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Video ref gets thumbs up on Bundesliga debut

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Berlin (AFP) – The historic debut of the video assistant referee in Germany’s top flight got a thumbs up from the relieved match referee after it spotted a penalty in Bayern Munich’s opening win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern were 2-0 up at home in Friday’s first game of the new Bundesliga season when the VAR, which is being trialled for the first time in the German league this season, made its first intervention.

Video ref gets thumbs up on Bundesliga debut

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Berlin (AFP) – The historic debut of the video assistant referee in Germany’s top flight got a thumbs up from the relieved match referee after it spotted a penalty in Bayern Munich’s opening win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern were 2-0 up at home in Friday’s first game of the new Bundesliga season when the VAR, which is being trialled for the first time in the German league this season, made its first intervention.

Video referee landmark as Bayern claim opening win

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski converted a second-half penalty, awarded by a video assistant referee intervention, as champions Bayern Munich opened the 2017/18 Bundesliga season with a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.

The video assistant referee is being trialled in the Bundesliga this season and came into play for the first time to spot that Lewandowski was fouled in the area in the second-half.

Leipzig boss determined to hold onto stars

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Berlin (AFP) – RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuettl says the challenge facing his side this season is to fend off bids for star duo Emil Forsberg and Naby Keita while coping with the demands of Champions League football.

The club were a sensation last season, finishing second behind Bayern Munich on their first campaign in Germany’s top flight to qualify directly for the Champions League group stage.

German video review stumbles on debut

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Berlin (AFP) – The new German video review ran into trouble on its first serious test but despite the embarrasment officials insist it did not decide the Bayern Munich win over Borussia Dortmund in Saturday’s Super Cup.

The German Football Association (DFB) and German Football League (DFL) said in a joint statement that the still experimental video assistant referee system had malfunctioned during Saturday’s match at Borussia Dortmund, stoking a debate about the new technology.

German video review stumbles on debut

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Berlin (AFP) – The new German video review ran into trouble on its first serious test but despite the embarrasment officials insist it did not decide the Bayern Munich win over Borussia Dortmund in Saturday’s Super Cup.

The German Football Association (DFB) and German Football League (DFL) said in a joint statement that the still experimental video assistant referee system had malfunctioned during Saturday’s match at Borussia Dortmund, stoking a debate about the new technology.

Liverpool down Bilbao to cap impressive pre-season

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Dublin (AFP) – Liverpool ended their globetrotting pre-season unbeaten after easing to a 3-1 win over Spanish side Athletic Bilbao at Lansdowne Road in Dublin on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side warmed up for next Saturday’s Premier League opener at Watford with an emphatic friendly victory, leaving them unbeaten inside 90 minutes over eight games that included a 3-0 win over German champions Bayern Munich.

Liverpool down Bilbao to cap impressive pre-season

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Dublin (AFP) – Liverpool ended their globetrotting pre-season unbeaten after easing to a 3-1 win over Spanish side Athletic Bilbao at Lansdowne Road in Dublin on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side warmed up for next Saturday’s Premier League opener at Watford with an emphatic friendly victory, leaving them unbeaten inside 90 minutes over eight games that included a 3-0 win over German champions Bayern Munich.

Germany’s forgotten hero Goetze relaunches career

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Berlin (AFP) – World Cup winner Mario Goetze admits the metabolism disorder which sidelined him for five months is ‘now part of his life’, with the Germany star poised to resume playing on Saturday.

Borussia Dortmund host arch-rivals Bayern Munich for the German Super Cup - the annual pre-season clash between the German Cup winners and Bundesliga champions respectively - on Saturday.

Germany’s forgotten hero Goetze relaunches career

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Berlin (AFP) – World Cup winner Mario Goetze admits the metabolism disorder which sidelined him for five months is ‘now part of his life’, with the Germany star poised to resume playing on Saturday.

Borussia Dortmund host arch-rivals Bayern Munich for the German Super Cup - the annual pre-season clash between the German Cup winners and Bundesliga champions respectively - on Saturday.

Bayern Munich name Salihamidzic new sporting director

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich on Monday named former Bosnian international Hasan Salihamidzic as their new sporting director, filling a role that has gone vacant for over a year.

Salihamidzic has signed a three-year contract, taking over the post after Matthias Sammer quit last July due to ill health.

Football: Bayern won’t join transfer bidding war ‘madness’ – Hoeness

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Singapore (AFP) – Bayern Munich will not enter into a bidding war for star footballers, the German champions’ boss Uli Hoeness said, describing skyrocketing transfer prices as “madness”.

“I don’t want to buy a player for 150 or 200 million euros, I don’t want to join in such madness.

Football: Bayern won’t join transfer bidding war ‘madness’ – Hoeness

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Singapore (AFP) – Bayern Munich will not enter into a bidding war for star footballers, the German champions’ boss Uli Hoeness said, describing skyrocketing transfer prices as “madness”.

