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Football: Klinsmann delight as Green opts to play for USA

Bayern Munich's young striker Julian Green has opened the door to play at this summer's World Cup for the United States despite having the option to play for Germany where he has lived since the age of two. The 18-year-old, who was born in Florida to a German mother and American father, has represented both Germany and the United States at youth level, but has now pledged his allegiance to Jurgen Klinsmann's side and a potential place at the World Cup in Brazil.

Sao Paulo says will deliver Cup stadium for April

Sao Paulo's delayed Corinthians Arena stadium, due to host the opening match at the World Cup, will be delivered to organisers on April 15, albeit with final touches still required, an official said Tuesday. "The site will be delivered on April 15 with only a few issues to finish off thereafter," a spokesperson for Andres Sanchez, former Corinthians chairman and site construction supervisor, told AFP.

Football: Thuram 'understands' Brazil protests

French football legend Lilian Thuram expressed sympathy with Brazilian protesters threatening to disrupt the World Cup, saying he understands their anger over the tournament's multi-billion-dollar price tag. The 42-year-old star of France's 1998 World Cup-winning side told AFP during a visit to Rio de Janeiro that protesting over the cost of the World Cup was understandable given the country's creaking infrastructure. "I am not Brazilian so I would not join the protesters -- but I understand them totally," Thuram told AFP when asked if he supported the demonstrators.

Football: Thuram 'understands' Brazil protests

French football legend Lilian Thuram expressed sympathy with Brazilian protesters threatening to disrupt the World Cup, saying he understands their anger over the tournament's multi-billion-dollar price tag. The 42-year-old star of France's 1998 World Cup-winning side told AFP during a visit to Rio de Janeiro that protesting over the cost of the World Cup was understandable given the country's creaking infrastructure. "I am not Brazilian so I would not join the protesters -- but I understand them totally," Thuram told AFP when asked if he supported the demonstrators.

Football: Hoeness verdict hands Bayern tough choice

Bayern Munich may be dominating and setting records on the pitch, but off it the European champions have tough decisions to make with club president Uli Hoeness now likely jail-bound for tax fraud. Hoeness's three-and-a-half-year sentence Thursday in a Munich court has sent shock waves through the Champions League holders and will force them to live without the figurehead and driving force behind their success.

Bayern Munich boss Hoeness could face jail Thursday

German football legend Uli Hoeness, head of powerhouse club Bayern Munich, faces a verdict and possible jail term Thursday after he admitted in court to having evaded millions in taxes. "If tomorrow there are no more applications to submit new evidence, then final summaries can be heard and the verdict handed down," Munich regional court spokeswoman Andrea Titz said Wednesday. Football-obsessed Germany has been gripped by the high-profile trial this week of Hoeness, 62, a former star player then team manager and current club president who is also a successful businessman.

Germany's Bayern boss Hoeness admits to tax cheating

The boss of German football giants Bayern Munich, Uli Hoeness, told a high-profile tax trial Monday that he hid millions of euros more than authorities thought but denied being a "social parasite". In a surprise twist, defence lawyer Hanns Feigen said that Hoeness cheated the taxman out of 18.5 million euros ($25.5 million) -- vastly more than the 3.5 million euros listed in the prosecution brief.

Football: Injured Lasogga misses Germany friendly

Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga has missed his chance to win his first cap for Germany after a thigh injury ruled him out of Wednesday's friendly against Chile. The 22-year-old was injured in Tuesday's final training session, leaving veteran Miroslav Klose as the only striker available to coach Joachim Loew. "Lasogga is injured and misses out, we'll have to see if he is fit for the weekend," said Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff, with Hamburg hosting Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

Casillas hopes to complete his career with Real Madrid

Madrid, Mar 3 (EFE).- Goalkeeper Iker Casillas, captain of Real Madrid and the Spanish national team, expects to still be playing at 40 and hopes to remain with the Blancos until he's ready to hang up his boots. "I could play until 40 because, if you take care of yourself, a goalkeeper can reach that age easily," the 32-year-old told Melodia FM in an interview.

Casillas hopes to complete his career with Real Madrid

Madrid, Mar 3 (EFE).- Goalkeeper Iker Casillas, captain of Real Madrid and the Spanish national team, expects to still be playing at 40 and hopes to remain with the Blancos until he's ready to hang up his boots. "I could play until 40 because, if you take care of yourself, a goalkeeper can reach that age easily," the 32-year-old told Melodia FM in an interview.
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