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Dortmund eye German Cup, Aubameyang eyes door

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Berlin (AFP) – Hot-shot striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bids to lift his first title with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday amidst growing speculation the German Cup final will be his last appearance for the club.

Dortmund face Eintracht Frankfurt at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium at 2000 local time (1800 GMT) with Borussia bidding to end their run of three straight defeats in Germany’s showcase final.

Dortmund eye German Cup, Aubameyang eyes door

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Berlin (AFP) – Hot-shot striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang bids to lift his first title with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday amidst growing speculation the German Cup final will be his last appearance for the club.

Dortmund face Eintracht Frankfurt at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium at 2000 local time (1800 GMT) with Borussia bidding to end their run of three straight defeats in Germany’s showcase final.

Bomb-victim Marc Bartra eyes Dortmund playing return

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Berlin (AFP) – Marc Bartra says he has a renewed passion for football as he prepares to play again after fracturing his wrist in a bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus.

The centre-back returned to training on Wednesday - 29 days after surgery on his right wrist having been hit by flying glass when three bombs blasted the Dortmund team bus last month on the way to a Champions League home match.

RB Leizpig claim automatic Champions League berth

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Berlin (AFP) – RB Leipzig capped off a superb first Bundesliga campaign by securing automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League as Timo Werner scored twice in their 4-1 thrashing of Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

Leipzig, founded by energy drinks giants Red Bull in 2009, only reached Germany’s top flight this season after four promotions in seven years.

RB Leizpig claim automatic Champions League berth

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Berlin (AFP) – RB Leipzig capped off a superb first Bundesliga campaign by securing automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League as Timo Werner scored twice in their 4-1 thrashing of Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

Leipzig, founded by energy drinks giants Red Bull in 2009, only reached Germany’s top flight this season after four promotions in seven years.

Darmstadt relegated from Bundesliga

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Berlin (AFP) – Bottom side Darmstadt were relegated from the Bundesliga on Saturday after Torsten Frings’ team were beaten 1-0 at champions Bayern Munich.

The defeat leaves Darmstadt, coached by ex-Germany midfielder Frings, nine points from safety with two games left after Juan Bernat scored Bayern’s winning goal in Munich.

Darmstadt relegated from Bundesliga

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Berlin (AFP) – Bottom side Darmstadt were relegated from the Bundesliga on Saturday after Torsten Frings’ team were beaten 1-0 at champions Bayern Munich.

The defeat leaves Darmstadt, coached by ex-Germany midfielder Frings, nine points from safety with two games left after Juan Bernat scored Bayern’s winning goal in Munich.

Germany probes new message claiming Dortmund attack

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Berlin (AFP) – German prosecutors said Saturday they were examining a third claim of responsibility for blasts that rocked Borussia Dortmund’s team bus, but no new suspects have yet emerged.

With Dortmund players due back on the pitch in Germany’s premier league, the Bundesliga, police are pursuing leads in their probe of Tuesday’s attack that left Spanish international Marc Bartra and a policeman injured.

Germany probes new message claiming Dortmund attack

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Berlin (AFP) – German prosecutors said Saturday they were examining a third claim of responsibility for blasts that rocked Borussia Dortmund’s team bus, but no new suspects have yet emerged.

With Dortmund players due back on the pitch in Germany’s premier league, the Bundesliga, police are pursuing leads in their probe of Tuesday’s attack that left Spanish international Marc Bartra and a policeman injured.

Stocker helps Hertha end losing streak

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Berlin (AFP) – Swiss winger Valentin Stocker had a hand in both goals as Hertha Berlin ended their three-match losing streak with a 2-0 Bundesliga win over Augsburg on Sunday.

Hertha climb back up to fifth after victory at Berlin’s sun-drenched Olympic Stadium to keep their European hopes alive following straight defeats to Cologne, Moenchengladbach and Hoffenheim.

Hoffenheim end Bayern Munich’s 20-match unbeaten run

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Berlin (AFP) – Runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich had their 20-match unbeaten run in all competitions ended at Hoffenheim on Tuesday as Andrej Kramaric’s winner sealed the hosts’ historic 1-0 victory.

Bayern’s run came to an end a week before their mouth-watering Champions League home leg quarter-final against Real Madrid.

Sandro Wagner to face Bayern despite ‘ET’ finger injury

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Berlin (AFP) – Hoffenheim’s top scorer Sandro Wagner says he will be fit to face runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich at home on Tuesday despite his stomach-churning “ET” finger injury.

Wagner has hit 11 Bundesliga goals this season to leave Hoffenheim on course for a Champions League place for next season.

Kramaric double helps Hoffenheim up to third

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Berlin (AFP) – Andrej Kramaric’s double helped Hoffenheim to a 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin on Friday to boost their chances of Champions League football next season.

The Croatian’s brace and a goal from Niklas Suele pushed Hoffenheim into provisional third on 48 points, two clear of fourth-placed Borussia Dortmund who face Schalke on Saturday.

