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Last-gasp Lewandowski penalty rescues Bayern at Wolfsburg

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski converted a 91st-minute penalty to rescue Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich with a 2-1 win at Wolfsburg on Saturday which took their winning streak to 13 and extended their advantage at the top of the table to 21 points.

With Bayern hosting Besiktas in the last 16, first-leg, of the Champions League on Tuesday, they rested several stars and were almost made to pay.

Last-gasp Lewandowski penalty rescues Bayern at Wolfsburg

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski converted a 91st-minute penalty to rescue Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich with a 2-1 win at Wolfsburg on Saturday which took their winning streak to 13 and extended their advantage at the top of the table to 21 points.

With Bayern hosting Besiktas in the last 16, first-leg, of the Champions League on Tuesday, they rested several stars and were almost made to pay.

Robben won’t retire if Bayern don’t extend stay

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Berlin (AFP) – Veteran winger Arjen Robben says he plans to extend his career by moving to a new club should Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich fail to offer him a contract extension.

Robben, who turned 34 in January, is out of contract at Bayern at the end of the season, along with fellow winger Franck Ribery, but has no immediate plans to retire.

Robben won’t retire if Bayern don’t extend stay

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Berlin (AFP) – Veteran winger Arjen Robben says he plans to extend his career by moving to a new club should Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich fail to offer him a contract extension.

Robben, who turned 34 in January, is out of contract at Bayern at the end of the season, along with fellow winger Franck Ribery, but has no immediate plans to retire.

Five things to watch out for in the Bundesliga

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Berlin (AFP) – Midfield maestro Thiago Alcantara is expected to make his long-awaited return for Bayern Munich on Saturday, when the runaway Bundesliga leaders face Wolfsburg.

The Spaniard has been out for nearly three months after picking up a thigh injury against Anderlecht in November.

Five things to watch out for in the Bundesliga

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Berlin (AFP) – Midfield maestro Thiago Alcantara is expected to make his long-awaited return for Bayern Munich on Saturday, when the runaway Bundesliga leaders face Wolfsburg.

The Spaniard has been out for nearly three months after picking up a thigh injury against Anderlecht in November.

Five talking points from Bundesliga weekend

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski equalled his manager’s Bundesliga record of scoring in 11 consecutive home games but Jupp Heynckes was not on Bayern Munich’s bench to witness the feat.

Bayern kept their 18-point lead in the table with a 2-1 victory over Schalke as Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller netted superb first-half goals with head coach Heynckes, 72, watching at home on Saturday.

Germany goalkeeping hopeful Ulreich extends Bayern deal

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich has signed a three-year contract extension, the Bundesliga leaders said Sunday, and has forced his way into contention for Germany with first-choice Manuel Neuer sidelined.

Ulreich was in goal on Saturday as Bayern stayed 18 points clear in the Bundesliga table after Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller netted first-half goals in a 2-1 home win against Schalke.

Eleven heaven: Lewandowski equals Bundesliga home scoring record

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski scored in his 11th consecutive home league match in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Schalke to equal the Bundesliga record.

The Poland striker, who now has 26 in all competitions, has netted in all of Bayern’s league games this season at the Allianz Arena.

Keita on target as Leipzig beat Augsburg

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Berlin (AFP) – Liverpool-bound Naby Keita helped RB Leipzig beat Augsburg 2-0 in Friday’s Bundesliga clash when he scored a stinging second-half winner with a free-kick.

Runaway leaders Bayern Munich remain 15 points clear as they await Schalke 04 on Saturday whilst Bayer Leverkusen can climb level with Leipzig on 38 if they beat Hertha Berlin.

Keita on target as Leipzig beat Augsburg

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Berlin (AFP) – Liverpool-bound Naby Keita helped RB Leipzig beat Augsburg 2-0 in Friday’s Bundesliga clash when he scored a stinging second-half winner with a free-kick.

Runaway leaders Bayern Munich remain 15 points clear as they await Schalke 04 on Saturday whilst Bayer Leverkusen can climb level with Leipzig on 38 if they beat Hertha Berlin.

Six in running for Italy coaching job – Costacurta

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Milan (AFP) – Italian football federation sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta said Thursday there were “six or seven names” in the hat for the Italy coaching job.

Former AC Milan defender Costacurta has been given the task of finding a successor to Gian Piero Ventura who was sacked after Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Robben, Ribery playing for new Bayern deals

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Berlin (AFP) – Veteran wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are effectively playing for new contracts after Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted the club are in no rush to extend their deals.

Robben and Ribery, both 34, are out of contract at the end of the season and a primary round of extension negotiations has already begun.

