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

Will winning the World Cup inspire Mario Gotze to fresh heights in 2014-15?
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...

Germany coach Joachim Low: Mario Gotze can make the difference for us

Thomas Tuchel believes that the constant talk about whether Mario Gotze plays or not is harmful.

Germany coach Joachim Low has backed Mario Gotze despite his difficulties following last summer's return to Borussia Dortmund from Bayern Munich.

Gotze, 24, has struggled to find form and has played only 24 minutes in 2017, also suffering muscular problems.

But Low stressed that he would continue to call the midfielder up for Germany and told kicker: "Mario can make the difference."

"Mario's situation at Dortmund is not that easy right now, but I know that he's incredibly ambitious and totally focused...

 By Mark Lovell

Joachim Low backs Bayern's Thomas Muller to rebound from goal drought

Despite Thomas Muller's struggles this season, Raf Honigstein quips that there'd be a riot if Bayern Munich sell him.
Steve Nicol and Sebastian Salazar talk Neuer's link to Man City and if Thomas Muller will finish his career in Germany.

Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller is a "natural talent" with a "nose for goals," Germany national coach Joachim Low has told kicker.

Muller, 27, ended a run of 999 minutes without a goal in December against Wolfsburg -- his only strike for Bayern so far this season in 18 Bundesliga appearances. Muller also failed to find the net for Germany at Euro 2016.

But Low has backed Germany's top scorer at both the 2010 and 2014 World Cups to emerge from his current dip in form.

"Muller is a natural talent," Low...