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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Choupo-Moting double powers Cameroon to victory as Ivory Coast thrash Malawi
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2022 World Cup qualifiers: Choupo-Moting double powers Cameroon to victory as Ivory Coast thrash Malawi

The Indomitable Lions grabbed a comfortable home win while Patrice Beaumelle's men outshone their hosts in Johannesburg Bayern Munich striker Eric Choupo-Moting scored a brace as Cameroon defeated Mozambique 3-1 in a 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying match on Friday. Choupo-Moting found the target in each half of the encounter before Lyon star Karl Toko Ekambi brought his goalscoring form from the Ligue 1 to the Indomitable Lions' camp to seal their victory in the 63rd minute. Following their 2-1 loss to Ivory Coast in September, Cameroon bounced back in style with the Bayern Star breaking the deadlock at the Stade Omnisports in the 28th minute.    
Bundesliga: Bayern Munich Beat Furth to go 3 Points Clear
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Bundesliga: Bayern Munich Beat Furth to go 3 Points Clear

Bayern Munich eased past hosts Greuther Fuerth 3-1 on Friday, in spite of playing almost the entire second half with 10 men. The win helped the defending champions to open up a three-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga. But Bayern Munich top goalscorer Robert Lewandowski saw his scoring streak snapped, after failing to equal Gerd Muller’s all-time record of scoring in 16 consecutive league games. It was always going to be a one-sided encounter against the newly-promoted club, bottom in the Bundesliga and without a win this season, and Bayern Munich took a quick lead. This was barely after just 10 minutes into the game with Thomas Muller slotting in from an Alphonso Davies cut-back. Joshua Kimmich was devastatingly accurate with a low drive on the half hour to sco...
Bayern Munich Open talks to Sign Rudiger From Chelsea
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Bayern Munich Open talks to Sign Rudiger From Chelsea

Bayern Munich have begun exploring the possibility of signing Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea, Goal reports. The Bundesliga champions are interested in the German defender along with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid. Rudiger is into the final months of his current contract with Chelsea and is yet to agree to an extension. Bayern have been in touch with his agent and brother, Sahr Senesie, but the talks are purely preliminary at this stage. Julian Nagelsmann considers the 28-year-old as a good replacement for Niklas Sule, who might decide to leave next summer. Like Rudiger, Sule’s deal also expires at the end of the season, and he has put extension talks on hold.
Koeman Calm about Future as Barca Coach
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Koeman Calm about Future as Barca Coach

Ronald Koeman has said he is not fearing for his future as Barcelona coach, despite last week’s 3-0 thrashing at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Barca were unable to muster a single shot on target against a dominant Bayern at Camp Nou while Koeman’s relationship with the club’s president Joan Laporta has been strained in recent weeks. Koeman has admitted Laporta tried and failed to find a replacement for him last summer and there is growing speculation about a change of coach if performances do not improve. “I’m calm, we have seven points in three games (in La Liga),” said Koeman in a press conference on Sunday, ahead of Monday’s match at home to Granada. “We have players recovering from injury. I know you have to win. I am not afraid for my future, the c...
Bundesliga: Lewandowski sets new record as Bayern Munich thrash Bochum 7-0
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Bundesliga: Lewandowski sets new record as Bayern Munich thrash Bochum 7-0

Bayern Munich went top of the Bundesliga for the first time this season with a 7-0 thrashing of Bochum on Saturday with Robert Lewandowski scoring for a record 13th consecutive home league game. Lewandowski is the first player to score in 13 consecutive home league games, according to Bundesliga. Joshua Kimmich netted twice while Lewandowski poached a second-half goal to claim another league record as Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting all scored for Bayern. Bochum’s Greek defender Vasilios Lampropoulos scored a first-half own goal at the Allianz Arena.
‘Lewandowski could be a good NFL wide receiver’ – Bayern Munich striker ‘perfect’ for the RedZone, says Nagelsmann
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‘Lewandowski could be a good NFL wide receiver’ – Bayern Munich striker ‘perfect’ for the RedZone, says Nagelsmann

  The striker has been dominant in the Bundesliga, but his manager thinks the Pole could impress in American football as well Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann thinks Robert Lewandowski would be able to play in the NFL and impress as a wide receiver. The 33-year-old striker has dominated defences in Bundesliga, becoming one of the most feared forwards in world football in helping Bayern to nine consecutive German league championships. According to Nagelsmann, however, Lewandowski is such a capable all-round sportsman that he would succeed playing in American football too, and not just the European version.      
Goretzka extends Bayern deal until 2026
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Goretzka extends Bayern deal until 2026