Robben, Ribery playing for new Bayern deals

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Berlin (AFP) – Veteran wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are effectively playing for new contracts after Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted the club are in no rush to extend their deals.

Robben and Ribery, both 34, are out of contract at the end of the season and a primary round of extension negotiations has already begun.

Injured Leverkusen captain Bender out three weeks

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayer Leverkusen suffered a blow on Wednesday as their captain Lars Bender is expected to be sidelined for the next three weeks with a groin injury.

The Germany defender limped out of Tuesday’s 4-2 German Cup win at home to Werder Bremen and a scan has revealed a torn groin.

Robben nets twice as Bayern power into Cup semis

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Berlin (AFP) – Arjen Robben scored twice as Bayern Munich breezed into the last four of the German Cup with a 6-0 quarter-final romp at third-division Paderborn on Tuesday.

Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich and Corentin Tolisso all hit the target for Bayern before Robben added two late goals as the Bavarian giants continued their quest for a record 19th German Cup title.

Five things we learned from the Bundesliga weekend

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Berlin (AFP) – Michy Batshuayi made a blistering start to life at Borussia Dortmund on Friday, firing the team back into the top four with two goals on his debut.

The Belgian wasn’t the only debutant to make an impact, as 20-year-old English forward Ademola Lookman grabbed a late winner in his first game for RB Leipzig.

Lewandowski eyes more accolades with Aubameyang gone

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Berlin (AFP) – With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang now at Arsenal, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is poised to earn more goal-scoring accolades in Germany.

Aubameyang was the Bundesliga’s top-scorer last season with 31 goals - one more than Lewandowski - but Arsenal paid Borussia Dortmund a club-record £56 million ($79.

Lewandowski eyes more accolades with Aubameyang gone

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Berlin (AFP) – With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang now at Arsenal, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is poised to earn more goal-scoring accolades in Germany.

Aubameyang was the Bundesliga’s top-scorer last season with 31 goals - one more than Lewandowski - but Arsenal paid Borussia Dortmund a club-record £56 million ($79.

Manchester United are top club online in China – report

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Shanghai (AFP) – Manchester United have held onto their position as the top football club online in China, with Barcelona star Lionel Messi the number one player, a report said.

The annual Red Card report by Shanghai-based sports digital consultancy Mailman found Jose Mourinho’s side are the best-performing club for the second year in a row despite their lack of recent Premier League success.

Manchester United are top club online in China – report

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Shanghai (AFP) – Manchester United have held onto their position as the top football club online in China, with Barcelona star Lionel Messi the number one player, a report said.

The annual Red Card report by Shanghai-based sports digital consultancy Mailman found Jose Mourinho’s side are the best-performing club for the second year in a row despite their lack of recent Premier League success.

Bayern launch charm offensive to keep Heynckes

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Berlin (AFP) – At 72, Jupp Heynckes is the object of Bayern Munich’s desire and the club is launching a charm offensive launched to persuade the coachto stay.

Since Heynckes returned as head coach for his fourth stint at the club, stars like Javi Martinez and James Rodriguez have bloomed and Bayern have won 16 of their 17 games.

Germany star Goretzka to join Bayern next season

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Berlin (AFP) – Schalke 04 confirmed Friday that Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka will join Bayern Munich for next season on a free transfer, with the Bundesliga leaders beating Liverpool to his signature.

“Leon Goretzka informed us at the start of the week that he wants to leave the club and will join FC Bayern,” said Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel.

Bayern boss backs Dortmund’s stance on Aubameyang

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has backed the decision by Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund to drop star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang amid reports he is chasing a move to Arsenal.

Aubameyang was again omitted from the Dortmund squad for Friday’s German league clash at Hertha Berlin having also been suspended by Borussia head coach Peter Stoeger for last Sunday’s goalless draw at home to Wolfsburg.

Bayern boss backs Dortmund’s stance on Aubameyang

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has backed the decision by Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund to drop star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang amid reports he is chasing a move to Arsenal.

Aubameyang was again omitted from the Dortmund squad for Friday’s German league clash at Hertha Berlin having also been suspended by Borussia head coach Peter Stoeger for last Sunday’s goalless draw at home to Wolfsburg.

Five things to look for in the Bundesliga this weekend

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Berlin (AFP) – Runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich can expect a goal bonanza as they look to build on their 13-point lead at home to Werder Bremen on Sunday.

Bremen, who are third from bottom, have leaked 32 goals on their last six visits to the Allianz Arena.

Here are five things to look for in this weekend’s fixtures:

Ton up for Martinez

Javi Martinez is set to play his 100th Bundesliga match against Bremen.

