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Argentina Fan Gets Tattoo Tribute To Infamous Sliding Tackle That Split Javier Mascherano’s Anus In Twain (Photo)

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Javier Mascherano was forced to relive painful memories over the weekend when he came face to face with a tattoo tribute to his goal-denying sliding tackle at the 2014 World Cup.

With the score locked at 0-0 and mere seconds of normal time left to play in Argentina's drab semi-final against the Netherlands, Mascherano made up several metres on Arjen Robben to slam the door shut in dramatic fashion.

Classic Commentary Clanger: Peter Drury Prematurely Roars THE NETHERLANDS Into 2014 World Cup Final (Video)

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With his premeditated prose and propensity for meretriciousverbiage, Peter Drury is a commentator who tends to split opinion.

Some regard him as a footballing poet of sorts. Others think he's just a bit of a simpering gas bag.

Drury: Poet or gas bag?

Regardless, Drury is responsible for one of Pies' favourite commentary clangers of recent years, specifically the wonderful ricket he dropped while chuntering away over the 2014 World Cup semi-final between Argentina and the Netherlands.

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Lewandowski leads Bayern to new rout against Hamburg

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski netted a hat-trick as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich handed Hamburg an 8-0 thrashing at the Allianz Arena on Saturday in Carlo Ancelotti’s 1000th match as a coach.

Kingsley Coman came off the bench to score twice while Arturo Vidal, David Alaba and Arjen Robben were also on target as Bayern got back to winning ways after last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin.

Robben says Bayern must raise game against Gunners

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Berlin (AFP) – Evergreen Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich must raise their game for Wednesday’s key Champions League clash against Arsenal with time running out for him to again lift the European trophy.

The 33-year-old scored Bayern’s winning goal in the 2013 final at Wembley to seal the 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund.

Robben relishing Eindhoven return with Bayern

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Berlin (AFP) Arjen Robben is relishing his return to PSV Eindhoven, 14 years after his Champions League debut, with Bayern Munich hunting a win to take them closer to the knock-out stages.

Eindhoven host Bayern at PSV's Philips Stadium on Tuesday.

Robben, 32, was outstanding in Bayern's 3-1 win at Augsburg on Saturday as he netted and provided both assists for Robert Lewandowski's goals in a win which kept the Bavarian giants two points clear in Germany's top flight.

Bayern march on in cup, Dortmund need penalties

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Berlin (AFP) Holders Bayern Munich reached the third round of the German Cup with a 3-1 win over Augsburg on Wednesday while second-division Union Berlin took injury-hit Borussia Dortmund to penalties.

Goals by Philipp Lahm, Julian Green and David Alaba sealed Bayern's win at the Allianz Arena, while Borussia, last season's finalists, endured nervous moments before beating Union 3-0 in a shoot-out after it finished 1-1 in Dortmund.

Bayern march on in cup, Dortmund need penalties

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Berlin (AFP) Holders Bayern Munich reached the third round of the German Cup with a 3-1 win over Augsburg on Wednesday while second-division Union Berlin took injury-hit Borussia Dortmund to penalties.

Goals by Philipp Lahm, Julian Green and David Alaba sealed Bayern's win at the Allianz Arena, while Borussia, last season's finalists, endured nervous moments before beating Union 3-0 in a shoot-out after it finished 1-1 in Dortmund.

Bayern romp delights Ancelotti after winless dip

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti said their 4-1 romp against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League was the reaction he was looking for after a three-match winless streak.

Bayern bounced back in emphatic style on Wednesday at the Allianz Arena with winger Arjen Robben in outstanding form.

Bayern thump Eindhoven to break winless streak

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) Bayern Munich broke their three-game winless streak with an emphatic 4-1 win at home to PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday in the Champions League with winger Arjen Robben outstanding.

Thomas Mueller and Joshua Kimmich put Bayern ahead at the Allianz Arena before Luciano Narsingh netted for Eindhoven before the break, but Robert Lewandowski made it 3-1 on the hour mark.

Bayern-Juventus live: Guardiola con il dubbio Robben, bianconeri in emergenza

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Bayern-Juventus live: Le formazioni ufficiali

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Pundits react to Arsenal's humiliating defeat vs Bayern, player ratings

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Bayern Munich have almost secured a passage to the next round after beating Arsenal 5-1 in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 tie on Wednesday.

It’s the same pattern recurring again – Arsenal collapsed just when they needed to toughen up. Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse for Wenger, Arsenal hit the nadir succumbing to one of their worst ever defeats in European games.

Champions League: Bayern Munich Enjoy Freedom Of Allianz As Feeble Arsenal Capitulate Right On Cue (Photos & Video)

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Bayern Munich enjoyed the freedom of the Allianz Arena as they well and truly eviscerated Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

The usual then.

Indeed, the Gunners were monumentally outclassed in almost every regard as Bayern beatthem in what quickly came to resemblethe footballing equivalent of an elongated squash match.

