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Mario Gomez seals Besiktas loan from Fiorentina ahead of permanent deal

Mario Gomez will be hoping to find form in Turkey to force himself back into the German squad for Euro 2016.

Besiktas have confirmed the signing of Germany international Mario Gomez from Fiorentina.

Gomez, 30, has joined on an initial one-year loan deal with a view to a permanent move being completed next summer.

The former Stuttgart and Bayern Munich striker made just 29 Serie A appearances and scored seven league goals in two seasons in Florence, with a succession of injuries limiting his playing time.

The Turkish club confirmed Gomez's arrival with a Tweet before the player posted a picture of...

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World Cup qualifying draw: Spain land Italy in group stages

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes and Alejandro Moreno break down the CONCACAF and UEFA World Cup qualifying draws.
ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson and Steve Nicol break down Scotland's World Cup qualifying group, where they'll meet an old frenemy in England.
Sepp Blatter has arrived in Russia ahead of the preliminary 2018 World Cup draw.
The U.N.'s Special Adviser for Sport believes Blatter should receive recognition for the positive aspects of his tenure.

The draw for the preliminary stages of the 2018 World Cup has been taken with France taking on Netherlands, Spain and Italy drawn in the same group and England finding themselves placed with Scotland.

Germany will start defending their World Cup title in a six-team UEFA pool where the Czech Republic seems the biggest barrier to advancing as group winners.

"I'm happy that we won't play against France or Italy," said former German international and current team official Oliver Bierhoff.

Italy, the...

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Mario Gotze is part of my plans, insists Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola

ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti discusses the possibility of Bayern Munich's Mario Gotze being transferred to Juventus.
Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich arrived in China on Friday to kick-off there preseason tour of China, where Pep Guardiola promised an improved side this season.
Javi Martinez says he doesn't care where he plays for Bayern Munich after returning from injury ahead of the new season.
Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm says he is feeling the loss of long-time club and Germany teammate Bastian Schweinsteiger.
ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein discusses the growing rumours of Juventus' Arturo Vidal making the move to Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola does not want to sell Mario Gotze after the midfielder hinted he could be interested in a move to Juventus -- but the player could still move on.

Gotze, 23, called Juventus a "big, big club" amid reported interest from the Serie A champions, and admitted he could be tempted by a move away from the Bundesliga to play in a different league. He also pulled out of the news conference which he was due to attend alongside his manager on Sunday.

He was signed from Borussia...

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Mario Gotze calls Juventus a 'big, big club' and would consider Bayern exit

ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti discusses the possibility of Bayern Munich's Mario Gotze being transferred to Juventus.
Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich arrived in China on Friday to kick-off there preseason tour of China, where Pep Guardiola promised an improved side this season.
Javi Martinez says he doesn't care where he plays for Bayern Munich after returning from injury ahead of the new season.
Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm says he is feeling the loss of long-time club and Germany teammate Bastian Schweinsteiger.
ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein discusses the growing rumours of Juventus' Arturo Vidal making the move to Bayern Munich.

Mario Gotze has called Juventus a "big, big club" amid reported interest from the Serie A champions, and admits he could be tempted by a move away from Bayern Munich.

Gotze, 23, signed for Bayern from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund in 2013, but has struggled to hold down a starting role and was named as one of the biggest disappointments of the 2014-15 Bundesliga season by his fellow professionals.

Pep Guardiola's title winners are closing in on a deal for Bianconeri midfielder Arturo Vidal,...

Germany U19 captain Jonathan Tah joins Bayer Leverkusen from Hamburg

Jonathan Tah was unable to lead Germany to glory at the European under-19 Championships in Greece.

Bayer Leverkusen have completed the signing of Germany under-19 captain Jonathan Tah from Hamburg.

Tah, 19, has signed a deal with Leverkusen that will tie him to his new club until June 2020.

Germany magazine kicker reports that Leverkusen paid €7.5 million for the defender, who played 23 league matches while on loan at 2. Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf last season.