Bayern Munich have announced the signing of highly rated Spain midfielder Javi Martinez in
controversial circumstances, with the player's former club Athletic Bilbao claiming that they never
allowed the player to enter transfer discussions.
Martinez, once a top target for English champions Manchester City, arrived in Munich on Tuesday
to begin talks with the Bundesliga giants amid reports that his La Liga club were still unwilling
to offload him.
Just three days after Arjen Robben missed a penalty kick that might have won the Champions
League final for Bayern Munich, his club hosted his national team -- the Netherlands -- for a
friendly in the same stadium that housed his nightmare. And though some of the 33,000 fans in
attendance at the Allianz Arena were forgiving, others booed Robben's every touch of the ball after
he entered the match as a second half substitute for the Netherlands, who lost 3-2.
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has insisted that his side's penalty shoot-out defeat to
Chelsea at the Allianz Arena on Saturday evening was a more bitter pill to swallow than the
nightmare 2-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester United in 1999.
Thirteen years ago in Barcelona, Bayern led 1-0 heading into stoppage time before two quick
goals from the Red Devils led to a collapse of massive proportions for the Munich outfit.
Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has played down recent comments from Michael
Ballack and Petr Cech that the Bundesliga side will have an emotional advantage as the host of
Saturday's UEFA Champions League final.
Schweinsteiger could help Bayern win a maiden historic home Champions League final against
Chelsea, with former Bayern and Blues midfielder Michael Ballack recently insisting that playing at
the Allianz Arena would fuel up the Bavarians.
Chelsea interim manager Roberto DiMatteo is excited about facing Bayern Munich in the UEFA
Champions League final next month but has warned that the German giants can prove to be trickier
opponents than Spanish champions-elect Real Madrid due to their home advantage.
The Madrid side was considered a heavy favorite to meet holders Barcelona in an El Clasico final
on May 19 but Bayern and DiMatteo's men flipped the script on the La Liga sides, booking a surprise
final date of their own.
Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes was in celebratory mood during his press conference that
followed a thrilling 3-1 penalty shoot-out win over Real Madrid and sent the Bavarians into an
evenly matched final against Chelsea at home on May 19.
Not many predicted that the Blues and Bayern would successfully pass through their respective
semifinal ties against Barcelona and Real to reach the big final at Allianz Arena next month.
Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich - A classic.Â 90 minutes remains in Mourinho's
quest to ignite Madrid's everlasting dream of winning a 10th Champions League title. A trophy which
Heynckes conquered for Los Blancos in 1998, ending a 32 year wait.
TweetReal Madrid will be looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit when they host Bayern Munich at the
Santiago Bernabeu in the second-leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final Mario Gomez's last gasp
strike at the Allianz Arena gave the Bavarians a deserved 2-1 win in the first-leg which coach Jupp
Heynckes' will seek to either [.
Real Madrid became the unwilling victims of an incident on Tuesday, when mysterious thieves
crept into the Bayern Munich visitors' dressing room and stole three boots
belonging to Mesut Ozil, Karim Benzema and Ronaldo. Of course,
it's not so funny when you're actually in the situation and kick-off is only moments away.
Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has promised his side's Champions League semi-final first-leg
against heavyweight rivals Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena in Germany will be "spectacular"
(Bayern Munich 8/5 draw 12/5 Real Madrid 17/10 â€“ live soccer betting prices).
The Bavarians welcome Spain's capital club off the back of an impeccable home record in Europe so
far this season and unbeaten sequence at home against the nine-time winners of the competition.
Successfully maintaining their four points gap with Barcelona in La Liga after beating Sporting
Gijon on the weekend, Real Madrid are set to really test their strength against Bayern Munich this
Jose Mourinho' side will try to step aside their poor record meeting against Bayern in Germany,
as Mourinho claims that history won't be a determining factor for Los Blancos in that clasch,
considering their ambition in getting through the semifinal is bigger.
UEFA Champions League Semi-Final (First Leg)
Bayern Munich vs Real MadridÂ :Â 20.45CET
Nothing screams "BLOCKBUSTER" more than the Champions League
semi-final showdown between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.Â There
have been a handful of Bayern-Real playoffs in the last decade, but tonight's
edition will be exceptionally gripping because both sides are simplyÂ
desperateÂ for the win.
Champions League action resumes tomorrow with some very interesting fixtures. Real Madrid travel
to Nicosia to play surprise package APOEL while Bayern Munich will be in France for a crunch
fixture against Olympique Marseille.
Madrid who are one of the favourites to make it through to the final, have a rather easy fixture
against Cypriot side APOEL.
On the day Steven Gerrard scored a hat-trick to demolish Everton, Mario Gomez went a step
further and scored four times within a 23-minute period to lead Bayern's 7-0 rout of FC Basel at
Despite his stellar finishing last night, the dominant striker is in no mood to celebrate just
yet, suggesting that the Bavarians have a lot more to accomplish over the next two months.
