Football: England vs Germany
Jingoistic tabloid headlines at the ready, ze Germans are in town. This friendly marks the first meeting of the two nations since the 2010 World Cup, where Joachim Löw's side handed England a 4-1 humbling. Three years later, this remains an impressive German team, technically assured and very, very fast. Roy Hodgson's side, though, has been impressive recently, and in Gerrard, Rooney and Sturridge contains three of European football's form players. Adrian Chiles presents. Gwilym Mumford
Last Tango In Halifax
Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid return in Sally Wainwright's simply excellent family saga. Celia is overjoyed when Alan regains consciousness after the heart attack. And for a brief moment it's all happy families as both
Okay, that latter point is far less terminal than the former could prove to be, but the fact of the matter is that Man City only have two trophies left to compete for this season. That would be the upcoming Fa Cup and of course the Premier League – but then, how realistic are Man City’s title ambitions this season after falling 7 points behind rivals Manchester United yesterday afternoon? Sure, United have been leaking goals left right and centre, but as their win over Newcastle United proved yesterday, they are a team who never know when they’re beaten, and it’s never easy to be chasing a side for points with that mentality.
As for Europe… Not even the solace of the Europa League as City were emphatically ejected from all competitions with a juddering thump. Chelsea manager Roberto
A German sports agent named Michael Becker is making some interesting claims about the current lineup Germany's national football team.
Der Spiegel quotes him as claiming there's a "bunch of gays" in the new lineup and under the leadership of new head coach Joachim Löw there's some sort of gay conspiracy afoot.
Becker comes off as quite the patriarchal blowhard in this piece. He has an apparent axe to grind since his big client is the German team's injured captain Michael "the bulge" Ballack.
Ballack wasn't able to play at the World Cup, but that "bunch of gays" seemed to do quite well without him – securing a third-place finish. And that's not all, young player Thomas Muller got the World Cup's coveted Golden Boot award for most goals by an individual player. (For more on the World Cup generally,
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