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Five FCB stars in running for World Cup awards

Philipp Lahm, Thomas Müller, Toni Kroos and Arjen Robben have all made the shortlist for the adidas Golden Ball, the trophy presented to the best player of the tournament, at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The quartet plus Germany centre half and former Bayern youth Mats Hummels were among the ten players nominated for the prestigious award by FIFA on Friday. Manuel Neuer is also in the running for a personal honour as the world's best keeper is one of three candidates for the adidas Golden Glove awarded to the best goalkeeper at the World Cup. The winners are chosen by FIFA’s Technical Study Group and will be announced after Sunday's final between Germany and Argentina.

Badstuber and Alaba send greetings

Prior to the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro, Holger Badstuber and David Alaba used a TV studio appearance to send greetings to their team-mates and in Holger’s case national team colleagues. The defensive duo, who have resumed training in Munich in the build-up to the new domestic and European campaign, said they were keeping their fingers crossed for a Germany victory over Argentina.

Quote of the day

“It has to be Germany."
(Franz Beckenbauer, asked to predict the new world champions on Friday)