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Scrapping offside rule could make football more attractive - Bierhoff

Oliver Bierhoff has said football should be open to new ideas.

Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff has backed Marco van Basten's idea of scrapping the offside rule.

In January, FIFA technical director Van Basten proposed several changes to the laws of the game, including getting rid of offside -- something he said was "a personal opinion" -- and introducing sin-bins.

Speaking to Sport Bild, Bierhoff backed van Basten and called for a trial period.

"As an attacker, I would always be happy about scrapping offside," the former Germany and AC Milan forward...

Stuttgart's Kevin Grosskreutz hospitalised following fight

Kevin Grosskreutz
Kevin Grosskreutz was involved in a fight in which four people were arrested.

German second-division leaders Stuttgart say Kevin Grosskreutz has been hospitalised after getting involved in a fight on Monday night.

The club said in a statement that "Grosskreutz is doing well in the circumstances. It looks like he can leave the hospital again on Wednesday. Kevin Grosskreutz will file charges after the incident."

Stuttgart did not give the extent of the 28-year-old right-back's injuries.

Police, who did not name the player, reported that a 28-year-old was taken to hospital with...

Germany to play China friendly by 2019 as part of partnership deal

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World Cup winners Germany are being lined up to play in China.

The general secretary of the German FA (DFB) has said he wants to send 2014 World Cup winners Germany to play a friendly in China by 2019 at the latest.

Late last year, China and Germany signed a "comprehensive agreement at government level" to boost the development of football, with agreements also struck between the DFB, the German Football League (DFL), the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Chinese Soccer Association.

Speaking to kicker, Friedrich Curtius said: "Our goal is to make it [a...

Tactics are 'overrated,' quality of players more important - DFB director

Frank Wormuth is a former Germany under-20 coach.

The leading director of the German Football Association's (DFB) coaches' training facilities Frank Wormuth says tactics are "overrated" and that the quality of players is more important.

Wormuth has been the director of the DFB's coaches' training facilities since 2007, and up until last summer was also in charge of Germany's under-20 side.

"It's always about the qualities of the players first, and not about the basic shape and system," Wormuth told Funke Media Group.

"If a Pep Guardiola turns a...

Joachim Low: Keep open mind on international break change plan

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge wants a shakeup of international break arrangements.

Germany boss Joachim Low has urged "an open mind" on Karl-Heinz Rummenigge's idea of cutting the international breaks in a domestic season to two and making them longer.

Earlier this month, Bayern Munich CEO Rummenigge, also the chairman of the European Club Association, told Sport Bild the move would enable national team coaches to spend more concentrated periods with their players.

His proposal would not affect the number of domestic fixtures played, and he said: "There should only be two international...