Bayer Leverkusen went to the top of the German Bundesliga with a 4-0 thrashing of Nuremberg as defending champions Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich both drew on Saturday.
New boys Hoffenheim will go into the winter break as leaders of the Bundesliga after fighting back to draw 1-1 with nine-man Schalke in a fiery encounter on Sunday.
Germany striker Stefan Kiessling scored twice to help Bayer Leverkusen beat bottom side Borussia Moenchengladbach 3-1 to move up to third place in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Schalke cruised to a 3-0 Bundesliga victory at Bochum on Tuesday to lift them up to second place in the table and seal their Champions League berth for next season.
Barcelona's teenage striker Bojan Krkic scored the only goal to give the Catalan giants a 1-0 victory at Schalke in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal.
Luca Toni's missed penalty proved costly for German league leaders Bayern Munich, who had to settle for a point in a 1-1 home draw against Werder Bremen.
Real Madrid secured top spot in Champions League Group C with a 3-1 home win against a sorry Lazio side that failed to even secure a UEFA Cup place.
Werder Bremen striker Hugo Almeida scored twice in 54 seconds in an impressive 4-1 defeat of German champions Stuttgart.
Germany have added Real Betis midfielder David Odonkor to their squad for Saturday's Euro 2008 qualifier against Wales, following the withdrawal of Stuttgart's injured Serdar Tasci.
The German Football Federation (DFB) have fined Bundesliga clubs Alemannia Aachen and Borussia Monchengladbach 50,000 euros and 19,000 euros respectively for racist slurs by fans in the league meeting on September 16.
Bundesliga club Schalke have lifted the suspension on German international forward Gerald Asamoah who had a fall-out with coach Mirko Slomka at the weekend.
Hansa Rostock's regional league side have been fined $25,450 by the German federation after their fans chanted racist slogans at Schalke 04 striker Gerald Asamoah in a recent German Cup match.
Schalke beat Werder Bremen 2-0 on Friday in an ill-tempered clash between the two north German clubs with Bundesliga title aspirations.
Levski Sofia have been fined 35,000 euros ($44,000) by UEFA for racist behavior by their fans during the UEFA Cup quarterfinal home leg against Schalke.
UEFA Cup favorites Schalke came from a goal down to beat 10-man Levski Sofia 3-1 in the first leg of their quarterfinal tie in Bulgaria.
Croatian defender Igor Tomasic crowned a Levski Sofia fightback and sent them into the UEFA Cup quarterfinals with a 2-1 victory over Udinese, following a goalless first leg.
Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann will alternate goalkeepers Oliver Kahn and Jens Lehmann in the two warm-up games that will help determine his squad for the World Cup finals.
Schalke have extended the contracts of German international forward Gerald Asamoah and two other players by two years.
Germany showed great team spirit, fighting back from two goals down to hold the Netherlands to a 2-2 draw.
Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann has recalled Bayern Munich's Sebastian Deisler and Dietmar Hamann of Liverpool in a 23-man squad for next month's Confederations Cup.
Germany have called up 33 players for fitness tests later this month, giving a hint of coach Juergen Klinsmann's plans for the 2006 World Cup.
German Cup holders Werder Bremen booked their place in the semifinals of this season's competition with a comfortable 3-0 win over third division Bayern Munich Amateurs.
Julius Aghahowa's 22nd minute goal gave Shakhtar Donetsk a 1-0 win away to Schalke and sent the Ukrainians into the last 16 of the UEFA Cup.
Schalke 04 could afford to miss a penalty as they eased to a 3-0 victory over Wolfsburg to move level on 41 points with Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.
Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann says his team must end their four-year winless streak against top teams when they host Argentina in a friendly next week in Duesseldorf.
Schalke 04 snatched a 2-1 win at home to champions Werder Bremen to stay level with Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga on their return to action after the six-week winter break.
Christian Pander should make a belated debut for Germany when Juergen Klinsmann's side take on a Bundesliga international team in a benefit match for the tsunami relief effort next week.
World Cup runners-up Germany were far from impressive in a 5-1 victory over football minnows Thailand in a friendly international in Bangkok.
Wolfsburg bounced back from last week's 4-0 setback at Nuremberg with a 3-0 defeat of close rivals Stuttgart which moved them three points clear at the top of the German Bundesliga.
Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann has called up uncapped defender Moritz Volz of Fulham for next week's friendly against Cameroon.
Stuttgart moved to the top of the Bundesliga with a 2-0 home win over Borussia Dortmund, but 63,000 fans in Munich saw Bayern slump 1-0 at home to Schalke.
Danish striker Ebbe Sand grabbed a hat-trick as Germans Schalke 04 romped to a 5-1 victory over Latvian side Metalurgs Liepaja in the UEFA Cup.
Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Ballack will take over from his club goalkeeper Oliver Kahn as captain of Germany in this week's friendly against Austria in Vienna.
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