Leon Goretzka has committed his long-term future to Bayern Munich until 2026, after summer interest from Manchester United. The Germany international had entered the final year of his contract at the Allianz Arena and was on a list of midfield targets for United during the last transfer window, along with Eduardo Camavinga, who signed for Real Madrid, and Chelsea recruit Saul Niguez. Gortetzka arrived at the Bavaria club in 2018 from Schalke and played a key role in Bayern's Champions League triumph last year under their former head coach Hansi Flick. The 26-year-old has won three Bundesliga titles, the DFB-Pokal twice, the UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup during his time at Bayern. He also featured in their 3-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund in August in the ...
Champions League: Koeman reveals why Barcelona lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich
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Champions League: Koeman reveals why Barcelona lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has admitted that the gulf in talent between his side and Bayern Munich was apparent following their 3-0 defeat on Tuesday. The LaLiga giants began their quest to win the Champions League without Lionel Messi with a home defeat to the Bundesliga champions. Thomas Muller scored once before Robert Lewandowski’s second-half brace ensured an emphatic victory. Koeman also pointed out that his side played without injured stars like Sergio Aguero, Ousmane Dembele, and Ansu Fati. “I can’t complain about the team’s attitude, but there’s a quality difference. One team that have played together for a long time [against] us, with a lot of young players who in two, three years will be better. It’s really difficult to accept, but we hope to i...
Lewandowski scores twice as Bayern Munich thrash Barcelona again
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Lewandowski scores twice as Bayern Munich thrash Barcelona again

Bayern Munich gave Barcelona a brutal demonstration of how far the Catalan club has fallen by strolling to a 3-0 win in the Champions League on Tuesday, with Robert Lewandowski scoring twice in a rout at Camp Nou. Without Lionel Messi for a first European campaign since 2003, Barca were outplayed by Bayern, who might have scored more but in the end settled for three thanks to Thomas Mueller’s deflected opener and Lewandowski’s double. When Lewandowski made it two before the hour, the possibility of another humiliation in the mould of last year’s 8-2 defeat by the same opponents in Lisbon felt very real. Instead, Bayern delivered perhaps an even louder message about the gulf in class by easing off in the latter stages, as Barca’s fans expressed their anger, dismay and final...
‘Salihamidzic should keep his mouth shut!’ – Dortmund’s Zorc responds to Bayern chief’s Reus comments
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‘Salihamidzic should keep his mouth shut!’ – Dortmund’s Zorc responds to Bayern chief’s Reus comments

  The sporting director is not happy with his Bayern counterpart's comments about the attacker's Germany withdrawal Michael Zorc has hit out at Bayern Munich's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic after he criticised Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus following his withdrawal from international duty with Germany. Salihamidzic questioned why Reus pulled out of the Germany squad before Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier against Iceland with a knee injury, only to be fit to play 90 minutes for Dortmund against Bayer Leverkusen three days later. Zorc did not hold back in his response, making it clear he does not think Salihamidzic should be commenting on Dortmund affairs.      
Lewandowski strikes again as Bayern sweep aside RB Leipzig
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Lewandowski strikes again as Bayern sweep aside RB Leipzig

Robert Lewandowski scored his sixth goal in four Bundesliga games this season as Bayern Munich swept aside hosts RB Leipzig 4-1 on Saturday to go second in the table behind Wolfsburg. Lewandowski netted a first-half penalty before 18-year-old Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane added quick-fire goals just after the break in front of 34,000 fans at Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena. The hosts pulled back a goal when midfielder Konrad Laimer drilled into the top corner from outside the area before Lewandowski’s replacement Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored Bayern’s late fourth. Defending champions Bayern ensured they stayed two points behind Wolfsburg, who have won all four games so far following their 2-0 victory at Greuther Fuerth. Leipzig, last season’s runners-up, have lost three of their op...
He’s a player for England’ – Liverpool-linked Adeyemi backed for Premier League transfer by former chairman
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He’s a player for England’ – Liverpool-linked Adeyemi backed for Premier League transfer by former chairman

  Manfred Schwabl, who saw the teenage talent break through on his books at SpVgg Unterhaching, expects a deal to be done at some stage Karim Adeyemi is being linked with leading sides across Europe, from Liverpool to Bayern Munich, and his former chairman at SpVgg Unterhaching believes the highly-rated teenager is destined to end up in the Premier League. At just 19 years of age, the promising striker is looking to follow in the footsteps of Erling Haaland as his stock soars on the books of Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg. A return to his native Germany could be made by a man who opened his senior international goal account during the recent round of World Cup qualifying action, but Manfred Schwabl believes Adeyemi's career path will eventually lead to England.   ...
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Look at PSG & Mbappe!’ – Muller defends Bayern transfers & tells rivals they weren’t forced to sell

