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Joachim Loew issues Germany soccer stars warning

Soccer fans wave German national flags during the screening of the Euro 2008 semi-final between Germany and Turkey at the 'fan mile' public viewing area in Berlin in this June 25, 2008 file photo. After six decades atoning for the crimes of the Nazis, Germans are rediscovering a sense of patriotism and are no longer ashamed to wave their flag and sing the national anthem. The nation startled itself during the 2006 soccer World Cup tournament, when millions of people painted flags on their faces, wearing red, gold and black hats and chanting the national anthem.

BERLIN Joachim Loew has issued his Germany stars with a World Cup warning for their friendly against Chile by insisting he will only pick his Brazil 2014 squad on current form.

AFL

Kevin Muscat pays tribute to players' self-belief

Victory coach Kevin Muscat and his Sydney FC counterpart Frank Farina shake hands before the A-League elimination final match on Friday.

Michael Lynch For Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat, Gui Finkler's last minute goal to win their elimination final against Sydney FC was a vindication of his squad's self-belief and commitment, never better...

Football

Young Australian forward Dylan Tombides dies of cancer

Tombides

The football community is mourning the loss of promising Australian youth international Dylan Tombides after he died aged 20 following a three-year battle with cancer.

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Soccer

Gui Finkler volleys dramatic winner as Victory seals semi-final berth

Gui Finkler of the Victory celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Sydney FC.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory keeps its season alive for another week and condemned Sydney to finals defeat.

Jets assistant issues ACL challenge

Ian McCullough Newcastle assistant coach Mark Jones has challenged the Jets players to show they are good enough to play in the upcoming Asian Champions League campaign.

A-League finals: Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC

Alessandro Del Piero

Scott Spits It's time for the A-League finals. Glamour clubs Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC clash in an elimination final.

Football

Player power-led sacking of Matildas coach worries ACT boss

Former Matildas coach Hesterine de Reus.

Lee Gaskin Capital Football boss Heather Reid fears sacking of Matildas coach will hold women back from key roles in the game.

Football

Melbourne Heart in bid for new look

Melbourne Heart may not just play in a similar uniform as Manchester City next season, but could be wearing a near exact replica playing strip.

Dominic Bossi Melbourne Heart may not just play in a similar uniform as Manchester City next season, but could be wearing a near exact replica playing strip.

Football

Central Coast Mariners, the little team that shouldn't

Michael Cockerill

Michael Cockerill The season could be over for Central Coast Mariners by Thursday morning, and then again it might not. Either way we can say it's been a miraculous season by the players and coaching staff.

Football

Manchester City players top highest-paid list as UEFA penalties loom

In the money: Manchester City's players are the world's highest paid.

Footballers with English Premier League club Manchester City are the highest-paid athletes in global sport.

Matildas coach sacked

Sebastian Hassett The stand-off between players and coach Hesterine de Reus for control of the Australian women’s football team was ended with brute force on Thursday afternoon as the Dutchwoman was fired as...

Football

Matildas coach Hesterine de Reus falls victim to player power

de Reus

Sebastian Hassett The stand-off between players and coach Hesterine de Reus for control of the Australian women’s football team was ended abruptly on Thursday afternoon when the Dutchwoman was sacked as head coach.

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Soccer

Fixture pile-up is route to the fast lane for Melbourne Victory

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch There's always two sides to a fixture pile-up.

Football

Han Berger joins Sydney FC

Han Berger

Dominic Bossi Outgoing Football Federation of Australia technical director Han Berger will join Sydney FC as a board member and director following the completion of his commitments with the Socceroos at the 2014...

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Soccer

World Cup 2014: Two-thirds of tickets sold out

Estadio Mineirao, one of the stadiums hosting the 2014 World Cup soccer matches, in Belo Horizonte.

Tickets for nearly two-thirds of World Cup matches have sold out within hours of FIFA opening the final online sales phase.

Football

Liverpool's Gerrard merits ultimate prize

Alan Hansen dinkus

Alan Hansen Steven Gerrard is four games away from winning his first Premier League title with Liverpool and it would be absolutely fitting for him to finally achieve it this season.

Soccer

All pressure is on Guangzhou Evergrande, says Kevin Muscat

Coach Kevin Muscat during a Melbourne Victory training session at Etihad Stadium on Monday.

Jesse Hogan Melbourne Victory's Kevin Muscat is in the midst of the biggest week of his fledging head-coaching career, but he insists it is big-spending Chinese opponent Guangzhou Evergrande that is facing more...

Football

Forwards the key to Victory, says Jurman

Matt Jurman.

Sebastian Hassett Sydney FC left full-back Matt Jurman believes blunting Melbourne Victory’s explosive forwards is the key to securing an upset victory in their elimination final on Friday night.

Football

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to miss King's Cup final against Barcelona

Christiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Wednesday's King's Cup final against Barcelona after failing to recover from knee and thigh muscle problems, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday.

Soccer

Melbourne Victory begins crucial week on winning note

James Troisi and Kosta Barbarouses

Jesse Hogan The most pivotal week of Melbourne Victory's season began in magnificent fashion, with Nathan Coe's inspired goalkeeping triggering a stirring defeat of reigning Asian club champion Guangzhou on...