Toni Kroos to retire from football after Euro 2024

Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has announced he will retire after this summer’s European Championship. The 34-year-old is to hang up his boots after a trophy-laden decade at the Bernabeu. The 2014 World Cup-winner, who came out of international retirement to play at Euro 2024 in his home country, has instead decided to call time on his career after the tournament.

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Xabi Alonso to stay at Bayer Leverkusen amid Liverpool interest

Xabi Alonso says he will remain in his role as Bayer Leverkusen manager next season as he believes the club is the “right place” to be as a young coach. The Spaniard had been heavily linked with the manager’s job at Liverpool since Jurgen Klopp said he would stand down at the end of the season. “I am convinced it is the right decision, I am happy,” said Alonso.

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Thomas Tuchel to leave Bayern Munich at end of season

Manager Thomas Tuchel will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season. The 50-year-old replaced Julian Nagelsmann at the German champions in March 2023 on a deal until June 2025. The former Chelsea boss will depart a year earlier than planned as part of “a sporting realignment” at Bayern.

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German football legend Franz Beckenbauer dies aged 78

German legend Franz Beckenbauer, widely regarded as one of football’s greatest players, has died aged 78. He won the World Cup as captain of West Germany in 1974 and lifted the trophy again as manager in 1990. Beckenbauer, who was primarily a defender, played 582 times for Bayern Munich and won the German top flight as both a player and a manager.

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Euro 2024 draw pits Spain against Italy and Croatia

Defending champions Italy, who beat Gareth Southgate’s side on penalties in the 2020 final, are up against three-time winners Spain, Croatia and Albania in Group B. Scotland will play Germany in the opening match of Euro 2024 after being drawn in the same group as the hosts.

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