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Silver Ball and Boot for Müller

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Thomas Müller travelled to the headquarters of FCB Partner adidas on Monday to be officially recognized for his outstanding performances at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. adidas CEO Herbert Hainer and Thomas's brother Simon, currently an intern with the sports equipment giant and a surprise guest at the ceremony, presented the 24-year-old World Cup winner with the Silver Ball as the runner-up to the best player of the tournament and the Silver Boot for the second-highest goalscorer. “It’s the kind of thing you’re always glad to have at home. I won’t be setting it up in the middle of the room, but I’m still very proud to be presented with it today,” Müller commented.

Guardiola observes stormy Roma defeat

Pep Guardiola’s trip to Turin to run the rule over AS Roma provided incident and action galore as Juventus edged out Bayern’s next Champions League opponents 3-2 in a Serie A encounter featuring three penalties and three sendings-off. In a turbulent first half, during which Roma head coach Rudi Garcia was sent to the stands, Carlos Tevez converted two disputed penalties for Juventus (28, 45), with Francesco Totti (32, also a penalty) and Juan Iturbe (44) on target for the visitors. The winning goal, sending the men from Turin clear at the top after the teams went into the game level on points, was a spectacular volleyed effort from Leonardo Bonucci three minutes from time, although the referee failed to spot Arturo Vidal in an offside position. Juve striker Alvaro Morata and Roma man Kostas Manolas were then red-carded after an altercation two minutes later.