Bayern rout Arsenal 5-1 in Champions League

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich routed Arsenal 5-1 in their Champions League last 16 first leg clash on Wednesday thanks to a blistering spell of three goals in 10 second-half minutes.

Arjen Robben opened the scoring after just 11 minutes at the Allianz Arena when the Dutchman beat Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina with a fine left-foot strike into the top corner.

Bayern drop Mueller for Arsenal clash

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Germany star Thomas Mueller has been left out of Bayern Munich’s starting line-up for their Champions League last 16 first leg clash at home to Arsenal on Wednesday.

The World Cup winner has struggled for form in front of goal this season.

The 27-year-old was also on the bench for their final Champions League group game against Atletico Madrid and key Bundesliga clash against RB Leipzig in December.

Arsenal to Park The Bus?

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I should be excited as we go to play one of the very best teams in one of the best stadiums in the world, I'm not. Is this CL fatigue, Arsenal fatigue, same old same old or something deeper perhaps a winter depression? Who knows, all I know is that I'm not as passionate about tonight as I should be.

Last-gasp Robben, Vidal put Bayern seven clear

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Berlin (AFP) – Arturo Vidal and Arjen Robben netted last minute goals in Bayern Munich’s 2-0 win at Ingolstadt on Saturday to open a seven-point lead as their main Bundesliga rivals all lost.

Bayern, who host Arsenal on Wednesday in the Champions League last 16 first leg, broke the deadlock when Vidal ghosted in behind the Ingolstadt defence and put his side ahead on 90 minutes.

Bayern’s Robben wants show of strength at Freiburg

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Berlin (AFP) Arjen Robben is demanding a show of strength when Bayern Munich resume their hunt for a fifth straight title at Freiburg on Friday as the Bundesliga resumes after its winter break.

The German league is back after a four-week rest with Bayern three points clear of nearest rivals RB Leipzig, who briefly kept the Bavarians off top spot for three weeks until early December.

Monday Kickoff: 'Chicharito', Chinese Super League, Costa and more

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While rumors continue to swirl, a Mexican star still appears set to stay at his current club in January, while a major change has hit one of the world's most discussed leagues.

Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller says the club would only consider selling Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez for "crazy money".

‘Hunters’ Bayern now chasing Leipzig: Rummenigge

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Berlin (AFP) Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admits Bayern Munich are now the hunters rather than the hunted as they attempt to reclaim top spot from surprise new Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig.

Bayern flew to Russian side Rostov for Wednesday's Champions League clash with the Bavarian giants already through to the last 16, but needing a win to challenge Atletico Madrid for top spot in Group D.

‘Hunters’ Bayern now chasing Leipzig: Rummenigge

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Berlin (AFP) Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admits Bayern Munich are now the hunters rather than the hunted as they attempt to reclaim top spot from surprise new Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig.

Bayern flew to Russian side Rostov for Wednesday's Champions League clash with the Bavarian giants already through to the last 16, but needing a win to challenge Atletico Madrid for top spot in Group D.

Injured Neuer out of misfiring Bayern’s Rostov trip

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Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich head to Russia for Wednesday's Champions League clash against Rostov without goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and with a trio of other stars also out injured.

Germany's captain is suffering from a calf problem picked up in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Borussia Dortmund and missed training on Monday, the German champions said.

Injured Neuer out of misfiring Bayern’s Rostov trip

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Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich head to Russia for Wednesday's Champions League clash against Rostov without goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and with a trio of other stars also out injured.

Germany's captain is suffering from a calf problem picked up in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Borussia Dortmund and missed training on Monday, the German champions said.

Bayern’s Ancelotti plays down Robben spat

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Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti dismissed Arjen Robben's sideline spat as just something "from the media" after the Dutchman was substituted in the Bundesliga leaders' 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim.

Bayern were denied a sixth straight win on Saturday by third-placed Hoffenheim, who preserved their unbeaten record this season under coach Julian Nagelsmann, 29, the youngest in Bundesliga history.

Bayern’s Ancelotti plays down Robben spat

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Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti dismissed Arjen Robben's sideline spat as just something "from the media" after the Dutchman was substituted in the Bundesliga leaders' 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim.

Bayern were denied a sixth straight win on Saturday by third-placed Hoffenheim, who preserved their unbeaten record this season under coach Julian Nagelsmann, 29, the youngest in Bundesliga history.

Robben shines as Bayern floor Augsburg again

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Berlin (AFP) Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben combined for all three goals as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich eased to an impressive 3-1 victory for their second win over Augsburg this week.

Having also beaten their Bavarian neighbours by the same margin on Wednesday at home in the German Cup, Bayern completed the double thanks to Robben's outstanding display with two assists and a goal.

Robben shines as Bayern floor Augsburg again

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Berlin (AFP) Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben combined for all three goals as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich eased to an impressive 3-1 victory for their second win over Augsburg this week.