The Bundesliga champions launched a double raid on coach Julian Nagelsmann's former club RB Leipzig this year, leaving them struggling this term Thomas Muller has defended Bayern Munich's summer transfer raids on their rivals, pointing to Paris Saint-Germain and their retention of Kylian Mbappe as proof that teams are under no obligation to sell. The Bundesliga champions launched a double raid on coach Julian Nagelsmann's former club RB Leipzig, drafting both Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer into their ranks at the Allianz Arena. While Bayern have begun the season unbeaten, Leipzig have won just one of their first three games - but Muller says that any accusation of sabotaging rivals is preposterous.
Look at PSG & Mbappe!’ – Muller defends Bayern transfers & tells rivals they weren’t forced to sell
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Look at PSG & Mbappe!’ – Muller defends Bayern transfers & tells rivals they weren’t forced to sell

The Bundesliga champions launched a double raid on coach Julian Nagelsmann's former club RB Leipzig this year, leaving them struggling this term Thomas Muller has defended Bayern Munich's summer transfer raids on their rivals, pointing to Paris Saint-Germain and their retention of Kylian Mbappe as proof that teams are under no obligation to sell. The Bundesliga champions launched a double raid on coach Julian Nagelsmann's former club RB Leipzig, drafting both Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer into their ranks at the Allianz Arena. While Bayern have begun the season unbeaten, Leipzig have won just one of their first three games - but Muller says that any accusation of sabotaging rivals is preposterous.
Our transfer window is over’ – Salernitana chief denies move for David Luiz after sealing Ribery deal
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Our transfer window is over’ – Salernitana chief denies move for David Luiz after sealing Ribery deal

The Serie A newcomers will not be making any further additions despite reports linking them with the former Arsenal and Chelsea defender Salernitana sporting director Angelo Fabiani has denied reports the club are interested in signing David Luiz. Rumours had suggested the Serie A side were ready to offer the 34-year-old a route back into football after leaving Arsenal at the end of last season. Fabiani, however, says the club's transfer business is now complete following the arrival of former Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery.
‘Don’t make such a fuss’ – Boateng defends Alaba after kissing Real Madrid badge
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‘Don’t make such a fuss’ – Boateng defends Alaba after kissing Real Madrid badge

The Austria international caused a stir in Germany when he was pictured planting his lips on his new club's badge at his unveiling Jerome Boateng has defended former Bayern Munich team-mate David Alaba after the defender was criticised for kissing the Real Madrid badge. Alaba moved to the Spanish side on a free transfer this year and was pictured kissing the badge on the jersey when he was unveiled as a Madrid player. Bayern president Herbert Hainer expressed his "surprise" at seeing the Austria international do so after spending 13 years and winning 10 Bundesliga and two Champions League titles with the German giants.        
Croatian World Cup hero Mandzukic retires from football
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Croatian World Cup hero Mandzukic retires from football

Iconic Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic, who scored the winning goal against England in the semifinals of the World Cup in 2018, has retired from the game, three years after playing his last international. The 35-year-old announced his decision in a post on Instagram, which included a photo of a pair of boots, on Friday night. “While you put on these boots for the first time, you can’t even imagine what you will get to experience in football,” he wrote in a message in English addressed to his young self, “Dear little Mario”, and signed “Your big Mario”. “You’ll recognize the moment to retire, to put these boots in a cabinet and you’ll have no regrets.” Mandzukic appeared 89 times for Croatia scoring 33 goals, he also played Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Juv...
‘Beating Guardiola probably hurts Tuchel’ – Man who discovered Klopp and Chelsea boss ‘proud’ of their success
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‘Beating Guardiola probably hurts Tuchel’ – Man who discovered Klopp and Chelsea boss ‘proud’ of their success

Christian Heidel, sporting director of Mainz, says Champions League winner Tuchel will take little satisfaction from winning against a coaching mentor Thomas Tuchel has claimed three successive victories over Pep Guardiola during his time as Chelsea manager, including in the Champions League final, but Christian Heidel claims success against his coaching idol "probably almost hurts" the German tactician. Heidel can claim some credit for having put Tuchel on the path to the very top of the game, having handed him his big break at Mainz. It was during that stint that Tuchel first crossed paths with Guardiola and sought to pick the brains of a managerial master who has enjoyed trophy-laden spells at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.        ...
‘We don’t have to feel sorry for Hudson-Odoi’ – Chelsea manager Tuchel
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‘We don’t have to feel sorry for Hudson-Odoi’ – Chelsea manager Tuchel

  The Ghana prospect has seen limited playing time at the club but the German insists the player has to work for his position Chelsea FC manager Thomas Tuchel insists Callum Hudson-Odoi must patiently wait for his chance to play for the team and there is no need to feel sorry for him. The attacker has been used sparingly at Stamford Bridge of late and was at one point a target of German champions Bayern Munich. However, the deal did not materialise as the Uefa Champions League champions did not want to let him leave especially after failing to land Sevilla's Jules Kounde.      
Kimmich makes ‘world class’ Musiala prediction after signing new Bayern Munich contract
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Kimmich makes ‘world class’ Musiala prediction after signing new Bayern Munich contract