Kramaric double helps Hoffenheim up to third

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Berlin (AFP) – Andrej Kramaric’s double helped Hoffenheim to a 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin on Friday to boost their chances of Champions League football next season.

The Croatian’s brace and a goal from Niklas Suele pushed Hoffenheim into provisional third on 48 points, two clear of fourth-placed Borussia Dortmund who face Schalke on Saturday.

Masked Kolasinac’s super strike seals Schalke’s win

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Berlin (AFP) – Schalke 04 climbed two places to ninth in the Bundesliga on Sunday as masked Bosnia defender Sead Kolasinac produced a superb individual goal in their 1-0 win at Mainz.

The Royal Blues of Gelsenkirchen are now unbeaten in their last four games including Thursday’s 2-2 draw at Moenchengladbach which put them in the Europa League’s quarter-finals on away goals.

Modeste eclipses Lewandowski in hot-shots battle

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Berlin (AFP) – Cologne’s Anthony Modeste hit a hat-trick on Saturday to eclipse Robert Lewandowski in second place behind top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the battle to be this season’s Bundesliga hot-shot.

Gabon’s Aubameyang leads the way for the most German league goals with 23 goals in as many games after netting Borussia Dortmund’s first-half winner in Friday’s lacklustre 1-0 victory over second-from-bottom Ingolstadt.

Hertha star taking legal action over Twitter pic

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Berlin (AFP) – Hertha Berlin’s Marvin Plattenhardt said Sunday he would take legal action against Germany’s right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) for posting a picture on Twitter of him alongside one of their politicans.

The 25-year-old’s defender happily posed for selfies with Hertha fans after his stunning second-half free-kick sealed Berlin’s 2-1 German league win over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Illness caps Goetze’s fall from hero to zero

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Berlin (AFP) – Mario Goetze had the nation at his feet when Germany’s hero netted the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final.

Fast-forward nearly three years and Monday’s news that the Borussia Dortmund star is sidelined indefinitely by a metabolism disorder is the latest blow to affect the attacking midfielder since the Brazil triumph.

Illness caps Goetze’s fall from hero to zero

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Berlin (AFP) – Mario Goetze had the nation at his feet when Germany’s hero netted the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final.

Fast-forward nearly three years and Monday’s news that the Borussia Dortmund star is sidelined indefinitely by a metabolism disorder is the latest blow to affect the attacking midfielder since the Brazil triumph.

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.

Hamburg next up in Bayern treble drive

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich central defender Mats Hummels says the club’s powerful position going into their Bundesliga home tie with Hamburg this weekend is a good measure of coach Carlo Ancelotti’s ambitions for the season.

After Robert Lewandowski last gasp equaliser saved their 2017 unbeaten record in Berlin last weekend, Bayern are five points clear at the top, and 5-1 up against Arsenal in the Champions League Last-16.

Hamburg next up in Bayern treble drive

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich central defender Mats Hummels says the club’s powerful position going into their Bundesliga home tie with Hamburg this weekend is a good measure of coach Carlo Ancelotti’s ambitions for the season.

After Robert Lewandowski last gasp equaliser saved their 2017 unbeaten record in Berlin last weekend, Bayern are five points clear at the top, and 5-1 up against Arsenal in the Champions League Last-16.

Ancelotti escapes middle finger punishment

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich coach Carlos Ancelotti will not be punished for showing Hertha Berlin fans his middle finger but must make a donation to charity, the German Federation (DFB) said on Tuesday.

The Italian coach had made the explicit gesture after being spat at by Hertha fans during Bayern’s 1-1 draw in Berlin on Saturday.

Ancelotti escapes middle finger punishment

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich coach Carlos Ancelotti will not be punished for showing Hertha Berlin fans his middle finger but must make a donation to charity, the German Federation (DFB) said on Tuesday.

The Italian coach had made the explicit gesture after being spat at by Hertha fans during Bayern’s 1-1 draw in Berlin on Saturday.

Ancelotti must explain explicit gesture

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has been asked to explain how he lost his calm and stuck a finger up at a group of Hertha Berlin fans at the weekend.

The German Football Federation have asked the usually affable Ancelotti to explain his behaviour in an exchange with Hertha fans whilst going down the tunnel after Bayern earned a late 1-1 draw in Berlin.

Leipzig down Gladbach to trim Bayern’s lead

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Berlin (AFP) – RB Leipzig cut Bayern Munich’s lead at the top of the Bundesliga to five points on Sunday as Emil Forsberg and Timo Werner netted in a 2-0 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Leipzig brushed off consecutive defeats with an impressive display at Borussia Park to trim the lead of Bayern, who had needed a 96th-minute Robert Lewandowski goal to draw 1-1 at Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

Ancelotti shows Hertha fans the middle finger

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich’s Carlo Ancelotti could be in hot water with the German FA (DFB) after admitting showing the middle finger towards Hertha Berlin fans who he claims spat at him.

“Yes, I made the gesture after being spat at,” Bayern’s coach told broadcaster ARD.

Hertha boss Dardai fumes at Bayern’s ‘bonus’ time

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Berlin (AFP) – Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai slammed the six minutes of added time as “Bayern’s bonus” after Robert Lewandowski scored a last-minute goal to secure a 1-1 draw for Bayern Munich on Saturday.