Having also beaten their Bavarian neighbours by the same margin on Wednesday at home in the German Cup, Bayern completed the double thanks to Robben's outstanding display with two assists and a goal.

Ten-man Frankfurt extend Bayern’s winless run

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Berlin (AFP) Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich are now winless in their last three games after being held to a 2-2 draw at ten-man Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday in the German league.

After last month's 1-0 Champions League defeat at Atletico Madrid and their 1-1 league draw with Cologne before the international break, this was neither the performance nor the result coach Carlo Ancelotti wanted.

Carlo Ancelotti Joins The Leather-Clad Fun As Bayern Munich Celebrate Oktoberfest (Photos)

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Sunday saw the entire Bayern Munich entourage talc up and slither into their finest leather shorts for the club's annual Oktoberfest celebration.

As per usual, the Bayern masses dressed up to the nines and descended on the beer tent at the Theresienwiese in Munich, with Carlo Ancelotti cutting a handsome dash at his first ever Oktoberfest as coach.

Robben wants Bayern extension – father

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Cologne (Germany) (AFP) Dutch winger Arjen Robben wants to prolong his Bayern Munich contract beyond the end of his current deal which expires at the end of this season, German football magazine Kicker reported on Thursday.

"Arjen would like to stay but there are two parties involved in the debate," the 32-year-old forward's father and agent Hans Robben told Kicker in an interview.

Muller and Thiago double act sees Bayern blitz Bremen [VIDEO]

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Thomas Mueller and Thiago Alcantara both netted twice as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich warmed up for their crunch Champions League clash at home to Juventus by blitzing Werder Bremen 5-0 on Saturday.

With second-placed Borussia Dortmund playing Mainz on Sunday, Pep Guardiola's Bayern took the chance to reopen an eight-point gap.

Muller and Thiago double act sees Bayern blitz Bremen [VIDEO]

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Thomas Mueller and Thiago Alcantara both netted twice as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich warmed up for their crunch Champions League clash at home to Juventus by blitzing Werder Bremen 5-0 on Saturday.

With second-placed Borussia Dortmund playing Mainz on Sunday, Pep Guardiola's Bayern took the chance to reopen an eight-point gap.

Bayern Munich lose perfect home record to give Dortmund hope

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Bayern Munich suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Mainz on Wednesday, losing their 100 percent home record this season, as their lead in the Bundesliga was trimmed to five points.

The result shakes up the title race ahead of Saturday's crunch clash when Pep Guardiola's Bayern play at second-placed Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern Munich lose perfect home record to give Dortmund hope

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Bayern Munich suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Mainz on Wednesday, losing their 100 percent home record this season, as their lead in the Bundesliga was trimmed to five points.

The result shakes up the title race ahead of Saturday's crunch clash when Pep Guardiola's Bayern play at second-placed Borussia Dortmund.

Juventus 2-2 Bayern Munich: Sturaro rescues Juve in dramatic draw [VIDEO]

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Super-sub Stefano Sturaro came off the bench to hit a late equalizer in a 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich as outclassed Juventus rescued their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday.

Bayern dominated throughout a one-sided encounter at a packed Juventus Stadium and took a 43rd minute lead through Thomas Mueller.

Juventus 2-2 Bayern Munich: Sturaro rescues Juve in dramatic draw [VIDEO]

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Super-sub Stefano Sturaro came off the bench to hit a late equalizer in a 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich as outclassed Juventus rescued their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday.

Bayern dominated throughout a one-sided encounter at a packed Juventus Stadium and took a 43rd minute lead through Thomas Mueller.

Robben welcomes Ribery’s return to Bayern Munich training

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Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich need Franck Ribery back to full fitness after the French winger returned to training on Monday following a two-month break for his latest injury.

The 32-year-old Ribery endured a miserable 2015 and tore a thigh muscle in mid-December in just his second game back after nine months out with an ankle injury.

Robben welcomes Ribery’s return to Bayern Munich training

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Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich need Franck Ribery back to full fitness after the French winger returned to training on Monday following a two-month break for his latest injury.

The 32-year-old Ribery endured a miserable 2015 and tore a thigh muscle in mid-December in just his second game back after nine months out with an ankle injury.

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Around the Forest: Living the Dream

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Noteworthy links from Stumptown and the rest of the web on 5/05/16.

From the Wide World of Soccer:

Borrowing from the European model, LA Galaxy opens the first club affiliated full-time high school academy. I can't wait for the zany 21 Jump Street antics to begin once a 39-year-old Arjen Robben, and 42-year-old Miroslav Klose are enrolled in a few years.

Thursday Kickoff: UEFA, FIFA, Benzema and more

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The Panama Papers scandal continues to headline soccer news around the world ahead of the weekend, while a couple of star players are dealing with injuries.

Following the Swiss police's raid of the UEFA headquarters on Wednesday, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said he welcomes the investigation.