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Germany physiotherapist Adolf Katzenmeier dies aged 81

Adolf Katzenmeier photographed in 2004.

Germany's veteran physiotherapist Adolf Katzenmeier died on Wednesday aged 81.

Katzenmeier worked for the German FA (DFB) for 45 years, 34 of them as the national team's physiotherapist.

He was called up to the DFB by Bundestrainer Sepp Herberger in 1963, and for 11 years worked for the youth teams as well as the Olympic Games squad.

Ahead of the 1974 World Cup in Germany, he was promoted to the national team where he was first occupied the role of massager and later became the chief of the physio-department.

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

England to face Germany at Dortmund in first friendly match of 2017

Harry Kane celebrates after England's win against Germany in Berlin earlier this year.

England have announced that they will play a friendly against Germany at Borussia Dortmund in March.

The fixture, England's first of 2017, will be played on Wednesday March 22.

It comes four days ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley.

England beat Germany...

Germany won't build base for 2018 World Cup in Russia - Oliver Bierhoff

Joachim Low praises his side's quick goals against Northern Ireland, which allowed them to slow play down for an easy win.

Germany are to examine options for a base camp at the 2018 World Cup, but general manager Oliver Bierhoff has told kicker they will not build one as they did in Brazil two years ago.

With Germany having taken nine points from three qualifying matches, the flying start has led officials to speak about plans for the tournament in Russia.

But Bierhoff said: "The World Cup will be a big challenge regarding the camp and logistics.

"You can't just build a Campo Bahia [the base in Brazil] everywhere. We...

 By Mark Lovell

Jerome Boateng says Bayern Munich captaincy would be 'dream and honour'

Jerome Boateng says he is not upset that Manuel Neuer was given the German captaincy ahead of him.

Jerome Boateng says it would be "a dream" to captain Bayern Munich and also revealed he might quit international football following the 2018 World Cup.

Boateng, 28, was overlooked for the German captaincy last month when national coach Joachim Low instead chose Manuel Neuer in succession to Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Germany have never had a black captain before, but Boateng doesn't have an issue with his Bayern teammate assuming the responsibility ahead of him.

"I'm quite relaxed about it all," Boateng...

ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

Argentina stay top of FIFA World Ranking, Germany and Brazil climb

Argentina head coach Edgardo Bauza doesn't believe his side deserved to lose following their shock 1-0 defeat by Paraguay.

Argentina will remain the No. 1 nation when the new FIFA World Ranking is published on Oct. 20.

Argentina failed to win either of their games over the past week, drawing 2-2 in Peru and losing 1-0 at home to Paraguay to leave them in trouble in the South American World Cup qualifying group.

But Edgardo Bauza's side already had a healthy advantage at the top of the ranking, though their lead has been cut considerably from 277 points to 156.

Germany move back into second place after wins over...