The Germany international is confident his colleague for club and country will take his game to greater heights Joshua Kimmich considers Jamal Musiala to be a "world class" talent in the making and claims it is the potential that still exists within Bayern Munich's squad that convinced him to sign a new contract at Allianz Arena. The versatile Germany international has committed to fresh terms in Bavaria through to the summer of 2025. Exit talk had been sparked around Kimmich at one stage as he entered the final two years of his previous deal, but a highly-rated talent says the ability of those around him made it easy to commit.
Lewandowski hits hat-trick, sets new Bayern Munich goals record
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Lewandowski hits hat-trick, sets new Bayern Munich goals record

Robert Lewandowski has set a new Bayern Munich record for goals in consecutive games, breaking the previous best-mark held by the late Gerd Müller. Lewandowski scored for the 16th straight match in Bayern’s meeting with Hertha Berlin on Bundesliga Matchday 3. This was revealed in a blog post by Bundelisga on its website on Saturday. Müller, who passed away on 15 August 2021, aged 75, enjoyed a 15-game scoring run between 1969 and 1970. Lewandowski’s hot streak dates back to 15 February 2021, when he helped Bayern draw 3-3 with Arminia Bielefeld. There have been hat-tricks against Borussia Dortmund, VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Mönchengladbach, while his effort on the final day of 2020/21 marked a single-season record 41st Bundesliga goal, eclipsing Müller’s gold standard s...
Champions League group stage: Messi’s PSG face Man City, holders Chelsea paired with Juventus and draw in full
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Champions League group stage: Messi’s PSG face Man City, holders Chelsea paired with Juventus and draw in full

The Argentine will take on his former mentor Pep Guardiola with his new club after being closely linked to a City move himself Paris Saint-Germain will take on Manchester City in one of the biggest ties of the Champions League group stage, while holders Chelsea will face Juventus and Barcelona and Bayern Munich will also square off following Thursday's draw in Nyon. In a draw that produced a host of blockbuster clashes, Inter's meeting with Real Madrid in Group D also stood out. Manchester United, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to gain revenge over Villarreal after being paired with their Europa League final vanquishers.
Nagelsmann applauds Choupo-Moting starring role in historic 12-0 romp for Bayern Munich in DFB-Pokal
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Nagelsmann applauds Choupo-Moting starring role in historic 12-0 romp for Bayern Munich in DFB-Pokal

The Cameroon international was involved in seven goals as the Bavarians earned their widest margin of victory this century Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann applauded the work of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in Bayern Munich's widest margin of victory since 1997, as the Bavarians defeated Bremer SV 12-0 in the DFB-Pokal on Wednesday. Choupo-Moting contributed to seven goals, scoring four and assisting three, and notched a hat-trick in just 27 minutes. The Cameroon international has a limited role in the Bundesliga as a secondary option to Robert Lewandowski, and Nagelsmann was pleased the forward "stepped on the gas" when given the opportunity.  
Bayern Munich agree terms with Sabitzer but no deal yet as RB Leipzig demand €15m – and target Barca tearaway Moriba
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Bayern Munich agree terms with Sabitzer but no deal yet as RB Leipzig demand €15m – and target Barca tearaway Moriba

The Bundesliga champions are debating whether to make an offer for the Austrian star, while their league rivals have lined up a replacement Bayern Munich have a verbal agreement with RB Leipzig star Marcel Sabitzer over a contract but the Bavarians have not decided whether to make a transfer bid, Goal and Spox can confirm. Sabitzer has entered the final season of his contract with Leipzig and would like to join Bayern, whose sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has been in close contact with Sabitzer's agent. However, Bayern have not yet decided whether they will meet Leipzig's €15 million (£13m/$18m) asking price for the Austrian midfielder.  
I was surprised Alaba kissed Real Madrid badge – Bayern Munich president
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I was surprised Alaba kissed Real Madrid badge – Bayern Munich president

Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer, said he was surprised by how former defender David Alaba kissed the Real Madrid crest during his presentation. Alaba has taken over former captain Sergio Ramos’ no.4 shirt at Real Madrid after switching from the German champions this summer. The Austrian started Los Blancos 3-3 draw against Levante on Sunday night and seemed to have settled very well already “I was surprised when he kissed the Real Madrid badge after having spent so much time with us, but that’s life,” Hainer told German newspaper Bild. Hainer also spoke about the financial difficulties being faced by top European clubs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bayern chief particularly singled out Paris Saint-Germain, wondering how the French Ligue 1 g...
Bayern Munich star Kimmich signs new four-year contract at Allianz Arena
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Bayern Munich star Kimmich signs new four-year contract at Allianz Arena

