Today, we find out which German stars Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque would love to have in his World Cup squad, uncover the secret to David Alaba's dead-ball success and get the lowdown on some welcome improvements to Borussia Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park.
Spain head coach Vicente Del Bosque has been waxing lyrical about the sheer volume of talent at Joachim Löw's disposal ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. "It's a veritable utopia," he told Sportbild. "Honestly, though, I really, really like - he's phenomenal. [Thomas] Müller, [Philipp] Lahm [and Bastian] Schweinsteiger are great, too." Sounds like the 63-year-old is a closet FC Bayern fan...
Bayern left-back has shot to fame quicker than you can say 'Austria's finest export', but how did he get there? Aside from the obligatory raw talent and steadfast dedication, the 21-year-old says the internet has been a big help. "The techniques of Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham fascinate me," he told fcbayern.de. "I used to spend hours on the laptop watching free kicks on YouTube - again and again. You obviously learn a thing or two."
As the only stadium in the Bundesliga to welcome regularly over 80,000 guests through its gates on any given matchday, Borussia Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park has recently been treated to a snazzy upgrade. Additional electronic entrance lanes have made life a whole lot easier for the swathes of incoming fans, who needn't expect any pre-match bottlenecking in and around the world-renowned arena any longer.