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German Sport

> The German squad for the 2024 European Football Championship

> Bayer Leverkusen crowned German Bundesliga chamption 2023/2024

> Stuttgart secures second place, ahead of Bayern München

> SC Freiburg bids farewell to much-loved coach Christian Streich

> Darmstadt relegated after only one year in the Bundesliga

> Bayern's Harry Kane, the Bundesliga's top scorer

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The 2024 European Football Championship is hosted by Germany. Games will be plaed from 14 June to 14 July in Berlin. Cologne, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Dortmund, Leipzig, Gelsenkirchen, Stuttgart and Düsseldorf.

EUROS 2024

Germany announces squad for the 2024 European Football Championship

May 2024: Germany’s national football manager Julian Nagelsmann announced his provisional squad ahead of this summer’s home European Championship. FC Barcelona midfielder Ilkay Gündogan will captain the 27-man squad.

 

VfB Stuttgart goalkeeper Alexander Nübel is a new addition to the German side, while FC Bayern’s Aleksandar Pavlovićwill also get the chance to make his international debut. The midfielder had to drop out of Julian Nagelsmann’s squad for the international friendlies in March due to illness. Borussia Dortmund defender Nico Schlotterbeck, who was last capped by Germany in September 2023, and FC Bayern winger Leroy Sané, who was suspended for the last two international matches, also return to the squad.

 

The most experienced members of the Germany team are three of the World Cup winners from 2014: FC Bayern’s Thomas Müller (128 caps) and Manuel Neuer (117), as well as Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (108). Like his Bayern teammate Pavlović, Neuer was unavailable for the friendlies earlier this year due to injury.

 

The Germany players will come together at their training camp in Blankenhain, near Weimar, on 26 May, with Julian Nagelsmann leading the side’s first training session the following day. The session will be open to the public. The 15,000 tickets for the event were sold out within ten minutes after being offered online. Disappointed fans can watch the training session live on the YouTube and Twitch channels.

 

Germany will then move to their base camp for the European Championship at the adidas campus in Herzogenaurach (Bavaria). The German team will play friendlies against Ukraine in Nuremberg on 3 June and Greece in Mönchengladbach on 7 June in their final two fixtures ahead of the European Championships.

 

Germany, as hosts, will kick off the tournament with a clash against Scotland in Munich on 14 June. Germany will then travel to Stuttgart for an encounter with Hungary on 19 June, before rounding off their group stage campaign in Frankfurt with a game against Switzerland on 23 June.

 

The German squad for the 2024 Football Euros

Goalkeepers: Oliver Baumann, Manuel Neuer, Alexander Nübel, Marc-André ter Stegen

Defenders: Waldemar Anton, Benjamin Henrichs, Joshua Kimmich, Robin Koch, Maximilian Mittelstädt, David Raum, Antonio Rüdiger, Nico Schlotterbeck, Jonathan Tah

Midfielders: Robert Andrich, Chris Führich, Pascal Groß, Ilkay Gündogan, Toni Kroos, Jamal Musiala, Aleksandar Pavlović, Leroy Sané, Florian Wirtz

Forwards: Maximilian Beier, Niclas Füllkrug, Kai Havertz, Thomas Müller, Deniz Undav

Source: Deutscher Fussball-Bund (DFB) German Football Association

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BUNDESLIGA

Bundesliga 2023/24

The Bundesliga, Germany’s premier football league, was founded in 1963 and comprises 18 teams. Seasons run from August to May, with games being played on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Some 56 clubs have competed in the Bundesliga since its founding. Bayern München (Munich) has won 32 of 60 Bundesliga titles, including the last eleven.

 

Season 2023/24

Matchday 34: 18 April 2024, the last matchday of the 23/24 season

(The Bundesliga season 2024/25 begins on 23 August 2024 and ends on 17 May 2025)

Bayer Leverkusen crowned Bundesliga champion 2023/24

18 May 2024: Bayer 04 Leverkusen celebrate their first championship and are also the first unbeaten champions in the history of the Bundesliga. They beat the FC Augsburg 2:1 on the last matchday of the 2023/24 season. While Augsburg misses out on European football, Leverkusen can now celebrate. The Europa League and German Cup are still to come, but first this historic achievement must be honored.

