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FCB stars narrate Christmas Truce tribute

Exactly 100 years ago a deadly war raged in Europe, but the fierce hostilities spontaneously and extraordinarily ceased in certain places on 25 December 2014, with football playing a central role. In a UEFA video tribute, a cast of football personalities including Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Paul Breitner tell the moving story of the 1914 Christmas Truce, when soldiers from both sides on the western front in Flanders laid down their arms, sang festive carols, exchanged small mementoes, and came together to play football. Sir Bobby Charlton, France head coach Didier Deschamps, UEFA President Michel Platini, Wayne Rooney, Hugo Lloris and Gareth Bale join the FCB trio to mark the centenary of that cold but remarkable December evening as they read from letters sent by the soldiers describing the unprecedented outbreak of peace.

FCB world champions in Team of the Year

Germany’s World Cup winners have claimed another prestigious award. Five months on from the thrilling 1-0 victory over Argentina in Rio, Joachim Löw’s men comfortably won the Team of the Year award at the annual German Sports Personality of the Year ceremony. The squad with its seven Bayern players easily topped the annual poll among some 1,200 sports writers. The 1,846 points handed to the second-placed Olympic gold medal-winning ski jumpers was less than half the 4,660 points amassed by the footballers. Third on 1,115 points were the Germany volleyball team, whose bronze at their World Championship was Germany’s first medal in 44 years.