“I don’t want to buy a player for 150 or 200 million euros, I don’t want to join in such madness.

Bayern’s Ancelotti says decision on Sanches after pre-season

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Singapore (AFP) – Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti said Wednesday he would not be rushed into a decision about Renato Sanches’s future and they would sit down together after the pre-season.

It came after the Portuguese midfielder reportedly conceded Tuesday he was unhappy at Bayern and expressed an interest in AC Milan.

Bayern’s Ancelotti says decision on Sanches after pre-season

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Singapore (AFP) – Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti said Wednesday he would not be rushed into a decision about Renato Sanches’s future and they would sit down together after the pre-season.

It came after the Portuguese midfielder reportedly conceded Tuesday he was unhappy at Bayern and expressed an interest in AC Milan.

Morata’s Chelsea debut upstaged by Bayern’s Mueller

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Singapore (AFP) – Big-money signing Alvaro Morata made his debut for Premier League champions Chelsea on Tuesday but was upstaged by two-goal Thomas Mueller as Bayern Munich won 3-2 in Singapore.

The Spanish international striker signed for Chelsea from Real Madrid in a deal reported to be worth up to 80 million euros ($92m) last week, and climbed off the bench with about 30 minutes remaining of the match.

Morata’s Chelsea debut upstaged by Bayern’s Mueller

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Singapore (AFP) – Big-money signing Alvaro Morata made his debut for Premier League champions Chelsea on Tuesday but was upstaged by two-goal Thomas Mueller as Bayern Munich won 3-2 in Singapore.

The Spanish international striker signed for Chelsea from Real Madrid in a deal reported to be worth up to 80 million euros ($92m) last week, and climbed off the bench with about 30 minutes remaining of the match.

Paris Saint-Germain need a Neymar, says coach

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New York (AFP) – Paris Saint Germain need to sign a player of the calibre of Neymar or Kylian Mbappe in their quest to win the Champions League, according to their coach Unai Emery.

In an interview published in French sports daily L’Equipe on Thursday Emery named Neymar as a world top-five player, just the class PSG needed to become a top European power.

Paris Saint-Germain need a Neymar, says coach

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New York (AFP) – Paris Saint Germain need to sign a player of the calibre of Neymar or Kylian Mbappe in their quest to win the Champions League, according to their coach Unai Emery.

In an interview published in French sports daily L’Equipe on Thursday Emery named Neymar as a world top-five player, just the class PSG needed to become a top European power.

Arsenal hit hard by food poisoning in China

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Shanghai (AFP) – Arsenal were ravaged by food poisoning in Shanghai that ruled several key players out of their pre-season friendly with Bayern Munich on Wednesday, manager Arsene Wenger said.

Wenger’s ailing men were outplayed for long periods by Bayern before salvaging a last-gasp 1-1 draw and then winning 3-2 on penalties.

Arsenal hit hard by food poisoning in China

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Shanghai (AFP) – Arsenal were ravaged by food poisoning in Shanghai that ruled several key players out of their pre-season friendly with Bayern Munich on Wednesday, manager Arsene Wenger said.

Wenger’s ailing men were outplayed for long periods by Bayern before salvaging a last-gasp 1-1 draw and then winning 3-2 on penalties.

Neuer replaces Lahm as Bayern’s captain

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer will replace Philipp Lahm as Bayern Munich’s skipper for next season, the Bundesliga champions’ chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed.

“Our number one is the number one (choice) - Manuel Neuer,” Rummenigge told Munich daily newspaper TZ.

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This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The remaining European Leagues get started this weekend with La Liga, Serie A, and the Bundesliga all seeing their first action of the new season, which leads to another Saturday of dawn til dusk soccer on your TV.

Bayern Munich's title defense kicks off Friday night against Bayer Leverkusen on FS1, which also broadcasts an MLS tilt between Portland Timbers and New York Red Bulls that night.

Impact Stub: Bayern Munich’s New Sporting Director Has Banned Carlo Ancelotti From Smoking On The Job

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Bayern Munich recently appointed Hasan Salihamidzic as their new sporting director and the former Champions League-winning midfielder's first order of business was a decidedly risky one.

In an effort to promote a more wholesome, healthy image, Salihamidzic approached head coach Carlo Ancelotti and asked him to stop smoking on club premises, be that sneaking out for a ciggie during training sessions or enjoying a crafty bifter round the back of the bins at the Allianz Arena on matchdays.

Bayern Munich: Franck Ribery Cheekily Unties Referee’s Boot Laces Before Whipping Home 20-Yard Freekick (Video)

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Bayern Munich got their DFB Pokal campaign off to a flying start on Saturday afternoon with a 5-0 rollicking of third-tier Chemnitzer FC.

Franck Ribery scored the fourth goal of the onslaught by tucking away a smart 20-yard free-kick, but not before having a cheeky fiddle with the referee's boot laces.