The Germany international has committed his future to the Bundesliga champions through to 2025 Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich has signed a new four-year contract at Allianz Arena. Kimmich initially joined Bayern from RB Leipzig as a teenager back in 2015, and has since established himself as one of the top midfielders in Germany. The 26-year-old had just entered the final two years of his previous deal, but the Bundesliga champions have moved to tie him down to fresh terms which will see him stay put until at least 2025.
Wriedt on target as Willem II defeat Vitesse in Eredivisie
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Wriedt on target as Willem II defeat Vitesse in Eredivisie

The 27-year-old Black Star opened his goal account as the away team roared to a convincing win on Sunday Ghana international Kwasi Wriedt grabbed a goal as Willem II secured a 3-0 win against Vitesse in an Eredivisie fixture on Sunday. The 27-year-old opened the scoring for the away team in the 18th minute before Che Nunnely doubled the lead in the 36th minute and Wesley Spieringhs confirmed the emphatic win with a goal in the 82nd minute at Gelredome. Wriedt, who joined Willem on a three-year contract from Bayern Munich on July 1, 2020, scored the opener after jumping the highest to head home a well-delivered free-kick from Gorkem Saglam, which proved difficult for goalkeeper Markus Schubert to handle.
Ehizibue’s assist not enough as Cologne fall to Bayern Munich
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Ehizibue’s assist not enough as Cologne fall to Bayern Munich

The Nigeria defender's contributions were not enough to save the Billy Goats from suffering their first loss of the season Kingsley Ehizibue provided an assist for FC Cologne's second goal in their 3-2 loss to Bayern Munich in a Bundesliga match on Sunday. The 26-year-old played in a cross for Marc Uth to finish, which put the two teams level at 2-2 in the 62nd minute. The outing at the Allianz Arena was Ehizibue's first start of the season after he came on as an 84th-minute substitute against Hertha Berlin last Saturday.
Bayern Munich president baffled as to how PSG’s wage bill adheres to Financial Fair Play
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Bayern Munich president baffled as to how PSG’s wage bill adheres to Financial Fair Play

The Ligue 1 giants have had a superstar shopping spree over the transfer window but the Bavarians' boss don't know how they have balanced the books Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer has admitted that he is "still trying to understand" just how Paris Saint-Germain have managed to fit their summer spending inside Financial Fair Play rules. The Ligue 1 giants have enjoyed a superstar shopping spree over the transfer window, with Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos and Gianluigi Donnarumma among the new faces at Parc des Princes. While PSG have managed to secure the majority of them on free transfers, Hainer has now questioned just how the Qatar-backed club have balanced the wage bill amid FFP restrictions.  
He became a machine’ – Bayern star Upamecano ‘shy’ off pitch but a ‘beast’ on it, says ex-RB Salzburg manager Letsch
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He became a machine’ – Bayern star Upamecano ‘shy’ off pitch but a ‘beast’ on it, says ex-RB Salzburg manager Letsch

A man who coached the Frenchman when he was still learning his trade in Austria says his unique talent was clear to see from an early age Dayot Upamecano is "shy" off the pitch but a "beast" on it according to ex-Red Bull Salzburg manager Thomas Letsch, who says the Bayern Munich star "became a machine" during his time with the Austrian club. Upamecano has enjoyed a rapid ascent to the top of the game in recent years, establishing himself as one of the top defenders at RB Leipzig before joining six-time Champions League winners Bayern Munich. Letsch is not surprised that the 22-year-old, who completed a €43 million (£37m/$51m) move to Allianz Arena earlier this summer, has come so far in such a short period of time, having first seen his unique talents up close at Salzburg between 2...
Haaland transfer was never a concern for Dortmund as Kehl clears up summer of speculation
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Haaland transfer was never a concern for Dortmund as Kehl clears up summer of speculation

The prolific Norwegian frontman has been heavily linked with clubs across Europe, but his current employers have snubbed any interest Borussia Dortmund's Sebastian Kehl, who will take over as the club's new sporting director in 2022-23, claims the Bundesliga giants were always confident that Erling Haaland would stay put this summer. Another window of intense speculation remains open in Germany, with the prolific Norwegian striker continuing to generate plenty of rumours after starting the new season with two goals and a couple of assists in a 5-2 mauling of Eintracht Frankfurt. It is exploits such as those which have seen Haaland heavily linked with the likes of Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, but Dortmund have refused to waver in their stance that the highly-ra...
‘He reminds me of myself, which is why I like him!’ – Coman jokes about why Bayern Munich starlet Musiala is so good
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‘He reminds me of myself, which is why I like him!’ – Coman jokes about why Bayern Munich starlet Musiala is so good

