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German Cup

Bayern cruise past Kaiserslautern into German Cup final

ImageBayern Munich made short work of a vigorous but thoroughly outclassed Kaiserslautern in their German Cup semi-final. The Bavarians trounced the Red Devils 5-1 at home, setting up a final against Borussia Dortmund.

Bundesliga

Bayern Munich sign Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Sebastian Rode

Sebastian Rode has agreed to join Bayern Munich at the end of the current season when his contract expires in Frankfurt in June 2014. He is the Bavarian's second confirmed signing ahead of next season.

Bundesliga

Loss to Dortmund shows chinks in Bayern's armor

Only three weeks ago, Bayern look set to break every record in the book. Now all the talk is about motivational issues. But it's unlikely that mentality the only reason behind Munich’s current dip in form.

Bundesliga

Leverkusen climb back into top four, Hoffenheim win

Leverkusen came into their home match against Hertha Berlin having won only one of their previous nine. But they pulled off a 2-1 win to reclaim fourth place and get the inside track on the Champions League.

Champions League

Champions League semifinal draw pits Real Madrid against Bayern Munich

The Champions League semifinal draw has pitted Real Madrid against reigning champions Bayern Munich. That leaves Chelsea to face Atletico in the other semifinal pairing.

Bundesliga

Borussia Dortmund take up option to sign Sahin from Real Madrid

Nuri Sahin will remain at Dortmund beyond his initial 18-month loan deal, which expires at the end of the season. The club triggered an option to buy the midfielder for a discounted fee of 7 million euros.

Champions League

Bayern triumph over Manchester United after brief scare

Bayern Munich's 3-1 win has sent Manchester United out of the Champions League. But the Premier League side scored first after a cagey first half, and Bayern needed a superlative attacking performance to finish them off.

Soccer

Barcelona president threatens legal fight, ter Stegen deal in question

Barcelona's president has defended his club's policy of bringing in young youth talent, a day after FIFA banned the club from signing new players until the summer of 2015, citing rule breaches when bringing in minors.

International football

UEFA approves new Nations League football tournament

UEFA has said its newly-approved Nations League football competition will begin in 2018. With the full details of the tournament not yet known, the reaction from the European club world was cautious approval.

Soccer

German clubs vote against introducing goal-line technology

The introduction of goal-line technology in German football has been rejected after a vote involving the country's 36 top clubs. Change was advocated heavily by several major clubs, but the vote failed nonetheless.

Court Cases

Hoeness prison sentence final as prosecutors say they won't appeal

German prosecutors say they won't appeal against the sentence handed down to ex-Bayern Munich football club boss Uli Hoeness, clearing the way for him to start his jail term. But the club remains stubbornly loyal.

International football

Bayern's Julian Green says camaraderie and trust helped him choose US

Julian Green became a household name among US fans when he chose to play for his country of birth over Germany. The Bayern Munich youngster tells DW it was the American camaraderie and trust that made the difference.

Teams

Liverpool falls silent to mark 25 years since Hillsborough tragedy

Tens of thousands have attended a ceremony at Anfield in Liverpool, recalling the deaths of 96 fans crushed a quarter of a century ago at an FA Cup semifinal.

Justice

Soccer match-fixer Sapina gets reduced sentence in retrial

A German court has reduced the sentence of a soccer match-fixer by six months following a retrial. Ante Sapina, who has admitted fixing dozens of matches, now faces five years behind bars.

Soccer

FC Sevastopol's Denis Prychynenko focusing on football, not Crimea crisis

For a German footballer playing in Crimea, the political upheaval provides plenty of reason to be distracted. But FC Sevastopol's Denis Prychynenko focuses on one thing - the football.

Formula One

Hamilton beats Rosberg in thrilling Bahrain Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has finished first in the Bahrain Grand Prix to capture his second consecutive victory of the Formula One season. His Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg came in just behind him in a thrilling end to the race.

Soccer

Baghdad Messi vs. Gay Hooligans - When Naldo and Ronny went to the movies

As jury members at the 11mm football film festival in Berlin, the Brazilian Bundesliga stars Naldo and Ronny chose the best short flms of the season. "I love Hooligans" beat out "Baghdad Messi".

Doping

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell banned for doping

Former 100 meters world record holder Asafa Powell has been banned for 18 months for failing a doping test last June. The suspension, backdated to his failed test, will end on December 20.

Basketball

Dirk Nowitzki cracks all-time top 10 of NBA points scorers

Only nine basketball players in NBA history have now scored more career points than the Dallas Mavericks' German stalwart Dirk Nowitzki. The silky power forward made the top 10 during a win over the Utah Jazz.

Sports

Vettel, Bayern Munich win Laureus honors

Germany’s Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel has been named Laureus’ sportsman of the year, while football giants Bayern Munich took home the best team award at a ceremony in Malaysia.

Figure Skating

Germans Szolkowy and Savchenko win figure skating world championship in Saitama, Japan

Germans Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy have won the pairs event at the World Figure Skating Championships in Japan. Following their disappointing showing at the Winter Olympics they end their career on a happy note.