Arsenal

Thursday Kickoff: FIFA looks into new transfer rules, Bayern to buy James and more

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While FIFA looks into slowing down transfer fees, Bayern Munich looks set to officially add a star midfielder.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he wants to introduce new rules to limit agents' fees and transfer market spending following the big-money year that saw massive moves for players like Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe.

Major blow in Arsenal’s hopes of signing 22-year-old Santi Cazorla replacement

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Arsene Wenger has been dealt a bitter blow in his hopes of signing a long-term replacement for Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla, and it could be Bayern Munich’s fault.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the perennial Bundesliga champions are looking to sign Schalke midfielder Max Meyer on a free transfer this summer.

Arturo Vidal

Monday Kickoff: Marcelo backs Neymar to Madrid, Man United looks to keep de Gea and more

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Real Madrid is the headliner in Monday's news as the club continues to be linked an unlinked with the world's top stars.

Marcelo says he expects Neymar to play at Real Madrid some day. (REPORT)

Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United will not sell David de Gea, saying that the club will not let its best players leave.

Man Utd targeting summer signing of Arturo Vidal

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Chelsea

Thursday Kickoff: Salah plays down transfer rumors, Hazard talks Chelsea struggles and more

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While one star is being linked with a move out of the Premier League, another is blaming a loaded schedule for his team's league struggles.

Mohamed Salah played down links to La Liga, reiterating that he is happy at Liverpool. (REPORT)

Eden Hazard says the Champions League as affected Chelsea's Premier League push.

News Roundup: Union men on national team duty, the Crew Seek investors in Ohio, and a rough weekend for women’s soccer

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Also pre-season starts, the Fire plan a trip to Bavaria, and silly season gets down to business.

10 Of The Worst Football Club Crest ‘Upgrades’ In Recent Memory

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To celebrate Leeds United's inexplicably awful decision to render their club crest a laughing stock, Pies thought we'd examine some of the other football clubs to do likewise over the years.

Let's crack on, shall we?

Juventus

Last year, Juve ditched one of the most instantly recognisable crests in world football for modernised, corporate-friendly nothingness with which they hoped to "break into new global markets".

Deloitte Money League 2018 Published: Bournemouth Are 28th Richest Club In World Football

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Such is their wont, Deloitte have published the Football Money League standings for 2018, which basically lists the most wealthy clubs in world football in terms of global revenue.

You may not be surprised to find that the top 20 clubs are all European, with Manchester United retaining their position at the top of the pile for a second successive year largely thanks to the €44.

News Roundup: David Accam!, MLS SuperDraft, and classy Middlesbrough fans

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Plus- Big moves in the NWSL, roster moves from around MLS, and bonus FIFA corruption

Chelsea handed big boost in pursuit of Chilean international, Man Utd still in the mix

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Chelsea’s hopes of signing Artuto Vidal have been given a big boost following the confirmation that Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka is joining Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

The 30-year-old had been repeatedly linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena over the past few months and Goretzka’s arrival could finally lead to his exit.

Christian Pulisic

International Champions Cup tickets on sale

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The 2018 International Champions Cup tickets will be going on sale soon with a lot of anticipation for the popular soccer tournament staged in the United States each summer.

With the US Men’s National Team crashing out of World Cup qualifying, it gives the International Champions Cup an opportunity to bring many of the biggest teams from around the world to the United States to entertain soccer fans who would have otherwise been heading to Russia to cheer on the US of A.

International Champions Cup tickets on sale

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The 2018 International Champions Cup tickets will be going on sale soon with a lot of anticipation for the popular soccer tournament staged in the United States each summer.

With the US Men’s National Team crashing out of World Cup qualifying, it gives the International Champions Cup an opportunity to bring many of the biggest teams from around the world to the United States to entertain soccer fans who would have otherwise been heading to Russia to cheer on the US of A.

The Rest

FC Dallas forms player development partnership with Bayern Munich

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FC Dallas has partnered with one of world soccer's heavy hitters.

On Tuesday, FC Dallas announced that the club has partnered with Bayern Munich in a deal that will"offer players within their professional academies a pathway to soccer both in the United States and Germany". The two clubs will work together on coaching and talent exchanges, allowing players to travel between the two countries and play against one another in scheduled matches.

‘My Penis Played A Part’ – Sandro Wagner Scores First Goal For Bayern Munich With Particularly Delicate Finish (Photo & Video)

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Bayern Munich spanked Hoffenheim 5-2 in the Bundelisga on Saturday evening, with January signing Sandro Wagner opening his goal-scoring account for the Bavarians against the very team he left to join them just a few weeks ago.

In truth, Bayern were already 4-2 up and cruising when Wagner entered the fray in 85th minute, but the striker took just a few minutes to penetrate the Hoffenheim defender for a fifth time.