A France international winger at the Allianz Arena is looking forward to seeing further potential unlocked in a teenage colleague Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman is excited by the potential in Jamal Musiala's game and has joked that the 18-year-old midfielder is destined for the top because he boasts similar attributes to himself. A France international with a Champions League-winning goal to his name burst onto the scene as a teenage talent at Paris Saint-Germain and now boasts title triumphs in France, Italy and Germany. Musiala is looking to tread a similar path, having made a senior breakthrough for Bayern and Germany in 2020-21, and he is being tipped to become a modern-day superstar by an experienced colleague at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern Munich star Davies joins NFT boom with digital art collection traded through Binance
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Bayern Munich star Davies joins NFT boom with digital art collection traded through Binance

The 20-year-old Canadian star has latched onto the rapidly growing financial market of virtual collectibles Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies has become the latest football player to participate in the world of digital collectibles bought and sold using cryptocurrency. The 20-year-old released virtual art on Tuesday through the just-launched Binance Non-Fungible Token (NFT) marketplace. The pieces were crafted by illustrator Jack Perkins and relate to the Canadian left-back's blossoming on-field career in the Bundesliga. Davies' limited-edition items, attainable through the purchase of $10 packs, are broken into tiers of rarity: platinum (one in the world), gold (four in the world) and silver (49,995 in the world). Once obtained, they can be sold through the Binance exchange.
New Germany boss Flick wants to emulate ‘enthralling’ Italy & Spain as he seeks return to glory
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New Germany boss Flick wants to emulate ‘enthralling’ Italy & Spain as he seeks return to glory

The former Bayern Munich head coach was inspired by what he saw from Die Mannschaft's rivals at Euro 2020 Hansi Flick said he would seek to emulate the competitive spirits of Italy and Spain as he pledged to return Germany to glory in his first press conference as head coach of the national team on Tuesday. The former Bayern Munich boss, who has taken over the DFB for Joachim Low, was impressed with the "enthralling" intensity and passion of those sides at Euro 2020. Both teams made surprise runs in the tournament, with Italy hoisting the trophy and Spain reaching the semi-final. So, Flick will try to instill that upbeat, high-pressing style in Germany's squad following a last-16 defeat to England in Low's final match at the helm.
Chelsea coach, Tuchel gives Romelu Lukaku ‘new name’
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Chelsea coach, Tuchel gives Romelu Lukaku ‘new name’

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has given Romelu Lukaku a new name ahead of his side’s UEFA Super Cup final tie with Villarreal on Wednesday night. Tuchel branded Lukaku as a ‘real number nine’, adding that the Belgium international loves to score goals. DAILY POST reports that Lukaku, 28, has flown to London to complete his £97.5million move to Chelsea from Serie A champions, Inter Milan, after undergoing the first part of his medical in Italy on Monday. Asked about Lukaku’s looming arrival, Tuchel told Sky Sports: “Romelu [Lukaku] is one of the guys like [Erling] Haaland at Dortmund, Robert Lewandowski at Bayern [Munich], Harry Kane at Tottenham, who is a real number nine who loves to score and who has a presence in the box. That is not a secret. “The sentence [Tuchel des...
Champions League 2021/22: Paul Merson Names Five Favourite Clubs to win Trophy
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Champions League 2021/22: Paul Merson Names Five Favourite Clubs to win Trophy

Arsenal hero, Paul Merson has named five favourite clubs to win the 2021/22 Champions League. According to Merson, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Chelsea are the five favourite clubs to win the Champions League this season. Chelsea won the Champions League last season following a 1-0 victory against Premier League champions, Manchester City. “I have gone for Manchester United as one of the top five contenders for the Champions League this season and I will explain why,” Merson wrote in a column for Sportskeeda. “I know they were knocked out in the group stages last season, but the way they play suits Champions League football more than the Premier League. “They counterattack as well as anyone in Europe a...
Sabitzer tells RB Leipzig he doesn’t want to renew his contract amid Bayern Munich transfer links
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Sabitzer tells RB Leipzig he doesn’t want to renew his contract amid Bayern Munich transfer links

The Austrian has been heavily linked with the Bundesliga champions and has now told his club that he isn't interested in extending his contract RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer has told the club that he doesn't want to extend his contract, Goal and SPOX has learned, amid reported interest from Bayern Munich. Austria international Sabitzer's deal with the Bundesliga side ends in 2022 although, as it stands, he does not want to extend his contract beyond that point. German champions Bayern have been the side most consistently linked with Sabitzer, although it is understood that no official bid has been made yet.
Van Gaal named Netherlands head coach for third time following De Boer departure
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Van Gaal named Netherlands head coach for third time following De Boer departure