FOX Sports’ Bundesliga TV schedule revealed for first month of new season

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FOX Sports will launch its television coverage of the 2017/18 season on FS1 on Friday, August 18 with a live broadcast of Bayern Munich against Bayer Leverkusen. The new season will be FOX’s third consecutive season of its five-year TV rights deal with Germany’s top-flight league.

Compared to the 2016/17 season on FOX Sports, the schedule from FOX Sports is very similar so far.

How to watch the 2017-18 Bundesliga season

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It's the Bundesliga, the league that every American likes to pretend they once watched on PBS a long time ago. If Soccer Made in Germany had those ratings, even the language barrier wouldn't have prevented the Bundesliga from being the most popular European league in the States. It's not, something that is a challenge for the current version.

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Christian Pulisic scores as Borussia Dortmund fall in German SuperCup

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Christian Pulisic kept a strong preseason going with a goal, but he misses out on a trophy.

The American teenager provided Borussia Dortmund's opening goal and strong play throughout the night, despite falling against Bayern Munich in penalties after a 2-2 draw in the German SuperCup.

Pulisic opened the scoring in the 12th minute in spectacular fashion.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Another weekend, another busy slate of soccer on television.

MLS rolls on after the All Star game with the debut of the Video Assistant Referee system. The first competitive matches to use instant replay go down on Saturday night on MLS Live, but ESPN and FS1 have a trio of matches on TV this Sunday so you can check out how this system works.

Wednesday Kickoff: Barcelona expect Neymar stay, Bayern keeping Muller and more

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Several elite clubs have denied potential massive transfers to headline Wednesday's news.

Barcelona vice president Jordi Mestre says he is "200 percent sure" that Neymar will not leave for Paris Saint-Germain. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich CEOKarl-Heinz Rummenigge says the club will not sell Thomas Muller despite Premier League links.

Arsenal

Bid for Bayern Munich star shows Arsenal are NOT signing Lemar?

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The summer transfer window still has almost a month left to run and we Arsenal fans know better than most that some deals do not get done until the very last few days, hours or even minutes, so there is plenty of time for Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal transfer team to complete the signing [...]

Bayern Munich target rules out summer Arsenal exit

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Laurent Koscielny is happy with Arsenal, and can see no reason why he would want to leave the club. The French international defender signed a new contract back in November, tying him to the Gunners until the summer of 2020, and has no intentions of leaving the club prior to the end of his deal. [...

Tweets and Photos: Arsenal players react to beating Bayern Munich

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Arsenal players have been posting on social media to react to their victory over Bayern Munich in a pre-season friendly earlier today. The Gunners...

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Video: Behind-the-goal footage of Emi Martinez’s penalty saves vs Bayern Munich

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Arsenal recorded a penalty shootout victory over Bayern Munich earlier today after a pre-season friendly against the German champions. Substitute...

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Dépêche Mode: Arsene Wenger Wears Funky Custom Arsenal Trainers For Bayern Munich Friendly (Photos)

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This very week, Arsene Wenger officially became the longest-serving manager in Premier League history.

As of Monday, Wenger has outlasted the 7,582 days that Sir Alex Ferguson spent in charge of Manchester United in the Top Flight™, though of course the Scot did spent over five years at the United helm before football began in 1992.

Arsenal WIN after late Iwobi header stuns Bayern Munich

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Take a bow Alex Iwobi!. The young Arsenal and Nigerian international star rescued a creditable draw in normal time for a much changed Arsenal against a strong Bayern Munich side in China with a fantastic header in the 94th minute. He also scored a great penalty in the shoot out which the Gunners won.

Arsenal XI for Bayern friendly with Lacazette up front

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This is a big step up in quality for Arsenal today as the pre-season build up gets serious in China with a match against our recent tormentors Bayern Munich. So far Arsenal fans have seen Arsene Wenger give everyone a run out and he has introduced the new striker Alexandre Lacazette quite gently. We all [.

Confirmed Team News: Arsenal vs Bayern Munich

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Arsenal team to play Bayern Munich Our team to play @FCBayern: Cech, Bielik, Mertesacker, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ozil,...

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The Rest

Soccer TV: Portland Timbers vs New York Red Bulls

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Friday's soccer TV has the New York Red Bulls on the road in Portland. The 2017-18 La Liga season begins on beIN Sport and Bayern Munich is in action in the Bundesliga on FS1. Also on the soccer TV schedule, Liga MX on Univision Deportes.

Portland Timbers vs New York Red Bulls on FS1 at 10pm.

Bayern München 2017/18 adidas Third Kit

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German Bundesliga champions FCBayern München have launched a fan created adidas third kit that will be used as their away shirt during their 2017/18 UEFA Champions League season. The 17/18 third jersey represents a modern inversion on classic elements of FC Bayern kit design. The white jersey features thin red stripes down the front of [.