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3dStephan Uersfeld

Gotze benched with WC hopes in balance

Having played the full 90 minutes at Bayern Munich a fortnight ago, Gotze was on the bench against Stuttgart and again against Schalke.

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10dStephan Uersfeld

Gotze has struggled since World Cup win - Watzke

Mario Gotze's World Cup winner for Germany 2014 has weighed him down in the intervening years, according to Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.

Extra Time: Rating Rooney, Orlando's comeback, Neuer's future (6:23)
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14dMark Lovell

Bayern, Germany boost as Neuer trains

Bayern Munich have received a boost as Manuel Neuer has completed goalkeeping training for the first time in more than six months.

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22dIan Darke

Only 5 real favourites to win 2018 World Cup

As the World Cup approaches, it's clear that five teams stand the best chance to win in Russia, starting with defending champions Germany.

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22dDale Johnson

Germany top of FIFA Ranking, Italy slump

Germany will stay top of the new FIFA World Ranking, despite losing 1-0 to second-placed Brazil on Tuesday night.

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22dStephan Uersfeld

Germany not as good as we think - Kroos

Brazil took a measure of revenge for their 7-1 defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup semifinals as they ended their 22-match unbeaten run.

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22dMatt Stanger

Scouting Spotlight: World Cup breakout stars

Scouting Spotlight has an international feel this week as we look ahead to the 2018 World Cup. Who will be some of the breakout young stars in Russia?

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23dRaphael Honigstein

Germany leave plenty of room for improvement

Joachim Low said Germany are capable of so much more than their 1-0 loss to Brazil showcased. He's right: They could've hardly delivered less.

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23dTim Vickery

Brazil cement World Cup contenders status

Brazil's friendly win in Germany proved they're serious World Cup contenders this summer, but it would be naive to put too much stock in this result.

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23dPA Sport

Brazil hit back at Germany with friendly win

Brazil managed a 1-0 friendly victory over Germany to earn a measure of closure after their humiliating defeat at the 2014 World Cup.

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24dNick Ames

W2W4: Brazil seek redemption vs. Germany

Brazil look to exorcise the demons of 2014's 7-1 loss to Germany, while France and Russia face off with both needing a statement result. Here's W2W4.

International Predictor: World Cup favourites collide (4:11)
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24dFernando Duarte

Brazil's revenge must come in Russia

Suggestions that Brazil are out for revenge against Germany are misguided. Real revenge would come with a sixth World Cup, not by winning a friendly.

Pre-World Cup Power Rankings: Brazil the rightful No. 1? (1:19)
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25dRaphael Honigstein

Low, Germany focus on fine tuning

The line-up may change on Tuesday but the world champions' emphasis will not: Games vs. Spain and Brazil are all about being ready for the World Cup.

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26dESPN staff

Top goalkeepers critical of World Cup ball

Spain goalkeepers David De Gea and Pepe Reina and Germany's Marc-Andre ter Stegen were critical of the ball that will be used at the World Cup.

RankingsInternational Friendly

Goal Difference-1Tied-74th
Goals Scored1Tied-77th
Assists1Tied-41st
Goals Conceded2Tied-48th