The former Manchester United and Bayern Munich manager has been tasked with helping the Oranjes reach the 2022 World Cup Louis van Gaal has been named Netherlands head coach for the third time following Frank de Boer's departure in June. De Boer stepped down from the post following the Netherlands' disappointing round of 16 exit at the hands of the Czech Republic at the European Championships, and the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) have now turned to a familiar face to steady the ship. Van Gaal has been appointed on an initial one-year deal to oversee the remainder of the Oranjes' World Cup qualifying campaign, and will also be in the dugout if they make it to the 2022 tournament in Qatar, with Danny Blind signing on as his assistant after stepping down from the Ajax board of dir...
Ballon d’Or 2021: Ronaldo in 8th position as top 9 possible winners revealed [See list]
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Ballon d’Or 2021: Ronaldo in 8th position as top 9 possible winners revealed [See list]

  Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain; Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski; and Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante have been named among the leading contenders to win the 2021 Ballon d’Or. According to Sun UK, the above-named contenders are all trailing Lionel Messi of Barcelona, who is the odds-on favourite. Relying on Betfare odds, The Sun reports that Lewandowski, Messi and Kante are the leading contenders for the Ballon d’Or Messi is available at 4/11 to secure a record-breaking seventh award when the trophy is dished out in December after scoring 33 goals and providing 13 assists in all competitions for Barcelona last season. The 34-year-old also helped Argentina beat Brazil in the Copa America final netting four goals and providing five assists. In the list of major co...
Osimhen scores two-minute brace as Napoli beat Bayern Munich
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Osimhen scores two-minute brace as Napoli beat Bayern Munich

The Super Eagles striker continued his fine goalscoring form in pre-season with his brilliance at the Allianz Arena Victor Osimhen helped Napoli crush Bayern Munich 3-0 with his two-minute brace in Saturday’s friendly match. After scoring the match-winning goal against Serie C club Pro Vercelli last Saturday, the Nigeria international led the Partenopei's attack in Munich. The 22-year-old linked up with Algeria midfielder Adam Ounas in quick succession as the visitors scored two goals within two minute.
Osimhen nets brace as Napoli crush Bayern Munich
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Osimhen nets brace as Napoli crush Bayern Munich

Victor Osimhen scored twice, as Napoli hammered Bayern Munich 3-0 in a pre-season friendly on Saturday. After scoring the winner against Serie C club Pro Vercelli last weekend, the Super Eagles striker led the Partenopei’s attack again in Munich. Osimhen netted his two goals within two second-half minutes. The first came in the 69th minute, as he combined nicely with Algeria midfielder, Adam Ounas. Zinedine Machach completed the rout for Napoli with five minutes left on the clock. Despite their comfortable win, Napoli suffered a late blow as Ounas was replaced 11 minutes later after he picked up an injury. Osimhen was replaced by Gennaro Tutino in the 80th minute.
‘I’ll do it’ – Chelsea-linked Kalajdzic addresses transfer talk after starring for Stuttgart and Austria at Euro 2020
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‘I’ll do it’ – Chelsea-linked Kalajdzic addresses transfer talk after starring for Stuttgart and Austria at Euro 2020

The towering frontman has seen a move to the Premier League mooted, and he is keeping all options open in the summer window Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic is on Chelsea's recruitment radar, and the towering 24-year-old is ruling nothing out in the summer transfer window. The highly-rated frontman, who stands at 6ft 7, hit 17 goals at club level last season before heading away with Austria on Euro 2020 duty. Thomas Tuchel is said to see him as a cheaper alternative to current domestic rivals Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski.
Real Madrid: Why I picked ex-captain, Sergio Ramos’ shirt number – Alaba
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Real Madrid: Why I picked ex-captain, Sergio Ramos’ shirt number – Alaba

  New Real Madrid signing, David Alaba, has given reasons why he picked the club’s former captain Sergio Ramos’ number four shirt number at Santiago Bernabeu. Alaba, who was unveiled on Wednesday by Real Madrid, said he accepted the jersey number worn by Ramos, who now plays for PSG because the club told him it was the only one available. The Austria international also said that the jersey number is a great motivation for him, adding that he wants to honour it. Alaba joined Real Madrid from Bayern Munich. “It’s a number [Ramos’ No. 4 shirt] that is a great motivation for me and one I want to honour,” Alaba said during his unveiling on Wednesday. “Real told me four was the only number available. “Ramos wore that number and became a leader. It is something that ...
Coman in Shock Move to Chelsea
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Coman in Shock Move to Chelsea