“I think this is a Bayern bonus”, the Hungarian fumed to Sky as Lewandowski’s 96th-minute winner at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium denied Hertha a first win against Munich following 11 defeats.

Hertha boss Dardai fumes at Bayern’s ‘bonus’ time

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Berlin (AFP) – Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai slammed the six minutes of added time as “Bayern’s bonus” after Robert Lewandowski scored a last-minute goal to secure a 1-1 draw for Bayern Munich on Saturday.

“I think this is a Bayern bonus”, the Hungarian fumed to Sky as Lewandowski’s 96th-minute winner at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium denied Hertha a first win against Munich following 11 defeats.

Last gasp Lewandowski saves Bayern in Berlin

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski hit a 96th-minute equaliser to salvage Bayern Munich’s 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin on Saturday and extended their lead in the Bundesliga table to eight points.

Bayern were seconds away from what would have been their second league defeat this season when Lewandowski fired home his 24th goal in all competitons to cancel out Vedad Ibisevic’s first-half strike.

Lahm backs Bayern’s struggling Mueller in Berlin

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Berlin (AFP) – After thrashing Arsenal in mid-week, leaders Bayern Munich return to Bundesliga business at Hertha Berlin on Saturday with captain Philipp Lahm backing Thomas Mueller to return to form.

Bayern head to the capital with a seven-point lead in Germany’s top flight and one foot in the Champions League’s quarter-finals after hammering Arsenal 5-1 in Wednesday’s last 16, first-leg.

Holders Bayern host Schalke in cup quarters

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Berlin (AFP) – Holders Bayern Munich will face Schalke 04 in the German Cup quarter-finals while last season’s finalists Borussia Dortmund are away to third division giant-killers Sportfreunde Lotte.

The quarter-finals will be played on February 28 or March 1 with the final taking place at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on May 27.

Kalou’s miss puts Dortmund into German Cup quarters

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Berlin (AFP) – Salomon Kalou’s missed spot-kick put hosts Borussia Dortmund into the German Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday as Hertha Berlin lost 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

The Ivory Coast striker gave Hertha a first-half lead in the third-round cup clash in Dortmund when he volleyed home on 27 minutes after the hosts made a slow start.

Kalou’s miss puts Dortmund into German Cup quarters

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Berlin (AFP) – Salomon Kalou’s missed spot-kick put hosts Borussia Dortmund into the German Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday as Hertha Berlin lost 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

The Ivory Coast striker gave Hertha a first-half lead in the third-round cup clash in Dortmund when he volleyed home on 27 minutes after the hosts made a slow start.

Dortmund’s Tuchel plays down Goetze tension

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has insisted he has no problem with Germany’s World Cup winner Mario Goetze, who has been left out of Wednesday’s German Cup tie against Hertha Berlin.

The attacking midfielder was kept on the bench for Saturday’s 1-0 win over RB Leipzig and will miss the round of 16 clash at home to Hertha with a leg injury, according to Tuchel.

Dortmund’s Tuchel plays down Goetze tension

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has insisted he has no problem with Germany’s World Cup winner Mario Goetze, who has been left out of Wednesday’s German Cup tie against Hertha Berlin.

The attacking midfielder was kept on the bench for Saturday’s 1-0 win over RB Leipzig and will miss the round of 16 clash at home to Hertha with a leg injury, according to Tuchel.

Calhanoglu breaks Leverkusen penalty curse

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Berlin (AFP) Hakan Calhanoglu finally broke Bayer Leverkusen's penalty curse this season with the first of his two goals in Sunday's 3-1 Bundesliga win at home to Hertha Berlin.

The Turkish international winger drilled home from the spot on 36 minutes to put his side 2-0 up holding his nerve after Leverkusen had failed to convert all five spot-kicks they had been previously awarded this season.

Football: Calhanoglu breaks Leverkusen penalty curse

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Berlin (AFP) Hakan Calhanoglu finally broke Bayer Leverkusen's penalty curse this season with the first of his two goals in Sunday's 3-1 Bundesliga win at home to Hertha Berlin.

The Turkish international winger drilled home from the spot on 36 minutes to put his side 2-0 up holding his nerve after Leverkusen had failed to convert all five spot-kicks they had been previously awarded this season.

Germany to apply to host Euro 2024

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Berlin (AFP) The German Football Association (DFB) announced Friday that it is applying to host the 2024 European championships.

The DFB has rubber-stamped the decision to apply for the finals with European football's governing body UEFA having set the deadline for confirmed interest by March 3 with candidates announced on March 10.

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‘Whoever Wants It Can Have It’ – Germany 2006 World Cup Winner’s Podium Found Dumped In Berlin Park (Photo)

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Rather strangely, the very podium on which Italy celebrated winning the 2006 World Cup has been discovered dumped in a park in Berlin.

The white podium, stamped with the FIFA marque, was found tossed by the wayside in theBerlin Olympiapark, close to the Olympiastadion where the final was played.