What Mesut Ozil's retirement says about Germany

Speaking to reporters at parliament on Tuesday, Erdogan said that Ozil's approach had been " admirable " and that the player had " given his all " for the German national team . The DFB stressed it "would have been happy" if Ozil wanted to remain part of the national team set-up. "For many years, the DFB has been heavily involved in integration ...

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  • Neymar quashes transfer rumours: ‘I am staying at PSG’
Neymar quashes transfer rumours: ‘I am staying at PSG’

Speaking to reporters at a charity auction in Sao Paolo, the 26-year old said that he is staying in Paris. "I've got more reason to be happy than sad", said Neymar , reflecting on his team's 2-1 quarter-final defeat to Belgium. Madrid have been long-term admirers of Neymar , having initially missed out on his signature when he chose to join Barce...

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  • Sri Lanka vs South Africa
Sri Lanka vs South Africa

De Bruyn registered the first fifty by a South African in the series, which he eventually converted into his maiden Test hundred, and soon there was another as Bavuma followed suit. South Africa's batsmen showed greater application on Monday morning than throughout the series, with De Bruyn and Temba Bavuma in particular, playing the spinners ...

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  • 'Cheap Shot' Trump Criticisms Meant to 'Undermine' Him, Bossert Says
'Cheap Shot' Trump Criticisms Meant to 'Undermine' Him, Bossert Says

But public reaction nationally appears more muted than in Washington, where Trump faced withering bipartisan criticism for appearing to side with Putin over USA intelligence agencies at a Monday news conference in Helsinki . Trump's own director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, said during the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday that he didn'...

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  • Tour de France: Geraint Thomas keeps the yellow jersey
Tour de France: Geraint Thomas keeps the yellow jersey

Van Avermaet explained: "I was waiting for a reaction from Sky when I went to try and get in the breakaway, but nobody reacted". In the end, Van Avermaet produced a fantastic performance to finish 1min 43secs behind Alaphilippe, Thomas, Froome and Team Sky trailing over the finish over three minutes behind the stage victor.

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  • New Liverpool FC signing reveals conversation with Roberto Firmino
New Liverpool FC signing reveals conversation with Roberto Firmino

Jurgen Klopp described the Brazil global as "one of the world's best" despite seeing his side put seven goals past him over the two legs of last season's Champions League semi-final. One look at the record books and we sure have quite a team. "I think it's something we have to do". Following the completion of his move to Anfield, Alisson will ...

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  • Chelsea sack Conte after months of uncertainty
Chelsea sack Conte after months of uncertainty

Incredibly the club have released a statement thanking Conte for his services to the club, but the message only consisted of 52 words. "I hope we can provide some entertaining football for our fans, and that we will be competing for trophies at the end of the season , which is what this club deserves".

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  • Ravi Shastri explains why MS Dhoni took the ball
Ravi Shastri explains why MS Dhoni took the ball

But chief coach Ravi Shastri has dismissed the speculations and said that the idea was to show the ball to bowling coach Bharat Arun and get a fair idea of the conditions."MS wanted to show the ball to Bharat Arun". Vince last played a one-day match for England during the tour of Bangladesh in October 2016. Watch this video carefully to see ...

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  • Mourinho's pre-season fears mount with Sanchez sidelined
Mourinho's pre-season fears mount with Sanchez sidelined

Mourinho confirmed the 25-year-old, who has often been criticised for his performances since arriving from Juventus in 2016, will miss the start of the season while he recovers from his exertions this summer. "The pre-season is very bad", he said. 'I did with Paul what I did with my players. "Next week will come De Gea, Matic and Fred which is ...

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  • 'Justice' for multi-racial World Cup winners
'Justice' for multi-racial World Cup winners

Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal, Tunisia and Morocco were the five teams that represented Africa at this edition, but none made it past the group stage, but Oliseh says the continent can now take consolation from France's success at the global soccer showpiece.

