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 By Mark Lovell

Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer eyes Champions League final return

While there are subplots for both Bayern and Real Madrid, the entire FC panel is picking Madrid to go through to the UCL final.
ESPN's Alison Bender previews the Champions League semi-final matches where Liverpool take on AS Roma and Real Madrid face Bayern Munich.
The FC crew are split on whether Bayern Munich or Real Madrid is the likelier side to prevail in their Champions League semifinal tie.

MUNICH -- Manuel Neuer has told Stern he not ruled out playing in the Champions League final if Bayern Munich can beat holders Real Madrid in the semifinal.

Goalkeeper Neuer has broken his foot three times since last March and has made only three Bundesliga appearances this season, the last of them on Sept. 16.

The 32-year-old Germany international had warned after having surgery that month that his recovery could take at least six months.

"Everything has to be right, but it has motivated me very...

 By PA Sport

German FA officially submits candidacy to host Euro 2024 to UEFA

FA president Reinhard Grindel submitted Germany's bid to host Euro 2024 to UEFA.

The German Football Association (DFB) has handed its bid book for the 2024 European Championship to UEFA, with Turkey expected to follow suit before Friday's deadline.

A DFB delegation, including former Bayern Munich and Germany captain Philipp Lahm, gave the dossier to UEFA general secretary president Theodore Theodoridis at the European governing body's headquarters in Nyon on Tuesday morning.

"Euro 2024 staged in the heart of Europe will enable all of the participants to be given the best possible...

Germany want to host Euro 2024 to bring nations closer together

Reinhard Grindel said hosting the tournament can bring a positive force in political debate.

Germany wants to host the 2024 European Championship and bring people closer together amid populist waves across the continent.

Believing sports can be a positive force in political debate, German football federation president Reinhard Grindel told The Associated Press on Monday, "This is what a Euro can deliver."

Rival candidates Germany and Turkey will give their bid documents to UEFA this week. UEFA will choose a winner in September.

Turkey has never hosted a major tournament, while Germany's...

Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze benched; Germany World Cup hopes in balance

Mario Gotze
Mario Gotze appeared for only four minutes against Schalke.

Mario Gotze's hopes of a place in Germany's World Cup squad remain in the balance after the Borussia Dortmund midfielder played just four minutes against Schalke at the weekend.

Having completed the full 90 minutes at Bayern Munich a fortnight ago, Gotze was benched against Stuttgart and again vs. Schalke, making a late appearance in the 2-0 defeat.

"Mario surely is a talented player, a good player," Stoger told his postmatch news conference. "We had other players who could have started as well....