particular. A few months back, sources told ESPN FC that Manchester City, United and Chelsea scouts all watched him play for Germany against England.

The 24-year-old Roma defender already has plenty of admirers, but here are five things to know about him.

1. He grew up on the streets of Berlin and played for Borussia Dortmund's academy