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Rummenigge set to remain ECA chairman

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is chairman of both Bayern and the European Club Association (ECA), and is set for another spell at the head of the organisation representing the interests of 214 leading European clubs, as he is the only candidate for Tuesday’s election in Geneva. “I will run for another term,” Rummenigge informed the ECA General Assembly on Monday. The 57-year-old, who has been in office since January 2008, said he would continue to “guarantee the significant position of club football in the world game” if elected to another two-year term.

Neuer looking forward to Faroes

A Germany squad including five Bayern players set off for the Faroe Islands on Monday, ready for Tuesday evening’s World Cup qualifier. Manuel Neuer is looking forward to the match, and to finding out more about the north Atlantic islands. “I’m always interested in the environment and conditions, what life is like for the people there, and in their culture,” the Bayern and Germany keeper told “I always try to pick up a few things even when it’s a purely professional trip, and especially when we go to places you otherwise wouldn’t visit.”

Ever-presents and looming bans

Germany coach Joachim Löw has used 22 players in seven World Cup qualifiers so far, but the only 630-minute ever-presents are Manuel Neuer and Mesut Özil. Thomas Müller has featured in all seven games, but has clocked up less playing time at 574 minutes. Philipp Lahm needs to exercise caution, as a yellow card against the Faroes would see him banned for Germany’s meeting with Ireland on 11 October.

More than 2.5 million take the tour

The Allianz Arena is popular even when there is no match: since the stadium opened in 2005, more than 2.5 million visitors have taken part in organised tours. Some 3,000 visitors take in the sights and sounds of the stadium on a normal weekday, although this number is reduced to a maximum of 100 on matchdays due to pre-match preparations at the ground in the north of Munich.

Top scorer Diouf doubtful for Hannover

Hannover 96 could be without top striker Mame Diouf for Saturday’s Bundesliga clash in Munich. The Senegalese goal-getter was substituted after 75 minutes of a World Cup qualifier against Uganda and left the stadium on crutches. Diouf underwent an MRI scan on Monday, and has been diagnosed with a badly sprained left ankle.