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 By Uli Hesse

Memorable April Fools' Day moments in German and Austrian football

Were Lothar Matthaus and Berti Vogts the subject of April Fools' jokes in the 1990s?

On Wednesday you might come across some outlandish news reports. Maybe Pep Guardiola will be dismissed by Bayern Munich or Barcelona star Lionel Messi will announce he is moving to rivals Real Madrid in the summer.

In the digital age, April Fools' pranks have become so widespread in football that they now form their own comedic subgenre. According to the German social media charts website, the most infectious April 1 joke in 2013 was spread by a football monthly, 11Freunde.

In mid-March...

Germany women's coach Silvia Neid to retire in 2016, Steffi Jones to take over

FIFA President Sepp Blatter says the future of women's football is bright ahead of the 2015 Women's World Cup.
Germany head coach Joachim Low, and defender Mats Hummels are satisfied with Germany's 2-0 win against Georgia in their European Championship qualifier.

Silvia Neid will step down as the head coach of the Germany women's national team in 2016 with former international Steffi Jones to take over, the German FA (DFB) has announced.

Neid has served as Germany's head coach since 2005, leading the women's side to one World Cup trophy in 2007 as well as two European Championships in 2009 and 2013.

The two-time FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women's Football will stay with the DFB and join the scouting team for women's football, the association announced...

Former Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes gets DFB Lifetime Achievement Award

Germany head coach Joachim Low, and defender Mats Hummels are satisfied with Germany's 2-0 win against Georgia in their European Championship qualifier.

Jupp Heynckes has received the German Football Association's (DFB) Lifetime Achievement Award, becoming the fifth German coach to be honoured in such a manner.

Heynckes, 69, retired from his coaching career on a high, winning the Treble with Bayern Munich and being named the 2013 FIFA World Coach of the Year in his final season.

Heynckes was involved in more than 1,000 Bundesliga games -- 369 as a player for Borussia Monchengladbach and Hannover, as well as 642 as coach of Gladbach, Bayern, Eintracht...

 By PA Sport

England planning friendlies against top European teams before Euro 2016

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Mark Donaldson preview the international friendly between Italy and England in Turin.

England look set to play friendlies against France, Spain, Germany and Netherlands should they qualify for Euro 2016, according to manager Roy Hodgson.

Provided England reach the European Championship -- and there is no suggestion they will fail to do so after winning their first five games -- they will have a window for two friendlies in November, when the third-placed teams will be involved in play-offs.

The Football Association is looking to give England a real test during that period by taking...