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Arjen Robben backs Mario Gotze to break out of recent slump

Bayern boss Pep Guardiola says he is counting down to a well-earned rest at the end of the season after his title-winning team were beaten 2-1 by Freiburg.

Arjen Robben has backed his under-fire Bayern Munich teammate Mario Gotze, saying the the young German's current difficulties will make him even stronger.

Gotze, 22 became a national hero in Germany when scoring the winner in the World Cup final as Die Nationalmannschaft beat Argentina 1-0 last summer. However, the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder has had a frustrating season at the Allianz Arena despite a good start with six goals in his first seven games of the season.

He has failed to find...

German FA will not support Sepp Blatter at FIFA presidential elections

CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb discusses the improvements FIFA has made under Sepp Blatter, FIFA's contribution to CONCACAF and believes FIFA would benefit from being more transparent.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter discusses the delicate relationship between Palestine and Israel during a visit to the region.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter explains that football can function as an agent for peace, at the Israel Football Federation meeting in Jerusalem.

The German FA (DFB) will not vote for Sepp Blatter at the FIFA presidential elections this month, its president has said.

Blatter, 79, is seeking his fifth term as FIFA president when the votes are cast in Zurich on May 29, and the Swiss is strong favourite to be re-elected.

However, DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach told Bild: "The DFB chairmanship continues to take the view that a change at the FIFA top would be in order."

He added that he has little hope for change, though, saying: "It would be...

Mario Gotze criticism 'not fair,' says Germany boss Joachim Low

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola praised his players' performance, despite seeing them bow out Tuesday.

Germany manager Joachim Low has hit out at the critics of Mario Gotze, insisting that he should not be judged on his World Cup winning performances.

Despite scoring the winner in the World Cup final as Germany beat Argentina 1-0 this summer, Gotze has had a frustrating season at the Allianz Arena, which continued with a four-minute appearance in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Barcelona in their Champions League semifinal second leg.

The 22-year-old remained on the bench for almost the entire game, despite...

Germany coach Joachim Low supports Bayern's chances against Barcelona

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol agrees with Shaka Hislop that Bayern Munich's defensive struggles will be their downfall against Luis Enrique's Barcelona.

Germany coach Joachim Low fancies Bayern Munich's chances of advancing to the Champions League final despite mounting injury problems and facing in-form Barcelona.

The semifinalists' results from the weekend could not have been more opposite. Barcelona humiliated bottom club Cordoba 8-0 in La Liga, while Bayern suffered a 2-0 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen, their second consecutive loss after crashing out of the DFB-Pokal at home to Borussia Dortmund last week.

On top of that, Arjen Robben suffered a...

FIFPro strongly supports adding fourth substitute

The ESPN FC team are joined by former Premier League referee Peter Walton to discuss whether or not there should be a fourth substitute allowed in matches, following Oscar's injury against Arsenal.

GENEVA -- A proposal to let football teams use a fourth substitute has been strongly supported by the global players' union.

FIFPro published a survey of its members Tuesday in response to a request from the game's rule-making board for more research. The International Football Association Board twice recently rejected allowing an additional substitute in extra time of knockout matches.

FIFPro said 84 percent of players it asked in 27 different countries want a fourth substitute, either in extra...