Tears flowed as Freiburg said goodbye to football coach Christian Streich

11 May 2024: The 1:1 draw against Heidenheim was Christian Streich's last home game as head coach of the SC Freiburg. After the game, tens of thousands of supporters celebrated him with a lap of honour through the stadium. Players and fans described it as a well-deserved farewell.

 

Even half an hour after the final whistle, the Freiburg stadium was still full. None of the spectators had left their seats. Even the visiting fans from Heidenheim had stayed to see Christian Streich off after his last home game as coach of the Sport Club. Chants of "Christian Streich, you are the best man" echoed through the arena and the "legend" did a lap of honour to say goodbye. Streich waved, kissed hands and bowed to the fans. "I was in tears when I saw that," said one SC supporter after the game.

 

"It was just completely emotional," said another fan, "when you look at the last twelve and a half years and everything we've been through - 2nd division, promotion, Europa League, Turin, London. I'm completely lost for words. But nothing you do is worthy of Christian".

 

The farewell to their coach was also "very emotional" for the players. "The whole stadium was full, people stayed and shouted his name. I think that was the recognition he deserved for the work he has done for the club," said Freiburg captain Christian Günter, who would have liked to have given Streich a win as a farewell present. "We tried to throw everything into it. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough, but it was still a fitting farewell for him," said the 31-year-old.

 

The fans also expressed their appreciation for Streich with many posters. "Thank you Christian SC legend" and "Loyalty and honesty unfortunately a rarity. Take care Christian" could be read on them. In the subsequent press conference, Streich thanked the supporters for all the applause and "a good relationship over so many years". Full story

Source: SWR Sport

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Results

Matchday 34: 18 May 2024, last matchsay of the 23/24 season

1899 Hoffenheim 4-2 Bayern München (Munich)

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 RB Leipzig

Union Berlin 2-1 SC Freiburg

VfL Wolfsburg 1-3 FSV Mainz

VfB Stuttgart 4-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach

FC Heidenheim 4-1 FC Köln (Cologne)

Werder Bremen 4-1 VfL Bochum

Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 FC Augsburg

Borussia Dortmund 4-0 SV Darmstadt

Final table of 2023/24 season

After 34 matches played

1) Bayer Leverkusen 90 pts (Champion)

2) VfB Stuttgart 73 pts

3) Bayern München (Munich) 72 pts

4) RB Leipzig 65 pts

5) Borussia Dortmund 63 pts

6) Eintracht Frankfurt 47 pts

7) 1899 Hoffenheim 46 pts

8) FC Heidenheim 42 pts

9) Werder Bremen 42 pts

10) SC Freiburg 42 pts

11) FC Augsburg 39 pts

12) VfL Wolfsburg 37 pts

13) FSV Mainz 35 pts

14) Borussia Mönchengladbach 34 pts

15) Union Berlin 33 pts

16) VfL Bochum 33 pts (Relegation play off)

17) FC Köln (Cologne) 27 pts (Relegated)

18) SV Darmstadt 98 17 pts (Relegated)

Top Scorers

1) Harry Kane (Bayern München) 36 goals in 32 matches

2) Serhou Guirassy (VfB Stuttgart) 28 goals in 28 matches

3) Loïs Openda (RB Leipzig) 24 goals in 34 matches

4) Deniz Undav (VfB Stuttgart) 18 goals in 29 matches

5) Maximilian Beier (1899 Hoffenheim) 16 goals in 33 matches

6) Andrej Kramaric (1899 Hoffenheim) 15 goals in 30 matches

7) Ermedin Demirovic (FC Augsburg) 15 goals in 33 matches

8) Victor Boniface (Bayer Leverkusen) 14 goals in 23 matches

9) Benjamin Sesco (RB Leipzig) 14 goals in 31 matches

10) Donyell Malen (Borussia Dortmund) 13 goals in 27 matches

11) Omar Marmoush (Eintracht Frankfurt) 12 goals in 29 matches

12) Niclas Füllkrug (Borussia Dortmund) 12 goals in 31 matches

13) Marvin Ducksch (Werder Bremen) 12 goals in 33 matches

14) Tim Kleindienst (FC Heidenheim) 12 goals in 33 matches

15) Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen) 11 goals in 32 matches

16) Jonas Wind ( VfL Wolfsburg) 11 goals in 34 matches

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