  Bayern Munich winger, Kingsley Coman, is set for a shock move to Chelsea. Chelsea are interested in signing the 25-year-old Frenchman this summer transfer window. According to L’Equipe, Chelsea are willing to include Callum Hudson-Odoi in any potential deal with Bayern Munich, in the hope that they can get Coman in return. Chelsea wants to negotiate a player-plus-cash agreement with Bayern Munich that could see Coman move to Stamford Bridge this summer and Hudson-Odoi depart the Blues for the Bundesliga champions. Chelsea coach, Thomas Tuchel, has long been an admirer of Coman, who Bayern are valuing at €90 million (£77million). Meanwhile, Hudson-Odoi has failed to flourish under Tuchel at Chelsea. The England international is not in Tuchel’s plans at Chelse...
Tuchel Gives up on Haaland, Ready to Sign Lewandowski
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Tuchel Gives up on Haaland, Ready to Sign Lewandowski

  Chelsea are giving up in their bid to sign Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland, according to the UK Sun. The Blues will instead turn their attention to Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski. Thomas Tuchel is desperate to bring in a prolific new number nine this summer and had made Haaland his top target. But Dortmund would only listen to an offer of around £175 million for the Norway international. That has forced Chelsea to return to the drawing board and revive their interest in Lewandowski. The Poland international enjoyed a stunning campaign last season, breaking Gerd Muller’s long-standing record by scoring 41 times. Despite turning 33 next month, Tuchel now regards the experienced frontman as “his best option” in a difficult transfer market and coul...
UEFA confirms venues for Champions League finals until 2025
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UEFA confirms venues for Champions League finals until 2025

  UEFA on Friday, confirmed that Wembley Stadium will host the Champions League final in 2024. This decision comes less than a week after there was a security breach during the Euro 2020 final at the same stadium. The stampede saw over five thousand ticketless supporters force their way into the concourses and take up empty seats and corridors inside the ground. It will be the first time Wembley will host the final, after it hosted the 2013 clash between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Meanwhile, the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, has been awarded the 2023 Champions League final by UEFA. The venue had been due to stage the match in 2020 and 2021, but UEFA was forced to make changes in both years due to COVID-19. Munich’s Allianz Arena will now host the fina...
Footballer, Arjen Robben retires for the second time at 37 after battling injuries 
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Footballer, Arjen Robben retires for the second time at 37 after battling injuries 

Arjen Robben has announced his retirement from football after a 21-year playing career. The former Dutch international made over 300 appearances for Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich, and won a league title in every country he played in. But, the 37-year-old has struggled with injuries after coming out of retirement in 2020 and rejoining boyhood club Groningen in 2020. He endured a seven-month absence last season after making his second debut. Robben also made 96 appearances for the Dutch national team and is the ninth-most capped Netherlands international. In a heartfelt statement, Robben said: “I have decided to stop my active football career. A year ago I announced my comeback as a FC Groningen player. I embarked on this adventure with great energy and enthusiasm. ...
England deserved their penalty trauma’ – Germany legend Matthaus hammers Three Lions & their fans
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England deserved their penalty trauma’ – Germany legend Matthaus hammers Three Lions & their fans

The former Bayern Munich star was unimpressed with the conduct and behaviour shown by Gareth Southgate's side and their supporters England and their supporters "deserve the trauma" of their Euro 2020 final penalty shootout heartbreak against Italy owing to their conduct throughout the tournament, claims Germany legend Lothar Matthaus. The Three Lions suffered a 3-2 spot-kick reverse against the Azzurri at Wembley on Sunday, having held Roberto Mancini's side to a 1-1 draw after extra-time. And former Ballon d'Or winner Matthaus has little sympathy for Gareth Southgate's side, with the 60-year-old particularly unimpressed with the behaviour of certain supporters.
He’s good but he’s expensive’ – Nagelsmann plays down Bayern Munich move for ‘exceptional’ Chiesa
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He’s good but he’s expensive’ – Nagelsmann plays down Bayern Munich move for ‘exceptional’ Chiesa

The Bayern boss has moved quickly to quell rumours of a big-money bid by the Bavarian giants for the Euro 2020 finalist with Italy New Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann admits he is a fan of Federico Chiesa - but says the Italy forward is out of the club’s financial reach. Chiesa has risen to international prominence thanks to his performances at Euro 2020, where he has helped the Azzurri reach Sunday’s final against England. That led to speculation Bayern could make a big-money move for the 23-year-old, but Nagelsmann has moved quickly to deny those rumours.
PSG ‘very close’ to maiden Champions League title, insists Ramos
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PSG ‘very close’ to maiden Champions League title, insists Ramos

The veteran defender does not think it will be long before the French side lift the famous trophy for the first time Sergio Ramos insists new club Paris Saint-Germain are not far away from claiming their first Champions League title. Victory in Europe's premier knockout competition has continued to elude the French side despite the huge investment from the club’s Qatari owners over the last decade. The closest they have come is a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the 2020 final, but Ramos believes they are now ready to make the next step.

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