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  • Josh Hart, Svi Mykhailiuk Named To 2018 All-NBA Summer League Teams
Josh Hart, Svi Mykhailiuk Named To 2018 All-NBA Summer League Teams

Following him signing his four-year, many Lakers fans are now desperate to see what the four-time MVP victor will look like in a Lakers jersey. Hoiberg continued: "The play that stands out to me from the Summer League is where he pinned the ball on the backboard with two hands from behind".

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  • Orioles pull Manny Machado mid-game, sparking rampant speculation
Orioles pull Manny Machado mid-game, sparking rampant speculation

Machado was taken out of the game in the fifth inning by manager Buck Showalter after a 26-minute rain delay. But that's all but over after recent reports that the Los Angeles Dodgers will land the superstar. Milwaukee. Phillies. I mean, it's been going on since - what? -the Winter Meetings. "They'll have the upper-hand, for sure", he said ...

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  • Virat Kohli clean bowled by a leg-spinner for the first time
Virat Kohli clean bowled by a leg-spinner for the first time

Joe Root and skipper Eoin Morgan also came in form with the brilliant knocks of 113 and 53 respectively. India and England go into the 3rd and final One-day worldwide of the series tied at 1-1. However Dhawan was and he advanced down the pitch a fraction too far. It marked the onset of spin influence on this game, and six overs later came ...

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  • Liverpool make offer for Roma's Alisson Becker but no fee agreed
Liverpool make offer for Roma's Alisson Becker but no fee agreed

He kept 17 clean sheets in Serie A last season, the join second highest in the league - behind only Pepe Reina on 18 - with mistakes coming few and far between. However, it looks like Jurgen Klopp's side are favourites to land the 25-year-old. Liverpool are confident of securing agreement and solving the biggest headache Klopp has in his te...

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  • Unai Emery gets hands-on with his Arsenal stars in training
Unai Emery gets hands-on with his Arsenal stars in training

The France global, who was part of the World Cup winning squad, has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League. "The coach has done really well during this first two weeks, we are working really hard and trying to improve every day".

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  • Trump, Putin start first bilateral meeting in Helsinki
Trump, Putin start first bilateral meeting in Helsinki

Standing next to Putin on Monday, Trump cast doubt on his country's intelligence agencies' assessment that Russian Federation had meddled in the 2016 U.S. "I think we have great opportunities together as two countries that frankly, we have not been getting along very well for the last number of years", he said.

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  • What happened when Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic met Vladimir Putin?
What happened when Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic met Vladimir Putin?

Grabar-Kitarović was later a trending topic on Twitter as users fell in love with the manner with which she hugged both Croatia and France players after the World Cup final. "France won the game but Croatia won the heart". Kolinda was one of the eye-catching personalities in the just concluded World Cup tournament in Russian Federation.

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  • Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018: Finalists France arrive at hotel after beating Belgium
Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018: Finalists France arrive at hotel after beating Belgium

Belgium threatened several times, sending crosses into the box repeatedly over the final 45 minutes and into stoppage time, but could not beat Lloris for an equalizer. Petersburg Stadium - by scoring on a header off a corner kick in the 51st minute on Tuesday. Eden Hazard twice went close, narrowly missing the target with a low, left-footed dr...

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  • Dylan Groenewegen powers to victory on stage seven of Tour de France
Dylan Groenewegen powers to victory on stage seven of Tour de France

I kicked. Actually I've looked at my power and it's pretty good, but I'm not going to match them. Slovakian cyclist Peter Sagan on Wednesday picked up his second stage win at this year's Tour de France , outsprinting Italy's Sonny Colbrelli and Belgian Philippe Gilbert to win stage five.

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  • Exhausted and battered, Croatia reaches its 1st World Cup final
Exhausted and battered, Croatia reaches its 1st World Cup final

Boss Gareth Southgate finds himself readying his England team for Saturday's third-placed play-off with Belgium in St Petersburg. "We have two days to prepare". But the turnaround has been remarkable and Southgate's leadership, along with his trademark waistcoat, have won the hearts of the nation and earned him a big reward.

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