Bayern Munich proved that their 7-1 victory over Hoffenheim over the weekend was no fluke as
they thrashed Swiss club FC Basel 7-0 to move into the quarter finals comfortably.
Bayern's victory was the biggest win in a Champions League knockout stage match after they
bettered their own record set in 2009 at the same stage of the tournament when they beat Sporting
Lisbon 7-1 at the Allianz Arena.
I was born in Chicago, the youngest of three, and a son of German parents. My father was a
diplomat and stationed at the German consulate in the Windy City. As was the case with his career,
we moved to a new city in the world every three to five years. These cities included countries such
as Italy, USA, South Africa, Estonia, and, of course, Germany.
Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich angered their supporters yesterday with news that they would be
making a spectacular signing before the transfer window closed only for the fans to later find out
that it was a marketing gimmick.
Apparently, Bayern was trying to gain interest for their new app by creating intense speculation
as to who the signing would be.
Two goals from Patrick Herrmann and another from highly rated forward Marco Reus guided Borussia
Monchengladbach to a 3-1 win over Bayern Munich, cutting the Bavarians' lead atop the Bundesliga
table to a single point.
Bastian Schweinsteiger struck late in the match for Bayern, but that was too little too late for
the visitors, who could be joined at the summit by defending champions Borussia Dortmund over the
There's nothing a little mid-match Tango won't do for you just ask Valencia's
Pablo Hernandez! The striker was highly instrumental in Los Che's 4-1
Copa del Ray win over city rival Levante last night setting up the goals and
missing a few for himself.
Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has advised his club against buying rising star
Marco Reus. The 22 year Borussia Mochengladbach player has been the centre of attention for a
number of clubs including Arseanl who had shown an interest in him early last month.
Surprisingly, the reason why Schweinsteiger is opposed to Reus's move is because Reus is a
direct rival for his position in the team.
Group A Manchester City vs Bayern Munich from the Etihad Stadium, Manchester
Arguably the hardest group on paper when the groups were drawn, the visiting Bavarians may have
thought they'd have a harder time in this section, but already on 13 points and undefeated, they've
already wrapped up the group.
Germany defender Mats Hummels believes that the reigning Bundesliga champions are at a loss
following the departure of Shinji Kagawa, who will finalize his move to Manchester United in the
Kagawaka, 23, recently agreed the transfer after filling in tremendously for the injured Mario
Gotze during a 2011-12 campaign that many had tipped Bayern Munich's star-studded squad to win.
Jupp Heynckes was, to a point, playing the fool, but there was a grim undertone to his comments.
"I have watched and coached in the Spanish League," he declared earlier in the week. "I know how
hard it is to beat Barcelona. And now I'm left to wonder if BarĂ§a can't beat Chelsea, how can
Eintracht (red/black shirts) plays FC Bayern in an U-19 game
Hi everybody, I'm back! Yes, it has been a while since I've written anything new for the blog
and I won't bore you with the reasons for my prolonged absence. It's also been a while since I went
on an Away Day to Frankfurt am Main and wanted to share with you the joys of celebrating promotion
with my favourite German club Eintracht Frankfurt.
The race for the Bundesliga title is getting very interesting with each passing week asÂ Bayern
Muinch, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke all notched up wins to ensure that there was no let up in the
All three teams are level on 40 points with fourth place Borussia Mochengladabch only a point
Marco Reus, the rising star in the German Bundesliga having helped Borussia MĂ¶nchengladbach to
a respectable fourth place during the winter break, will be leaving the club at the end of the
season to play for Borussia Dortmund.
It was announced today on MĂ¶nchengladbach's website that the player will remain at the club for
the 2011-12 season before signing a five year deal with the current German champions Dortmund for a
transfer fee of 17,5 million Euros.
A pair of Bavarian SC boys teams closed out the inaugural season of U.S. Club Soccer's National
Premier Leagues with victories on the final day of the Midwest Developmental League playoffs Sunday
in Libertyville, Ill.
The Bavarians slipped past the Madison 56ers 1-0 in Under-15 action, while the club's Under-16
side rolled past the Chicago Magic 4-0.
Real Madrid's recent La Liga success in beating Barcelona 2-1 at Camp Nou notably give a strong
sense of confidence for Jose Mourinho's side ahead of their upcoming Champions League's second tie
Mourinho himself stated that considering his squad's performance this season, getting into the
final would be something they deserved and obviously will target after already looking home and dry
in clinging the league title.
When I first started watching football as a child in the mid-1980's FC Cologne (1. FC KĂ¶ln) was
one of the traditional powerful clubs of the Bundesliga. Cologne was the first champion of the
Bundesliga in 1963/64 and in 1978 won the "double," which to this day is the pinnacle of success in
the Rhein city.